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The Best Crime TV Shows on Netflix Instant

Updated May 20, 2021 15.9k votes 6.0k voters 280.7k views64 items

List RulesCrime drama TV series available to watch instantly on Netflix

Crime dramas are some of the most suspenseful to watch on television. If you love the crime genre and need some new shows to check out, there are plenty of good shows to watch on Neflix.  True crime shows often tackle social issues like sexism, race relations, and more. Which crime drama, currently available on Netflix Streaming, is worth watching for the first time - or again and again?

Some of the top crime TV shows on Netflix right now include Criminal Minds, White Collar, Sherlock, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, among many others. So, whether you need a new show to catch or you have an idea of just which crime shows on Netflix are best, check out the list below and cast your votes.

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    Ripper Street

    Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn

    PremieredDecember 30, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Ripper Street is a British TV series set in Whitechapel in London's East End in 1889, six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper. The series stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, and Adam...  more
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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    PremieredSeptember 3, 2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. The series follows the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a...  more
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    Scandal

    Kerry Washington, Guillermo Díaz

    PremieredApril 5, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management firm...  more
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    Jessica Jones

    Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica...  more
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    Continuum

    Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster

    PremieredMay 27, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Drama, Action

    Continuum is a Canadian science fiction series created by Simon Barry and produced by Reunion Pictures Inc., Boy Meets Girl Film Company, and GK-TV. The series centers on the conflict between a group...  more
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    PremieredDecember 18, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Documentary, Miniseries

    Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Netflix, 2019) is an American true crime documentary series. The limited series follows a group of internet sleuths who launched a manhunt for Luka...  more
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    I Am A Killer

    Reece Putinas, David Galea

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Crime, True Crime, Documentary

    I Am A Killer (Netflix, 2018) is a crime documentary series produced by Crime+Investigation UK. The series follows Death Row inmates who tell the story of how they ended up there....  more
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    Reckoning

    Milly Alcock, Paula Arundell

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Drama, Crime

    Reckoning (Netflix, 2020) is a thriller television series created by David Hubbard and David Eick. The series explores the darkest corners of the male psyche through the eyes of two fathers, one of...  more
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    Lupin

    Viola Davis, Andre Braugher

    PremieredDecember 18, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Special

    Lupin (Netflix, 2021) is an French crime mystery drama created by George Kay and inspired by the early 20th century French detective novels by Maurice Leblanc. Inspired by the adventures of Arsène...  more
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    The Break

    Yoann Blanc, Guillaume Kerbusch

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Drama

    The Break (La Une, 2016), also known in French as "La Trêve" or, "The Truce", is a French-language Belgian crime drama television series. Police detective Yoann Peeters (Yoann Blanc) moves from...  more
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    The Devil Next Door

    Eli Gabay, Eli Rosenbaum

    PremieredNovember 4, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime, Law

    The Devil Next Door (Netflix, 2019) is an American documentary television series. A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous German death camp guard known as...  more
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    Queen Sono

    Pearl Thusi, Vuyo Dabula

    PremieredFebruary 28, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime drama, Thriller

    Queen Sono (Netflix, 2020) is a South African crime drama web television series created by Kagiso Lediga. Queen Sono follows the story of a secret South African clandestine agent who tackles criminal...  more
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    Puerta 7

    Carlos Belloso, Dolores Fonzi

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    Puerta 7 (Netflix, 2020) is a Argentinian crime drama television series created by Martin Zimmerman. A determined woman works to rid an Argentine soccer club of the violent crime and corruption...  more
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    Scams

    Yosuke Sugino, Tomoya Maeno

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Scams (TBS/MBS 2019) is a Japanese drama series created by Tsugita Jun and Kobayashi Yuki. Hit hard by the Lehman shock, a well-meaning young man joins a phone scam operation and gets increasingly...  more
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    Trial by Media (Netflix, 2020) is a documentary series executive produced by George Clooney and Jeffrey Toobin. From the Jenny Jones made-for-Court TV murder trials to Rod Blagojevich’s political...  more
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    PremieredMay 27, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime

    Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Netflix, 2020) is a crime documentary miniseries based on the 2016 book of the same name by James Patterson, and co-written by John Connolly and Tim Malloy. Stories from...  more
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    The Great Heist

    Christian Tappan, Paula Castaño

    PremieredJuly 10, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, News

    The Great Heist (Netflix, 2020) is a Colombian crime drama television series created by Camilo Prince and Pablo Gonzalez. Inspired by true events, The Great Heist follows the assault on the Bank of...  more
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    PremieredJuly 14, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime

    The Business of Drugs (Netflix, 2020) is an American crime documentary and anti-drug propaganda web television mini-series. To understand the origins and true impact of the business of drugs, a...  more
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    World's Most Wanted (Netflix, 2020) is a French crime documentary television series. This docuseries profiles some of the world's most heinous criminals who have avoided capture despite massive...  more
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    The Trial

    Vittoria Puccini, Francesco Scianna

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    The Trial (Netflix, 2019) is an Italian crime drama. A group of characters is implicated in the brutal murder of and all walk on a razor's edge searching for the truth, waiting for a verdict, which...  more
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    The Twelve

    Luc De Ruelle, Maaike Neuville

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller

    The Twelve (één, 2019) is a Belgian crime thriller. Twelve ordinary people are called for jury duty for a murder case as traumatizing as it is controversial in which a woman stands trial for killing...  more
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    Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? (Netflix, 2020) is an Argentinian crime documentary series, The series focuses on the death of María Marta García Belsunce, one of the most controversial criminal...  more
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    Trial 4 (Netflix, 2020) is an American true crime documentary television series. Charged as a teen in the 1993 killing of a Boston cop, Sean K. Ellis fights to prove his innocence while exposing...  more
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    The Ripper

    Alan Whitehouse, Keith Hellawell

    PremieredDecember 16, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime

    The Ripper (Netflix, 2020) is a British crime documentary series. The mini series focuses on the Yorkshire Ripper, the murders he committed, and how he casted a dark shadow over the lives of women in...  more
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    Equinox

    Danica Curcic, Lars Brygmann

    PremieredDecember 30, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Paranormal, Drama

    Equinox (Netflix, 2020) is a Danish supernatural mystery thriller television series created by Tea Lindeburg. Twenty years after witnessing a bus full of students disappear, Astrid runs into a man...  more