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The Greatest TV Shows About Murders  

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In a golden age of TV options, shows about murders and murder investigations spread all over the networks and streaming services. And why wouldn't they? For decades, television audiences have been fascinated by the criminal mind, especially where murder is concerned. If we're all very lucky, we won't ever have to deal with these situations in real life, which may be why we are so drawn to them on television. Considering this, what do you think are the best TV shows about murders?

In terms of murder TV shows, there's quite the variety to choose from. Shows like Dexter deal with murder from the perspective of the person committing the crimes. The titular antihero is fascinating and we can't help but root for him even though he's committing atrocious acts. Other series like Law & Order cover murders from the point-of-view of law enforcement and create believable scenarios the audience has found fascinating for years. Then you have docu-series like Making a Murderer, which explores the true story of a potentially-wrongfully-convicted killer—complete with in-depth interviews and more insight that's since come to light. Whether it's true crime shows you're after or something along the lines of top crime dramas, there's a long list of shows about murders you're sure to enjoy. 

For more recommendations on murder investigation shows and similar series, browse this list and feel free to add any you think are missing!

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan
Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more
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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Dean Strang
This series is an American documentary television series that premiered on Netflix in 2015. The ten-episode first season, written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, explores the ...more
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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, Ken Stott
The Missing is a British drama television series. It premiered on 28 October 2014 on BBC One in the UK, and in the US on Starz on 15 November 2014. The eight-part series was written by Harry and ...more
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The Keepers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber
The Keepers (Netflix, 2017) is a seven-episode American documentary web series. It explores the unsolved murder of the nun Sister Cathy Cesnik who taught English and drama at Baltimore's ...more
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Top of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan
Top of the Lake is a 2013 television miniseries written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and directed by Campion and Garth Davis. It marks Campion's first work for television since An Angel at My ...more
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Grantchester is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie
Grantchester is a British ITV detective drama, set in the 1950s Cambridgeshire village of the same name. The show features Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton), who develops a sideline ...more
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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson
Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional ...more
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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend
Body of Proof is an American medical drama television series that ran on ABC from March 29, 2011, to May 28, 2013, and starred Dana Delany as medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt. The series was ...more
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Serial Killer: Devil Unchained is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Maria Awes, John Douglas, Gary Garrett
Serial Killer: Devil Unchained (Investigation Discovery, 2019) is an American true crime documentary television miniseries. Investigative journalist Maria Awes teams up with former FBI profiler ...more
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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon
This is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by Anthony ...more
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Marcella is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Anna Friel, Nicholas Pinnock, Ray Panthaki
Marcella is a British crime noir detective series produced, written and directed by Hans Rosenfeldt. Former London detective Marcella Backland is devastated when her husband leaves her and their ...more
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The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Sofia Helin, Rafael Pettersson, Dag Malmberg
The Bridge (FX, 2013) is an American drama television series developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid. Two police detectives try to capture someone who is operating in both the US and Mexico ...more
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River is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, Adeel Akhtar
River (BBC One, 2015) is a six-part British television drama series created by Abi Morgan. A brilliant police inspector (Stellan Skarsgard) searches for his colleague's murderer, while being ...more
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Ripper Street is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg
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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Vera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon
Vera is a British detective television series based on the works of crime author Ann Cleeves. It stars Brenda Blethyn and is broadcast on ITV and in the United States on public television