Unspeakable Crimes 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell This show is an American drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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Snapped is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Laura San Giacomo Snapped is a British narrated American true crime television series that airs on the Oxygen Network. Snapped debuted on August 6, 2004, and is produced by Jupiter Entertainment.

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more

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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Carly Kiel added Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch The Fall is a BBC drama television series set in Northern Ireland and created, written and, in its second series, directed by Allan Cubitt. The series stars Gillian Anderson as Superintendent ...more

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Carly Kiel added Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in 1979, the series revolves around two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and ...more

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Top of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Dean Strang Making a Murderer 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 ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more

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Grantchester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie

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Hinterland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries Y Gwyll, titled Hinterland in the English-language version (S4C, 2013), is a Welsh noir police detective drama series created by Ed Talfan and Ed Thomas. Troubled Detective Chief Inspector Tom ...more

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch is a British television drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. The ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Sofia Helin, Rafael Pettersson, Dag Malmberg The Bridge(FX, 2013) is an American crime drama television series developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid. Two police detectives try to capture a serial killer who is operating in both the ...more

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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp The Night Of (HBO, 2016) is an American eight-part crime drama television miniseries created by Richard Price and Steven Zaillian, based on the British TV series Criminal Justice. After a night ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Elementary is an American drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny Lee ...more

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Unforgotten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Sanjeev Bhaskar, Trevor Eve, Anthony Farrelly

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River is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Carly Kiel added Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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The Keepers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
The Keepers (2017, Netflix) 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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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds The Closer is an American television police procedural, starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and ...more

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more

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Vera is listed (or ranked) 31 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

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Marcella is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Cold Justice is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Cold Justice Kelly Siegler, Yolanda McClary, Alan Brown Cold Justice is a 2013 TV Program.

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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 36 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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 38 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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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