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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Snapped is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 11 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Hinterland is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Grantchester is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie

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Top of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill
Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more