Unspeakable Crimes The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers  

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There's something about a serial killer that deeply fascinates and terrorizes all of us... except maybe serial killers. Watching a truly deranged person commit acts that would otherwise be unthinkable is just one of those things people want to see, and Hollywood has answered the call in both film and television. On the small screen, TV shows about serial killers have found a way to depict these monsters as either demons who must be stopped or even as anti-heroes the viewer can't help but cheer on in their endeavors. Whatever your preference in watching serial killers, there are plenty of amazing series to watch on television.

Shows like Showtime's Dexter offered a deep and personal look into the mind of the titular character. Dexter was presented as an anti-hero who hunted down others like him while shows like The Following feature a look into both the minds of the killer(s) and the people hunting them down. The list goes on from here, featuring some great and thrilling series—and that's excluding the bounty of serial killer movies out there.

For more recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing! Also be sure to cast your votes for the best serial killer shows.

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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 Following is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore The Following is an American television drama series created by Kevin Williamson and jointly produced by Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The first season follows former FBI ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw This series (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, and produced by Universal Television for the cable network ...more

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The semi-anthology series centers on characters being terrorized ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Dark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings light ...more

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Slasher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Slasher Katie McGrath, Brandon Jay McLaren, Steve Byers Slasher (Chiller, 2016) is a Canadian television horror anthology series created by Aaron Martin. A young woman (Katie McGrath) returns to the small town where her parents were murdered, only to ...more

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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary Fukunaga, based on the novel by Caleb Carr. When a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has ...more

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Millenium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Millenium

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Ripper Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more

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Deadly Women is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Lynnanne Zager Deadly Women is a television series first aired in 2005 on the Discovery Channel, focusing on female killers. It was originally a mini-series consisting of three episodes: "Obsession", ...more

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Marcella is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Billions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod ...more

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Wire in the Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Robson Green, Simone Lahbib, Hermione Norris Wire in the Blood is a British crime drama television series, created and produced by Coastal Productions for the ITV network, that ran from 2002 to 2008. The series is based on characters ...more

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Wicked City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Erika Christensen, Taissa Farmiga, Gabriel Luna

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Top of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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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Those Who Kill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
Chloë Sevigny, James D'Arcy, Bruce Davison Those Who Kill is an American crime/drama television series created by Glen Morgan. The series originally premiered on the American cable television network A&E on March 3, 2014, and was ...more

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Hinterland is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Serial Killers
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