Best crime dramas on Netflix right now

Crime shows and documentaries have become a hugely popular genre in recent years, with shows like CSI, Breaking Bad and The Jinx getting us hooked. Netflix hosts some of the best crime shows around, and we’ve put together a list of our favourites that you can binge through whilst we're in lockdown.

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This story follows the ripple effect one mystery murder has across two cities, London and Tokyo. Kenzo, a detective from Tokyo, heads to London in search of his assassin brother who fled Japan after getting himself in trouble with the Yakuza. From dangerous Yakuza members and their traditions, to cockney gangsters, cops and London’s criminal underworld, Giri/Haji has a cast of troubled and raw characters that create an incredible, must-see series.


Luther is a well-known British crime drama series which stars Idris Elba as homicide detective John Luther. Luther solves murder cases, but when he finds himself in too deep and forming a strange relationship with his nemesis, a psychopath killer, his colleagues aren’t sure whether Luther is the detective he appears to be.


Have you ever wondered what’s inside the mind of a serial killer? Have you ever wondered why serial killers are called serial killers? Mindhunter shows you exactly that. Based on the real life work of the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit in the 1970s, this series looks at how the team interviewed notorious serial killers, delving into the psychology of those who commit murder and how this has influenced the way crime cases are solved in the current day.

Making a Murderer

This true crime series propelled the genre into popular viewing culture and tells the real life story of Steven Avery, a man who was exonerated after serving 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, only to be arrested for another murder just two years later. Filmed over 13 years, Making a Murderer tries to discover the truth about the new allegations and exposes the corruption of their local law enforcement.

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By day, Dexter is a forensics expert for the Miami police whose work helps to solve murders and convict the killers. By night, Dexter is a serial killer, one that only targets other murderers who are yet to be caught and brought to justice for their crimes. This series follows Dexter as he struggles under the pressure of trying to maintain his double life and hide his huge secret.

Line of Duty

Line of Duty follows the investigations of AC-12, a police anti-corruption unit responsible for uncovering corruption within the police force. After discovering numerous corrupt high ranking police offers, AC-12 realises the police force has deep-rooted links to a large organised crime group (OCG) and find themselves on the hunt for ‘H’, the corrupt person at the heart of the OCG.


Based on a true story, Unbelievable tells the tale of 18-year-old Marie, whose sexual assault claims were questioned by those around her. She was charged with lying about her story, but when two detectives are investigating similar attacks, they begin to uncover the twisted truth about what really happened to Marie.

So there’s a round-up of some of the best Crime dramas you can watch on Netflix, hopefully this helps you to choose something a little quicker when you’re frantically scrolling for something to watch before you can start on eating your dinner!

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