6 Crime TV Series to Add Some Thrill to Your Life

By: Rawan Khalil

Police cars, sirens, adrenaline and the thrill of the chase. Who is the killer? Who are the suspects? Police officers, forensics, detectives – oh, and don’t forget the murder scenes with blood splattered everywhere, and maybe a missing murder weapon… or was it poison? Cyanide. Waiting for the autopsy report will it be enough to tell the cause of death? Puh-lease don’t try to convince me she died of natural causes cause; we all know that ain’t true!

Crime. The genre that keeps any person perched on the edge of their seat with the cogs in their brains turning even though you thought you couldn’t handle anymore thinking.  Now if you’re a sucker for a good crime TV show/movie this list is just for you! If you aren’t into crime maybe you should give these a watch, I’m pretty sure they’ll change your mind.

How to Get Away With Murder

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IMDb rating: 8.2/10

In this show shit goes down. It is the perfect blend of Drama, Mystery and Crime. Basically,  there is Professor Keating who teaches Law and every year she chooses a few of her students to assist her in her cases, as the year passes we see how everything gets fucked up and how they’re all involved. This is in no way realistic, lawyers don’t go around lying and breaking the law in real life, but the acting is phenomenal, the plot is amazing, and the characters are so well crafted that it is out of this world and well, that just makes the show super interesting. I mean would you want to see a lawyer sitting at her desk all day working? Probably not, cause that’s boring TV. The plot line is so unpredictable you will probably try so hard to know the truth and it’ll drive you mad, especially with a cliffhanger hanging around every corner. The directing is fantastic too!

Also this show has a few not so subtle-messages about sexuality, women and race, but that doesn’t steal the spotlight from the plot and it’s just crazy good!  

 

Sherlock

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IMDb rating: 9.2/10

We all know the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his amazing companion Dr. John Watson. What made Sherlock Holmes so loved when it came out in the form of books is that Conan Doyle made Sherlock’s world relatable; he lived at the time and place people who were reading the books were living. Now Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (producers) used that to make their Sherlock relatable- they modernized Sherlock Holmes and I bet you Conan Doyle is dancing in his grave.

I’m going to start by talking about the casting. I do not think there is anyone who can play Sherlock Holmes as uniquely as Benedict Cumberbatch did, neither play John so beautifully like Martin Freeman, also Andrew Scotts NAILED Moriarty – for anyone who watched the show –  Moriarty is such a king, then there is Una Stubbs and that’s the best Mrs Hudson I have seen in all Sherlock Holmes adaptations. 

This series is quite short, four seasons, three episodes each, but I guarantee you; you will fall in love with it. The dialogue is smooth, sharp and so well written – the challenges Sherlock faces each episode are thrilling and he just gives attention to the smallest of details which anyone might brush off. Even though Sherlock is a sleuth, as heartless and egotistical as they come, you will probably love him and sympathize with him, though not as much as with John though.

 

Elementary

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IMDb rating: 7.9/10

More Sherlock Holmes adaptations but just less-based on the books in the way they took the names, a few quotes, and the personalities. So what’s different? Firstly, John Watson is now Joan Watson (and Lucy Lu plays the role perfectly). Secondly, it’s set in the United States, Scotland Yard who? Now it’s the NYPD (unless the officers are pissed at Sherlock and he has to work behind their back). Now Sherlock’s addiction is also introduced in a different way in which he was an addict and Joan was supposed to be his sober companion and that’s how they met, but she really enjoys what he’s doing as a consultant detective and so magic happens (as in I won’t spoil) and they start working together.

The crimes are so interesting and they keep getting better and better, and they dynamics Lucy and Johnny bring to Sherlock and Joan as a result of their chemistry makes both characters witty and allows for the both of them to shine.

This is not really a case where you compare it to the cannon (and trust me I have read so many Sherlock Holmes’ books), but it’s well-written, impeccably acted and super dynamic to watch

(please do not compare Sherlock and Elementary it hurts my heart)

 

The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey

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IMDb rating: 7.2/10

This is actually a documentary about the murder case of this beautiful young girl which you can see in the picture. She died a victim of pedophilia and at the tender age of six. There were three prominent possible explanations for how she died and they all involved sexual abuse by an elder. This documentary is basically investigating this 20-year-old unsolved murder case and it’s pretty sentimental – and real. 

 

Poirot

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IMDb rating: 8.6/10

This is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novels. He’s a Belgian detective and he’s fascinating and enchanting in every sense of the word, and I do not mean look-wise, rather in his reasoning when solving a crime and this really is owed to Agatha Christie who is a brilliant author. Honestly though, Suchet’s acting just brings Hercule Poirot to life in this magnificent adaptation because he is so perfectly personified, it brings the stories so much more juiciness and excitement (more so than they already are!) This is definitely worth a watch!!

 

Peaky Blinders

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IMDb rating: 8.8/10

I do not know what to say about this because it’s absolutely brilliant. The costumes are breathtaking. The acting left me awed. Also, this is not set in London it’s set Birmingham so the scenery is quite beautiful. This is probably one of the best british drama/crime series. There is not much I can say without practically spoiling the whole thing for you, you just need to know it’s a series you need to watch. 

 

Well, that’s a wrap!

Till next time.

 

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