These crime shows have all the mystery and drama you’re looking for
Top crime series to stream on Showmax
Feel like sinking your teeth into a gritty thriller, crime caper or police procedural series? Love nothing more than a clever, but flawed, TV detective who’s a genius at cracking cases but totally clueless when it comes to their personal life?
Here are some of the most addictive series that fit the bill, all available on Showmax.
If you prefer true crime stories, check out Showmax’s selection.
It’s the 1930s and while America is struggling through the Great Depression, Los Angeles is booming. It’s here that a down-and-out defence attorney Perry Mason, takes on the case of the decade. This dark new drama starring Matthew Rhys is inspired by the iconic series that aired in the 1950s and 1960s.
Detective Harry Bosch is a troubled, but relentless, Los Angeles homicide detective. This gripping, dark series is based on the novels by Michael Connelly, and the title character is played by Titus Welliver. Bosch scores 97% on Rotten Tomatoes so you can be assured it’s excellent.
HBO’s True Detective is one of the most gripping and intense crime dramas of the past few years. It’s an anthology, with a separate story in each season. The cast includes Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of cops who uncover an occult network in Louisiana in season 1, and Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams investigating a complicated case in California in season 2.
Season 3 has been hailed as the best of the lot, with Mahershala Ali playing an investigator who worked a murder and missing persons case in 1980, revisited it a decade later, and then in 2015 is forced to relive it when a true crime documentary filmmaker seeks him out.
This anthology series is inspired by the Coen Brothers movie of the same name; they’re all set in the snowy, remote climes of North Dakota and Minnesota; and they’re all about law enforcement officials on the trail of organised crime, hitmen and the hapless, ordinary people who get caught in their webs and end up becoming criminals themselves.
Each season is as darkly funny and intriguing as the last, with stars such as Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Ewan McGregor keeping you hooked.