The 8 Best Netflix Crime Series to Watch in 2022!
A good mystery or an interesting case is what you’re looking for. You don’t have to worry about anything. Here are some of our favorite crime shows presently streaming on Netflix, as well as some of the most recent arrivals to the site. If you are looking for a wider array of choices, you can also check out our list of the best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix
- Created by: Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon
- Stars: Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever
- Original Network: Netflix
Unbelievable is innovative in a subtle way. When you’re dealing with a subject like rape, it’s not unusual for a show to leave you thinking about it for days after the final episode is over. It’s a beautiful program, but it’s also not unique; other series and movies have employed similarly talented actors to present comparable stories.
As opposed to this, Unbelievable stands out by simply assuming that everyone watching already knows that rape is a heinous crime against human dignity. It assumes that you’ve already dealt with that. If you’ve seen The Handmaid’s Tale, Boys Don’t Cry, or even more recently, The Nightingale, you’ve witnessed a rape in media in a visceral, horrifying form.
Of the people on the opposite side of the screen, it is well aware that one in six women and one in 33 men have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes. It has no desire to subject its viewers to any kind of emotional or physical harm. Unbelievable is aware that rape is wrong. It is not a voyeuristic device.
Susannah Grant, the show’s creator, has made it a priority to focus on the survivor’s point of view on what happened to her and how it affects her, sure, but also on the violations that followed.
Because of its subtle impact, Unbelievable may not have its full effect until the end, although it is based on journalism by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong (of ProPublica and The Marshall Project, respectively), who won the Pulitzer Prize for their work.
- Created by: Steven Knight
- Stars: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Iddo Goldberg
BBC was the original broadcaster. This rock ‘n’ roll gangster drama starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill is set in 1919 in the West Midlands industrial metropolis of Birmingham (music from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and the White Stripes adds a modern touch to the period proceedings).
Murphy is a former soldier who has become the Shelby crime family’s ambitious kingpin. Neill is the equally vicious inspector who enlists the help of a charming mole (Annabelle Wallis, also of Fleming) to demolish his organization. (In the second season, Tom Hardy joins the cast.)
Murphy gives his typical quiet intensity to a complex antihero, one of several thoughtful characterizations in the Shelby clan, as the steely, azure-eyed Tommy Shelby. Imagine razor blades sewed into the brims of its users’ caps for the gang’s/moniker, show’s and you’ll have an idea of Peaky Blinders’ viciousness.
- Created by: Joe Barton
- Stars: Takehiro Hira, Kelly Macdonald, Kubozuka, Will Sharpe
- Original Network: BBC Two
Giri/Haji, a BBC Two production now available on Netflix in the United States, is already one of the year’s best surprises. The international drama begins when Kenzo Mori (Takehiro Hira), a Tokyo investigator, is entrusted by a renowned Yakuza criminal family—in collaboration with the police force—to discreetly travel to London in pursuit of his brother Yuto (Yosuke Kubozuka), whom he believed had perished a year ago.
The expectation is that bringing Yuto back will put an end to the Yakuza clan wars that he helped ignite. Giri /Haji, like Kenzo’s probe into Yuto’s abduction and fabricated death, is full of surprising twists, not simply in its plot but also in its form. It’s dark and brutal at times, but it’s also hilarious and heartfelt.
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The story is around two brothers, but it also deals with forged family and realizing the truth about oneself. The story’s framework is a gang war, which plays out in many ways similar to Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (in terms of a variety of different crime bosses marching toward one another); however, one of the most moving scenes occurs during a quiet, makeshift Yom Kippur dinner regarding the atonement.
Simply said, the series is breathtaking. And, most importantly, amusing. Though a second season would be lovely to spend more time in this universe, this one has finished with a real and beautiful sense of healing.
When They See Us
- Created by: Ava DuVernay
- Stars: Asante Black, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Jharrel Jerome, Marquis Rodriguez, Felicity Huffman, John Leguizamo, Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga
- Original Network: Netflix
You can’t look away from When They See Us, and you can’t hide from the reality. Trisha Meli, 28, was jogging in Central Park on April 19, 1989, when she was viciously assaulted and left for dead. Meli was in a coma for 12 days and had no recollection of what had occurred to her and was unable to identify her assailant or assailants.
The horrors of what occurred to Meli are not spared in the series. New York City was not pleased with a successful white woman being left for dead in America’s most iconic public space. The mayor, the district attorney, and the police department all wanted her assailants apprehended.
However, Manhattan District Attorney Linda Fairstein (Felicity Huffman, in her first post-scandal appearance) and NYPD detectives lost sight of their desire to locate the true offender and instead decided to solve the crime by whatever means necessary.
The narrative itself is quite moving. However, Ava DuVernay makes some important decisions that elevate When They See Us to one of the year’s, if not the decade’s, best films. The hiring of five relatively unknown actors as the lads is one example.
Rodriguez, Herisse, Jerome, Black, and Harris, who were 14-16 years old in 1989, not only seem young but also depict the total fragility and dread that their real-life counterparts must have felt. We also get to see their relatives, who have worked tirelessly to protect their children. Delores, Korey’s mother, is played by Niecy Nash. Raymond’s father, played by John Leguizamo, remarries while Raymond is abroad and struggles to juggle his old and new families.
Sharon Salaam, played by Aunjanue Ellis, was the only parent who knew enough about the system to make sure her son didn’t sign a fake confession. None of them are made saints by DuVernay. They all make terrible decisions and make terrible blunders. Their affection for their children, on the other hand, is undeniable. It’s quite difficult to see When They See Us. It slashed me to the core. I’m sure it’ll do the same to you when you see it.
- Created by: Sarah Polley, Mary Harron
- Stars: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Zachary Levi, Kerr Logan, David Cronenberg, Paul Gross, Anna Paquin
- Networks: CBC/Netflix
This outstanding Canadian limited series is a finely built masterpiece, adapted by Sarah Polley from Margaret Atwood’s historical novel and directed by Mary Harron with honest shudders of psychological dread.
In 1859, in Canada, “celebrated murderess” Grace Marks (the brilliant Sarah Gadon) agrees to an interview with Dr. Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft), and their ongoing conversation uncovers a pattern of violence and trauma, which Alias Grace spins into a tense mystery, an intricate biographical portrait, a lushly appointed period drama, and a ferocious treatment of the distance between what “the world at large” deigns to call harm.
- Created by: Jed Mercurio
- Stars: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee, Sophie Rundle
- Original Network: ITV
There are no rooftop chases, ticking clocks, or fisticuffs with the villain’s minions in Jed Mercurio’s excellent actioner. Instead, suspense is found in the six-part series’ precise camerawork and pacing, and it’s this level of control that makes Bodyguard deserving of your next TV obsession: It refuses shortcuts and ellipses until the effect of real-time is achieved.
Rather than dismissing the method as a gimmick, star Richard Madden and filmmakers Thomas Vincent and John Strickland employ it to generate powerful echoes of protagonist David Budd’s excruciating vigilance, as well as the nation’s. David (Keeley Hawes), a rising political star with her eye on 10 Downing Street—and a reputation as a national security hardliner—is assigned to protect Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), a rising political star with her eye on 10 Downing Street—and a reputation as a national security hardliner.
In the setting of a tense political thriller, the outcome is a brilliant layering of form over function: Homeland is less 24 or House of Cards than it is at its most important, devoid of everything save its hero’s capacity to see what others don’t.
- Created by: Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten
- Stars: Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries
- Original Network: Das Erste
Babylon Berlin, an amazing series set in the 1920s, is a perplexing yet intensely human investigation of a pivotal period in German history. This neo-noir builds a case around the many forces at work in German society and politics during the Weimar Republic, focusing primarily on a mysterious detective from Cologne (Volker Brunch’s Gereon Rath) and a poor, ambitious flapper with a desire to work in Berlin’s homicide division (Liv Lisa Fries’ Charlotte Ritter).
Berlin is a hub of clandestine activity, with the emergence of Stalin affecting Europe and the Treaty of Versailles not resting well with dangerous nationalist parties. After the show’s fantastic first two seasons, the payback comes in the form of one of television’s best episodes of all time (including an outrageous twist you will never see coming).
Despite the historical period (and probably to the astonishment of American viewers), we don’t see a swastika until the Season 2 conclusion. However, as violence spills out onto the streets in a society still torn by the horrors of World War I, the slow turning of that tide—the collapse of democracy, the rise of blame against the Jewish community—is felt throughout.
Despite this, Babylon Berlin is never a depressing series. It might be depressing or distressing, yet it can also be bright and cheerful. It’s both intellectual and emotional. It takes time to spend a whole episode lazily sitting by a lake, but it also establishes such a complex interplay of narrative threads that you will be surprised when they start to pay off.
The show’s distinct German Expressionist style, stunning costuming, and an acute sense of character make it unmissable television. Don’t be put off by the subtitles; even if it’s dubbed, it’s better enjoyed in its original tongue.
- Created by: Vince Gilligan
- Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito
- Original Network: AMC
Some believe that The Wire is the best television drama of all time, while others defend Mad Men or The Sopranos, the latter of which has the advantage of being so historically significant that it kicks off many textbooks’ current TV eras. Breaking Bad, on the other hand, made its mark swiftly, publicly, and with a lot of oomph.
It debuted on TV with only a few episodes of tonally dubious wobbling—the balance-finding of an ambitious acrobat looking for the tightrope’s center—and stayed put for the next five seasons. What does it matter that the first season’s DVD case referred to it as a dramedy? Even though we didn’t know where it was heading, America knew what it was right away.
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How has the tragic tale of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a science teacher turned meth kingpin, fared over the years? If the current TV landscape is any indication, it’s a proud grandfather, inspecting his offspring with the same delight and kind judgment as any overachieving patriarch.
Breaking Bad may not have established the trope of unlikable anti-heroism in pop drama as a whole, but it did put the “pop” in the title. (And don’t forget to watch El Camino, the show’s somewhat superfluous but nonetheless fantastic follow-up film.)