16 Best Crime Tv shows on Netflix Let You Think Like a Criminal

I want to behave smartly around my friends, therefore, I always watch the best crime tv shows on Netflix. These shows have a detective, cases based on real life and some riddles which a person can unlock alongside the main character. The main benefit of watching crime series is that you can boost up your analytical skills. Even when you encounter a crime scene in your real life, you find it easy to handle it on your own. Instead of freezing your mind and body, you get a clear idea what to do next. So, if you think the same way I do, then I’m sure you would like exploring the best crime series list I have here.

1. Daredevil ( 2015-2018)

This superhero is able to help other people even when he can’t see from his eye. The first two episodes of daredevil made me rethink about the way I am living my life. If a blind person can really make such a great difference in someone’s life then why I can’t do better while I am completely normal and fully blessed ( just a personal thought). Anyways, why you need to watch this show? It brings real action which you don’t see much in other crime tv series these days.

Best Crime Tv Shows On Netflix Daredevil Marvel Series

A superhero from Marvel Universal i.e. Daredevil works as an attorney during daytime and turns into a vigilante at night. He wants to save his people from the real world devils. I always categorized it among the most recommended tv series to watch on Netflix. Because once you watch this show, you will turn into a big fan of Matt Murdock.

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Total Seasons : 3


Making a Murderer ( 2015-)

So far, it is among the most amazing Crime investigation shows you can watch on Netflix. You will feel Empathy for Steven Avery who is the main character. He spent almost 20 years in Prison for a crime he never committed. Once he leaves the prison, he files suit against the people who were responsible behind all this. But his freedom goes away as he found himself in the bars again. He is accused of murdering a girl. Two Columbia graduate students take interest in his case and start documenting his life story. You would love to watch this Crime documentary series on Netflix because it uncovers Avery’s real struggle, a real story, petition, case highlights, top-level corruption and much more. So, don’t miss this crime series as it will bring ultimate fun for you.

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IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Total Seasons: 2

Narcos ( 2015-2017)

Interested in the true story of a drug cartel rise? Nothing more than Narcos will explain all the facts and figure related to this story. This crime tv shows set in the 80s and during the time when the cocaine trade in Colombia was at its peak. You will see the details of actions taken by law enforcement to control the drug kingpins and cocaine trade. This Netflix original series brings a conflict of civilian, military, police, politics and legal personalities. What you need more? Go and watch the show which has violent scenes and full action moves in a powerful story package.

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Total Seasons : 3, 30 episodes

Mind Hunter ( 2017)

I always want to be a part of FBI as they can catch criminals as no one can.  Mind Hunter is the best 2017 crime tv series which let you think like a criminal. Do you know how law authorities catch criminals? The answer is Mind Hunter. Actually, FBI agents try to think what criminals and serial killers are thinking. They follow their path and gut feelings, whereby they find the real criminal. So, if you like this formula and want to think from a criminal angle then you should watch this new Netflix tv show.

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IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Total Seasons: 1,10 episodes

Ozark (2017-)

When you want to see a crime thriller with a great story and powerful performance then you can pick Ozark from Netflix. The scriptwriter did a great job in adding suspense, complication, drama, and thrill in this crime tv show. I will appreciate the performance of Jason Bateman who brought multi-layered personality i.e. working as a financial agent, being a father, playing the partner role, and best of all trying to be a partner of his wife. Another person who is real showstopper is Julie Garner who is stubborn, rebellious, violent with some emotional undertones – one can relate to this character.

This crime tv show brings a story of a family man who has to do money laundering for a cartel otherwise his family life is at stake. You can add it into your must-watch crime tv shows on the Netflix list.

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IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Total Seasons: 2- 20 episodes

Babylon Berlin ( since 2017)

This German tv series is one of the best Detective shows on Netflix. You would be able to enjoy the great performance of Gereon Rath who is a police commissioner transferred to Berlin from Cologne. Berlin is a city which saw a big social and political changes in the Golden Twenties. He investigates the biggest pornography rings of Berlin and it is the same time when he uncovers a fat web of intrigue. The story has some other shocking scenes and stories for you. Go and enjoy it.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Total Seasons: 2

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The Break

This Belgian drama series on Netflix let you take a deep dive into a police detective who is mourning on his loss. He moves to his hometown and starting investigating a murder case that unlocks many secrets, lies, and facts.

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IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Total Seasons: 2

Lilyhammer ( 2012-2014)

It is an American-Norwegian tv series on Netflix. The story brings Frak Tagliano who is a star a New York mob boss who testifies against his associates. He got a new identity after it and he has to start over in the Lillehammer, Norway. He loves this town but doesn’t know much about its crime scale and stories which he has to explore after his relocation.

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IMDb Rating: 8/10

Total Seasons : 3- 24 Episodes

Narcos: Mexico ( since 2018)

It is among the new tv series on Netflix in 2018. If you are interested to see a rise of a drug cartel in Mexico, how drug trafficking boosted up in the late 80s then indeed it is a worth watching show. I like the character of Diego. I must warn you that its first few episodes are a bit slow but once you understand history and characters then things become super fast and you enjoy every second of it. That’s mean if you want to make the most from it, then you have to watch it from start to end and then share your opinions about it.

Narcos Mexico Best Crime Tv Series List

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Total Seasons: 4

The Keepers ( since 2017)

I like the stories where police have to investigate a murder case. This Netflix documentary investigation show let you solve the murder mystery of Cathy Cesnik. She is a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore. She disappeared on 7 November 1969 and her body got discovered two months later. No one knows who murdered her until a former student of Cesnik accused chaplain of high school for Sexual Abuse. The story brings the conversation to her friends, relatives, government official, citizens, and journalists. There are many pieces which are combined together to uncover the real truth behind her murder and also to find her killer. You would love this crime tv show on Netflix. So, add it to your list.

The Keepers Murder Tv Series

Total Season: 1

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

The Killing ( 2012- 2014)

It is one of the most amazing detective tv shows on Netflix. This show was started on AMC in 2012 but from 2014 Netflix got it. You will be able to solve murder mysteries via this show. Sarah Linden is the main detective who is a part of the Seattle Police Department. She has to work together with Detective Stephen Holder. Sarah likes to investigate a cake by-the-book style while Stephen likes freewheeling. Both have a varied approach for the same case, but they managed their difference just to find the justice and to solve the case. I’m sure you will enjoy both characters along with crime, action and adventure combo available in the show.

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Total Season: 4, 44 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

American Vandal ( 2017-2018)

Do you like true crime series? If yes, then you shouldn’t skip this detective investigation style tv show on Netflix. It let you see the aftermath of a high school prank. What is common to enjoy some pranks in high school and college. But what is not so common is the criminal investigation of these crimes. The pranks which seem nothing at first can have a big impact on your life. So, before you try any prank you should watch this show that let you find the responsible person for Vandalism in a high school. Watch other amazing tv shows for Teens.

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Total Season: 2, 16 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Longmire ( 2012-2017)

When you want to see the crime, thrill, and politics altogether then you have to opt for Longmire. This Netflix crime tv show is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. Robert Taylor is the leading character of the show, he has a charismatic personality. He works as a dedicated sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo. He patrols the county with a smile on his face but deep down he is so hurt and trying to alleviate the pain he gets from this wife death. In order to keep all things together in life and get back to normal life, he gets help from his daughter and a new female deputy.  He wants to apply for re-election. You will enjoy the real drama and his criminal investigations for sure. You can add this series to your binge-watching tv shows list as it’s really fun to enjoy the entire seasons in one go.

Longmire Netflix Best Crime Series To Watch

Total Season: 6, 63 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Orange is the New Black ( 2013-)

Do you want to see what happens to criminals in Prison? What they have to go through? Then you should watch this one of the best crime tv shows on Netflix. It got a high rating and reviews. The reason is that you would be able to discover female prison life very closely from this series. Prison world is far cruel than the real world and it has the power to change a person like Piper Chapman who knows nothing about crime but has to spend time in prison; just because she is a friend of a drug runner. If you think that it is a dark show then you are wrong, it is one of the best comedy tv shows you can enjoy on Netflix. Must watch it, if you really want to stream something special.

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Total Season: 6, 78 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Altered Carbon ( since 2018)

It is one of the best Tv shows 2018 on Netflix which you shouldn’t miss. It will take you into the future, society has been changed due to new innovations and technological advancement. Now human bodies are totally interchangeable. You can meet with immortals humans. Takeshi Kovacs is the only surviving soldier from an elite interstellar warrior group which was defeated during the uprising against new world order. His mind was imprisoned for centuries. Laurens Bancroft is a rich businessman who gives Takeshi a chance to live again. In order to get his resurrection, he has to solve a murder for Bancroft. This tv series has great visual, mind-blowing technologies, surprising human interchanging aspects which you can’t forget easily. You should watch this new crime drama on Netflix whenever you get some time.

Altered Carbon Best Crime Tv Shows Netflix 2018

Total Season :1

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Better Call Saul ( since 2015)

You might be a big fan of Saul Goodman from Breaking bad. But do you know that he wasn’t always the criminal as you know him? It is time to enjoy a pre-breaking bad kind of series known as Better Call Saul. Where you can see a different angle of Saul. Jimmy McGill is a small-time attorney who is working hard to build his career and name. He works for low-income clients. In his life, he has to balance his ambitions alongside the morals just to stay on the life track. He works with Mike who is a former cop. Mike works as a fixer of problematic scenario, and Jimmy has soon to make the most from this special skill set of mike.

Better Call Saul Best Crime Series

Total Season: 4 , 40 episodes 

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Wrap up

I have shared my favorite list of Crime TV shows on Netflix you can enjoy.  I have added everything in this list from violent crimes to high school pranks, from fictional stories to real-life cases, from drug cartels to murder mysteries. No matter what crime series you pick from the list, it will help you enjoy your free time. Did I miss something? Feel free to share your own favorite crime detective tv shows.

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