What are the best TV series about criminals?

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    Mindhunter is a Netflix Original series created by Joe Penhall starring Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany. It was based on the true crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

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    Gregory Sanchez
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "I watched Mindhunter in less than one week but I believe I could have watched it in less than a day since I was really intrigued how the series is unfolding like a movie. Every time I finished watching an episode I cannot help but think about it more if I do not watch it as soon as possible because it is very intriguing. "
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    Narcos is a Netflix original series which the gripping real-life story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar who became a billionaire for the production and distribution of cocaine. Its season four is a reset of season one titled Narcos: Mexico. 

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    Sharon Hudson
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Narcos is a fantastic show that will grab you from the first moments. It's gripping and highly engaging. I love dramas that are true to life and this one makes you feel like you are there during the rise of the drug trade. Highly recommended!"
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    #3American Crime Story

    American Crime Story

    American Crime Story is a true crime anthology series. Each season of the series focuses on a single event, with the first season entitled The People v. O.J. Simpson and the second as The Assassination of Gianni Versace. 

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    Aradhya Gupta
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This true crime anthology series that airs on the channel FX and is currently in its 2nd season. The show focusses on one true life topic per season. This show is informative, riveting, sometimes even comedic at times with a strong cast to bolster the story and humanize characters."
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    #4La Casa de Papel

    La Casa de Papel

    La Casa de Papel is a Spanish TV series that was internationally distributed by Netflix as "Money Heist." It tells the story of The Professor, who recruits eight thieves to help him attempt a heist on the Royal Mint of Spain.

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    Gloria Schneider
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This show really sucked me in! I binge watched it in like 3 days. i can't recommend it enough. It's soo good!"
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    #5The Alienist

    The Alienist

    The Alienist is a TV Series based on the famous novel by Caleb Carr. The show tells the story of a 19th-century psychologist that is on the run for the hunt of a serial killer. The show has a lot of gritty and dark ambients and atmosphere. 

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    Marie Morales
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Alienist is one of the best TV series about criminals. Anyone who enjoys true crime in any capacity will enjoy this show. I can't wait for new episodes so that I can utilize my natural detective skills."
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    Broadchurch is an English television crime drama broadcast on ITV which was written and created by Chris Chibnall. It only lasted until season three which last aired on April 17, 2017. 

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    Walter Stevens
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "Broadchurch is such a well-scripted TV series. I cannot imagine that Mark could be the suspect, but then it turns out he is after I find out he has been lying. I also didn't expect that Danny's killer could be someone else. All in all these TV series is nerve-wracking making me want to see the ending asap as i want to see who the real killer. "
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    #7Orange is the New Black

    Orange is the New Black

    Orange is the New Black, also known as OITNB, is a comedy-drama series released in 2013 which revolves around Piper Chapman, a woman who is sentenced to 15 months in a fictional women's federal prison.

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    Carlos Galván
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "If you've got Netflix then go watch this. Really, 9/10 of their originals are amazing and this is one of them. It's a witty and engaging TV series and you'll enjoy it from start to end."
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    #8The Sopranos

    The Sopranos

    The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. It follows New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, who deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business.

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    Eric Chen
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "The Sopranos is one of the most high-quality dramas about criminals to date. Produced by HBO, The Sopranos follows the business dealings and family drama of Tony Soprano, a small-time crime boss in New Jersey. Tony attempts to balance the stresses of running his businesses, avoiding the law, and keeping his family together. The Sopranos is definitely for adult audiences, and if you are at all interested in TV shows about criminals, this one is not to be missed."
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    Bloodline is a Netflix Original thriller–drama TV series created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek. It aired from 2015 to 2017 with three seasons. 

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    Evelyn Weber
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "I admit I wasn't planning on watching this show not until I saw it was featured on the Netflix site but after three episodes I got hooked. I also noticed that Bloodline somehow resembles the series How to Get Away with Murder. Unfortunately, this has ended after three seasons. "
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    Sherlock is a 2010 British mystery crime tv show starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. It was released by BBC One network with four seasons last aired in 2017. 

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    Brenda Schneider
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "Benedict Cumberbatch is love and I do believe Benedict is the best person ever who has portrayed Sherlock Holmes. This series is also the best adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works better than The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett. "
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    #11Peaky Blinders

    Peaky Blinders

    Peaky Blinders is a British TV drama that tells the story of the Peaky Binders crime gang, set in Birmingham during the aftermath of the First World War. The show centers on the fight of this criminal gang against the police.

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    Rebecca Harris
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I've heard good things about this show but I always forget about it. I'm glad to have it recommended again!"
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    Gomorra is an Italian crime drama series based on the book Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano. Set in Naples, it follows the story of Ciro Di Marzo, the right-hand man of the Camorra mafia, headed by the patriarch of the Savastano clan.

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    Paul Kelly
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I originally saw the movie Gomorra and that's what caught my attention when I saw this series. Well, it's not that exactly, but you have true quality writing here. Best crime writing on tv I have seen in a long, long time. You'd have to go back to something like the Wire to compare, it's that good."
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    #13The Wire

    The Wire

    The Wire is an American crime drama television series created by former police reporter David Simon. It takes place in Baltimore, Maryland, and follows the drug scene in the city from the eyes of the drug dealers and law enforcement.

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    Frances Long
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Background in Baltimore, Maryland. The screenplay was written by the scriptwriter, who is also the cop and former David Simon correspondent. The movie is shown on cable channel HBO. In each season of "The Wire," the film will focus on exploiting the various aspects that occur in the city of Baltimore. The war on drugs in Baltimore is multidimensional through the eyes of both opium dealers and police forces. "The Wire" debuted at the time of the infamous American wrestling tour in a tense period, the film revolving around her own element and violence."
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    River is a six-episode British television crime-drama series written and created by Abi Morgan starring Stellan Skarsgard and Nicola Walker. It first premiered on BBC One in October 2015 then on Netflix in November 2015. 

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    Anna Hernandez
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "This series is two thumbs up for me as it grows deeper, darker and more intricate with each episode. I also commend the stellar acting performance of Stellan Skarsgard as River although let's not forget that he is already a veteran actor at his age. I just hoped this has gotten a full series episode because six episodes are not enough. I wanted more of it. "
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    #15The Sinner

    The Sinner

    The Sinner is a crime-mystery TV series broadcasted on USA Network and created by  Derek Simonds based on the novel of the same name written by Petra Hammesfahr. This has received two nominations at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. 

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    Carl George
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "This series is one of my faves. It is shot beautifully and the script is written incredibly, while the cast has performed excellently on their roles. I also would like to point out that I didn't get bored the whole time I was watching this because everything is so fascinating and gets more deranged as it continues. "
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    #16Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad is a 2008 American drama series about a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, burdened with financial troubles and terminal cancer. White, out of desperation, made ends meet by turning his old RV into a meth lab. 

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    Kimberly Stanley
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Breaking Bad is a great drama series. In the movie, White chooses to do something about his family's financial security. While he is doing this, he meets a world of drugs and crime. He has a fatal diagnosis which is cancer. It is one of the best tv series about criminals/crime. "
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    Ozark is a Netflix original series which centers on Marty Byrd who relocates his family to a summer resort community in the Ozarks after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong to keep his family safe since he is indebted. 

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    Harry Long
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "If you were a fan of Breaking Bad, then Ozark is for you. It is an excellent drama created by Netflix which means that you can sit down and watch all of the episodes in one go. It has a similar theme to Breaking Bad, so at times it feels like a show you've seen before."
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    #18Making a Murderer

    Making a Murderer

    Making a Murderer is a documentary that explores the story of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison due to a wrongful accusation. This series is written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

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    Tyler Willis
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Making a Murderer is an excellent documentary series. I feel when I watch this show, I feel immersed and wanting to watch more. I feel it's an unbiased documentary T.V. series that prevents me with the facts of all cases. Highly entertaining and, in my opinion, extremely well done."
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    #19American Horror Story

    American Horror Story

    American Horror Story is a seasonal anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, and a sinister farmhouse.

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    Lori Bates
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I love American Horror Story. Each season stands on its own and has a completely new story line, making it possible to start watching this show without going back and finding all the previous seasons. The actors in this show are amazing and come back season after season, including Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters. My favorite season so fare was Asylum. I was always on edge and nervous watching because I did not know what to expect and was scared."
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    #20CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a television series that followed a team of forensic investigators in Las Vegas as they analyzed every piece of evidence found in a crime scene, and figured out what might have happened to uncover new grizzly crimes, episode by episode.

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    Alan Simmons
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "This show can be kind of stupid and over the top at times, but it really is gripping. The plots of each episode are usually interesting, it's the sort of thing you can watch all day without realising it. I wouldn't call this a great show by any means, but if you just want something a bit entertaining I can recommend it."
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    #21CSI: Miami

    CSI: Miami

    CSI: Miami is a spin-off of the series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation starring David Caruso, Emily Procter, and Kim Delaney. In it, they are forensic investigators who try to find the criminals who have committed the gory crimes they are tasked to analyze.

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    Jack Lawrence
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "perfect response"
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    #22Death Note

    Death Note
    Death Note is Japanese animated series directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse. Before turning into an anime, Death Notes was originally a manga of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba.
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    Diane Harvey
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Death Note is an anime, but it might still interest you. Recently, there was a movie put out on Netflix. But the reviews for it haven't been that great. Still, you should check out the anime at least."
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    Dexter is a crime drama series that aired from 2006 to 2013 on the Showtime network. It follows the story of Dexter Morgan, played by actor Michael C. Hall, who lives a double life as a forensic expert and a serial killer.

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    Cheryl Ramirez
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Maybe not for the faint of heart, but this is a really good show. Great characters and actors made Dexter of my favorite shows. It will pull you in and before you know it, the episode is over."
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    #24CSI: NY

    CSI: NY

    CSI: NY is a spinoff of the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The original one was set in Las Vegas, and this one is set in New York City. It follows a team of forensic investigators as they go to different crime scenes and gather all the evidence to study and analyze it, with the objective of solving the crimes and finding the perpetrators.

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    Maricela Cervantes
    Written on January 8, 2018
    " Outside Man, Recycling,Tangle wood, and The closer are my favorite episodes, csi is one of the most watched tv shows ever. i think its fit for all audiences and its so intersting, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, till the end. i believe there are nine seasons all together and i have them all on video. watch them ! i highly reccomend it. GO CSI!!!!!"
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    #25La Mante

    La Mante

    La Mante, or "The Mantis" in English, is a French thriller miniseries that was originally released in September 2017. It tells the story of Jeanne Deber, an incarcerated serial killer as she helps the police search for a murderer on the loose.

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    Catherine Garrett
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "The Mantis is another example of crime TV. But it's different because is a French miniseries in English. It has some interesting twists and turns you wouldn't normally see on American TV."


Best What are the best TV series about criminals
1MindhunterTV Shows 41 Paid
2NarcosTV Shows 37 Paid
3American Crime StoryTV Shows 37 Paid
4La Casa de PapelTV Shows 35 Paid
5The AlienistTV Shows 35 Paid
6BroadchurchTV Shows 34 Paid
7Orange is the New BlackTV Shows 33 Paid
8The SopranosTV Shows 32 Paid
9BloodlineTV Shows 32 Paid
10SherlockTV Shows 31 Paid

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