DETECTIVE-, MYSTERY-, THRILLER SERIES

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1. Endeavour (2012– )

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Sean Rigby

Votes: 15,700

2. Vera (2011– )

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her team face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape.

Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Kenny Doughty

Votes: 7,556

3. Waking the Dead (2000–2011)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd is the leader of a police team which investigates unsolved murders using modern technology.

Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson, Tara Fitzgerald

Votes: 4,657

4. Silent Witness (1996– )

TV-14 | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Crimes through the eyes of a team of forensic pathologists and forensic scientists.

Stars: Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward, David Caves

Votes: 5,044

5. Case Histories (2011–2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Former soldier and policeman Jackson Brodie becomes a private investigator.

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Amanda Abbington, Zawe Ashton, Millie Innes

Votes: 3,134

6. Scott & Bailey (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama

Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Tony Mooney, David Prosho

Votes: 5,666

7. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 11,783

8. Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard, Lisa McGrillis

Votes: 5,305

9. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001–2008)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small).

Stars: Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Paul Hickey

Votes: 3,886

10. DCI Banks (2010–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tenacious and stubborn DCI Banks unravels disturbing murder mysteries aided by his young assistants, DS Annie Cabbot and DI Helen Morton.

Stars: Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz

Votes: 4,825

11. Above Suspicion (2009–2012)

46 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The murder of a young actress starts an investigation that uncovers on-screen tensions, a complex private life, controversial memoirs, and suspected abuse.

Stars: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Amanda Lawrence

Votes: 1,936

12. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 80,162

13. Top of the Lake (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 30,516

14. The Killing (2007–2012)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences.

Stars: Sofie Gråbøl, Morten Suurballe, Lars Mikkelsen, Bjarne Henriksen

Votes: 22,685

15. Bron/Broen (2011–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.

Stars: Sofia Helin, Rafael Pettersson, Sarah Boberg, Dag Malmberg

Votes: 52,422

16. Single-Handed (2007–2010)

TV-14 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

Jack Driscoll moves back to his birth town on the Irish west coast to take over his retired dad's job as Garda/police Sgt. He solves different cases.

Stars: Owen McDonnell, David Herlihy, Ruth McCabe, Brian Gleeson

Votes: 872

17. The Guilty (2013)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

Lives are torn apart and relationships fractured forever when a four-year-old boy goes missing during a neighbourhood barbecue.

Stars: Darren Boyd, Tamsin Greig, Katherine Kelly, Arsher Ali

Votes: 791

18. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Chief Inspector Morse (John Thaw) has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Detective Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately) to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 9,139

19. The Missing (2014– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When Tony and Emily Hughes travel to France with their 5-year-old son Oliver, their family holiday turns into a nightmare when Oliver disappears from a large celebrating crowd in Northern France.

Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Anastasia Hille, David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 19,348

20. State of Play (2003)

TV-14 | 312 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.

Stars: John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister

Votes: 8,880

21. Restless (2012 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.

Director: Edward Hall | Stars: Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell, Michelle Dockery, Michael Gambon

Votes: 2,722

22. Chasing Shadows (I) (2014)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A missing persons unit investigate serial killers who target the impressionable and vulnerable.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Alex Kingston, Don Warrington, Noel Clarke

Votes: 2,004

23. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 9,598

24. Shetland (2013– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of Shetland.

Stars: Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson, Erin Armstrong

Votes: 9,002

25. Unforgotten (2015– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

London detectives investigate crimes from the past, unravelling secrets left buried for years.

Stars: Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Lewis Reeves, Jordan Long

Votes: 9,679

26. Thirteen (2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

26-year-old Ivy Moxam steps out of an ordinary house, on an ordinary street, on an ordinary day. Ivy hasn't been seen for thirteen years, she was kidnapped in 2003 at the age of thirteen.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Valene Kane, Richard Rankin, Natasha Little

Votes: 6,242

27. Prime Suspect (1991)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

Stars: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell, Jack Ellis

Votes: 6,135

28. Prime Suspect 1973 (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Prime Suspect 1973 tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison's first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry.

Stars: Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 2,165



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