Best mystery series

by lamemoviesguy | created - 06 Jul 2013 | updated - 10 Sep 2014 | Public

For mystery, British is the word. Unfortunately, because this is strictly a list of mystery series, the American series "Columbo" does not feature here. But Columbo has to be one of the best crime series ever made.

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1. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)

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

8.6
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From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 29,201

There are several seasons and none of them is worth missing. Beyond Christie's plots, the success of this undisputed number 1 series lies largely on the shoulders of David Suchet. In the final few seasons, the series deviated from the original Christie plots, yet the liberties taken with Poirot are not as high as with Marple.

2. Jonathan Creek (1997–2016)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Working from his home in a converted windmill, Jonathan Creek is a magician with a natural ability for solving puzzles. He soon puts this ability to the use of solving impossible crimes and mysterious murders.

Stars: Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 5,392

This features among the most intriguing and perplexing plots, yet all with a simple explanation. Focuses more on how dunnit than who dunnit. Caroline Quentin and Alan Davies are fun to watch together (sadly the pairing is limited to only the first two seasons).

3. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

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

7.3
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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

Votes: 4,034

The best American mystery series I have found. Dr. Quincy is reminiscent of Dr. Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. What I particularly like about the series, other than the harmless humor, is that this has logically the most sound plots of all the series listed here - Dr. Quincy considers all alternatives and uses a lot of 'if' in his suppositions, instead of divinely arriving at the correct explanation among all possible ones.

4. Miss Marple

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The original unadulterated 1980s series featuring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple - often named "Agatha Christie's Miss Marple". Joan Hickson was best suited to play the role of Miss Marple. Also, the original series remained faithful to Christie's plots. The recent Marple videos (featuring Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie) have taken liberties with the plots, sometimes distorting them altogether.

5. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )

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

8.1
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In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.

Stars: Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris

Votes: 7,418

A well-crafted, well-acted Canadian series. Great plots and great on-screen chemistry among characters.

6. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

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

7.8
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A veteran DCI and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 17,549

Entangled (even if sometimes unbelievable) plots - lots of fun despite unconvincing detective work. John Nettles shines as Detective Barnaby.

7. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.2
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 628,790

A very modern approach to the character of the classic detective and his nemesis has made the series highly engaging and enjoyable.

8. Endeavour (2012– )

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

8.6
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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, James Bradshaw, Anton Lesser

Votes: 10,602

The good points of Inspector Morse coupled with mid 20th century charm. Shaun Evans is quite a revelation. Also, the opera music helps the series quite a bit.

9. Waking the Dead (2000– )

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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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: 4,147

Fun to watch.

10. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012– )

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

8.4
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Our female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.

Stars: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings

Votes: 9,200

Charming Australian series.

11. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

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

8.4
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As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war.

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

Votes: 10,487

12. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The medieval era cases of a Crusader-turned-Monk who investigates mysteries in the Norman English town of Shrewsbury.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Terrence Hardiman

Votes: 1,838

13. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

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

8.1
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Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

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

Votes: 7,662

14. Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Set amongst the stunning gardens of Europe, Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, two professional gardeners, find themselves drawn into solving mysterious crimes.

Stars: Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris, Ryan Philpott, Daisy Dunlop

Votes: 2,749

Simple plots but fun to watch. Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris add to the charm.

15. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001–2008)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers.

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

Votes: 3,292

16. The Commander: Virus (2005 TV Movie)

136 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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Commander Blake is still dealing with the aftermath of the James Lampton case. Not only has he pleaded not guilty to the murders for which he is accused, it now means that Blake will have ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: Amanda Burton, Matthew Marsh, Poppy Miller, Thomas Lockyer

Votes: 90

IMDB has this and other episodes of this TV series listed as individual TV movies. The series stars Amanda Burton in the lead role and has some very engrossing plots.

17. Wallander (2008– )

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

8.0
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A TV program centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark, Sarah Smart

Votes: 9,636

18. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

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

8.0
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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: 7,976

19. Blue Murder (2001–2004)

60 min | Drama, Crime

6.6
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Blue Murder is a Canadian crime television series featuring a Toronto based police squad investigating murders.

Stars: Joel Keller, Mimi Kuzyk, Kathleen Laskey, Jeremy Ratchford

Votes: 115

Intriguing plots. Caroline Quentin charms.

20. Vera (2011– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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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, David Leon

Votes: 4,966

21. Heat of the Sun (1998– )

360 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Set in the 1930s, a former Scotland Yard detective is sent to colonial Kenya to head the new criminal investigation unit.

Stars: Trevor Eve, Susannah Harker, Michael Byrne, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Votes: 451

This really needs to be re-aired - beautiful location and good performances.

22. The Last Detective (2003– )

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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"Dangerous" Davies always gets the cases no one else wants, and no one notices when he eventually succeeds. But his old-fashioned decency and dogged determination have won him legions of loyal fans.

Stars: Peter Davison, Sean Hughes, Rob Spendlove, Charles De'Ath

Votes: 914

23. Above Suspicion (2009–2012)

46 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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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: 1,621

24. Cracker (1993–1996)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases.

Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville, Kieran O'Brien, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 4,607

25. Prime Suspect (1991)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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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: 4,981

26. Trial & Retribution (1997– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Det. Supt. Michael Walker, teamed with DI North and DCI Connor, follow each case from crime committed, through the pursuit of justice, to the law courts where the efforts of the force will be tested - sometimes to breaking point.

Stars: David Hayman, Dorian Lough, Victoria Smurfit, Kate Buffery

Votes: 518

27. Inspector George Gently (2007– )

89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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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: 4,312

28. Murder in Suburbia (2004–2005)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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The series focused on various murders in the fictional suburban English town of Middleford. The crimes are solved by two female police detectives, Inspector Kate Ashurst and Sergeant Emma Scribbins, aka "Ash and Scribbs".

Stars: Caroline Catz, Lisa Faulkner, Jeremy Sheffield, Glen Davies

Votes: 834

29. Dalziel and Pascoe (1996– )

120 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

7.4
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Supt. Dalziel and partner DI Pascoe investigate murders, and find a bond forming between them despite their blatantly differing personalities.

Stars: Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, David Royle, Jennifer James

Votes: 1,851

30. Father Brown (1974– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Based on the stories of G.K. Chesterton, a British Catholic Priest solves mysteries.

Stars: Kenneth More, Dennis Burgess, David Buck, Graham Crowden

Votes: 238

31. Single-Handed (2007– )

130 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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Jack Driscoll is transferred from Dublin back to his birthplace in the remote west of Ireland as Garda Sergeant, the role recently vacated by his father, Gerry. Jack's first major case is ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 668

32. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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From cold, rock-strewn moors to comfortable suburban estates, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell explores the dark fissures between friends and family members that motivate murder.

Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Ken Kitson

Votes: 237