Best mystery series

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 TV Series)
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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. (100 mins.)
“ 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. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
2.
Jonathan Creek (1997 TV Series)
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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. (120 mins.)
“ 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). ” - lamemoviesguy
 
3.
Quincy M.E. (1976 TV Series)
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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder. (60 mins.)
“ 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. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
4.
Miss Marple (????)
“ 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. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
5.
Murdoch Mysteries (2008 TV Series)
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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. (48 mins.)
“ A well-crafted, well-acted Canadian series. Great plots and great on-screen chemistry among characters. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
6.
Midsomer Murders (1997 TV Series)
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A veteran DCI and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County. (90 mins.)
“ Entangled (even if sometimes unbelievable) plots - lots of fun despite unconvincing detective work. John Nettles shines as Detective Barnaby. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
7.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
“ A very modern approach to the character of the classic detective and his nemesis has made the series highly engaging and enjoyable. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
8.
Endeavour (2012 TV Series)
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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. (89 mins.)
“ 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. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
9.
Waking the Dead (2000 TV Series)
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Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd is the leader of a police team which investigates unsolved murders using modern technology. (100 mins.)
“ Fun to watch. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
10.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012 TV Series)
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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. (60 mins.)
“ Charming Australian series. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
11.
Foyle's War (2002 TV Series)
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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. (90 mins.)
 
12.
Mystery!: Cadfael (1994 TV Series)
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A Crusader-turned-Monk uses his botanical knowledge to solve mysteries in the old Norman England town of Shrewsbury. (75 mins.)
 
13.
Inspector Morse (1987 TV Series)
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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. (100 mins.)
 
14.
Rosemary & Thyme (2003 TV Series)
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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. (60 mins.)
“ Simple plots but fun to watch. Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris add to the charm. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
15.
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001 TV Series)
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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. (90 mins.)
 
16.
The Commander: Virus (2005 TV Movie)
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Commander Blake is still dealing with the aftermath of the James Lampton case. Not only has he pleaded... (136 mins.)
Director: Charles Beeson
“ 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. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
17.
Wallander (2008 TV Series)
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A TV program centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop. (90 mins.)
 
18.
Inspector Lewis (2006 TV Series)
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Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them. (90 mins.)
 
19.
Blue Murder (2001 TV Series)
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Blue Murder is a Canadian crime television series featuring a Toronto based police squad investigating murders. (60 mins.)
Director: Tim Southam
“ Intriguing plots. Caroline Quentin charms. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
20.
Vera (2011 TV Series)
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With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her trusted right-hand man DS Joe Ashworth face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape. (90 mins.)
 
21.
Heat of the Sun (1998 Mini-Series)
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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. (360 mins.)
Director: Paul Seed
“ This really needs to be re-aired - beautiful location and good performances. ” - lamemoviesguy
 
22.
The Last Detective (2003 TV Series)
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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. (90 mins.)
 
23.
Above Suspicion (2009 TV Series)
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DC Anna Travis joins a team on the hunt for a particularly gruesome serial killer. When the latest victim is found and doesn't fit the usual profile of the killer's victims, Travis sets out to prove herself. (120 mins.)
 
24.
Cracker (1993 TV Series)
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An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases. (100 mins.)
 
25.
Prime Suspect (1991 Mini-Series)
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A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades. (207 mins.)
 
26.
Trial & Retribution (1997 TV Series)
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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.
 
27.
Inspector George Gently (2007 TV Series)
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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. (89 mins.)
 
28.
Murder in Suburbia (2004 TV Series)
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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". (60 mins.)
 
29.
Dalziel and Pascoe (1996 TV Series)
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Supt. Dalziel and partner DI Pascoe investigate murders, and find a bond forming between them despite their blatantly differing personalities. (120 mins.)
 
30.
Father Brown (1974 TV Series)
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Based on the stories of G.K. Chesterton, a British Catholic Priest solves mysteries. (60 mins.)
 
31.
Single-Handed (2007 TV Series)
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Jack Driscoll is transferred from Dublin back to his birthplace in the remote west of Ireland as Garda Sergeant... (130 mins.)
 
32.
Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987 TV Series)
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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.