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1. Line of Duty (2012– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.

Stars: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 26,660

2. Luther (2010– )

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

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 113,374

3. Happy Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 31,099

4. The Fall (I) (2013–2016)

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

A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi

Votes: 70,818

5. 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: 82,577

6. 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: 19,706

7. Inside No. 9 (2014– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Anthology series which mixes dark humor with genres like crime, horror or drama. The show invites viewers into some very different No.9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Rosie Cavaliero, Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Votes: 10,647

8. Patrick Melrose (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

Based on the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Maltz

Votes: 21,033

9. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 80,557

10. Informer (2018)

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young East London man is coerced by an officer to work undercover for him.

Stars: Paddy Considine, Nabhaan Rizwan, Bel Powley, Reiss Jeram

Votes: 3,635

11. Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A woman suspects her husband of having an affair. After following several lines of inquiry far more unravels including a streak of violence below the surface.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Bertie Carvel, Tom Taylor, Thusitha Jayasundera

Votes: 12,989

12. Dracula (2020– )

TV-14 | 270 min | Drama, Horror

In 1897 Transylvania, the blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London.

Stars: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark, Jonathan Aris

Votes: 35,382

13. River (2015)

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

John River is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, Lesley Manville, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 18,619

14. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 274,090

15. Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

30 years after Fawlty Towers (1975) ended, Stephen Fry narrates a documentary about the making of this classic sitcom.

Director: Lindsay Jex | Stars: Stephen Fry, John Cleese, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales

Votes: 94

16. Home (2019– )

27 min | Comedy, Drama

Peter, his new partner Katy and her son John return home to Dorking from their first holiday together in France. Hiding in the boot of their car is Sami, a Syrian refugee.

Stars: Rufus Jones, Rebekah Staton, Youssef Kerkour, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 590

17. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

The wild misadventures of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), who live in a nearly constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield

Votes: 17,323

18. The Victim (2019– )

Not Rated | 57 min | Drama

A mother seeks the whereabouts of her son's killer after he is released from prison, unleashing a series of events that surface tragic memories and unexpected consequences.

Stars: Isis Hainsworth, Seylan Baxter, Karla Crome, Georgie Glen

Votes: 2,776

19. Sherlock (2010– )

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

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: 753,246

20. Marcella (2016– )

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

Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Stars: Anna Friel, Ray Panthaki, Jack Doolan, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 18,388

21. Three Girls (2017)

TV-14 | 180 min | Crime, Drama

Based on three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by a group of men in Rochdale and of the failure of the authorities to do anything about it.

Stars: Molly Windsor, Ria Zmitrowicz, Liv Hill, Paul Kaye

Votes: 2,881

22. The Alienist (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

Newspaper illustrator John Moore meets with criminal psychologist (alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.

Stars: Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, Brian Geraghty

Votes: 32,657

23. 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: 10,040

24. Prey (2014–2015)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

On the run accused of a terrible crime, Manchester Detective Marcus Farrow tries to prove his innocence while being hunted by his former friends and colleagues.

Stars: Rosie Cavaliero, Daniel Jillings, Darren Whitfield, John Simm

Votes: 2,637

25. Baptiste (2019– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The mercurial detective, Julien Baptiste, on holiday in Amsterdam with his wife, assists in an investigation for his former girlfriend, the Amsterdam Chief of Police.

Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Tom Hollander, Anastasia Hille, Barbara Sarafian

Votes: 3,233

26. 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: 9,364

27. Bodyguard (2018– )

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

A contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Stars: Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin, Ash Tandon

Votes: 80,415

28. The Widow (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Thriller

A woman's search to uncover the mysterious disappearance of her husband leads her to the Congo, where she's forced to seek the truth about what happened to the man she loved.

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Charles Dance, Matthew Le Nevez

Votes: 6,701

29. Taken Down (2018– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Taken Down is a crime drama series set in Dublin. The first series investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre, where ... See full summary »

Stars: Lynn Rafferty, Sean Fox, Orla Fitzgerald, Aïssa Maïga

Votes: 236

30. White House Farm (2020)

47 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Revolves around the true story of a fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family are murdered at an Essex farmhouse, and the ensuing police investigation and court case that follows.

Stars: Freddie Fox, Alexa Davies, Mark Addy, Scott Reid

Votes: 1,593

31. 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: 7,913

32. Liar (2017– )

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

British psychological thriller in which schoolteacher Laura Nielson accuses renowned surgeon Andrew Earlham of rape.

Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd, Zoë Tapper, Richie Campbell

Votes: 5,614

33. Deadwater Fell (2020– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a seemingly perfect and happy family is murdered by someone they knew and trusted, cracks appear on the surface of a supposedly idyllic community.

Stars: David Tennant, Cush Jumbo, Matthew McNulty, Anna Madeley

Votes: 2,039

34. 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: 4,963

35. The Split (2018–2020)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

The Defoes, a family of female divorce lawyers, are forced to face their past following the return of their estranged father after a 30 year absence.

Stars: Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button

Votes: 2,551

36. Bancroft (2017– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A dark thriller centering on Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft, a female detective with an explosive secret.

Stars: Sarah Parish, Ryan McKen, Adam Long, Lee Boardman

Votes: 2,140

37. Dublin Murders (2019– )

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

Crime series based on the novels by Tana French.

Stars: Sarah Greene, Killian Scott, Michael D'Arcy, Eugene O'Hare

Votes: 3,971

38. Brassic (2019– )

43 min | Comedy

A six-part comedy series set in Lancashire about the lives of Vinnie (Joseph Gilgan) and Dylan (Damien Molony), whom have grown up together and are inseparable. When Dylan's girlfriend ... See full summary »

Stars: Joseph Gilgun, Michelle Keegan, Damien Molony, Tom Hanson

Votes: 2,160

39. King Gary (2018– )

Comedy

Sitcom following the trials and tribulations of family man Gary King and his wife Terri as they aspire to achieve success in competitive suburbia - and impress Gary's dad Big Gary.

Stars: Tom Davis, Laura Checkley, Camille Coduri, Simon Day

Votes: 428

40. The Stranger (I) (2020– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Mystery, Thriller

Follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a stranger.

Stars: Richard Armitage, Shaun Dooley, Siobhan Finneran, Jacob Dudman

Votes: 22,841

41. Toast of London (2012– )

30 min | Comedy

Steven Toast, an eccentric middle aged actor with a chequered past, spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it

Stars: Matt Berry, Robert Bathurst, Doon Mackichan, Shazad Latif

Votes: 5,286

42. Year of the Rabbit (2019– )

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Detective Inspector Rabbit, a dedicated, tough, thick and oft inebriated Victorian copper, sleuths his way across London with his two young partners, a doofy rookie, and a brilliant black policewoman no one ever believes.

Stars: Matt Berry, Freddie Fox, Susan Wokoma, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 1,889

43. Responsible Child (2019 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Factual drama, based on true cases in the UK, following Ray, a 12-year-old boy, and his experience of the UK legal system that puts him on trial for murder.

Director: Nick Holt | Stars: Billy Barratt, James Tarpey, Tom Burke, Neal Barry

Votes: 385

44. Blood (2018– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cat Hogan returns to West Meath upon her mother's sudden death - she has an accident at home and died (or was it an accident?). Blood is about old secrets, older betrayals, mind games and the lies family tell each other.

Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Grainne Keenan, Diarmuid Noyes, Sean Duggan

Votes: 998

45. Flesh and Blood (2020– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Lives of three siblings are disrupted when their recently widowed mother declares she's in love with a new man. Tangled web of secrets, lies, rivalries and betrayals eventually leads to a murder.

Stars: Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Claudie Blakley, David Bamber

Votes: 655

46. The Pale Horse (2020– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Is a trio of witches responsible for a series of sudden deaths or is there a rational explanation?

Stars: Georgina Campbell, Kaya Scodelario, Rufus Sewell, Kathy Kiera Clarke

Votes: 1,969

47. Giri/Haji (2019– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9