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Dark chronicles of crime, whether fictional or true, have always fascinated us as viewers. Through documentaries, TV shows, books, and even podcasts, the detective drama genre has been explored in myriad ways. Even so, given the vastness of the content that can be derived from it, it almost seems like only the surface of the genre has been scratched. This is probably the reason why almost all networks continue to constantly produce new content in the genre.

Taking off in the dark side of the human mind, ‘Reckoning’ is another thrilling detective series. The show unfolds its story from the perspective of two dads, Leo and Mike, who do their best to do whatever keeps their families safe. However, the murder of a local teenager destroys everything they knew about themselves and unleashes their suppressed inner demons. With this, they embark on a dark journey of self-mockery that will completely alter their peaceful suburban life.

Much like every other offering in the genre, ‘Reckoning’ has smart writing and as a viewer it lets you dive into the darker side of nature. If you’ve watched it before and are looking for similar crime drama shows, we’ve got you covered in the list below. Almost all of the shows mentioned below can be streamed on Netflix, Apple + Tv, Amazon Prime Video, or Hulu.

5. Annibal (2013-2015)

“Hannibal” is one of the best deals in the crime drama genre for those with a stomach for its graphic portrayal of cannibalism. The show immaculately delves into the psyche of famous fictional psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It takes place from the perspective of Will Graham, an FBI criminal profiler, who somehow sympathizes with Lecter but has no idea the man is a cannibal. Along with all the intense character development it offers, the show also sports an impressive CGI that makes Hannibal’s murders much more real. Not to mention, Mads Mikkelsen’s stellar performances add a whole new layer of charm to Lecter’s character.

4. The Valhalla Murders (2020-)

Produced in Iceland, “The Valhalla Murders” is primarily a procedural crime television series that revolves around an Oslo-based detective named Arnar. When a serial killer affair takes hold of his native Iceland, he returns to investigate with local cop Kata. As the mysteries behind the cold-blooded murders unfold, Iceland’s brutal weather serves as the perfect backdrop to the investigation. While it has a fairly straightforward serial killer premise, ‘The Valhalla Murders’ captivates you with its gritty belly of other dark themes and as mentioned before, its visuals of the Icelandic landscape are simply surreal.

3. Dexter (2006-2013)

“Dexter” is possibly one of the most memorable premium cable TV shows of our time. It focuses on the life of the main character, Dexter, who by day serves as the regular bloodstain analyst for the Miami Police Department. But at night, he satisfies his own serial killer cravings by targeting other murderers. In all of its bloody mess and drama, “Dexter” also has relatable comedy and biting suspense. Highly recommended if you have an appetite for intriguing serial killer series.

2. Mindhunter (2017-)

Directed by David Fincher, “Mindhunter” has now become a household name for fans of the detective drama genre. Unlike many generic crime dramas, “Mindhunter” does not portray brutal murders or big cat-and-mouse games between cops and serial killers. Rather, his narrative is driven by the inner workings of his characters and his inspiration from tales of real crimes. FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench are the show’s two main characters, who study the twisted psyche of serial killers. And by using these modern developments in serial killer profiling, they intend to catch the criminals who commit such crimes.

1. True Detective (2014-)

“True Detective” is a crime anthology that follows the lives of police officers and detectives investigating homicides in the United States. While at it, they are forced to confront their own demons as well as the dark secrets of those around them. The show’s star cast includes several renowned industry names including Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Mahershala Ali, Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams. Along with its talented cast, the series also offers a unique and breathtaking premise that unfolds across several different timelines.

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