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Crime shows are seriously one of the best genres in film. There's just so much action, explosions, fighting, blood, cursing, and everything else that gets your blood flowing with anticipation. These types of shows get you so hyped up, then they leave you with cliffhangers that have made nearly all of us cry in desperation until the next episode airs.
As popular as the genre is, there's dozens of crime shows on television, of course, but now there's Netflix for all of us binge-watching couch potatoes. There's just so many titles that we can't possibly get through all of them (actually, some of us talented viewers can). Not to mention, there are shows that are amazing to watch while stoned. But rather than waste time searching online for which crime shows are most worthy to watch, instead listen to me. I'm here to list you the greatest binge-worthy Netflix crime shows. And, I only suggest the best shows — I'm not up for crappy, flavorless crime shows, after all.
My current addiction, plus an amazing real life story, centers around the notorious Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and chronicles the rise of the cocaine trade.
If you love stories about drugs and crime, then this raw, phenomenal Netflix series basically consists of it all.
The story takes place in the 80s of Colombia. Also, most of the language in this series is Spanish, but there are subtitles, of course — which definitely gives the show more flavor and realism.
Also, Escobar doesn't have this cocaine trade just slide through easily, there are law enforcements up his tail end, who are desperate to grab hold of him and to stop him from continuing any further.
For one of the greatest binge-worthy Netflix crime shows, Narcos is still ongoing — so catch up if you can!
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy is an all time favorite among the many Netflix binge-watchers.
The story revolves around a single father, Jax Teller, who discovers his loyalty in an outlaw motorcycle club, which is tested by his growing unease concerning this particular group’s lawlessness.
While the group protects and patrols the town of Charming, California, they also keep drug dealers away, while also being involved in the highly lucrative illegal arms business.
If you’re a sucker for motorcycle gangs and a lot of action, start watching Sons of Anarchy. I guarantee you’ll be hooked, just like everyone else who was initially hesitant about the show.
Orange Is the New Black
This is undoubtedly one of the best binge-worthy Netflix crime shows… ever.
Orange Is the New Black consists of prison action, lesbian action, and deep, heartfelt story action held within each character on the show — and there’s bunch of characters.
Speaking of them, each character on the show is significant and literally ties the entire series together. Their personalities and actions are surely unique from one another, which makes the show tell a much better story.
The show revolves around Piper Chapman who was sent to jail through drug smuggling. Despite the fact that she’s sentenced to prison for a while, she’s been placed in the same facility where presides her ex-lover, who had caused Piper to be thrown into jail in the first place…but she meets new people along the way.
This Netflix original series recently dropped their fifth season last June, and season six won’t be back until next summer — so there's a lot of time to catch up!
Oh, Hannibal. This is certainly one of the best binge-worthy Netflix crime shows to waste your weekend nights.
Criminal profiler Will Graham has a gifted way of thinking that allows him to empathize with anyone, like psychopaths. Even though Will helps the FBI with a particularly complicated serial killer, he himself decides to enlist the help of brilliant psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. While they form this partnership, it looks like the two can catch any villain together. Little does Will know that Hannibal has a darker secret of his own — his brilliant mind is moving to the dark side, and he also has a lot in common with the criminals they hunt together.
A fan of psychopathic crime and FBI investigations? Go for Hannibal.
Breaking. Bad. Oh my God, my favorite show of all time, and it will always be my favorite show. Similar to Narcos, this is also based on drug crime, but this time around, it's crystal meth.
This multi-award-winning series is based on a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, who suddenly becomes diagnosed with terminal cancer that’s basically incurable. Since his salary isn’t enough to safeguard his family after he passes (his wife is pregnant with their second child, too), he finds another way to start making dough — the drug industry.
With the help of a former student, Jesse Pinkman, the two begin cooking crystal meth together and deals it around town. Along the way, Walter and Jesse both face many dangerous individuals in the drug industry. Oh, and Walter’s brother in-law is an agent of the DEA…risky, right?
Out of other binge-worthy Netflix crime shows, I cannot suggest this show any further — just watch it.
If you know the film Catch Me If You Can, and loved it, then you’ll also love this television series that’s literally so similar to the film — White Collar.
From the binge-worthy Netflix crime shows, this one is based on Neal Caffrey, a white-collar criminal who’s escaped the hands of FBI agent Peter Burke for years with his smooth actions — but his run from the law comes to an end after he's been captured at the start of the show.
Even after Neal has escaped the maximum-security facility, he’s caught once again by Peter. Neal suggests a different solution for his criminality — he’ll help Peter catch long-sought after criminals. Despite Burke being skeptical at first, he soon realizes that Neal’s rare talents can actually help him. And the two fight crime and capture top-listed criminals together.
Not only is this show unique, it can teach you a lot about white collar crime in general.
Weirdest, but also one of the more interesting binge-worthy Netflix crime shows? Dexter, by far.
This fascinating series is about a Miami-based blood splatter expert, Dexter Morgan, who not only wants to solve murders, but commits them, too. Yes, from his point of view, he’s getting the best of both worlds, so why not share the experience?
What’s more interesting is that he’s a serial killer, but he only focuses on killing the guilty — leaving him feeling justified with his lifestyle choices.
His policewoman sister and his cop co-workers don’t have a clue that Dexter is living this double life. However, adoptive father Harry is the only one who knows his secret, and he even helps Dexter with his special skills.
You could say this is a different way of fighting crime, right?
Here’s another great prison crime series from the list of binge-worthy Netflix crime shows, Prison Break.
It’s based on a desperate man in a desperate situation Michael Scofield and his brother Lincoln Burrows, who was convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit and is also put on death row — terrible, right?
So, Michael holds up a bank just to get himself incarcerated with his brother in Fox River State Penitentiary. Throughout the series, Michael attempts to set up plans in order to break Lincoln out and prove his innocence.
Even when they’re out of jail, their perils aren’t over. The two brothers must flee escape, thwarting recapture while also battling an intricate political conspiracy that always puts everyone’s life at risk.
Prison Break is currently one of the most talked about shows. Since it's still on, try to catch up, and get in with the percolating conversations.
Talk about fiction — this Batman inspired show just oozes action and crime. If you love Batman and everything about the superhero, then you’ll definitely love Gotham.
The show is about rising detective, Jim Gordon, in Gotham City. As brave and determined as he is, Jim hopes to return to the amazing city he once remembered as a child.
Him and his partner, legendary detective Harvey Bullock, together navigate the dirty politics of Gotham’s justice system. The two even tackle high-profile cases like the murder of billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. Through this case, Jim becomes closer with the young orphan, Bruce Wayne.
What’s fascinating about the series is that the characters from the Batman series are all still present in this show, they are just younger versions — showing how they become the characters we all know today.
Who doesn’t love a good mystery series with chock-full of crime and action? For one of the best binge-worthy Netflix crime shows, Sherlock is a great suggestion.
This is television series and a contemporary version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories. It involves Dr. John Watson, a war veteran who has recently returned home from Afghanistan. He meets the brilliant, but eccentric Holmes when the latter, who serves as a consultant to Scotland Yard, advertises for a flatmate.
Just as soon as Watson moves into the Baker Street flat, they are suddenly caught up in mysteries, including Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty, who appears to be the source of all these crimes.
Test your skills in the mystery genre and watch Sherlock, which is still ongoing.