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10 Murder Mystery Shows To Watch If You Can't Get Enough Of *Fictional* Crime

'A nice murder. That'll cheer you up.'—Mrs. Hudson in 'Sherlock'

Who doesn't love a good old-fashioned "whodunnit" murder mystery? There's always intrigue, scandal, romance, and, of course, THE BODY. If you're a fan of crime showsbut not the gory and super stressful onesthen these titles are for you! 

1. Miss Fishers' Murder Mysteries 

The Honorable Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is rich, curious, and she carries a gun in her purse. She has a knack for solving crimes and becomes the unwelcome *partner* of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) in 1920s Australia. The tension and banter between Phryne and Jack is honestly THE BEST. It even has a movie spinoff, Miss Fisher And The Crypt Of Tears (2020). 

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2. Sherlock 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his loyal friend and flatmate Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) are brought to life in this series, which aired from 2010 to 2017. Set in present-day London, the series follows the lives of the residents of 221B, their landlady Mrs. Hudson, their "clients," families, and romantic interests. The creators shared that a fifth season is possible, but due to the lead actors' conflicting schedules, nothing is set in stone yet! 

No. of seasons: 4

3. Elite  

Not gonna lie: The show's attractive cast is what got us hooked at first. Season 1 introduces us to the students of the prestigious Las Encinas high school in Spain, where a student has been murdered. All suspects, the characters are interrogated by the police one by one, and we are sucked into their world of parties, academic competitions, and family drama! Each season brings a new mysteryand in Season 3, a new murder.  


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4. Big Little Lies 

Based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, this show follows the lives of three moms (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley) who lead seemingly perfect lives. More than the murder mystery, which slowly unravels in each episode, the show tackles important issues such as domestic violence, divorce, and sexual assault. The second season brings us even more big stars, including Laura Dern and Meryl Streep

No. of seasons: 2

5. How To Get Away With Murder 

What makes this show different? Instead of trying to hunt for criminals and solve the murder, our main characters are the criminals. Five law students from Middleton University and their professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) get involved in—you guessed it—a murder plot. Season 1 focuses on two murder victims: Annalise's husband Sam and his mistress Lila

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6. Toy Boy 

A carefree male stripper named Hugo Beltran (Jesús Mosquera) is wrongfully accused of murdering the husband of his lover Macarena Medina (Cristina Castaño) and is sentenced to 15 years in prison. Years later, a young lawyer offers to help him clear his name, and Hugo is determined to get his revenge on the person whom he believes framed him. 

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7. Veronica Mars  

In a fictional town called Neptune, high school student Veronica Mars' (Kristen Bell) life falls apart when her best friend Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered. Veronica later works part-time at her father's private investigation agency and stars solving cases for people at school. 

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No. of seasons: 4

8. Killing Eve

This dark comedy/drama/thriller from BBC follows British intelligence officer Eve (Sandra Oh) and talented international assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). In a game of "cat and mouse," Eve is tasked to chase Villanelle and the two become "obsessed" with each other.  

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9. Luther 

Idris Elba fans, this one's for you! In this series, he stars as a Detective Chief Inspector named John Luther. Netflix writes that Luther, who's intensely dedicated to his job, "tries to keep a grip on his personal life while the psychological factors underlying the crimes he solves." 

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10. Agatha Christie's Poirot

The series ran from 1989 to 2013 and had a total of 70 episodes! It stars David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, the peculiar and methodical Belgian detective from Agatha Christie's popular mystery novels. Episodes include Taken At The Flood, Cards On The Table, and the finale, Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

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