Detective television shows always manage to raise the innate investigator we all have within us. The reason why people find detective shows so engaging is because there’s enough space to explore a wide variety of themes and genres. While some shows depend heavily on style, creating a noir-ish and violent narrative, others depend on pure substance. From the grimy ‘Mindhunter’ to the cerebral ‘Sherlock’, detective shows contain a large variety of narratives.
Detective series have been the staple of most television networks due to its high viewership. In recent times, Netflix has done a great job in not only producing original works but also bringing in other shows to a wide international audience. So with all that said, here’s the list of really good detective shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
14. Seven Seconds (2018)
Adapted from Russian filmmaker Yuri Bykov’s crime drama ‘The Major’ (2013), ‘Seven Seconds’ follows the African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City as they get involved in investigating the death of a young black boy. A limited series spanning over ten episodes, ‘Seven Seconds’ is a taut show which not only develops upon the crime and investigation but also explores themes of race relations and societal alienation. Created by Canadian screenwriter Veena Sud, the show is replete with classy performances, for which Oscar-winning actress Regina King went on to win a Black Reel Award for Television and a Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series.
13. Frequency (2016 – 2017)
Inspired by the American science fiction thriller drama, ‘Frequency’ (2000), which was directed by American filmmaker Gregory Hoblit, this 2016 adaptation follows Raimy Elizabeth Sullivan, essayed by American actress Peyton List, an NYPD detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to communicate with her father via a ham radio, who had died way back in 1996. Together, the two start solving all the “unsolvable” cases. The show brilliantly manages to blend the fancy with the crime. It jumps in timeline creating a non-linear plot which is handled with maturity by American writer Jeremy Carver.