Crime drama is a genre enjoyed by all, and when the story is penned by one of the best crime writers of all time, Stephen King, the excitement surrounding the show increases tenfold. ‘Mr. Mercedes’ is one such show. It follows Bill Hodges, a retired police detective, who tries to solve a gruesome case. The perpetrator of the case is known as Mr. Mercedes as he went over 16 people standing in a queue in his Mercedes car. Mr. Mercedes is actually a guy called Brady Hartsfield. He is very intelligent but is also a psychopath. He knows that Hodges is still after him, and thus, is now hell-bent on steering Hodges away from the case. The series met with a positive critical response, with critics praising the show for its great dialogue, amazing cast and gripping storyline. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Mr. Mercedes’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Mr. Mercedes’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. Unforgettable (2011-2014)
This show centers around a character called Carrie Wells. She is a former police detective and also suffers from a special condition called hyperthymesia. This condition gives one a memory to vividly recall anything that has happened in the past. Lieutenant Al Burns is another important character in the show. He previously dated Wells, and the two were also partners on the job. Though Wells can remember almost everything that has happened in her life, she cannot remember details of the day her sister passed away. The first season opens with this monologue by Wells from which we get a glimpse of her condition: “I’m Carrie Wells. Only a few people in the world have the ability to remember everything. I’m one of them. Pick any day of my life, and I can tell you what I saw or heard: faces, conversations, clues (which comes in handy when you’re a cop). If I miss something the first time, it’s okay. I can go back and look again. My life is…..unforgettable.”
8. Killing (2011-2014)
‘The Killing’ is adapted from a Danish show called ‘Forbrydelsen’. The first season of the series focuses on the murder of a teenage girl called Rosie Larsen. The murder case gets intermingled with a possible political conspiracy while we watch the family of the deceased come to terms with their loss. The murder is not solved in the first season and drags on to season 2 where hidden secrets of the girl’s family come to light. From the third season onwards, the show focuses on other cases. The leading character in the show is called Detective Stephen Holder. The first two seasons of the show received rave reviews from critics.
7. Broadchurch (2013-2017)
A gripping, atmospheric crime drama, ‘Broadchurch‘ is a three-part series which was broadcast on ITV. The story of the show is set in a quiet English town called Broadchurch and revolves around the murder of an 11-year-old child called Danny Latimer. Detectives DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) are the officers in charge of the case. The story focuses on the investigation and Danny’s family trying to cope up with their loss. The second season also continues the story of the investigation into Danny’s murder and also focuses on an earlier case which Alec Hardy was involved in. The third season delves deep into the rape of a local woman. All three seasons of the show met with critical acclaim. The story, performances by the cast members and the writing were praised by critics.