Anthology crime dramas have always occupied a large part of TV’s most well-received shows. The best thing about such shows is that each season deals with a new story, and thus the series never seems unnecessarily stretched. One of the first ever anthology crime drama series is the 1956 show ‘Adventure Theater’. Other shows like ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ (1955–65), ‘Agatha Christie‘s Poirot (1989–2014)’ are also important additions in the genre. One such show is ‘The Missing’, created by the sibling duo of Harry and Jack Williams. The first season of the series is set during the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany and is centered around a family comprising of Tony Hughes, Emily, and their son Oliver. Tony and his five-year-old son head out to a local pub to watch a soccer match, after which Oliver suddenly goes missing. The police try to find him, but to no avail. This naturally causes a huge problem between Tony and his wife and they eventually divorce and go their separate ways.
The police ultimately close the case after months of trying to locate Oliver. Tony is the only one who does not give up hope and continues his search. The detective who was initially in charge of the case, Julien Baptiste, joins Tony’s search and they dig up some pieces of evidence which force the police to reopen the case. If you loved watching this series and are looking for more shows that explore similar story-lines and themes, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘The Missing’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘The Missing’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Baptiste (2019-)
The character of Julien Baptiste from ‘The Missing’ is the central character of this spin-off series. Here, we see that Baptiste has had a brain operation and is reluctant to return to any detective work. However, his former boss approaches him and asks Baptiste to assist the Dutch Police on the case of a missing prostitute. The plot slowly complicates as Baptiste comes in contact with the prostitute’s problematic uncle Edward, a mysterious woman with a criminal past, named Kim Vogel, and a ruthless Romanian murderer called Constantin. The series received praise for its dark and complicated plot.
7. The Guilty (2013)
‘The Guilty’ is a three-part miniseries written by Debbie O’Malley and directed by Edward Bazalgette. The story of the show centers around the disappearance of a child which affects a neighborhood to a large extent. There are two parallel narratives in the story, set five years apart from each other. One story begins in 2008 when the child in question, Callum Reid, disappears. The entire neighborhood was having a gala barbecue right before Callum went missing. The police initiate an investigation, but to no avail. There is no trace or evidence found which can point the police towards finding the child. The other narrative takes place five years later, in 2013, when Callum’s body is suddenly found near his home. The police immediately reopen the case. The show received critical acclaim, with praise being levied at the brilliant use of flashbacks, the intense plotline, and the acting.