A Little Bit of Murder...Television: Contemporary Crime Dramas

If you love dark crime drama like I do, you'll want to check out these quality contemporary series from the Library's collection.  

The Bridge - Season 1 - DVD Cover

The Bridge ("Bron"/"Broen") 
Swedish & Danish Language with English Subtitles - Not Rated
2011 - Present, Starring Sofia HelinKim Bodnia

Don't let the subtitles deter you! The writing and acting on this series are phenomenal. 

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.

Watch the trailer here.

 

 

 

Broadchurch Season 1 DVD Cover

Broadchurch
Not Rated
2013 - Present, Starring David TennantOlivia Colman

Season one is a slow build, but well worth the wait. 

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Watch the trailer here.

 

 

 

 

The Fall Season 1 DVD Cover

The Fall

TV-MA
2013 - Present, Starring Gillian Anderson & Jamie Dornan

Anderson and Dornan give impressive and complex performances.

A talented Detective Superintendent from the MET is brought in to Belfast to catch a serial killer.

Watch the trailer here.

 

 

 

 

Happy Valley
TV-MA
2014 - Present, Starring Sarah Lancashire

Lancashire makes this series her own.

Though crime is nothing new in Yorkshire, England, Catherine finds her world turned upside down when the man she blames for her daughter's death, Tommy Lee Royce, is released from prison.

Watch the trailer here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Killing
TV-14
2011 - 2014, Starring Mireille EnosJoel Kinnaman

This series is full of flawed characters with complicated relationships.

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

Watch the trailer here.

 

 

 

 

Top of the Lake
TV-MA
2013, Starring Elisabeth Moss

This series is slow and quiet and very upsetting.

When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.

Watch the trailer here.

Posted by SaraP on May 10, 2016