Here are 10 great cop dramas to rub next on
With Keeley Hawes as UK Home Secretary Julia Montague and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden as her personal protection officer as they balance the intoxicating mix of sexual tension with a web of intrigue involving police and some of Westminister’s most senior politicians. Catchy, sexy, and utterly frenetic-worthy. Be careful though, there is only one season.
Helen Mirren is DCI Jane Tennison as she leads a sadistic killer hunt team while overcoming the sexism and resentment of her team as well as her own demons. The perfect performances marry with female-centric themes that seem before their time in today’s landscape.
Anna Friel is the Metropolitan Police detective sergeant who hunts serial killers while struggling to save her marriage. Dark, twisted, and full of great knits, expect to be grabbed from the opening scene. Marcella is written and produced by Hans Rosenfeldt of The Bridge, so expect Scandi-noir overtones throughout.
Widely regarded as one of the best cop shows ever, The Wire made the city of Baltimore the star and characters of the show as its supporting cast. With a stellar cast, surprising twists and turns, and a firm line that even the police can be villains, it’s well worth a watch.
Idris Elba is Luther, a troubled detective with a deep moral code and a self-destructive side. Ruth Watson plays opposite him as Alice, a psychopath who murdered her parents but has a soft spot for Luther. Watch Luther balance the professional with a growing attraction to Alice as they play an insatiable game of cat and mouse. And this is only the first season.
If you’ve been craving gorgeous murderers on your TV after Line of Duty, look no further than The Fall. Jamie Dornan stars as the charming but deadly Paul Spector opposite Gillian Anderson’s damaged but awesome sleuth, Stella Gibson. Exciting and brilliantly written.
If you’re in the mood for corrupt cops and low, dirty politicians, then you’re in for a treat with The Shield. Inspired by the Rampart scandal of the 1990s, the series follows a team of corrupt cops led by Vic Mackey as they avoid internal affairs and drug lords.
Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, The Killing maintains the brooding look and feel of Scandi-noir. It follows the murder of Seattle teenager Rosie Larson from multiple angles, including police and Rosie’s grieving family, and features standout performances by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, and Billy Campbell.
Detectives Cassie Stuart and Sunil Khan attempt to solve a series of cold cases involving historic murders and disappearances in this fast-paced psychological thriller. Critically acclaimed, it’s worth the commitment.
Based on real events, a detective delves deeper into a seemingly straightforward case after a misunderstood woman is charged with murdering her family. Exciting and horrible in equal measure.