Top 5 Must Binge Watch Crime Dramas On Netflix
Dramas, crime dramas in particular, are so interesting to watch partly because they vastly differ from the reality of our mundane, everyday lives. As normal people, we don’t have a hidden meth business or secretly murder people a night (at least, I hope not). The fascination with crime dramas has been around for years, with popular films including Scarface and American Hustle. The genre itself incorporates elements of crime, fear and suspense into drama, which creates a serious storyline and develops characters based around some element of crime. Within the past 20 years, crime drama has become an increasingly popular genre for TV shows, with series like the Sopranos or the Wire spearheading a monumental shift in the way writers and filmmakers tell important stories. If you are a lover of thrilling and captivating series with an element of danger and excitement, you’re not going to want to sleep on these top five crime dramas on Netflix!
Netflix Crime Dramas #5 – Ozark
“Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices.” How far would you go to protect your family?
In Netflix’s original series, Ozark, main character Marty Byrde is confronted with that question after a money laundering scheme with a Mexican drug cartel leaves his partner dead and himself next in line. After making a deal with Del, one of the cartel’s drug lords, Marty moves himself, his wife and two children out of their home in Chicago and into the summer community of Osage Beach, Missouri to appease the drug lord by agreeing to make him half a billion dollars in five years. Edgy and suspenseful, Ozark will make you question if everything is truly as it seems.
Netflix Crime Dramas #4 – Dexter
Entertainment Weekly called the show “One of the most successful and acclaimed cable dramas in TV history”, and that’s not for no reason. Showtime’s Dexter is incredibly complex, striking, and stimulating, leaving you to question your morals and what you believe to be right and wrong.
The series follows main character Dexter Morgan, a forensic technician who specializes in blood splatter analysis on crime scenes. By day, he is a normal working man with a girlfriend, but by night he is a secret vigilante serial killer who seeks justice out on murderers who got away with their crimes. Spanning eight seasons and 96 episodes, Dexter will make you ready to binge the show as fast as possible.
Netflix Crime Dramas #3 – American Crime Story
The OJ Simpson trial and the murder of Gianni Versace became some of the most publicized events in mainstream media history. Creator Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) takes his audience through the important details of the cases in American Crime Story.
The first season, The People vs. OJ Simpson, centers on the OJ Simpson murder case, in which he was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman outside her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the second season of the anthology series, which focuses on spree killer Andrew Cunanan’s obsession with Gianni Versace which leads him to ultimately kill Versace outside his home in Miami. Meticulously researched and brilliantly acted, American Crime Story is an excellent watch.
#2 – Narcos
A series critically acclaimed by both audience viewers and film critics, Narcos is one of those shows that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Centered around infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the late 70s to the early 90s, Narcos brings you along his various murderous hits, drug scores, and run-ins with the DEA or Drug Enforcement Administration.
The show has three seasons, with a spin-off series called Narcos: Mexico released in late 2018. Thrilling and wild, Narcos is ready for you to binge and experience one hell of a ride.
#1 – Breaking Bad
You’ve seen the t-shirts, the keychains, the bumper stickers, etc. of iconic Breaking Bad character, Walter White- and he is definitely iconic for a reason. Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad is revered as one of the greatest crime drama shows in history, alongside other critically acclaimed series within the same genre like the Sopranos.
The show tells the story of high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with stage-3 lung cancer and desperately is searching for a means to financially take care of his family in the case of his death. He quickly joins with one of this former students, Jesse Pinkman, and jointly the two create and sell crystal meth. Showcasing the harsh dangers of navigating crime and spanning five seasons, Breaking Bad is simply the cream of the crop.