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Feel like sinking your teeth into a gritty thriller, crime caper or police procedural series? Love nothing more than a clever but flawed TV detective who’s a genius at cracking cases but totally clueless when it comes to their personal life? Here are some of the most addictive series that fit the bill, all available on Showmax.

The Girl From St Agnes, Showmax Original

The mysterious death of a schoolgirl at an elite boarding school sets off a desperate hunt for the truth. It seems everyone has something to hide in this gripping South African drama filmed in the Midlands. Watch now »

Snatch, S1-2

Young hustlers discover a cache of stolen gold. Loosely based on the cult-classic movie, and inspired by a real-life heist. The youngsters can be rich, but need to stay one step ahead if they don’t want to end up on the wrong side of London’s underworld. Starring Rupert Grint. Watch now »


Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson leads a top SWAT team on the very streets where he escaped crime. He tries to straddle the two worlds – but when the chips are down, this team bring their best to take down criminals. Watch now »

Luther, S1-4

Luther is on Showmax
Image: BBC

Idris Elba is Luther, a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective. He uses his skills to hunt down the worst among us, but that comes at the cost of his own stability in this excellent crime drama. Watch now »

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, S1-2

Sometimes things go wrong when you are abroad. For citizens of the US, they can call the FBI’s International Division. Investigating crimes across the globe, this Criminal Minds team goes where crime does. Watch now »

Snowfall, S1

The only thing you can control is your future, and for Franklin, the way out of the hood is through selling cocaine. But it puts him in the middle of an industry about to go to war in this brilliant and edgy crime drama. Watch now »

Line of Duty, S1-4

Line of Duty on Showmax
Image: Daro

The highly acclaimed and popular British crime thriller about AC-12, the police anti-corruption unit tasked with investigating others on the force, returns for a fourth season. Watch now »

Criminal Minds, S1-12

They are elite investigators, hunting down the most dangerous and predatory of criminals. Now enjoy this award-winning crime-forensics series from the start, with all the grisly twists and turns that made it a worldwide success! Watch now »

Blood & Oil

It’s all or nothing for a young couple who move to become rich on oil. But they face a ruthless oil tycoon set on taking everything they have… Watch now »

Top of the Lake, S1-2

Top of the Lake: China Girl is on Showmax
Image: BBC

In this compelling series set in Down Under, Elisabeth Moss plays Detective Robin Griffin. In Season 1, she returns to her New Zealand home town and while investigating the case of a missing 12-year-old pregnant girl, is forced to confront the dark horrors of her past. In Season 2, Robin moves to Sydney, hoping to get away from the violence of her previous case. But things take a nasty twist with a grim suitcase washing up on the shore. Season 2 also stars Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie. Watch now »

Bosch, S1-4, first and only on Showmax

Bosch on Showmax
Image: ABC

In Season 4, Detective Harry Bosch is back to tackle an explosive case that sees Los Angeles on the brink of chaos in this gripping series based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling crime novels. Watch now »

Jordskott, S1-2, first and only on Showmax

Jordskott on Showmax
Image: ITV

A detective, still grieving for her long-lost daughter, stumbles onto a serial case of missing children – which is the tip of a bigger conspiracy in this edge-of-your-seat Swedish thriller… Watch now »

HBO’s The Wire, S1-5

Idris Elba as Stringer Bell on The Wire on Showmax
Image: HBO

Step into the streets of Baltimore, where gritty cops and clever drug dealers square off in this brilliant crime thriller where right and wrong is never black or white. Watch now »

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man

Stan Lee's The Lucky Man on Showmax
Image: NBC

From comic legend Stan Lee, comes a thrilling British supernatural crime series following Detective Harry Clayton, a crime fighter with a special power: he can control luck. Watch now »

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S1-5

With one of American comedy’s golden boys, Andy Samberg, in the lead, you know you’re in good hands. Comedy fans will love this gag-a-minute, single-camera, hilarious police procedural set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the NYPD. Watch now »

HBO’s True Detective, S1-3

HBO’s True Detective remains one of the most gripping, intense, brutal and addictive crime dramas of the last few years, and Hollywood heavy-hitters Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of cops who uncovered an underground occult network in Louisiana in Season 1, and Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams playing cops who are forced to cooperate on a complicated case in California in Season 2, don’t hurt one bit. Season 3 has been hailed as the best of the lot, with Mahershala Ali playing an investigator who worked a murder and missing-persons case in 1980, revisited the case a decade later, and then in 2015 is forced to relive it when a true-crime documentary filmmaker seeks him out. Watch now »

Fargo, S1-3

Fargo Season 3 on Showmax
Image: MGM

Seasons 1 to 3 of Fargo are all based on the Coen Brothers movie of the same name (also on Showmax); they’re all set in the snowy, remote climes of North Dakota and Minnesota; and they’re all about law enforcement officials on the trail of organised crime, hitmen and the hapless, ordinary people who get caught in their webs and end up becoming criminals themselves. Each season is as darkly funny and intriguing as the last, with stars like Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Ewan McGregor keeping you hooked. Watch now »

The Missing, S1-2

The Missing on Showmax
Image: All 3 Weekly

The two seasons of this chilling British crime series are connected by one thing: Julien Baptiste, the investigator who is a family’s only hope of finding their missing child. In Season 1, Olive Hughes goes missing in France while on holiday with his parents, and it isn’t until eight years later, when his father sees an image of another child wearing Ollie’s scarf, that his father feels that finding him could be a possibility. In Season 2, a missing girl surfaces more than a decade after her disappearance, and Baptiste is the only person who suspects that she’s not who she says she is… Watch now »

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