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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.

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, S1-4

brooklyn nine nine on showmax
Image: NBC

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, S1-2

True Detective on Showmax
Image: HBO

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. 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 »

BBC’s Thirteen

Thirteen on Showmax
Image: BBC

Ivy escapes from a house 13 years after she was first abducted. Soon she is reunited with her family, but not everything is what it seems in this mysterious drama. Watch now »

Hawaii Five-O, S1-5

Hawaii Five o on Showmax
Image: CBS

A reboot of the classic TV show about an elite task force whose mission is to eliminate crime in the “Aloha State”. The team is given licence to investigate serious crimes in Hawaii by whatever means necessary. Expect quick-fire script, slick production value and stunning shots of Hawaii in this action-packed series. Watch now »

Dexter, S1-8

Dexter on Showmax
Image: CBS

Set in Miami, this hugely popular crime thriller follows the life of Dexter Morgan, a troubled man with a haunting past and a penchant for blood. By day he’s a forensic scientist with the Miami Metro Police Department, whose speciality is analysing blood spatter patterns. After dark, he’s a serial killer who hunts down the psychopaths who have committed gruesome crimes without being brought to justice, and exacts his grisly revenge on them. Watch now »

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