7 Crime Dramas to Binge Watch on Netflix

Brief weekends, those blissful few moments after work, or unfortunate sick days make for the perfect opportunity to spend hours binge watching crime dramas on Netflix. That's what I do anyway & I recommend for you too!

Crime dramas to binge watch on Netflix

Crime dramas open a new realm in the brain, causing you to think critically, analytically, & carefully. Who did it? What was their motive? If you're a crime & mystery lover like me, take a look at these seven crime dramas to binge watch on Netflix immediately.


1. CSI: Miami

I love the tropical, sunny scenery of this crime series set in Miami, Florida. This is probably due to the fact that it reminds me of San Diego & of course, most of the filming went on in Los Angeles. Fun fact: one episode was filmed at my alma mater Cal State Fullerton. CSI: Miami follows the Miami-Dade police department's Crime Scene Investigation unit, led by Lieutenant Horatio Caine. There's drama. There's romance. There's betrayal. There's murder.


2. Law & Order: SVU

Law & Order & its array subsequent spinoff series are obviously a very popular choice. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is my favorite other than Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Netflix leaves you out to dry because it begins the series on season 13, leaving you with a million questions & a lot of catching up to do. If you're like me, you just start watching season 13 anyway. The series picks up just as Detective Elliot Stabler left the show but Olivia Benson stars throughout the series.


3. Criminal Minds

These elite FBI profilers play their funky mind games in order to catch serial killers. They profile a criminal rather than the crime itself. The show is primarily set at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. It's an engaging, engrossing show that you'll probably end up binge watching.


4. Bones

What's a crime drama series without Bones? Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist with the ability & experience to read clues from victims' bones. Her skills come in handy once law enforcement asked her to help with investigations, pairing her up with Special Agent Seeley Booth. Love & humor & bones & crimes. Bones will give you a chuckle as well as satisfying your crime ridden sweet tooth.


5. Dexter

I was really into  Dexter back when I was still in university but lost my thunder due too its gruesome, repetitive brutality. Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood spatter expert. Not only does he help assist in solving murders but he commits them too. Dun dun dun! He considers himself a maker of justice for those who can't seem to get any.


6. Lie to Me

This is one of my favorite shows, & I blasted through everything Netflix had to offer. If anything, Lie to Me leaves you feeling slightly more knowledgeable with its emphasis on studying facial expressions, body language, & tone of voice to determine if a person is lying. It's a cool premise, unique compared to other crime dramas out there.


7. Numb3rs

Two brothers, a veteran FBI agent & a genius mathematician, use their skills to crack cases in Numb3rs. The series focuses equally on the brothers Don & Charlie Eppes as well as their father, Alan. Everyone pools their skills together to solve the crime, but Charlie's mathematical skills are the glue that holds the team together.

There are a million & a half crime dramas out there. This isn't an exclusive list, but it should get you through some weekends or sick days or generally lazy days. Cheers to fighting crime from the comfort of your own bed — you still get a thrill without having to get dressed. Now that's a perfect date to me.

What are some of your favorite crime dramas to binge watch on Netflix? Have you seen any of these? :]

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  1. I've already made it through Lie to Me and am working on Criminal Minds now :) So addicting!

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  2. I love crime shows! Although I do tend to err more towards crime comedy than crime drama. I've heard so many good things about Dexter but never got around to watching it. Now that you've reminded me, I'm going to add it to my queue :)

    Mili

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  3. I love crime shows a lot. Great list.

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  4. I was so into Dexter that even when it got really bad at the end I had to finish it. Haha these are all such great choices!
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  5. Ohhh good options. If you haven't watched The Killing yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. It's set in Seattle and follows the story of a badass female detective who is trying to juggle her obsession with her job with being a single parent while chasing the killer of a young teenaged girl. The show has a ton of twists and turns that are genuinely shocking without being gimmicky.

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  6. I haven't seen any of these but heard these were amazing! I need something to watch before the return of GOT haha

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  7. Law and Order is such a good show! I always loved crime movies and shows they are so interesting especially trying to figure out who did it x http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  8. Lie to me* sounds amazing! I'm addicted to Narcos on netflix and I can't wait to watch the second season!!

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  9. Dexter is next on my list - I love crime & drama shows so I think I'll definitely enjoy it (from what I've been told).

    Great list x

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  10. i dont know if its available on netflix, but my fav is NCIS :) I love the characters and the funny side of it :)
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  11. oh man i am obsessed with Bones and Dexter (except the last season of Dexter. ugh!)! I think this may be the final season of Bones too!!!

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  12. These are all great suggestions, I love crime dramas! I used to watch bones all the time it's so good!

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  13. Lie To Me is honestly one of my favourite shows! Not only because of the lovable characters but because it´s all based on true theories in Psychology and as a Psychology student it´s interesting to see those theories put into practice!
    Also Netflix keeps recommending Dexter to me, so I might have to take a look at it the next time I get around to binge watching something ;)
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  14. I've watch Criminals Minds a few times and I loved it! I want to watch Dexter and Bones really bad, i only heard good things about them!

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    Pili

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  15. I'm currently on the last episode of lie to me and I love the whole series, it's so cool and you learn a lot haha. I should see the other ones :)

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  16. No phones were allowed in at all? I am going to his show next week but need to take an Uber there and back, which requires my phone.

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  17. I love Law & Order: SVU. I used to watch the marathons on cable television all the time. It did get to be heavy after a few episodes, though.

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  18. I hardly ever watch crime dramas! Maybe I should watching some after reading this x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. cannot say no to any series above
    they all are so good. I have not watch the dexter andnumb3rs. they are going into my bucket list haha

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  20. I absolutely adore watching crime dramas! They are so interesting to me. I loved CSI: Miami as well as CSI: NY. I also love watching Psych. It's more comedy based but it's very addictive :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  21. Ah I love Netflix. Thanks for these recommendations. I'm not really watching crime dramas at the mo. More stuff like Better Call Saul. X

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  22. Love this! Thanks so much for sharing your suggestions on what to watch -Hanna Lei

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  23. Hi Megan. I believe you can bring phones in to the studio. However, they must be turned off & you can't take them out or use them until after you leave. You should be fine. :]

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  24. I'm like you! I am a masssssive fan of crime dramas, I especially love Scandal and Dexter! Thanks for these recommendations, I am going to have a little watch now! x

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  25. Yes. Totally agree. Which one did you like more? :]

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  26. What crime comedies to you recommend? Dexter is good, not my fave. :]

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  27. They're a good genre to watch. Any faves? :]

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  28. Which series is your favorite? SVU & CI are mine. :]

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  29. Bad at the end?! I haven't made it that far. :]

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  30. Oooh I definitely should put The Killing on my list! Haven't seen it but sounds interesting. :]

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  31. These shows should tide you over. :]

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  32. I know! It's fun to attempt to figure it out. :]

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  33. I watched a couple episodes of Narcos but wasn't super into it! Should I try again? :]

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  34. Dexter is popular, but it's heavy in its gore. :]

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  35. I do believe NCIS is in Netflix. I need to watch that one for sure. :]

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  36. Both are great choices. I literally have no idea what happens at the end of Dexter. :p

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  37. I agree. I feel like I learn something from Lie To Me! :]

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  38. All of those are great, popular choices. :]

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  39. That's so awesome that you liked it. I blasted through Lie To Me too. :]

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  40. Oh yeah, SVU is super heavy, especially given it's focus on women & children!

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  41. CSI: NY is next on my list. I'm almost done with CSI: Miami. :]

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  42. I'm barely watching Breaking Bad, so Better Call Saul may be after that. :]

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  43. What's your favorite Netflix show? :]

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  44. Scandal! Good one. I watched like one season, so I'm uber behind. :]

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  45. definitely!! dexter is good! i am so obsessed with it! x

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  46. SVU. I have watched for years. Faithful watcher. I used to watch the original series until the one detective passed.

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  47. I love the "older" USA shows! Monk, Psych (probably my fav), and White Collar

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  48. I love this post! I am obsessed with crime dramas! I'm having a bit of a dry spell on Netflix so am definitely going to check some of these out!

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  49. Oh shoot! I hope I didn't ruin it for you! But yes in my opinion it got pretty bad at the end lol

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  50. I LOVE watching crime dramas...really need to have a look at numb3rs. I loved Dexter!
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  51. I watch Netflix literally every night so I'm always updated on what's happening. :]

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  52. I LOVE Lie to me so much, too bad it has only three seasons :(

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  53. Wow what a cool experience!!!

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  54. Hi Megan, I'm not sure if you will see this but what did you end up doing about your phone? We will be in the same boat - visiting/won't have a car & will be taking an Uber to the studio. Did you just ask another person in line to store your phone in their car? I'm at a loss on what we will actually do and the iota website is pretty condescending about this being an issue for people.

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