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These International Crime Dramas Will Broaden Your Horizons

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When you love crime dramas, binge-watching can be a slippery slope. One second you've seen all six seasons of your favorite gritty mystery, and the next thing you know you've exhausted all your options on streaming. But maybe you just need to take a look in a different place.

If you're looking to add something fresh and unique to your streaming lineup, discover the wonders of international crime dramas! Travel the world from the comfort of your couch, and get a front row seat to some of the most exciting mysteries on television. From outback arrests in Australia to criminal blunders in Italy, here's the ultimate list of international crime dramas.

British Crime Dramas

Peaky Blinders

Birmingham, England, 1919. World War I has just ended, and in its wake is economic and moral turmoil. For one crime family, it's the perfect atmosphere to keep business thriving. Follow this fierce English gang through six seasons of shady dealings.

Irish Crime Dramas

Acceptable Risk

When Sarah Manning's (Elaine Cassidy) husband is murdered, she quickly learns there's a lot she never knew about him. As the police investigate his death, his mysterious past comes to light. Can Sarah come to terms with the truth about the man she shared her life with?

Scottish Crime Dramas


Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor) is taking a class on forensics when one of the fake case studies strikes her as all too real—and all too familiar. Comparing her project to her mother's unsolved murder, Emma and her professors set out to find the truth.

Welsh Crime Dramas


The brilliant DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington) flees from his dark past in London, ending up in Aberystwyth, Wales. It's not easy being a lone wolf in a close-knit village, but at least he has DI Mared Rhys (Mali Harries) to assist him in solving the town's deadliest cases.

Australian Crime Dramas

Mystery Road


Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is assigned the case of two boys who have vanished from an outback cattle station. As he and local cop Emma James (Judy Davis) look into the disappearances, he stumbles across an old injustice that could rip the community apart.

New Zealand Crime Dramas

The Gulf

In Waiheke Island, Detective Senior Sergeant Jess Savage (Kate Elliott) is a sharp mind bringing justice to local crimes. When a car crash kills her husband and shatters her memory, everything begins to fall apart. But as she's tangled up in some high stakes cases, she can't afford to let the accident derail her.

Italian Crime Dramas

Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery

This comedic crime drama follows to TV repairmen who stumble across a crime scene. Worried they'll be implicated in the crime, their efforts at clarifying their innocence only land them in hot water.

German Crime Dramas

Babylon Berlin

Set in Berlin during the Roaring Twenties, this gripping crime drama follows Commissioner Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch). He's been brought in from Cologne to covertly put a stop to an extortion ring, but the tumultuous social and political climate don't make that an easy task. Meanwhile, Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries) is a flapper with aspirations of becoming a police inspector.

French Crime Dramas


Drawing inspiration from the Arsène Lupin stories by Maurice Leblanc, this series follows a modern gentleman thief, Assane Diop (Omar Sy). Diop uses the literary figure as a guide in his own personal mission to seek revenge against the wealthy.

Japanese Crime Dramas


This series is based on the popular manga of the same name. Satoru Fujinuma (Yûki Furukawa) uses his incredible gift of time travel to go back 18 years and attempt to prevent the murder of his mother and classmates.

Nordic Crime Dramas


Based on a popular book series by Henning Mankell, this show follows the titular cop Kurt Wallander. In the Swedish town of Ystad, there is no shortage of gritty cases to be solved.

Mexican Crime Dramas

Queen of the South

Teresa Mendoza's (Alice Braga) boyfriend is a high profile drug-runner. When he's murdered, Teresa flees to Dallas, where she erects her own drug empire. But her booming business doesn't stop her from trying to avenge the death of her lover.

Canadian Crime Dramas


In Algonquin Bay, police detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) delve into gruesome crimes. As disturbing as their cases may be, Cardinal dedicates himself to atoning for his own past mistakes.