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Mysteries Abroad: 6 Italian Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Tonight

When in Rome...

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British mystery shows may be the latest craze, but there are so many wonders beyond that. Have you taken in the heart-racing intrigue of crime dramas from Japan, Mexico, Ireland, New Zealand, Wales, Scotland, Germany, France, and all the Nordic countries? Still looking for something to thrill you? We've got you covered.

What's the first country that comes to mind when you think of organized crime? For all that Italy is known for its wine, food, architecture, and art, it can't be denied that the country has a legacy heavily linked to the Mafia. So if anyone can do crime dramas write, it's Italy.

Looking for a dicey teen scandal? A bloody mob feud? Or maybe a few laughs from some bumbling innocents in over their heads. Here are six Italian crime dramas you can stream tonight on Netflix, HBO Max, and Roku.

Suburra: Blood On Rome

Inspired by a true scandal, this series is centered on a conflict over development land in a coastal town close to Rome. The church goes head to head with politicians, real estate developers, and organized crime as the lines of morality and legality blur for all sides. Over three seasons, the battle for power turns deadly.


This three-season series is more than just your typical coming-of-age teen drama. Loosely based on the true story of the "Baby Squillo" scandal involving an underage prostitution ring, the series follows two Roman high schoolers who lead a double life. Attending an elite high school during the day, their nights see them dipping into the criminal underworld.

Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery

For a twist of comedy in your crime drama, check out this new Italian murder mystery, Framed! A pair of TV technicians find themselves in the middle of a crime scene, but every attempt to avoid looking like suspects only lands them deeper in trouble. While there are currently only six episodes available for streaming, Netflix has confirmed more are coming soon.

The Trial

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When a teenage girl, Angelica, is found dead, her murder implicates several people. Among the people impacted by her death is a public prosecutor. Tensions rise as those tangled up in the case seek the truth and anxiously await the verdict of the case, which will change their lives forever.


This critically acclaimed series follows Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D'Amore), a member of the Camorra's Savastano clan. In a bid to become the next head of the crime syndicate, Ciro shrugs off tradition. But the underworld of Naples is in the midst of a brutal civil war.

Inspector Ricciardi

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This crime drama brings in elements of history and the paranormal. In the 1930s, DCI Ricciardi solves crimes while maintaining a terrible secret: he can perceive the spirits of those who have been violently killed. He is able to hear the phrase they were last thinking or saying before their moment of death. But as much as this may be helpful to solving cases, it only keeps him isolated in the midst of the hard times of a fascist regime.