What show should I watch: Twisty detective shows

Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown Season 1, Episode 5 -- Photograph by Michele K. Short/HBO
Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown Season 1, Episode 5 -- Photograph by Michele K. Short/HBO /

I love twisty detective series, don’t you? I took the Hidden Remote TV show quiz to get recommendations for the best mysteries to binge-watch. If that’s your thing, too, check out my results and take the quiz to get your own custom recommendations.

Hidden Remote’s TV Binge Quiz helps you answer that nagging question: What should I watch next? Break out of your decision paralysis with the TV Binge Quiz by answering 10 fun questions and getting five perfect show recommendations.

In fact, come back to the TV show quiz over and over, varying your answers each time, to find shows that suit your current mood.

Make mine mystery

I prefer my detective shows to be based in reality, dramatic (versus comic) in tone, and even a little dark. Which isn’t hard to find, with murder being the predominant crime in most of these shows. But it does exclude otherwise fine shows like Only Murders in the Building, Lucifer, Riverdale, or The Flight Attendant.

Here’s my “most wanted list” of murder mysteries—some recent, some you may have overlooked—that were recommended by the TV Binge Quiz. Investigate and see if there are any likely suspects for your next binge-watch.

The TV show quiz recommends the following twisty detective shows

Mare of Easttown

This multiple Emmy winner draws its dramatic power from its emotionally vulnerable lead characters—including Kate Winslet in a career-best role—its evocative locations, and its tight and twisty storytelling. I’m willing to bet that the finale will shock you.


Everything about this British series is perfect: David Tennant and Olivia Colman enthrall as the reluctantly partnered detectives. The English setting is atmospheric and foreboding. The dialogue crackles. Season 1 is the pinnacle, but all three are solid.

True Detective

The first season of this gripping murder mystery is dark, twisty, metaphysical, and menacing, as two homicide detectives pursue a serial killer with occult overtones.

Making a Murderer

You get to be the detective in this gripping true-crime documentary. Did a small-town Wisconsin outsider commit a horrific murder? Or was he set up by local law enforcement? Good luck not shouting at the screen.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

Another slow-burn documentary in which the how is as fascinating as the whodunnit, this series takes you along as a true-crime blogger relentlessly pursues the Golden State Killer.

Which of these detective shows intrigue you? Take the TV Binge Quiz yourself for other recommendations. Let me know in the comments what you end up choosing.

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