I can watch hours of mystery TV shows. That’s why I put together this list of Best Binges for Mystery Buffs on Netflix. It’s almost like a game for me – seeing if I can solve the mystery myself.
BEST BINGES FOR MYSTERY BUFFS ON NETFLIX CANADA
I just love me a good mystery. Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson – I could go on and on listing some of my favorite mystery writers. It doesn’t really matter if they are period dramas or more modern ones, there is something compelling about gathering a series of clues as the mystery slowly unravels.
Recently updated for 2022. Netflix has removed many of my favorite mysteries but there is still a core list available.
Murdoch Mysteries –
Ahh, Detective William Murdoch. He’s a member of the Toronto constabulary in 1895 (and continuing into the early 1900s) with a love for gadgets and inventions. Like Miss Fisher, he is ahead of his time with his clever forensic inventions and procedures, which enable him to solve crimes
Like Murdoch Mysteries, this is a Canadian show. It’s about a doctor who becomes a coroner following the death of her husband. Following in the tradition of Quincy, she doesn’t just perform autopsies. She joins up with the police detective on the case to search for clues and interview witnesses until they’re able to solve the crime.
Pretty Hard Cases –
Yet another Canadian TV series. This one I feel is a bit of a sleeper. I haven’t seen it trending on Netflix but in my opinion, it should be. I love this show and never miss it when a new episode comes out. Two female detectives – one a “by the book” cop from guns and gangs and the other a street-smart detective from the drug squad – come together in what seems to be an odd couple partnership. I would call this one a “dramedy” because there is definitely humor in their relationship while still providing a tough, gritty cop show.
The Lincoln Lawyer –
I’ll be honest. This one is on my list but I haven’t started it yet. My daughter highly recommends it though. Sidelined after an accident, hotshot LA lawyer Mickey Haller restarts his career solving mysteries and driving his trademark Lincoln.
The Bletchley Circle San Francisco –
Two British codebreakers work with an American team of codebreakers to solve murders in San Francisco. I really liked the original Bletchley Circle – a British show about a group of wartime codebreakers who reunite to solve a murder so this was a must-try for me. It didn’t disappoint.
The Alienist –
It took me a couple of episodes to get into this one. It’s a bit on the darker side than most of the shows I watch and it simply wasn’t grabbing my attention at first. It’s the story of a criminal psychologist (the alienist) who works together with a newspaper illustrator to investigate a serial killer. Set in the late 1800s in New York City. Stars Luke Evans (Gaston in live action Beauty and the Beast) and Dakota Fanning.
The Hardy Boys –
Another on my want-to-watch list. I enjoyed Hardy Boys books when I was a kid and was curious to see what this was like. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with the TV adaptation of Nancy Drew so I was a bit concerned but I have heard good things about this show. After the death of their mother, the Hardy Boys and their father attempt to solve the mystery of her death.
As for movies, I recommend Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows, Murder Mystery, The Lincoln Lawyer, and The Pelican Brief.
For the kids, check out The Inbestigators, Odd Squad, and The Spy Next Door.
There are other mysteries available on Netflix but these are definitely my current favorites. Do you have any to add to this list? I’d love some more recommendations to try!