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The recent TV series Mare of Easttown came to an end this past month. The show had a gripping plot that reeled in viewers easily. While it did not get inspired from a book, the creator did base the town on where he grew up. 

Mare of Easttown is an HBO series that finished airing in May 2021. The show has seven episodes and is about Detective Mare Sheehan. Mare investigates the murder of a teenage mother while dealing with personal troubles. While Mare is a local hero, some people doubt her detective work. The limited series is a crime drama that focuses on the dark side of a closed community. 

Now that the story is over, fans of Mare of Easttown will want to find something else to watch. There are tons of similar shows, but it hard to know which ones might be worth seeing. Several of them stand out among the rest. 

Mare of Easttown Season 1 Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan
‘Mare of Easttown’ Season 1 Episode 6: Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan | Michele K. Short/HBO


Broadchurch is a British serial crime drama that features David Tennant and Olivia Colman. It starts with the local death of an 11-year-old boy named Daniel. The storylines include the grief of the family and the detectives trying to find justice. The show focuses on a single case and its after-effects, giving viewers every aspect of a chilling crime. 

‘The Night Of’

The Night Of is full of well-written dialogue and convincing performances. The mystery involves a college student becoming the suspect of a murder case. Naz Khan has to survive prison and clear his name. The show portrays a system that prefers quick justice over an accurate one. 

The British series is from 2008, but it received critical acclaim. Crime drama fans may love the well-crafted mystery that will leave them stunned. 

‘Happy Valley’

Another British crime drama is Happy Valley, and it is about police sergeant Catherine Cawood trying to move on from her daughter’s suicide. She becomes dedicated to tracking down the man who sexually assaulted her daughter while raising her grandson. The award-winning show focuses less on the violence and more on Catherine’s psychological damage. 


Miniseries Unbelievable centers around a series of rapes in Washington State and Colorado. It is a dramatization of a 2015 article that covered real cases from 2008 to 2011. In the show, a teenager gets charged for lying about being raped.  

However, two detectives work through many layers to uncover the truth. Unbelievable offers a character-driven narrative about people wanting to find the answers and those who do not. 

‘The Missing’

The Missing is a show from 2014, and it is about a family traveling to France during the FIFA World Cup. Their son goes missing, and the father continues searching eight years later. The next season focuses on the case of a missing girl. The British crime drama is able to portray the horrors of missing children for parents. 

‘The Killing’

Another thrilling show to watch is The Killing, which focuses on Seattle detective Sarah Linden. Based on a Danish series, Sarah follows various murder investigations. Instead of wrapping up a case in a single season, the homicide of a teen girl bleeds into season two. 

Potential fans will find that The Killing has a great cast and writing. The first season likely will get fans of the genre hooked. 

‘The Fall’

Crime drama enthusiasts can also give The Fall a go. The series stars Gillian Anderson and is about Stella Gibson reviewing an ongoing murder investigation. It soon becomes clear that a serial killer is on the loose, and Stella’s team tries to capture Paul Spector. The show contains the classic cat-and-mouse game viewers can enjoy.