Published By: Jayati

A trip down the most binge-watchable crime mini-series out there!

These shows are the perfect way to spend a lazy weekend evening!

The popularity of miniseries has surged recently, largely due to the rise of streaming platforms. These limited series offer a concise narrative with a predetermined conclusion, contrasting with the ongoing seasons of traditional shows. In today's binge-watching culture, where viewers consume content in one sitting, miniseries provide the ultimate binge-worthy experience. So, in this Piece, we will bring you the best crime mini-series that will be worth your time and attention!

'Mare of Easttown'

In "Mare of Easttown," Detective Mare investigates a murder in a small Pennsylvania town near Philadelphia, where the body of a teenage mother is discovered in a creek after a party. Amidst her professional duties, Mare grapples with personal turmoil, mourning her son's demise, adjusting to her ex-husband's engagement, and navigating a new romance. The series, lauded by critics and audiences alike with a commendable 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, transcends the typical crime drama by probing into themes of grief and remorse. Kate Winslet's portrayal of Mare, a character marked by profound development, stands out as a highlight of the show.

‘Black Bird’

 In "Black Bird," criminal Jimmy Keene (played by Taron Egerton) faces an impending 10-year prison sentence. However, he's presented with a compelling offer: if he can coax killer Larry Hall (portrayed by Paul Walter Hauser) into confessing and divulging the locations of his numerous suspected victims, Keene will be granted his freedom. Adapted from Keene's autobiographical novel "In with the Devil," the series offers a refreshing twist on the conventional crime narrative by diving into the complex relationship between two inmates. Yet, it's the stellar performances of Egerton and Hauser that truly steal the show. Egerton mesmerises as Keene, deftly manoeuvring through a treacherous alliance, while Hauser delivers a spine-chilling portrayal of the manipulative killer Larry.

‘A Friend of the Family’

"A Friend of the Family" depicted the harrowing true story of Jan, a young girl abducted multiple times by a family friend during the 1970s, first at age 12 and again at 14. The series exposed the manipulation tactics employed to gain the family's trust. With Jan Broberg, the actual victim, serving as co-producer alongside her mother, Mary Ann, the show provided a chilling portrayal of the lengths predators will go to target their victims. While the entire cast delivered strong performances, Jake Lacy's portrayal of kidnapper Bob “B” Berchtold stood out for its chilling blend of charm and sociopathic tendencies.

‘Sharp Objects’

"Sharp Objects," revolves around journalist Camille (portrayed by Amy Adams) returning to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls, leading to a tense reunion with her estranged family and a confrontation with her own haunting past, including the loss of her sister and a strained relationship with her mother. Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, the series, while faithful to the source material, exposes the dark underbelly of small-town America. Amy Adams delivers a captivating performance as the troubled Camille, while Patricia Clarkson shines as her cold and enigmatic mother, Adora.

The Netflix series "Griselda" portrayed the rise of Colombian queenpin Griselda Blanco (portrayed by Sofía Vergara) and her ascent to power in the ‘70s and ‘80s, from her escape from Medellín to Miami with her children to the ruthless expansion of her cartel. Flashbacks offered insights into her motivations for leaving Medellín. The show garnered critical acclaim for its gripping narrative and exploration of themes like female empowerment, embodied by both Griselda and police officer June Hawkins (played by Juliana Aidén Martinez). Vergara, renowned for her comedic roles, delivered a transformative performance, proving her versatility and earning praise as the series' lead.

'Candy', 'Unbelievable', 'Dopesick', 'Under the Banner of Heaven', and 'The Cry' are also some other bing-worthy mini-series you could check out if you're done watching the ones on the list.