This is nothing to do with enos. I just want to know what good tv series to watch from the US side of the world or any other but in English.
I love crime stuff like CSI (they restarted the series … yey), Criminal Minds, House M.D, Good Doctor (new one not the old one), Game shows like Survivor, Then BGT, and AGT, Cooking MasterChef US and AU, Hells Kitchen, Also, watched Lucifer but kind of lost interest …
But anything related to crime, murder, or investigating things is my thing. Yeah, a little bit of horror too like American horror stories. Is there any other good stuff like I’ve mentioned to watch?
And in the line of Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul. I waited some time before deciding to watch it, thinking that Breaking Bad needs nothing else, but now, if one more season comes, I’ll go watch it immediately, and I can’t say that about almost any other series.
There’s something about the USA/Mexico/Normal-life border (that I can’t tell if it’s real or construed, never having been there) that I really appreciate.
In addition to the many excellent suggestions already made, I’ll mention The Wire:
All seasons of The Wire have received positive reviews from major television critics, with seasons two through five in particular receiving near universal acclaim, with several naming it the best contemporary show and one of the best drama series of all time.
Another crime drama focused on the US/Mexico border (specifically, El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico) is The Bridge:
A seductive crime drama, The Bridge draws viewers in with culturally conscious themes that combine intelligent mystery and spellbinding drama.
Not really crime per se, but it has some elements of it:
Arcane was one of the biggest surprises in the last years for me. Most likely the best animated series ever made. I don’t have any League of Legends knowledge (which actually is not necessary at all), but the writing, the characters, world building, music and animation are just incredible. Don’t let yourself get fooled by the fact it’s a LoL based series. It certainly can keep up with all the big series in the past.
I have seen thousands of hours of crime series so I have quite a few I’d recommend. I have seen all of the CSI spinoffs, and a few other procedural shows and as that’s what you said you wanted I’ve included a few at the bottom. Having said that, I think if you’re a crime fan, there is a lot of value in looking past that kind of show.
These all deal with one case per season, and are quite well written. I would recommend them to most people. The Killing is an American adaptation of a Nordic show called Förbrydelsen, but the American version is on par if not better. If you like it and want more, this kind of show is called Nordic noir and there are quite a few available on Netflix.
These are all similar, so if you like one, odds are you’ll like all of them. Vigil takes place on a Nuclear sub, the others in various cities. Whereas CSI focuses on one case per episode, these shows all have one case spanning over an entire season and therefore have a bit more depth to them, in particular when it comes to character development.
European shows (don’t let subtitles scare you off, these are some of the best crime shows available):
Bron - this is fantastic. It has received quite a number of adaptations, including an American one, but if you have access to the Swedish version I would recommend you watch that one. It is one case per season, and deals with crimes overlapping Sweden and Denmark. I don’t often watch Swedish television, but this is a must watch for crime fans. English title is The Bridge.
Black Spot - Belgian/French show set in a small town surrounded by forest, which creates an extremely creepy vibe. One case per season. Original title is Zone Blanche.
Witnesses - French show set in a small coastal town. Fantastic cast. Should be on Netflix (french name is Les témoins).
Shows which do not fit elsewhere
Giri/Haji - Netflix thriller set in Tokyo and London, exploring the butterfly effect of one murder which spans across both cities.
Poirot - based on Agatha Christie’s novels. David Suchet is an incredible actor. If you’re fond of detective work and shows set in different (older) world this is a must watch. Later seasons each episode is essentially a full length movie. If you’ve seen (and liked) the film Murder on the Orient Express, then odds are you’ll like this too.
Sherlock - Another adaptation of Sherlock Holmes starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Signal - Korean show where two detectives from different eras work to solve an unsolved case.
’Whodunnit’ shows, where you’re introduced to a cast and over the span of a series find out who could’ve done the crime (similar to films like Knives out (2019) and Crooked House (2017):
Last but not least, since you asked for shows similar to CSI, here are a few American procedurals I’d consider to be a step above CSI but keeping a similar format:
Bosch - New cases each episode, but often has a seasonal overlapping plot as well. Great cast.
The Mentalist - Traditional procedural with a mix of clever deductions and psychological tricks.
Elementary - Procedural show based on Sherlock Holmes.
Fringe - I wasn’t sure if I should include this here, it is fantastic, and does deal with crime, but it is rather different and includes a lot of sci-fi elements.
NCIS - I have not seen this in a number of years, and it is still running, so I’m not sure whether the quality has dropped but this is the closest you’ll come to CSI - there are 400+ episodes, and the show has a number of spinoffs. Centered around crimes involving naval bases.
Some others have recommended Mindhunter, and I’ll echo that…really great crime show (loosely) based on real people and events.
Also, in terms of horror, I really liked Midnight Mass. It’s a cool twist on an old horror trope. It’s also on Netflix.
A couple of suggestions that are a bit outside of your stated tastes, but I’d still encourage you to try them: Black Mirror is a sci-fi series on Netflix that has been running for a couple of years and it’s really great, awesome writing. Also, you might like the Mandolorian (Disney+)…it’s Star Wars, but the writing is actually really good. I’m not a big Star Wars fan any more but I really liked it.
Money Heist is absolutely the best series I have every come across, definitely #1 on my top 5. Sadly, season 5 and the series ending will be released in a few weeks. I hear there are rumors they are branching some of the characters off to their own series. You can also find dubbed versions in English, btw.