And before you even try to convince me otherwise with "whatabouts," I will grant you this: Mindhunter is great; True Detective (season 1) was fantastic; Fargo (season 1 and 2 only) was really good. Even the first iteration of CSI was enjoyable for its time...in fact, it might have been my gateway drug into crime procedurals.
But those Brit Procedurals, though. They really got it down. And maybe it's because the Brits have provenance with detective stories. When you think about it, they literally wrote the book. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Agatha Christie? Mr. Bean? OK, maybe not that last one.
But it's not just legacy. British procedurals seem to have more dimension, more character backstory. Or maybe, I'm just a sucker for the accent. Or maybe it's the amount of Mini Coopers I see in every single one (proud Mini owner, btw). It doesn't matter; I stand by my opinion.
|Practicing my confident, interrogative stare|
That being said, here are my Top Ten favorite British Procedurals:
Footnote: I really wanted to include Killing Eve in the top ten, however, after exhaustive research (read: one google search) I landed on the decision that while it is an explosive series with plenty of "what the fuck?" moments, I would classify Killing Eve as a spy thriller. Also, that would bring my list to eleven... and Top Eleven doesn't roll off the tongue (or roll of the SEOs) the way Top Ten does.
Honorable mentions (in no particular order):
Death in Paradise
Have yet to watch:
Collateral (just started this one, though), Inspector Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Father Brown, Waking the Dead, Jack Taylor, The Five, Whitechapel, Prime Suspect, The Body Farm, Endeavor, Silent Witness, Grantchester, The Bodyguard, Line of Duty, and Life on Mars.
Most of the above unwatched-shows are not available on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, so I would have to subscribe to BritBox to watch them. Can I justify one more streaming service? Maybe I could call it a tax write off? Of course, I'd actually have to make money off this blog to call anything a tax write off. Ha (sob) Ha.
What did I miss? Please only comment with British Procedurals (meaning a crime or detective show from the UK). It will not be helpful to suggest a non-crime show like Downton Abbey or a non-British crime show like Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (it's Australian).
Or, what other lists of shows would you like to see? Drop a comment below!