10 Awesome Whodunnit TV Shows and How to Watch Them

It’s a mystery – a murder mystery.

Whether you like it or not, many people are into murder mysteries. We love the adventure it brings, the questions that are raised and all that. And although there are many murder mystery films, such as Murder on the Orient Express Where Knives out (which is getting a sequel in 2022 on Netflix), sometimes you want a mystery that spans multiple episodes and not just two hours.

That’s where these fantastic “Polarized” TV shows come in. From hits coming from the 2022 TV Schedulesuch as Only murders in the building, to older shows that you’ll surely love just as much, these are 10 of the best “thriller” TV shows you should most definitely check out.

Oliver, Charles and Mabel in Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Finale

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Only Murders in the Building (2020 – present)

If you want an amazing show that’s recent, you need to consult Only murders in the building. Starring Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin, the series tells the story of a group of true crime fans who decide to create their own murder mystery podcast when a murder occurs in their apartment building, and attempt also solve the case.

Truly, this has been one of my favorite shows of 2022 overall, and a fantastic thriller show. Not only is the chemistry between the three main stars spectacular, but the story itself is full of twists and turns that you would never expect, and you wonder what might happen next. As a fan of all these actors for many years (especially Selena Gomez, since I grew up watching it), it’s been one of their best projects in years. And one the third season is already on the way for 2023 – with Paul Rudd!

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Kyle MacLachlan on Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks (1990-1991)

then, we have twin peaks, an older show from the 90s which is an amazing whodunit series. In this show, we follow Dale Cooper, the detective on the Laura Palmer murder case. But, as the mystery begins to unfold, he begins to notice that things aren’t all they seem.

The series, while originally only running for two seasons, returned for a third in 2017 after gaining a cult following. The show itself is a staple of crime television and a series where you have no idea what’s next. And, let me talk about the cinematography, some of the shots in this series are beautiful. It’s so well done and it’s a series you should definitely check out if you’ve never seen it before.

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Mahershala Ali in True Detective

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True Detective (2014 – Present)

This HBO anthology series is one of the best out there. real detective is a crime drama where, with each season, we follow a new cast and story as they tackle a new mystery that gets even crazier than the last, from serial killers to corrupt politicians and more.

This show really is so good, and the fact that each season has a whole new plotline makes it even better. The stories themselves are very different and really grab your attention right away, and the actors are always star-studded. The latest season of the show (released in 2019) stars Mahershala Ali. Season 4 is already confirmed with several new stars.

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The four main characters of Pretty Little Liars.

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Pretty Little Liars (2010 – 2017)

If you want to talk about a landmark in teen TV dramas, this is the one. Pretty little Liars tells the story of five best friends in a clique that crumbles when Alison, their leader, suddenly disappears. But, a year later, they begin to receive messages from an unknown source called “A”, threatening to expose their past and their secrets. Now it’s up to them to find out what happened to Alison and who A is.

God, these series. I vividly remember when this show came out when I was in college it was then popular, to the point that I didn’t even want to watch it. As I got older I tried the show and honestly it’s a lot of fun. I appreciate the mystery behind it and believe it was worthy of the hype. He even has a new HBO Max spin-off, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, years later, it’s worth it.

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Michael C. Hall on Dexter

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Dexter – Season 1 (2006 – 2007)

Dexter is one of the best Showtime shows out there. Starring the titular character, Dexter Morgan, the first season of this series follows a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, who has a habit of killing bad people to appease his carnal lust for blood. However, when another killer starts messing with him, he takes it upon himself to find out who it is.

While I would primarily consider the first season of Dexter a “whodunnit” show for the purposes of this list, the rest of the series is great (minus this ending, but Dexter: new blood compensated). Michael C. Hall is a great leading man for the role of Dexter, and there are plenty of moments in the series that will shock and amaze you all at once. The first season mystery, however, is one of the best. And the ending will leave you with your jaws wide open.

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Mare on doc at Mare of Easttown

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Easttown Pond (2021)

Next on this list we have Easttown Pond, an HBO limited series with Kate Winslet. In this drama, we follow a Pennsylvania detective struggling with her own problems and her world is shaken when a murder occurs in her small town. Now it’s up to the detective to find out who did this, as well as the connection between the murder and a suspicious number of missing women that have been reported.

I think what I like about the Easttown Mare is that it’s a very condensed story. It doesn’t get too crazy or out of this world, takes place mostly in this small town, and features some truly amazing actors. The Easttown Mare cast is great too, delivering very compelling performance. The mystery is believable and you won’t be able to put the remote down after you start watching it.

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Kristen Bell in Veronica Mars.

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Veronique Mars (2004 – 2019)

Then we have the popular CW series (which later returned to Hulu), Veronique March. Starring Kristen Bell, this teen drama follows her story as the title character who also tries to solve mysteries as a private detective, with the help of her father. And while each season she tries to solve little mysteries, there’s always one major case she’s working to solve by the end of the season. The first focuses on the murder of her friend, the second on a group of students killed in a bus accident.

The first two seasons of Veronique Mars are really the “thriller” and best seasons of the show, but the other two seasons have some interesting mysteries for people to enjoy. It’s really Kristen Bell in her lead role that makes this show so fun, because she’s so good as Veronica Mars. Really, one of Bell’s best characters.

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Cooper, Bronwyn, Addy, Maeve and Janae in One of Us Is Lying.

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One of Us Lies (2021 – Present)

If you’re looking for a Peacock original series, check out One of us is lying. In this teenage mystery, five students go into detention one day and only four get out. Now we are on our way to see which of the four students is lying about the death of one of their classmates.

As someone who read the book, it was such a good adaptation that I ended up watching it twice. The one of us is lying the cast is outstanding in their roles, and the mystery plays out very well in the first season. There are even a season 2 to come will be out very soon, so might as well check it out now.

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Tiffany Haddish in The Afterparty.

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The Afterparty (2022)

AppleTV+ has released some awesome shows, and the after party just adds to that. This Original Apple TV+ features many famous names, such as Tiffany Haddish, Dave Franco, Sam Richardson, etc., and tells the story of a high school reunion gone wrong when someone is murdered.

the after party is such a distinct murder mystery, and what I love is that it tells the night from different angles. You don’t really know who to trust at first because everyone seems to have a reason why they’re not the killer, but seeing it through everyone’s eyes is so cool, and it helps that the show be really funny. Season 2 is on the wayso might as well watch it now.

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How to Get Away With Murder (2014 – 2020)

Last but not least, we have How to get away with murder. Starring Viola Davis, this series begins when a local sorority girl is murdered. A law professor and five of her students end up trapped, and not everyone is so truthful about who knows what.

This show is so incredibly good. The murder mystery is over so well and I’m really amazed at what they were able to do. The How to get away with murder the cast is amazing – and of course, Viola Davis is still a victory. She ended up winning an Emmy for her portrayal on the show, so you know she’s nothing short of stunning.

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Betty, Jughead and Veronica in Riverdale.

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Honorable mention: Riverdale in its first seasons (seasons 1 and 2, 2016-2018)

Alright, listen to me.

Riverdale is a CW show set in the town of Riverdale where weird things happen all the time, mostly as a result of Archie Andrews and his friends. Don’t watch seasons 3-6. They’re just bad, and the twists got even weirder – and some don’t even make sense.

However, the first two seasons of the show are actually pretty good TV. The murder mystery surrounding the death of Jason Blossom and the Black Hood murders really grabbed attention, and I think for anyone who loves whodunits, it would be fun to watch. Give it a shot. Just don’t see the rest of the show after, uh.

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With so many amazing choices, you’ll be swimming in murder mysteries for ages. It’s time to put on your detective hat and grab your notepad – we’ve got some murders to solve!

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