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Must watch crime thrillers you can binge on Netflix

April 30, 2018

So I thought i’d do something a little different today on the blog.

Usually you’ll see foodie bits, Instagram tips, and just a bit of my general lifestyle but as I was thinking about what I fancied writing today, I thought about something that comes up in my conversations a lot.

Netflix series.

Whether it’s friends at work, family, or the online world, i’m always looking out for Netflix recommendations and if i’ve enjoyed a new series recently – you’re guaranteed to hear about it.

You might have seen if you follow me on Instagram, I often describe my ideal Friday nights include a bath, a glass of wine, and a Netflix crime programme.

Now you may think this sounds like an odd kinda evening but trust me, there’s nothing better than starting a new series on a Friday night and being able to binge watch the entire thing over the course of the weekend.

And I absolutely love the crime genre.

Documentaries, dramas, investigations, they’re just so gripping. Luckily I know i’m not the only one with this slight obsession, as it seems a lot of us are a bunch of crime loving weirdos. And I’m totally fine with that.

Recently we’ve binge watched some cracking Netflix series which I cannot recommend enough, and because i’ve already told everyone I know about them, I thought i’d share them with you.

American Crime Story – The People VS OJ Simpson

As the title suggests this series is all about the trial of OJ Simpson after he was accused of killing his ex wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

I love true stories. Films and series based around true events always grip me, and I end up feeling the emotion so much more.

This series is bloody fantastic.

I’m kinda ashamed to say I knew barely anything about the OJ Simpson case apart from its link to the Kardashian family. I know – awful.

But if you happen to be in the same boat I highly recommend you watch this series. What went on over the course of the trial was incredible, and the series dramatises it so well.

It goes into full detail of the trial including back stories of the jury and what they went through. I had no idea the conditions they were under during the course of that year.

The characters are fantastic and it really leaves you wondering how the trial ended in the way it did.

If I had to rate this series on a scale of glued to the telly or browsing Instagram every ten minutes, I would say I was off the scale glued to the telly, not even wanting to blink. I actually think it was beneficial that I didn’t know anything about the trial, because when the final episode played I had no idea what the outcome would be.

And it was SO dramatic. If you’re interested in criminal trials and real life stories this really is a must watch.


Do you ever get that feeling after you’ve finished binge watching a series where you feel a little bit of your life is missing and you’re not sure anything will fill the space? That’s how we felt after we’d finished the OJ series.

(ok that might be a little dramatic, but you know what I mean!)

We started browsing Netflix to try and decide what to get stuck into next and after watching the trailer for Sinner we decided to give it a go.

The basis of the story, and i’m not spoiling anything with this, is about a woman who kills a man in broad daylight, on a beach, and she has no idea why.

The series then follows her story and tries to depict exactly why she committed the murder.

It features flashbacks into her past, and piece by piece the story starts to unfold.

Slowly enough so you just can’t stop watching!

Although at first I was unsure about this series, after an episode or two we were gripped. Throughout the whole thing it kept us wondering where it was going to go, and that’s what I loved about it.

You were never sure what the outcome was going to be.

The main character is played by Jessica Biel who is just fab – and also bloody stunning.

If you’re interested in a bit of mystery mixed with mental health, this is a great watch.

The Alienist

The Alienist is set in 19th century New York.

“In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as alienists.”

This series is based around a group of people trying to figure out the minds of criminals, and the story focusses on one criminal in particular and the gruesome acts he commits.

I will warn you straight away this series is graphic and gruesome and within the first episode you see the body of a mutilated child.

But surrounding the gore is a gripping story as the characters try to understand why one criminal is acting in the way he is.

It’s so interesting to get a feel for the kind of views that were held back then, and see the way people were treated depending on sex, race, class etc.

If you’re looking for something a little different than your modern day crime dramas this series is worth a watch.

You get some seriously interesting back stories to the main characters and find out what has shaped them into the (slightly odd) people they are at that point in time.

Although I wasn’t sold on the ending, I know there was a purpose and meaning to why they chose to end it in that way…i’m trying not to spoil here, so please let me know your thoughts if you’ve watched it.

Do you have any crime series recommendations? Let me know!

Esther xo


11 responses to “Must watch crime thrillers you can binge on Netflix”

  1. It’s cool that you’re into crime shows! I unfortunately I’m not a fan.. they sometimes give me anxiety 😭 butttt i’ll watch a thriller from time to time. It really depends on what it’s about! xx

  2. Melina Elisa says:

    I love crime thrillers, and I can’t believe that I’ve watched any of these! I have the OJ Simpson show on my netflix list, but I haven’t even heard of the other ones! Great post Esther 🙂 xxx

    Melina |

  3. Oj was great Iv just finished it , I knew alot about the case already so I found myself getting annoyed at little things – like Robert kardahian I think from documentaries and reading knew more than just doubted oj

    But if you liked that you should check out the documentary of his life and background and the truth behind the crimes . So much suspense.
    O.J.: Made in America . It’s amazing x

    • Esther Wyse says:

      I completely agree I think they portrayed Rob in a bit of a heroic light when realistically that wasn’t the case – also I think it’s difficult because we all know him as Ross from friends we could never hate him haha! Ohh thats amazing thank you so much for the recommendation im gong to get straight onto that!

  4. Emily says:

    I’m such a huge fan of crime thrillers. I loved the people vs OJ and The Sinner. I’m definitely going to start watching The Alienist so thanks for the recommendation! Have you watched Mindhunter? It’s so interesting!

    Emily x

  5. We loved The People vs OJ Simpson, I didn’t know anything about it either but we really enjoyed it and watched the whole thing in two days! The Sinner is another one we adored and binged in two days, it was a fab and I couldn’t believe the ending! I always recommend that to people as I don’t think many people know about it and they’re really missing out! I haven’t watched anything new on Netflix recently but I’ve heard the new series ‘Safe’ is meant to be good!

    Jess //

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