Best psychological thriller Tv Shows

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Want to watch sensational, universally adored Best psychological thriller Tv Shows? We compiled an expert list of 30 marvelous, must-see Best psychological thriller Tv Shows for your viewing pleasure. Critically celebrated by IMDB reviewers and widely loved by our own user community, these world-class titles earn top marks across the board. Help other fans discover hidden gems by voting for the titles you consider to be keepers. We appreciate your help highlighting elite content!

Mouse (2021)

Plot Summary:

A psychopath’s ruthless serial murders have left the entire nation gripped with fear and chaos. A honest and justice-seeking rookie police officer and a veteran detective with tragic past, face against the killer. After the encounter with the psychopath, their lives totally change


Duration: 80 min

IMDB Rating: 8.7/10

IMDB Votes: 10000

Genere: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Country: South Korea

Plot tags: investigation, serial killer, murder, serial murder, murder mystery, psycho killer, psychopath, murder investigation, police officer, homicide detective, killings, homicidal maniac, criminal, crime investigation, dna, killing spree, secret, police investigation, fighting crime, crime solving, police partner, teamwork, unsolved crime, partner, cold case


Stranger Things (2016)

Plot Summary:

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl


Duration: 51 min

IMDB Rating: 8.7/10

IMDB Votes: 13000000

Genere: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: supernatural, monster, telekinesis, small town, parallel universe, experiment, parallel world, friendship, supernatural power, super powers, government conspiracy, missing person, boy, parents and children, group of friends, fear, middle school, teenage boy, investigation, missing child, alternate dimension, paranormal phenomena, teenager, single mother, secret experiment


The X-Files (1993)

Plot Summary:

The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries that debunk Mulder's work and thus return him to mainstream cases


Duration: 45 min

IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

IMDB Votes: 243000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: ufo, supernatural, investigation, fbi, conspiracy, paranormal investigation, alien, top secret, paranormal activity, alien contact, space and aliens, female fbi agent, alien abduction, uncover truth, monster, mysterious place, paranormal investigator, violence against women, female agent, alien conspiracy, government facility, danger, heroine, special agent, alien invasion


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Mr Inbetween (2018)

Plot Summary:

Ray Shoesmith is a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend: tough roles to juggle in the modern age. Even harder when you’re a criminal for hire


Duration: 30 min

IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

IMDB Votes: 27000

Genere: Crime, Drama

Country: Australia

Plot tags: hitman, organized crime, mercenary, violence, betrayal, murder, chases and races, escapades, danger, family drama, secret past, fight scenes, psychopath, criminal, sociopath, father daughter relationship, parents, nypd, anti hero, lone hero, tough guy, deadly, show, anti-hero, anti heroes


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Mindhunter (2017)

Plot Summary:

An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

IMDB Votes: 323000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: serial killer, psychopath, psychology, fbi, police, serial murder, murderer, criminal psychologist, police investigation, murder, fbi agent, killings, interview, profiler, prison, rapist, true crime, killer, lesbian, investigation, whodunit, criminal, murder mystery, sapphic, sociopath


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Inside No. 9 (2014)

Plot Summary:

An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales, each one taking place behind a door marked 'number 9'


Duration: 30 min

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Votes: 19000

Genere: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Country: UK

Plot tags: supernatural, surprising revelation, surrealism, dark humor, hotel room, plot twist, macabre, halloween, illness, mental illness, mission, aspiration, impostor, satire, locked in a room, storytelling, sketch, cognitive science, sketch show, ghost, murder, criminal, intrigue, haunted house, under the surface


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Westworld (2016)

Plot Summary:

A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged


Duration: 62 min

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Votes: 525000

Genere: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Country: USA

Plot tags: artificial intelligence, robot, androids, consciousness, moral dilemma, murder, technology gone awry, man versus machine, scientist, escapades, human android relationship, wild west, cyberpunk, stalking, imaginary, love, female protagonist, role playing, using others, danger, workplace intrigue, workplace, androids and robots, immorality, hacker


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Mr. Robot (2015)

Plot Summary:

A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America


Duration: 49 min

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Votes: 410000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: hacker, computer hacker, hacking, computers and web, fighting the system, conspiracy, psychotherapy, split personality, paranoia, conspiracy theory, secret society, introvert, society, hallucination, schizophrenia, drug addict, social anxiety disorder, rebellion, friendship, childhood trauma, psychotherapist, revolution, brother sister relationship, murder, multiple personality disorder


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ERASED (2016)

Plot Summary:

Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Kayo


Duration: 264 min

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Votes: 56000

Genere: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Country: Japan

Plot tags: time travel, childhood, serial killer, murder, child abuse, dysfunctional family, friendship, death, abusive mother, kidnapping, mystery killer, disappearance, framed for murder, supernatural, abuse, love, police, parents and children, mature, countryside, groundhog day, abused child, children, teacher, tragedy


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Hannibal (2013)

Plot Summary:

Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him with a highly respected psychiatrist – a man with a taste for the criminal minded – Dr. Hannibal Lecter


Duration: 1680 min

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

IMDB Votes: 271000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: serial killer, cannibal, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, death, murder, psychiatrist, mental patient, graphic violence, fbi, mental health, troubled, blood, killer, murder investigation, manipulation, homoeroticism, profiler, violence, deception, psychiatry, psycho killer, gore, doctor


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Luther (2010)

Plot Summary:

A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

IMDB Votes: 152000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Country: UK

Plot tags: uncover truth, murder, talented, police detective, police investigation, law enforcement, cruelty, psychopath, police, forensics, crime investigation, tough law enforcer, cop, against the rules, serial killer, investigation, police procedural, graphic violence, violent content, partner, multiple suspects, black, unlikely relationship, anti hero, killer


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Big Little Lies (2017)

Plot Summary:

Subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies tells the tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder


Duration: 356 min

IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

IMDB Votes: 219000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Country: USA

Plot tags: domestic violence, female friendship, feminist, murder mystery, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, marriage, murder, secret, infidelity, rape, female protagonist, housewife, family life, intrigue, feminism, gossip and rumors, mother, crumbling marriage, parent child relationship, violence against women, adultery, single mother, twists and turns, ex husband


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Fringe (2008)

Plot Summary:

FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop and his scheming, reluctant son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between science fiction and technology


Duration: 46 min

IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

IMDB Votes: 254000

Genere: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Country: USA, Canada

Plot tags: supernatural, investigation, mad scientist, time travel, parallel universe, fbi, alternate dimension, experiment, top secret, alternate reality, paranormal activity, danger, research, peril, scientist, government facility, alternate universe, creature, killings, mission, disappearance, coworker, mysterious place, laboratory, father son relationship


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Orphan Black (2013)

Plot Summary:

A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her


Duration: 44 min

IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

IMDB Votes: 116000

Genere: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Country: Canada

Plot tags: lesbian, strong female character, female protagonist, shooting, family relations, uncover truth, lesbianism, danger, heroine, suicide, supernatural, killings, lesbian relationship, lgbt, lookalikes, boyfriend, experiment, characters in danger, eugenics, top secret, strong female lead, female assassin, mad scientist, conspiracy, clone


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Homeland (2011)

Plot Summary:

CIA officer Carrie Mathison is tops in her field despite being bipolar, which makes her volatile and unpredictable. With the help of her long-time mentor Saul Berenson, Carrie fearlessly risks everything, including her personal well-being and even sanity, at every turn


Duration: 55 min

IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

IMDB Votes: 357000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: terrorism, espionage, cia, spy, national security, investigation, treason, war on terror, secret service, terrorist, danger, top secret, bipolar disorder, mental illness, mental disorder, surveillance, government agency, counter terrorism, victim, characters in danger, cia agent, supportive coworker, muslim, interrogation, paranoia


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Innocent (2017)

Plot Summary:

Cevdet, a retired commissioner, and his wife spend their pensions in peace on a farm away from the city. Suddenly the life of the family is destroyed by the sudden arrival of a terrible news from the little son


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

IMDB Votes: 20000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Country: Turkey

Plot tags: police investigation, police detective, police, friendship, betrayal, murder, domestic violence, family relations, infidelity, husband wife relationship, secret, murder trial, muslim, murder mystery, cop, nordic, cognitive science, wedding, hospital, flashback, drinking, love, drinking alcohol, psychological drama, show


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Fauda (2015)

Plot Summary:

A top Israeli agent comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian militant he thought he'd killed, setting a chaotic chain of events into motion


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

IMDB Votes: 36000

Genere: Action, Drama, Thriller

Country: Israel

Plot tags: espionage, israeli palestinian conflict, terror, terrorist, war on terror, israeli, disguise, murder, danger, assassination, chase, mossad, israeli army, spy, terrorism, conflict, government agency, stephen king, islam, murder mystery, revolution, political conspiracy, propaganda, covert operation, religious


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The Leftovers (2014)

Plot Summary:

When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. The drama series 'The Leftovers' is the story of the people who didn't make the cut. Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, 'The Leftovers' follows Kevin Garvey, a father of two and the chief of police in a small New York suburb, as he tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy when the notion no longer applies


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

IMDB Votes: 109000

Genere: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: life turned upside down, society, disappearance, haunted by the past, apocalypse, missing person, depression, small town sheriff, chief of police, worldwide chaos, post apocalypse, chaos, belief, hopes, life changing experience, religions or cults, twists and turns, small town, miraculous event, grief, fear, sex, magic, epidemic, criminal


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Watchmen (2019)

Plot Summary:

Television series based on the comic-book 'Watchmen', which was published by DC Comics in 1986 - 1987


Duration: 527 min

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

IMDB Votes: 131000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Country: USA

Plot tags: superhero, villain, anti hero, vigilantism, team, black, heroes, police officer, racial slur, racial tension, fight, racial discrimination, lgbtqi, superhero team, murder, alternate history, time travel, intelligence agency, supernatural, fbi, friends, house, hip hop culture, justice league, couples


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Legion (2017)

Plot Summary:

David Haller, AKA Legion, is a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

IMDB Votes: 96000

Genere: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: superhero, mental illness, telepathy, supernatural power, telekinesis, superhuman, mutant, schizophrenia, memory, x men, power, mental institution, time travel, legion, male protagonist, reality vs fantasy, hiding place, teleportation, super powers, apocalypse, viking, psychology, psychopath, obsession, addiction


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The Missing (2014)

Plot Summary:

A gripping anthological relationship thriller series exploring the emotional fallout of a child's abduction not only on the family but on the wider community, told over two time frames


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

IMDB Votes: 29000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Country: UK, France, Belgium, USA

Plot tags: investigation, missing child, missing person, police detective, twists and turns, abduction, pedophile, police, child abuse, family relations, journalist, child abduction, parents and children, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, haunted by the past, grief, spy, police officer, murder mystery, reporter, aspiration, police investigation, storytelling, police procedural


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The Fall (2013)

Plot Summary:

When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must track down and stop a serial killer who is terrorising the city of Belfast


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

IMDB Votes: 116000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Country: UK

Plot tags: serial killer, female detective, forensics, police detective, policewoman, police investigation, victim, evidence, police, violence against women, crime investigation, cop, law enforcement, coworker, killer, police officer, murder mystery, police procedural, misogyny, investigation, strong female lead, female protagonist, psychopath, female warrior, lgbtq


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Criminal Minds (2005)

Plot Summary:

An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases


Duration: 42 min

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

IMDB Votes: 214000

Genere: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: fbi, investigation, serial killer, team, law enforcement, crime investigation, murder, forensics, danger, profiler, investigator, intelligence, policewoman, human nature, victim, riddles and clues, police procedural, murderer, federal agent, computer genius, computer system, police, leader, antisocial behavior, die hard


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Bates Motel (2013)

Plot Summary:

A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life


Duration: 45 min

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

IMDB Votes: 115000

Genere: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: serial killer, motel, mental disorder, obsession, dysfunctional family, hotel, family problems, insanity, murder, small town, half brother, incestuous desire, danger, mother son relationship, high school, twists and turns, taxidermy, taxidermist, teenage life, small town life, sexual initiation, graphic violence, violent content, psychopath, sexual awakening


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Manhunt (2017)

Plot Summary:

An in-depth look at how an FBI profiler helped track down the terrorist Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber


Duration: 817 min

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

IMDB Votes: 63000

Genere: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: serial killer, terrorism, terrorist, true crime, federal bureau of investigation, psychoanalysis, mathematics, crime investigation, murder mystery, fighting crime, crime solving, homicide detective, manhunt, fbi, investigation, violence, danger, agent, fbi agent, organized crime, unsolved crime, cold case, uncover truth, special agent, mountain cabin


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Sneaky Pete (2015)

Plot Summary:

A con man on the run from a vicious gangster takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, “reuniting” with Pete’s estranged family, a colorful, dysfunctional group that threatens to drag him into a world just as dangerous as the one he’s trying to escape - and, just maybe, give him a taste of the loving family he’s never had


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

IMDB Votes: 40000

Genere: Crime, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: investigation, gambling, family relations, dishonesty, family problems, danger, escapades, con man, thief, greed, adaptation, twists and turns, prison, viking, poker, caper, criminal, espionage, confidence, grief, siblings, confidence artist, female nudity, anti hero, friendship


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Killing Eve (2018)

Plot Summary:

A security consultant hunts for a ruthless assassin. Equally obsessed with each other, they go head to head in an epic game of cat-and-mouse


Duration: 42 min

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

IMDB Votes: 130000

Genere: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Country: USA, UK

Plot tags: lgbt, psychopath, female protagonist, lesbian, psycho killer, investigation, woman with a gun, female assassin, peril, odd couple, obsession, lesbian love, strong female character, hitman, killings, violence, girl fight, spy, blood, sapphic, dark humor, strong sexual content, lesbian attraction, murder, female spy


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Boss (2011)

Plot Summary:

Boss is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder


Duration: 56 min

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

IMDB Votes: 18000

Genere: Crime, Drama

Country: USA

Plot tags: politics, mayor, boss, ambition, political intrigue, career, mental illness, life is a bitch, power struggle, ambitious, dishonesty, corruption, politician, terminal illness, boss and employee, cruelty, power, american politics, scheme, urban, morality, sex, lawyer, white house, city

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Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (2022)

Plot Summary:

Across more than a decade, 17 teen boys and young men were murdered by convicted killer Jeffrey Dahmer. How did he evade arrest for so long?


Duration: 534 min

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

IMDB Votes: 148000

Genere: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: serial killer, murder, psychopath, homosexual, killer, true crime, maniac, violence, lgbt, brutality, homosexuality, homicidal maniac, serial murder, victim, alcoholism, danger, woman in danger, obsession, masked killer, characters killed one by one, killing spree, disguise, violent, pursuit, cannibal


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Bloodline (2015)

Plot Summary:

A dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family. The Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community. But when the black sheep son comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents' hotel, he threatens to expose the Rayburns' dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty


Duration: 60 min

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

IMDB Votes: 57000

Genere: Drama, Thriller

Country: USA

Plot tags: dysfunctional family, family relations, wealthy family, siblings relations, haunted by the past, sibling relationship, family life, homecoming, secret, dark secret, police detective, murder investigation, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family business, police investigation, brother brother relationship, whodunit, supernatural, criminal, house, child abuse, legal, judiciary, brother murders brother

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