10 Best Shows about Serial Killers

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Glamorising serial killers on Television is a new bandwagon in Hollywood, imitated by screens worldwide. This season, Hollywood experienced an increase of 7 TV series on serial killers, increasing the total to 20. With an increase in such stories in real world, this concept became popular on screen too. Mystery series are always described as addictive. It captivates your interest in just a single episode. You consistently think what is going to happen in next episode/ season. Stories on serial killer have always attracted the mystery lovers. They can fuel some of your intense nightmares. Often the plots of such stories revolve around a psycho person who plays the role of serial killer and commits brutal murder in white collar identity. These series have a challenge to keep their audience in suspense.

If you like to bring shiver down your spine here are some suggestions about most popular TV series on serial killers:

10. Bones

Bones is an American drama premiered in 2005. 8 seasons have been premiered so far and the 9th is on air since September, 2013. The show revolves around the investigation of death causes by FBI and forensic anthropologist, Bones. Women are not often serial killers yet this show brought out extras for a lady you would certainly love to reveal.

9. Twin Peaks

Again Twin Peaks is an American serial drama first broadcast in 1990. It became one of the top rated shows of 1990 and managed to garner critical success nationally and internationally. The show revolves around rape and murder investigation of home coming queen. The character of serial killer, BOB is beautifully portrayed. The show is packed with suspense and thrill.

8. Cold Blood

For practical and scientific slot of audience who are more interested in facts and figures rather than fiction concepts this could be the most relevant Series. This show is based on real life crime stories. Each story details a horrific murder or series of horrific murder that destroyed a loved one. It presents the whole sequences of how the crime was solved and the after effects on victim’s family. The real statements from the law enforcement are also included in the show. It is not a typical show based on serial killers. It combines the thrill of mystery with visceral experience of true life drama. It gives a chance to experience real life investigations to it’s audience. Three seasons of this TV series has been broadcasted so far.


7. Criminal Minds

Criminal minds is American police procedural television program featured in 2005. Again, it is not typically a show based on serial killing. The show focuses on profiling the criminal rather than crime. The criminal is referred as unsub or ‘unknown subject’. The show has an intellectual and realistic approach. Every character in the show has its unique set of attributes and qualities. Women are rarely featured as serial killer yet this show has beautifully portrayed few episodes on female serial killers.

6. True Blood

True blood is an American Television Drama series based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. It is a fiction based drama. 6 seasons of the show have been featured so far, and 7th, the finale is announced to be premiered in 2014. The show starts with a concept of some scientists who developed synthetic blood (‘Tru Blood’) which ceased vampires’ dependency on human blood for surviving. This divides the vampire kingdom into two, one who wish to live equally with humans and other who believe human and vampire can never live together. The show is packed with suspense despite covering beautifully exploring several contemporary issues.

5. Bates Motel

Bates Motel is an American Drama TV series inspired by a very famous film Psycho (1960). It depicts the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma. 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. Earlier episodes of Bates Motel have been giving a hint of Norman’s future Psychotic nature. Season 1 with 10 episodes has been broadcasted and season 2 is expected to be aired in 2014.


4. Hannibal

Hannibal is an American based TV series, launched this year. The series featured 13 episodes in it’s first season, second season is expected to be launched in 2014. The show is based on novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. When it comes to applaud the show, first aspect is performances. Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist has played the role of serial killer in perfect pitch. By the end of season you automatically derive the conclusion that brilliance of show lies in it’s excellence of performance. Within the first year of it’s launch the lead character of the show Dr. Hannibal made it to top serial killer’s position on various polls, on internet. Hannibal is as close as a show can be to the themes and crispness of good literature without becoming pretentious. The show is thrilling and haunting yet brutal and bloody. It beautifully revolves around various aspects a mystery series is supposed to cover i.e. the mind of someone who solves murders, the minds of those that kill, the aftermath of losing someone, taking a life, etc. For those looking for an intelligent show which has something to offer intellectually, full of suspense yet close to reality Hannibal is right here waiting for you.

3. Death Note

In-between the dominance of America based drama this Japanese series made its position among top 3. The show is about an ambitious high school genius, Light Yagami, who discovers a supernatural notebook, the Death Note. This notebook empowers it’s user to kill anyone whose name and face they know. After realizing this, he becomes a serial killer, publicly recognized as ‘Kira’, and starts killing criminals in his attempt to create criminal free world. Realizing this the smartest, craftiest and most mysterious detective on television, ‘L’, along with a task force of Japanese NPA officials pledge to catch Kira or die trying. The series beautifully portrays, ‘brain battle’ between the two  young geniuses. This show is one of the most acclaimed anime on television and has the potential to push you to the edge of your seat.

2. The Following

The Following is an American Based TV series launched this year. With it’s first season on air, it managed to garner attention of audience and critics as well. 15 episodes were aired in first season. The show is based on a FBI agent trying to catch a serial killer and his cult. Serial killer Joe Carroll is featured as brilliant, attractive yet psychotic. During his sentenced period, he activates a cult of followers influenced by his charismatic personality. With his army of like minded serial killers he escapes from prison to accomplish his objective. They show revolves around Ryan’s (FBI Agent) effort to stop him from killing people ruthlessly.


  1. Dexter

Taking the top position Dexter beats all the serial killer stories so far. Dexter is an American TV series. This is the story of an ethical serial killer who has a code of conduct for him to follow. Dexter Morgan, the lead of the TV series believes in “An eye for an eye”.  Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter pattern analyst for ‘Miami Metro Police Department’ who also leads a secret life as a Serial killer. Dexter kills those who have eluded the justice system. Known to the public as “the Bay Harbour Butcher,” Dexter takes top honours because of his strict code of ethics. He only takes action only after finding some irrefutable evidence. Beside Dexter Morgan’s ethical killings this show has a lot more to offer. The show beautifully portrays the necessity of feeling emotions and the importance of family and friends. The transformation of phlegmatic Dexter to a family man is beautifully portrayed in the series. For the mystery fans then this is a must watch TV series.

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