Netflix’s 10 Best Serial Killer TV Shows Like ‘Mindhunter’

Katherine WaldockKatherine Waldock in Entertainment, Film, Netflix, TV
Published 15.08.19

The world has a morbid fascination with serial killers and crime.

Netflix has cleverly tapped into this crime obsession with some of the best and most thrilling TV coming from the streaming platform. ‘Mindhunter’ season 1 debuted on Netflix in 2017, and the response to it was serial.

Now, season 2 will be released on the 16th August (tomorrow) and we can barely wait. With that release date creeping closer and closer, here’s a list of all the killer series


1. I Am a Killer

The show interviews several criminals from prison who are serving for various different murders. They’re asked about their background, their motivation and what it’s like to live on death row now.

2. Conversations With A Killer – The Ted Bundy Tapes

On the topic of high profile stories, Ted Bundy has recently been in the news a lot, due to the film and Netflix series about his life and the long court case that followed his arrest[s]. The reason this killer has fascinated so many people is because of his charisma that people don’t expect from a serial killer.

3. You

The story of ‘You’ centres around a love story between bookstore manager Joe, and Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer. It is your classic love story, except that Joe stalks Beck and kills her friends, and anyone he perceives to be an obstacle to their love. Cute.

4. Killer Ratings

The seven-part series explores the bizarre tale of a Brazilian TV host who allegedly ordered murders in a bid to boost his TV ratings.


Wallace Souza became famous when he started hosting Canal Livre, a TV news programme broadcast in a remote and lawless part of Brazil.

As the show gained in popularity, Souza is accused of ordering the murders he covered on the show in a bid to ensure his programme remained a hit, with his own bodyguard accusing him of being at the head of a criminal organisation.


5. Inside the Criminal Mind 

This is a documentary series focusing on real life stories about serial killers. Complete with reconstructions and a dramatic voice-over, this series is for the viewers interested in the scientific theories behind serial killers. It details the murderous traits of psychopaths as psychologists examine serial killers’ minds.

6. True Story

Jonah Hill and James Franco move away from their typical comedic roles in this true story about a New York Times reporter who meets with the serial killer who used his identity. It is definitely a very different vibe from the stoner boys and Seth Rogen’s laugh that we typically associate with Hill and Franco.

 7. Hannibal

‘Hannibal’ is a gruesome series about the infamous villain Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic serial killer in films such as Silence of the Lambs. Lecter is a forensic psychiatrist working with the FBI profiler Will Graham, who has no idea that he is the serial killer they’re after.

8. The Alienist

This series is set in 1896, focusing on the deaths of boy prostitutes. Theodore Roosevelt calls on psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and a newspaper illustrator named John Moore to investigate the string of deaths. Season 2 is set to be released in January, so this series looks as though it is another bingeworthy show.


 9. How To Get Away With Murder

‘How To Get Away With Murder’ is a 6 season series available on Netflix, centring around the courtroom. Annalise Keating is a criminal defence lawyer, and a law professor. She selects five of her students to intern for her on criminal cases. Little does she know, her students become entangled in their very own murder case.


10. The Confession Tapes

‘The Confession Tapes’ lets you make your own opinions about whether the convicted ‘killers’ really did do it. When a recorded confession from the suspect comes out, it’s easy to assume that the case is closed. But how often is coercion and manipulation involved to twist the truth.

With all these devilishly good films and murderous series about, what are you still doing reading this?

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