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Shows Like Poirot: Agatha Christie and Her Admirers

A round-up of mysteries, written by Agatha Christie or inspired by the grande dame of crime mysteries. These series often feature citizen sleuths who solve crimes in their spare time. Lighthearted and breezy, they are perfect for watching in front of a roaring fire, preferably with a warm pot of tea close to hand. Note that a few of the more recent interpretations are darker fare, and may not appeal to Poirot fans. If you're looking for darker adaptations of the Queen of Mystery's classics, see our list "Modern Takes on Agatha Christie," and if you like the lighter fare, try "Cozy British Detective Shows."

Shows like Castle: Male Female Cop Partners

A twist on the classic buddy cop trope, where a man and woman team up to catch villains--the biggest mystery in these shows, however, is will they, won't they?

Shows like Spiral: French Drama TV

These dramas and mystery series showcase some of the best television coming out of Europe right now. Liberté, égalité, fraternité et télévision. (And as a bonus some francophone Belgian fare to boot).

Good Cop, Non Cop

Not saying these lighthearted series are formulaic, but you can create your own by pairing an eccentric psychic, novelist, conman, anthropologist, magician, etc. with a grizzled cop, private investigator, FBI agent.

Shows Like Marseille: Foreign Detectives on L'affaire

They may be foreign, but that doesn't mean they can't apply the American invented concepts of Fair Play and Justice to law enforcement! Contains 'The Bridge', 'The Tunnel', and all sorts of other infrastructurally themed crime dramas.

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