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Shows like American Crime: The Human Cost of Crime

Most crime shows focus on catching and trying the culprit, but these series explore the enduring impact of crime on victims, families, communities, and the accused themselves.

Best Drama TV

Since the Sorpranos ushered in the Golden Age of television in 1999, networks and streaming services have launched thousands of English language drama series--this list rounds up the crème of the crop that stand out in terms of audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.

Shows like Rectify: Heavy drama TV

Imagine a spectrum where feel-good, comfort shows like Friends are on one extreme, these shows are at the other--emotionally draining, bleak, raw, and depressing, these shows are also compelling and emotionally honest.

Shows like Rectify: Getting Back on Track Dramas

Damaged people try to get their life back on track, in these affecting dramas; whether they seek moral redemption, or just 24 hours of sobriety, you're sure to root for the underdog.

Southern Gothic dramas

Set in the American south, these TV dramas typify the genre--which, according to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Literature features "the presence of irrational, horrific, and transgressive thoughts, desires, and impulses; grotesque characters; dark humor, and an overall angst-ridden sense of alienation" Yep, that pretty much sums them up.

Shows like Rectify: Wrongly? Accused Dramas

Shows like Rectify that explore the consequences of being accused of a crime, lingering uncertainty about the accused party's innocence, and their attempts to re-integrate into the community.

Shows like Prison Break: Male Prison Dramas

Since the penal system divides men and women, we decided to do the same thing for our genres: so here you have it, a properly segregated bunch of men in prison--and if you are a recidivist, check out our prison documentaries list.

Shows like Mare of Easttown: Small town, Big Heartache

Often based on novels, these series depict small town life not as an idealized community of white picket fences, but as a setting for heart ache, strained relationships, and tragedy.

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