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Intensely Dysfunctional Family Dramas

Dysfunctional barely begins to cover the web of deceit, resentment, and jealousy that defines the families portrayed in this list of contemporary dramas. For some lighter subject-matter, more in the vein of 'Little Miss Sunshine, check out our 'Dysfunctional Family Dramedy' list!

Shows like Jack Taylor: Irish Crime Shows

You can spot the Irish police, or the Garda to the locals, by their high visibility jackets that stand out in a crowd, which comes in handy for the criminals trying to avoid the long hand of the law. Oh, and to be clear, we focus on Island of Ireland, so some Northern Ireland shows to boot.

Shows like Orphan Black: Best TV Psychological Thrillers

The villains in these shows - and often the protagonists - are not rational actors committing crimes for gain, but are rather driven by their inner demons.

Shows like Broadchurch: British Psychological Thriller Shows

Despite their polite exteriors and stiff upper lips, the Brits harbor a darker side that manifests itself in these dark series that are driven more by the characters' often tormented psychological states. Bonus includes some Irish and Australian series.

Shows Like Bloodline: Family Skeletons in the Closet

Every family has its secrets, but they're usually of the 'I accidentally flushed my sister's turtle down the toilet when I was eight' variety, not the accidental murders, or long-term extramarital affairs that you see in these shows.

Shows like The Killing: Inspired by Nordic Noir

If you love Scandinavian crime thrillers, but don't like subtitles (or speak Danish, Swedish, Norwegian) you'll enjoy this list of English language detective series inspired by Nordic Noir--lots of ominous music, claustrophobic towns, and missing children.

Shows like Big Little Lies: Female-Led Psychological Thrillers

These dramas, many from the UK, feature women unravelling mysteries and exploring the dark corners of human behavior.

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