TV crime dramas on sale on Amazon Video this week: Sept. 9-15, 2020

Absentia - Season 3 - Episode 302 - Block 1 Day 17 -- Courtesy of Elena Nenkova/Sony Pictures Television
Absentia - Season 3 - Episode 302 - Block 1 Day 17 -- Courtesy of Elena Nenkova/Sony Pictures Television /

TV crime dramas on sale through Amazon Video this week.

Need new TV crime dramas to watch? Or just want to pad out your collection? Precinct TV has your guide to the best TV crime drama deals available on Amazon Video this week. Grab these great series at equally great prices!

Absentia season 1 ($9.99)

Absentia is one of Amazon Prime Video’s exclusives, but it’s flown relatively under the radar compared to some of the streamer’s more heavily promoted shows. Stana Katic (Castle) leads the cast as Emily Byrne, an FBI agent whose own life is even more of a mystery than the cases she was trying to solve.

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The first season focuses on Emily’s return after being presumed dead for six years, and balances her continuing chase of a serial killer with all of the fallout that has happened while she was gone. It’s a very dark, moody show but it’s packed full of tension.

Katic is great in a role that allows her to flourish in different directions from Castle, but also keep an eye out for Neil Jackson (Stargirl), who’s incredible in his role as Emily’s tormented brother Jack. Her disappearance also destroyed his life, and he’s trying his best to pick up the pieces.

Justified season 1 ($9.99)

If you somehow haven’t seen Justified yet, now is the time. This is one of the most unique and most well-acted TV crime dramas of the past decade. Based on the incredible characters created by the legendary Elmore Leonard, it’s a modern Western that’s exciting from beginning to end.

Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet) gives the performance of his career as Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshal who returns to his home territory after a justifiable shooting in Florida, hence the title of the show. There Raylan soon crosses paths with his childhood acquaintance Boyd Crowder (an equally superlative Walton Goggins of The Shield), and strikes up a dangerous romance with Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter of Chicago Justice and Dirty John). The characters pop off the screen and the dialogue is first-rate.

Godfather of Harlem season 1 ($9.99)

The new EPIX series is one of the TV crime dramas that’s based on a real story, as award-winning actor Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Black Panther) shines. Whitaker portrays Bumpy Johnson, a gangster fighting to reclaim his empire in New York during the 1960’s. While the show is preparing for its second season, now is the time to catch up with the first part of the story.

Whether you know anything about Johnson or not, this one’s worth a watch just to see how it’s able to interweave real people and characters with telling a good, dramatic story. It brings the Bumpy Johnson saga to life without cutting corners but it also doesn’t feel like a dry docuseries. And it’s a pretty great acting class, too, between the likes of Whitaker and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Homicide: Life on the Street).

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These sales are limited-time only, so take advantage of these prices while they last. Stay tuned next week as we’ll keep you updated on the latest Amazon Video deals for TV crime drama fans!