5 TV shows to watch for crime show fans this week (July 11-17, 2023)

THE BLACKLIST -- "Katarina Rostova (#3) : Conclusion" Episode 802 -- Pictured: James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)
THE BLACKLIST -- "Katarina Rostova (#3) : Conclusion" Episode 802 -- Pictured: James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC) /

The summer heat is on yet TV networks and streamers still have a lot to offer for crime show fans! As the wait continues for any new fall TV network shows, there’s plenty for summer viewing as well.

Here are five crime shows fans will enjoy seeing the week of July 11-17, 2023 to help fill out the summer weeks!

5 TV crime dramas to watch this week

The Blacklist

It’s all come down to this. After ten seasons and countless criminals put away, it’s the end of the road for Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) in a two-hour series finale. All season, Red has been dismantling his own criminal empire as the FBI closes in around him. Expect the answers to numerous questions (such as who Red truly is) and one last manhunt.

So what will be Red’s fate? Will the Task Force be exposed, and Red face his end? Or has he planned one last genius scam to get away clean? Find out as the series finale ends this show’s wild run.

The Blacklist series finale airs Thursday, July 13 at 8/7c on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

Myth of the Zodiac Killer

For fifty years, true crime buffs have been fascinated by the Zodiac Killer, the man who killed five people in San Francisco in 1968-69. Theories have abounded as to who the Zodiac was and how he forever eluded capture. But in this two-part Peacock docuseries, Thomas Henry Horan proposes that there’s a simple reason the Zodiac has never been found: Because he never truly existed.

Aided by Andrew Nock (who believes it was one killer), Horan leads viewers through the various killings, including talking to those involved, arguing that these were completely unrelated slayings and the notes were just a distraction. It’s a bold new take on this infamous crime that’s sure to lead to debate by true crime fans.

Season 1 premieres on Peacock Tuesday, July 11.

The Afterparty Season 2

The first season of the Apple TV+ show had a fun motif. The setup was classic, as a high school reunion ended in murder. The trick was each episode was told from the perspective of a different suspect with a fantasy theme from an action movie to a musical.

Season 2 brings back Sam Richardson and Zoe Chao as the amateur sleuth couple, with Tiffany Hadish as the detective aiding them. This time, it’s a murder at an island resort with a guest cast including Zach Woods, John Cho, Elizabeth Perkins, and more. Expect more of the unique episodes to make this an imaginative turn on the whodunit.

Season 2 premieres Wednesday, July 12 on Apple TV+

The Jewel Thief

This Hulu original documentary is a first-hand account of the stunning criminal life of Gerald Blanchard, considered one of the greatest thieves in history. Organizing complex heists and frauds on three continents, Blanchard’s biggest score was the theft of the Star of Empress Sisi in Austria.

The film has Blanchard himself detailing his career and how he managed to elude the police for so many years. It’s a real-life take on some cat-and-mouse games, with Blanchard seeming to enjoy showing off his criminal genius.

Premieres on Hulu Thursday, July 13.

Devil’s Advocate

Netflix reaches to Kuwait for this new series. It’s a classic tale as a football star is accused of the murder of his wife, with the public deciding his guilt early on. However, his defense attorney is convinced he’s innocent and tries to prove it against public sentiment.

Expect a few twists and turns amid the drama as well as the unique setting to make it sparkle. This could be a sleeper success for Netflix and show the Middle East can produce its own distinctive crime shows.

Season 1 is streaming on Netflix on Thursday, July 13.

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