5 TV crime dramas to watch this week (July 17-23, 2023)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Timothy Olyphant attends the screening of "Full Circle" during the 2023 Tribeca Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on June 11, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Timothy Olyphant attends the screening of "Full Circle" during the 2023 Tribeca Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on June 11, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage) /

With the Writer’s Guild of America on strike and the actors likely soon to follow, things are looking rough for TV viewers. It’s going to be hard to find TV crime dramas to watch soon. Luckily, streaming still offers a lot of crime shows to enjoy, including a notable return for an old favorite.

Not sure what to watch? We’ve gone through the list of offerings to find the top picks.

Here are five TV crime dramas to check out for the week of July 17–23, 2023, to keep up the fun for crime buffs!

5 TV crime dramas to watch this week

Justified: City Primeval

After eight years, Timothy Olyphant is back as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. This follow-up to the long-running FX hit has Raylan coming to Detroit with his daughter to investigate a case. Before long, Raylan is once more going up against a ruthless criminal (Boyd Holbrook) with his old-styled idea of justice. From the unique setting to the return of Elmore Leonard’s compelling character, this should be a fine sequel series and make Justified fans more than happy to see Raylan back on the job.

Justified: City Primeval premieres Tuesday, July 18 at 10/9c on FX and streams on Hulu.

The Out-Laws

For those wanting a little comedy with crime, this new Netflix film is up their alley. Adam Devine is a bank manager engaged to Nina Dobrev when her parents (Pierce Brosnan and Ellen Barkin) drop by. Devine is soon convinced the pair are actually legendary bank robbers, and he’s right. Unfortunately, they make the mistake of robbing the bank used by a drug cartel, and their boss kidnaps Dobrev to get her cash back.

So Devine joins the pair to pull off a robbery of his own bank. Expect a lot of wild comedy but some fun action to back it up, and it makes for a more light-hearted crime caper to check out.

The Out-Laws is now streaming on Netflix.

Mayans MC

After five seasons, the spin-off of Sons of Anarchy comes to an end. The big finale builds on the season-long storyline as the Mayans motorcycle gang is in for a final battle for survival and not all its characters may get out alive. From Angel choosing between the gang and his role as a father to a U.S. attorney breathing down their necks, this could be the end of the gang itself.

For fans of this underrated crime drama, it should be a terrific ending to bring things to a close and finish this long bloody road to a wild coda.

The series finale of Mayans MC airs Wednesday, July 19, at 10/9c on FXX and streams on Hulu.

Betrayal: The Perfect Husband

This ABC News documentary examines one of those stories that seems straight out of a Lifetime movie but is quite true. Jennifer Faison thought she had found the perfect man in Spence Herron. The Georgia teacher was so well-liked he was nicknamed “Saint Spence,” and their marriage seemed terrific. Then Spence was arrested for assaulting a student, and Faison discovered her loving husband had been carrying on affairs with almost sixty women amid other deviant behavior.

Faison, a veteran TV producer, appears in the documentary as she tries to make sense of how she failed to see who her husband truly was. She interviews many of the women involved to try and understand this and even Spence himself. It paints a picture of how easily any woman could be taken in by a monster to be compelling viewing.

Betrayal: The Perfect Husband Season 1 is now streaming on Hulu.

The King Who Never Was

This three-part Netflix documentary examines the fascinating case of the murder of a German teenager in 1978. What made it wild was that the killer was Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, the last heir to the Italian throne. What started as just Vittorio trying to scare off an unruly teenager turned into a strange case as the victim’s family wanted to see justice done, only to see the courts wary of putting a royal on trial.

The story is told through interviews with all involved, including Vittorio himself, who seems more concerned over being “robbed” of his birthright than a man’s death. An intriguing look at power, privilege, and what happens when they clash over a tragedy, this docuseries is a compelling tale.

The King Who Never Was Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.

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