5 TV crime dramas to watch this week (July 31-Aug. 6, 2023)

Granite Harbour -- Courtesy of BritBox
Granite Harbour -- Courtesy of BritBox /

Are you not sure about the TV crime dramas to check out this week? We’ve got you covered.

The dog days of summer arrive in August, which usually means lighter selections on TV. That’s even tougher this year with the strikes in Hollywood curtailing some shows. But there are a few shows still to come as August begins, including some intriguing new true crime series to spark things.

Here are five TV crime dramas to check out for the week of July 31-Aug. 6 to make for fun viewing for crime buffs.

5 TV crime dramas to watch this week

The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2, Part 2

As part of their strategy for releases, Netflix divided the second season of the hit show into two parts. Part 1 showed Mickey caught in a tough spot as he was tricked into defending a serial killer, unable to tell anyone who the guy was or risk losing his license.

It ended on a big cliffhanger with Mickey being knocked out by a mysterious figure. The second half should put Mickey in a tighter spot trying to figure a way out of this mess and keep the momentum going for a sharp Season 2.

The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2, Part 2 is streaming on Netflix.

Granite Harbour

Making its U.S. debut via BritBox, this BBC series focuses on Davis Lindo, a former British army corporal who expects to easily slip into a top position for Scotland Yard. He learns the hard way all the Army experience does nothing to help him being a cop and is assigned as a detective trainee in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Despite his impulsive nature, Davis is soon investigating a series of murders that could lead to a larger conspiracy while his female partner warns him about going off on his own. This three-part series should provide a fun Scottish edge to crime dramas.

Granite Harbour premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 1 on BritBox.

Does Murder Sleep?

This new ID docuseries explores people’s primal fear of going to sleep and never waking up. It focuses on murders committed when people were sleeping, often uncovering a complex web that puts fictional mystery shows to shame. The series will talk to the police and sometimes victims involved in the case for a series that’s guaranteed to keep you awake at night.

Does Murder Sleep? premieres on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 10/9c on ID Discovery.

Demons & Saviors

This bizarre true-crime series focuses on Christina Boyer, a woman who claimed to have telekinetic abilities as a teenager. That may have played a part in her being convicted of murdering her young daughter and sentenced to prison.

This Hulu docuseries has a band of amateur detectives convinced Boyer is innocent and searching for the truth. It tackles her claims of her special powers and the question of whether the woman’s strange abilities could have turned her into a killer.

Demons & Saviors premieres on Thursday, Aug. 3 on Hulu.

Witness to Murder: Digital Evidence

It’s no secret technology has advanced for crime investigation. This new A&E series shows how it’s gone beyond lab work as law enforcement can use social media and other data trails to track a killer.

It’s fascinating to see the police able to piece together evidence from the smallest of data, like a fitness tracker, even as it notes how sometimes that data can be tricky to decipher. Still, it’s a good look at how the police keep up with cutting-edge technology to catch criminals.

Witness to Murder: Digital Evidence premieres on Friday, Aug. 4 at 9/8c on A&E.

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