5 TV crime shows to watch this week (September 11-17, 2023)

Once Upon a CrimeImage Courtesy Netflix
Once Upon a CrimeImage Courtesy Netflix /

Typically, September is when TV viewers can be looking forward to scores of new network shows. Sadly, thanks to the ongoing strike across Hollywood, the fall season is going to be a lot thinner. Thankfully, there are still a few TV crime shows to watch for crime buffs.

Of course, we’re not going to see many of the usual suspects this fall. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on anything we know about the strike and when shows could return. But what can you watch in the meantime?

From a couple of intriguing movies on Lifetime and Netflix to a terrifying true crime tale, here are five TV crime shows for fans to watch for the week of September 11-17, 2023 as the fall season goes on.

5 TV crime shows to watch this week

Once Upon a Crime

An idea you’re amazed hasn’t been used before, this new Japanese film looks like a classic take on fairy tales as Red Riding Hood meets Cinderella and accompanies her to the ball. But when a murder occurs, everyone, including the Prince and the King, are suspects. So Red becomes Jessica Fletcher to solve the crime herself.

The movie has some lavish production values and a sharp tale of Red trying to solve the mystery before the clock strikes midnight. If nothing else, a fairytale-themed whodunit is a plot long overdue and should make this a fun watch.

Once Upon a Crime premieres on Netflix on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Psycho: The Lost Tapes of Ed Gein

Psycho. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The Silence of the Lambs. They and so many more classic horror movies owe themselves to the true tale of Ed Gein. Known as the Mad Butcher and the Plainfield Ghoul, Gein was arrested in 1957 for the murders of several women, as well as exhuming corpses for his own use. He was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity and spent the rest of his life in an asylum.

This new docudrama uses recently unearthed recordings of Gein to explore both his crimes and the impact he had on pop culture as one of the first serial killers. This tale once more proves how the real killer can put the fictional ones he inspired to shame.

Psycho: The Lost Tapes of Ed Gein premieres on Sunday, Septe. 17 on MGM+.

The Gold

After being delayed from a planned release earlier this year, Paramount+ now has the U.S. premiere of this acclaimed British drama. It tells the amazing true story of one of the greatest heists in history as in 1983, a pack of thieves robbed a Brinks-Mat security depot of what today would be $100 million in gold and other treasures.

This limited series splits the story between how the crooks came together and pulled off the crime and the police inspector hunting them down. With a cast including Jack Lowden, Tom Cullen and Hugh Bonneville, this brings an amazing true crime story to fantastic thrilling life.

The Gold premieres on Sunday, Sept. 17 on Paramount+.

As Luck Would Have It

If you’ve missed it, this is a good time to catch up on Lifetime Movie Network’s new film series. Emmy-winning TV veteran Jackee Harry plays Gabbi Luck, a retired criminology professor who just can’t stay out of the crime game. It helps that her daughter is a cop and the local captain (Tom Arnold) is a good friend.

Each movie is like a large-scale TV episode as Gabbi investigates the cases, her sharp mind showing her skills as she and her daughter overcome some issues. The first movie “Murder 101” has Gabbi investigating a professor’s death. Part 2 “Old Fame, New Fire” has Lisa needing help clearing her father’s name. The third film, “Murder For Sale,” will have Gabbi aiding an old friend in a strange case and Jackee’s sharp humor sparking this movie series.

As Luck Would Have It: Murder For Sale premieres on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8/7c on Lifetime Movie Network and streams on Lifetime.com

How She Caught  A Killer

Another Lifetime thriller stars Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) as a rookie cop fresh out of the academy and trying to make a name for herself. When she hears of a serial killer targeting sex workers, Drew goes undercover, aided by a handsome FBI agent.

Inspired by a true story, it looks like a daring Lifetime thriller as Drew has to combat the police as much as the killer and her undercover work may put her in serious danger.

How She Caught A Killer premieres on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8/7c on Lifetime.

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