5 TV crime shows to watch this week (September 25–October 1, 2023)

THE IRRATIONAL -- Episode 101 Pilot -- Pictured: Jesse L. Martin as Alec Mercer -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)
THE IRRATIONAL -- Episode 101 Pilot -- Pictured: Jesse L. Martin as Alec Mercer -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC) /

The fall calendar usually brings scores of brand-new shows for the networks. Sadly, due to the ongoing Hollywood strikes, that’s not happening yet. Thankfully, there are still a few new TV crime shows to check out across various places.

This week includes an actual NBC crime series and a couple of unique UK shows to take in. Yes, some broadcast shows are making a return for fall TV.

Here are five fun TV crime shows to check out for the week of Sept. 25, 2023, to wile away the hours.

5 TV crime shows to check out this week

The Irrational

NBC may be taking most of fall TV off due to the strikes, but thankfully, they have this series coming. Jesse L. Martin stars as Alex Baker, an expert in human behavior. His ex-wife, an FBI agent, calls him in to aid on a dangerous case. From there, Baker and his team aid not just the FBI and cops but other government and private agencies on delicate matters.

The show is getting a big push as one of the few scripted fare for this season and Martin is always a good presence. So that alone should push it up as it looks to spark up the otherwise barren fall season.

The Irrational premieres on Monday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c on NBC.

Who Killed Jill Dando?

This Netflix documentary looks into one of Great Britain’s most infamous high-profile murders. Jill Dando was a star for British news television, beloved by the public for her fun charm and humor. Which was why it was so shocking she was shot dead by her home in April of 1999.

While Barry George was convicted of the murder, he was later freed when the case was overturned due to false evidence. This documentary speaks to Dando’s family, friends, and various detectives involved as they still try to figure out who killed her and why. This series thus tries to find justice for Dando almost 25 years later.

Who Killed Jill Dando? premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 26 on Netflix.

The Vanishing Triangle

This dark new Irish thriller stars India Mullen as a reporter who publishes a story about her mother’s murder. She’s contacted by someone claiming to be the killer who threatens new victims. As girls go missing, Mullen teams up with a detective (Allan Leech) to hunt him down.

The pair soon realize they’re targeted not just by the killer but a corrupt ring within the police force. The six-part series looks to be a daring ride of the cop and reporter dealing with two dangerous threats at once.

The Vanishing Triangle premieres on Thursday, Sept. 28 on Sundance Now.

Heist 88

Based on a true story, this Showtime film has Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance as a bank robber who is somehow able to make folks go along with his plans. That includes a quartet of bank employees as Vance takes advantage of this being 1988 and cybersecurity lax to pull off an $80 million robbery.

The film looks to be a classic heist movie with a dark performance from Vance and the question of how he’s able to get law-abiding citizens to follow him with a great leading turn from Vance.

Heist 88 premieres on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9/8c on Showtime and streams on Paramount+.

The Hunt for Raoul Moat

This BritBox original series tells the story behind Britain’s biggest manhunt. In 2010, Raoul Moat killed one man and wounded two others, going on the run and threatening to kill again. As the detectives hunted him, they were struck by how the 24-hour news warped the perception of Moat from a brutal killer to a victimized anti-hero.

This news series explores the crime, the manhunt, and how this whole case was a precursor to “fake news.” It shows the experiences of the cops, the victims, and those reporters trying to tell the real truth behind an unlikely “folk hero.”

The Hunt for Raoul Moat premieres on Thursday, Sept. 28 on Britbox.

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