Poker Face and the 10 best new crime shows of 2023

POKER FACE -- “Dead Man's Hand” Episode 101 -- Pictured: Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale -- (Photo by: Peacock)
POKER FACE -- “Dead Man's Hand” Episode 101 -- Pictured: Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale -- (Photo by: Peacock) /
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ACCUSED: L-R: Michael Glen Grant and Keith Carradine in the “Billy’s Story” season finale episode of ACCUSED airing Tuesday, May 9 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2023 Fox Media LLC. CR: Steve Wilkie/FOX /

9-7 in the best crime shows of 2023

9. Harlan Coben’s Shelter

Sadly cut far too short after one season, this Prime Video series nicely adapted the author’s books of Mickey Bolitar moving to a new town. He’s soon hunting for a missing classmate, aided by a nerd and the school outcast who has a big secret with the trio balancing high school issues along with tracking a deadly conspiracy.

The show boasted a fine cast and it was fun seeing racial and LGBTQ themes present amid the mystery. It amped up as it went, and the finale was terrific, with an ending that should have set up a better Season 2. While that won’t happen, this show hopefully builds on a cult following to become a “gone too soon” series for future viewers.

8. Accused

This surprise FOX success is a good adaptation of a British series, with each episode focusing on a trial. The key is the flashbacks to slowly unveil what happened, and it’s almost never what the audience expects. The defendants are often sympathetic, people who made tragic mistakes, and sadly, too often justice isn’t done.

Yet when it works, it’s captivating television with a stellar bevy of guest actors, making it a wonderful anthology series that should only get better in the upcoming second season. The one accusation that you should throw is how much fun this show is.

7. Justified: City Primeval

At long last, Raylan Givens returned to TV and Timothy Olyphant was as amazing as ever in the revival of the FX hit. Between a troublesome teenage daughter and life in Miami, Raylan was almost open to what looked like a simple case in Detroit.

Of course, nothing is ever simple with him, and Raylan was soon mixed up in a hunt for a corrupt judge’s log, leading to several deaths and a lot of chaos. As ever, Olyphant was marvelous as an aged Raylan handling this with his cool resolve and the ending making it hopeful he’s back in the saddle again soon.