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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Based on a True Story
BASED ON A TRUE STORY — “The Survivor” Episode 104 — Pictured: (l-r) Sebastian Quinn as Carlos, Priscilla Quintana as Ruby, Kaley Cuoco as Ava, Chris Messina as Nathan — (Photo by: Erica Parise/PEACOCK) /

The next three best crime dramas of 2023

6. Based On a True Story

Smartly not overstaying its welcome with eight half-hour episodes, this Peacock series was a dark comedy gem. Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina are a couple convinced Tom Bateman’s plumber is a serial killer. They hit on the idea of using him for a podcast to become famous, only to discover partnering with a narcissistic sociopath is a bad idea.

The show had nice shots on the entire “true crime” genre, while Bateman was equal parts chilling and hilarious, matched by Cuoco and Messina getting in deeper. With a cliffhanger setting up a wilder Season 2, it’s a good time to catch up on this crazy Story.

5. School Spirits

This YA supernatural series may be a ghost tale, but also intriguing in the crime aspects. That makes it a standout, and no wonder it’s been pushed to Netflix as well as airing on Paramount+. Peyton List is Maddie, a teenager who finds herself stuck as a ghost in her high school.

As a “support group” of other dead students help her, Maddie is determined to find out who killed her, only to discover the dark secrets her friends and family have. The show had some fantastic twists building to a stunning finale that sets up Season 2 and a truly haunting experience for both crime and supernatural fans.

4. A Murder at the End of the World

The framework for this FX show is a classic murder mystery setup as a pack of people in a remote Iceland mansion deal with sudden deaths. However, the show tackles themes of corporate power and greed, with Clive Owen chilling as the billionaire whose obsessions are greater than anyone suspects.

It’s carried by Emma Corrin as Darby, the hacker and would-be sleuth with flashbacks showing her as a bright and eager teen hunting a killer before something happened to turn her into the moody goth of today. The atmosphere is chilling in more ways than one, and the finale should stick the landing for one of FX’s best series in a while.