Not into Valentine's Day? These 6 Netflix crime shows offer great "anti-romance" tales

If you're not in a mood to celebrate Valentine's Day, these six shows on Netflix offer darker tales of romance for crime show fans.

You. (L-R) Charlotte Ritchie as Kate, Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 409 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
You. (L-R) Charlotte Ritchie as Kate, Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 409 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /
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Obsession

With a title like that, this is not going to be a fun romance. Based on the novel Damage (which was also a 1992 movie), a surgeon (William Armitage) is taken by his son's fiancee. Soon, his titular obsession grows more consuming, leading to an affair that soon destroys the entire family. 

At only four episodes, the show thankfully doesn't drag things out, amping up Armitage's dangerous feelings and the realization the fiancee isn't innocent in this either. It may not be truly terrific, but for those who get a kick out of darker romances, it's a fun watch. 

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Behind Her Eyes

This British noir series starts with some twists that get crazier as it goes. The setup is simple as Louise (Simona Brown) is a single mom who has a fling with a handsome man only to later learn he's her married boss. She also has an odd friendship with his wife (Eve Hewson) while fighting her attraction to her boss. 

So it appears to be a typical dark thriller but then comes a twist so wild that spoiling it would ruin the viewing. It amps up with more outlandish turns and a final revelation that changes everything and shows how twisted these affairs are. It's not a normal thriller, but those who enjoy a little outlandishness in a dark "romance" could still put their own eyes on it.

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