Netflix’s latest smash hit, Mindhunter, has been the toast of the internet for the last two weeks since its release earlier this month. The show, directed in part by legendary film director David Fincher, is based on the true crime book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The show explores the beginning of the evolution of the FBI’s forays into criminal psychology and criminal profiling, so that they can better understand the psyche of serial killers who had their ‘golden age’ during the 1970s in America.
You’ve probably already seen countless mentions of it on your social media feeds and the show is already being touted as one of the best to have been made.
With the first tautly-written season out of the way and the series already renewed for a second season, we’re going to be waiting with bated breath to see what happens to anti-hero Holden Ford.
Until then, here are some other TV shows that utilise themes and elements of Mindhunter to great effect. We hope these tide you over until Ford, Tench and Kemper get into your head when season two comes around.
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Here, the world’s most famous fictitious serial killer teams up with FBI special investigator Will Graham, who has no idea about his forensic psychiatrist partner’s true monstrous instincts. The visually-stunning show delves into the horror genre and comes out a clear winner with a cult following around the world.
The psyche of a killer is a terrifying thing and Dexter puts you in the very uncomfortable position of empathising with a serial killer. Follow the adventures of Dexter Morgan, a forensic blood spatter specialist by day, whose foster father, a police officer, teaches him to channel his serial killer instincts towards hunting down and killing only heinous criminals who had slipped through the cracks of the flawed justice system.
Wildly popular in the UK, Broadchurch never really managed to make much of a dent in the international market. We won’t give away too much of this compelling mystery though, but we’re hoping that David Tennant’s role as one of the two main leads will be enough to get you to check it out.
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With much of the drama of Mindhunter coming from the chemistry between the two partners, Ford and Tench, we went looking for something that captured that perfect equation between brilliant rookie and weathered veteran – True Detective (Season 1) is all that and more. Considered by many to be one of the finest TV shows ever made, this is one show that will leave you deep in thought.
If you couldn’t get enough of the FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit, then this show should scratch that itch. It’s long been considered one of the classic police procedural crime dramas and that’s evident by the fact that currently on its 13th season. Take the long, twisted journey into the psyches of killers and psychopaths with the FBI profilers whose jobs it is to help law enforcement find these dangers to society.
Does the name Theodore John Kaczynski sound familiar to you? No? Well, how about the Unabomber? We thought that would ring a bell. America’s most infamous domestic terrorist persisted in his reign of terror for nearly two decades between 1978 and 1995, through a nationwide mail-based bombing campaign that claimed three lives and resulted in 11 casualties. This new series depicts the FBI’s manhunt for the elusive anarchist and has received rave reviews so far.
The first three seasons of The Killing are widely considered some of the best crime drama television series around. Season three, in particular, deals with a serial killer, if that’s what you’re looking for after binging Mindhunter, but the real star of the show is the character of homicide detective Sarah Linden, played perfectly by actress Mireille Enos. The Hollywood Reporter even went so far as to say that “there hasn’t been a female American character like her probably ever.”
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