Usually, in small towns, almost nothing happens. Everyday life captures the leisurely townspeople who take care of their families and home. Therefore, any terrible events that occur in such places immediately attract a lot of attention. Secrets, intrigues, stalking and murder.

Small towns become the perfect setting for the most exciting stories. Therefore, we present 9 TV series about murders in quiet small towns.

Showtime

Twin Peaks

1990-1991

8.8/10
IMDb Rating

A cult TV series that has plagued generations with the question «Who killed Laura Palmer?». The measured life of a small town is interrupted by a terrible event – a dead girl, Laura Palmer, is found on the shore of a reservoir. Special Agent Dale Cooper urgently takes over the investigation. He will have to interview the residents of the town, who hide many secrets behind closed doors. In 2007, the series was included in the list of «the best TV shows of all time». It is a must-see for all fans of movies and TV shows.

HBO

True Detective

2014-2019

8.9/10
IMDb Rating

The series is an anthology. In each of the three seasons, we face new main characters who are forced to investigate brutal and mysterious murders. In each of the episodes, the main roles are played by stars of the first magnitude, and the series itself has received 5 Emmy Awards for its entire existence. In the first season, detectives investigate the murder of a girl who clearly has occult signs. Detectives don’t know yet that their work on this case will stretch for a long 17 years.

HBO

Big Little Lies

2017-2019

8.5/10
IMDb Rating

This is the story of three women, each with their own concerns and secrets. At a school party that was organized specifically for parents, a tragedy occurs. Either an accident or premeditated murder binds the three women tightly together. But the truth will come out sooner or later. This series boasts a truly stellar cast – Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravets and many others. The intricacies of the plot are delayed from the very first episode and do not let go until the very end.

ITV

Broadchurch

2013-2017

8.4/10
IMDb Rating

In the small town of Broadchurch, a terrible tragedy occurs – the body of an eleven-year-old boy is found on the beach. Police officers Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy take over the investigation. They will have a very difficult time, because the residents of the town are in no hurry to cooperate. They lie, omit important details, and even try to lead the investigation on a false trail.
Despite the circumstances, the police intend to bring the boy’s killer to light. The series consists of three seasons, each of which consists of only 8 episodes. The show has been nominated for numerous awards. Critics noted the mysterious atmosphere and elegant performance of the actors.

HBO

The Outsider

2020

7.7/10
IMDb Rating

The series was based on the novel by Stephen King – a great master in creating complex characters, escalating the situation and unexpected denouements. In the center of the plot is a murder that occurred in a small town. The body of a boy was found, on which traces of human bites were found. Detective Anderson begins an investigation and immediately falls under his suspicion coach Terry Maitland. Although there is a fair amount of hard evidence against the man, Terry has an irrefutable alibi. At the same time, strange and inexplicable events begin to occur in the town. The series received positive reviews and had a high rating, and the king of horror Stephen King himself promised to write a script for the sequel.

Sky Atlantic

Fortitude

2015-2018

7.4/10
IMDb Rating

It would seem that something terrible can happen in a small Arctic town with a population of only 800 people? However, a mysterious murder takes place in Fortitude. British detective Morton arrives to investigate him. The local police and authorities are not happy about him at all. The murder becomes only the first incident, which will be followed by a series of mysterious and terrible events. Beautiful acting, mysterious atmosphere and unhurried narration will help you immerse yourself in the intricacies and intrigues of a small Arctic town.

FX

Fargo

2014 – …

8.9/10
IMDb Rating

Highly acclaimed by both critics and viewers alike, the series tells the story of crimes committed in different time periods. Each season will lift the veil over a new crime that has stirred up the lives of ordinary residents of a small town. All the stories shown in the series are based on real events, which makes the plot even more creepy and fascinating. Excellent acting, mysterious atmosphere, excellent directing work were awarded many awards. All fans of interesting detective stories must watch the series.

HBO

Sharp Objects

2018

8.1/10
IMDb Rating

Amy Adams, who played the lead role, was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance. The events of the series take place in a small town, which is located in the state of Missouri. To escape from the creative and psychological crisis, journalist Camille Preaker returns to her hometown. She is going to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a girl. At home, memories from the past begin to pour down on Camille, which further aggravates her mental state. Meanwhile, a mysterious killer is terrorizing a small town.

HBO

Mare of Easttown

2021

8.5/10
IMDb Rating

In the small town of Easttown, a brutal murder of an underage single mother takes place. Detective Mare Sheehan immediately takes over the investigation. She had already missed a killer in the past, and had never been able to solve an equally brutal crime. To prove his competence to others, Mare is going to do everything possible to find the criminal. This series has a tense atmosphere. This is not a crime story, but rather a psychological drama that deeply explores the state and changes in the lives of the main characters.

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