However, we also have downtime and know how popular and exciting crime scene investigation shows have become. They are responsible for an increased interest in our field, as well as the fields of crime scene investigation and even dark tourism.
Next time you are flipping channels in hopes of satisfying your crime scene mystery cravings, check out the 7 best crime scene investigation shows since 1997.
This documentary series premiered in 2015 and included ten episodes over a ten-year time period that detailed the wrongful conviction and later exoneration of Steven Avery. This award-winning documentary shed light on Steven’s eighteen years served prison for sexual assault, until his 2003 exoneration thanks to DNA evidence. This is a must-see for crime scene and investigation show fans and a second season is expected to premiere sometime this year. Head to Netflix now and start streaming this one.
Originally shown on TLC, Forensic Files demands a place on this list with its forensic-based investigations since 1996. The show has had other names and been on various networks, but re-runs are still frequently shown on HLN and easily recognizable by the suspenseful narration by the late Peter Thomas. This show explains it all regarding crime scenes, collecting evidence, crime scene clean up, and evidence analysis.
This popular series on CBS has been around for years and has branched out to CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. Cast members have varied but the one constant has been searching crime scenes for evidence, collecting evidence, and utilizing that evidence to solve crimes. Although a drama series rather than documentary, CSI still provides chilling episodes about crime scenes and DNA.
This A & E forensic investigation series demonstrates the importance of DNA evidence and analysis in crime investigation. Prepare to be glued to the television while they detail cold cases that were suddenly re-opened based on new evidence or just second glances years later. This show will blow you away with the DNA testing they can do on old evidence to finally bring these criminals to justice. Watch this one enough and you will hear several references to the importance of crime scene clean up and how devastating loss of evidence can be.
This 2015 HBO documentary miniseries about Robert Durst, who was suspected of a disappearance and two murders between 1982 and 2001. Over the course of six episodes, the crimes are reviewed, as well as, the original forensic evidence that was collected over the years. Although a frustrating series and story, The Jinx is a must-see for crime scene and forensics lovers. You can stream this series from HBO, Amazon, and Netflix.
Beginning in 2004, this A & E show has portrayed real homicide investigations in various cities across the U.S., stressing the importance of forensic evidence and potential witnesses. Frequently displaying images of chilling crime scenes, viewers watch from the time the crime scene unit arrives, to interrogations, to forensic analysis. This is another show that heavily relies on gathering of evidence and proper crime scene clean up.
This Discovery channel series follows investigators in real-time as they try to solve unsolved murders. Reviewing old case information and utilizing the advances in forensic science, this team made up of a Sheriff and several investigators attempt to bring justice to murder victims in the Louisiana Bayou. Season two has already wrapped up but you can stream episodes from the first two seasons on DiscoveryGo, while awaiting season three.
Grab your popcorn and drink, sit back and enjoy these top crime scene investigation shows. You can leave the real crime scene clean up to our team of experts!
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