No matter what genre of TV series or movies we watch, nothing compares to the thrilling mysteries— a perfect shot between dark reveals, shocking murders and unhinged antiheroes. Although movies do a wonderful job in letting us experience a rainbow of emotions within just a couple of hours, the series let us experience a slower ride, building the suspense, ultimately having us on the edge of our seats. It’s September already and luckily we have been fed with several exciting TV thrillers so far, that have had our blood racing. So let’s gather and get cosy on the sofa with some popcorn and practice holding our breath from suspense, with the following new mystery-thriller television series of 2021.
Behind Her Eyes
Created by: Steve Lightfoot
Executive producers- Steve Lightfoot, Suzanne Mackie, Eliza Mellor, Andy Harries, Jessica Burdett
Starring: Eve Hewson, Simona Brown, Tom Bateman, Robert Aramayo
Total Number of episodes: 6
Adapted from the 2017 novel by Sarah Pinborough, going by the same name, ‘Behind Her Eyes’ is a noir supernatural psychological thriller series that revolves around a single mother, Louise, whose life takes a sharp turn when she starts an affair with her current boss, David. Strangely, she finds herself drawn into an unusual friendship with Adele, his wife. Soon, this unconventional love triangle turns into a dark and psychological story aided by twisted revelations and suspense, when Louise gets caught in a dangerous world of secrets where no one can be trusted. You can binge-watch all the six episodes of the show online on Netflix and Prime Video.
Created by: Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman
Executive producers: Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter, Jenny Lumet, Heather Kadin, Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Michael Cudlitz, Rebecca Breeds, Lucca De Oliveira, Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Marnee Carpenter, Devyn A. Tyler
Total Number of episodes: 13
‘Clarice’ is a psychological horror crime television series, inspired by Thomas Harris’ best-selling novel titled, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. The story has been extended from the 1991 film titled the same as the novel, and brings into limelight the untold personal story of Clarice Starling, an FBI Agent who has made a return to the field in 1993, which is a year after the events of its prequel. While Clarice comes back to pursue sexual predators and serial murderers, she navigates the high stakes world of politics in Washington DC. Her complicated psychological makeup owing to a challenging childhood encourages her to find her grip in a male-dominated profession, and to escape the family secrets which have continued to haunt her throughout her life. The show is available to watch on Prime Video, FuboTv, and the official website of CBS.
Tell Me Your Secrets
Created by: Harriet Warner
Starring: Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Amy Brenneman, Enrique Murciano
Executive producers: Harriet Warner, Casey Haver, Bruna Papandrea, John Polson
Total Number of episodes: 10
The show follows a complex thriller that whirls around a trio of characters, with troubling and mysterious pasts, haunting their intersecting motives. Emma, who was previously called Karen Miller, is a young woman who was into a dangerous killer at one point of time; John, a former serial predator, is desperately waiting for redemption, while Mary is a mourning mother, totally engrossed in looking for her missing daughter. However, when each one of them is pushed over the edge, shocking revelations about their past lives take place, making things more obscure, while creating ambiguity as to who is the victim and who is the perpetrator. Since ‘Tell Me Your Secrets’ is an Amazon original, the most convenient platform to watch the show is on Prime Video, with a subscription.
Created by: Tony Elliott, Michelle Latimer
Executive producers: Tony Elliott, Michelle Latimer, Jennifer Kawaja, Penny Gummerson, Julia Sereny
Starring: Joel Oulette, Craig Lauzon, Crystle Lightning, Anna Lambe
Total Number of episodes: 6
‘Trickster’ is a coming-of-age supernatural thriller series, adapted from a 2017 novel by Eden Robinson titled, ‘Son of a Trickster’. Set in Kitimat, British Columbia, it is a dark and humorous show revolving around an Indigenous teen named Jared, struggling to look after his dysfunctional family, and a small-time drug dealer named Wade who disturbs his peace of mind completely. However, a strange set of events starts to take place in the already-messy life of Jared, as he advances towards an epic clash of magic, mayhem and monsters. Slowly, he begins to get aware of these supernatural events that appear to follow him, which includes doppelgängers, skin monsters and talking ravens. You can stream the show on platforms like Prime Video and FuboTv.
Money Heist (Season 5 Part I)
Created by: Álex Pina
Executive producers: Álex Pina, Jesús Colmenar, Sonia Martínez, Nacho Manubens, Esther Martínez Lobato
Starring: Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte, Pedro Alonso, Alba Flores, Paco Tous, Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente
Total Number of Episodes: 5
This Spanish heist crime drama series has recently released the first part of season 5 and you should definitely not miss this. The show navigates us through two long-prepared heists taking place under the leadership of Professor— the first one on the Royal Mint of Spain, while the second heist on the Bank of Spain. The loyal viewers of the series have been anticipating its release for a long time and thankfully, it is high enough on adrenaline for the viewers to not complain. The season features robbers that have become sharper, snazzier and better at holding the fort. The amazing backstories of the characters are something we never knew we needed until we watched it. Although the season has surprised the fans for killing their favourite characters, we have also been fed with new characters. You can watch the entire series on Netflix streaming platform. The second part which will mark the end of the Money Heist era, will be released later, this year.
Created by: Michael Waldron
Executive producers: Kevin Feige, Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Tom Hiddleston, Stephen Broussard
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Wunmi Mosaku, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eugene Cordero, Owen Wilson, Tara Strong
Total Number of Episodes: 6
The plotline of the series has been set after the events of the 2019 movie ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ where an alternate version of Loki steps into an entirely different timeline, the mysterious Time Variance Authority, which is a bureaucratic organization existing outside of time and space. Loki unwillingly gets trapped in the new timeline, where the only two choices he can opt for is either having his existence erased for being a time-variant, or to help the organisation fix it, to prevent a greater threat from happening. The third TV series in the Marvel Universe, ‘Loki’ is a delightful diversion from the MCU, as Tom Hiddleston takes a leap from being a beloved villain to an endearing antihero. All the six episodes of the series are available for stream on Disney+.
Who Killed Sara? (Season 1 & 2)
Created by: José Ignacio Valenzuela
Executive producers: Alexis Fridman, David “Leche” Ruiz, Juan Uruchurtu, José Ignacio Valenzuela
Starring: Manolo Cardona, Carolina Miranda, Ginés García Millán, Claudia Ramírez, Eugenio Siller
Total Number of Episodes: 18
‘Who Killed Sara?’ is a Mexican mystery thriller series revolving around a man named Álex Guzmán, who, after being wrongfully accused of killing his own sister, spends 18 years behind the bars. As he is released from the cell, he is determined to avenge for the death of his sister, because of whom he was wronged, knowing fully well the identity of the real culprit. The series is already up for the third installment, which was revealed at the end of season 2 finale.
Created by: Tony Ayres, Christian White
Executive producers: Tony Ayres, Tom Winchester, David Heyman, Michael McMahon
Starring: Betty Gabriel, Zoe Kazan, Phoenix Raei, Adrian Grenier, Abraham Lim
Total Number of Episodes: 8
Set in Oakland, CA, ‘Clickbait’ follows the story of a family man named Nick Brewer who after being abducted in a crime involving a sinister online twist, have his closest people rushing to uncover the culprit and the reason behind everything. The show reveals the gap between virtual and real-life personas and explores the subject of how uncontrolled impulses when fueled in the era of social media turns out to be dangerous. You can watch this thrilling drama series on Netflix and Prime Video.