Whether I’m curled up with an Agatha Christie novel or binging Only Murders in the Building on Hulu, I love a good murder mystery when the seasons change. Something about the days getting darker makes us turn to the ghostly and ghoulish. There’s nothing like a scary monster to give us an excuse to settle in on the couch with comfort food and a blanket.
Looking for something new to give you chills? Check out these 13 spooky mystery shows.
1. The Haunting of Hill House
My own current fall watch, The Haunting of Hill House follows the Crain family, who return to their old home after tragedy strikes. But as Steven, the oldest, and his siblings begin to recall old memories of their childhood experiences on the estate, they realize that something is not right at Hill House – something which may have to do with their mother’s death 26 years ago. This one has some of the best jump scares on television and has launched its own cinematic universe. Available to stream on Netflix.
2. And Then There Were None
Adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name, And Then There Were None is the spooky, disturbing BBC miniseries that finally does the tale justice. Former governess Vera (Maeve Dermody) receives an invitation to a small island off the coast. But when she and the other guests arrive, they quickly realize that they’ve been invited there to be killed. Make sure to start this one early in the evening because you absolutely won’t be able to stop in the middle. Available to stream on Acorn TV and Acorn TV channel on Amazon Prime.
3. Only Murders in the Building
A satire of our modern pop culture’s obsession with true crime, Only Murders in the Building strikes the perfect balance between comedy and murder mystery. Millennial Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) strikes up a friendship with two old men in her building, retired TV star Charles Hayden-Savage (Steve Martin) and struggling Broadway director Oliver Putnam (Martin Short). When Mabel’s childhood friend is murdered inside their wealthy apartment building, the three decide to find the murderer and start a podcast to track their findings. Available to stream on Hulu.
4. The Patient
Alan Strauss (Steve Carell) wakes up one day to find himself chained in the basement of an unknown house. He’s been kidnapped by Sam (Domnhall Gleeson), a serial killer who is desperate to control his urge to kill. What ensues is a tense, non-stop therapy session from hell that examines the very nature of evil. If you like Criminal Minds and psychological thrillers, this one’s for you. Available to stream on Hulu.
5. Squid Game
This slasher horror show lives up to the hype it received when it was first released in 2021. Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-Jae) is divorced and struggling to pay his child support. But then he gets an opportunity – to join a group that will play a series of children’s games, with the winner earning a large cash prize. But from the first event, it becomes clear that these games are deadly and Gi-hun is battling not just to support his daughter, but to stay alive. This gory tale examines the most terrifying thing in the world: human beings without a moral compass. Available to stream on Netflix.
If you want to watch somebody battle ghosts, demons, vampires and more this fall, there’s no better company than the brave (and, let’s face it, hot) Winchester brothers. With an impressive 15 seasons, Supernatural follows Dean and Sam, two brothers who go on a road trip where they must battle paranormal forces to find their missing father. A spooky, Halloween adventure that’s still light and easy on the eyes when it needs to be. Available to stream on Netflix.
If you’ve been looking for the spooky Halloween version of Titanic, 1899 was made for you. Neurologist Maura (Emily Beecham) wakes up on the ship Kerberos headed to the Americas. But something about the voyage seems off, and Maura has troubling dreams of being locked behind her door. When the Kerberos finds another steamer that was presumed lost at sea, they discover a silent, strange child and a man who controls scarab beetles – and then the compasses stop working. Available to stream on Netflix.
Heidi (Julia Roberts) is a waitress who used to work as a social worker in a government program to help soldiers transition back to public life. Heidi realizes that there are gaps in her memory, though, and when she recalls her sessions with young Walter Cruz (Stephan James), she begins to ask herself what was really going on at the Homecoming Center. Roberts and James deliver fine performances in this thriller about the darker side of the modern medical establishment. Available to stream on Amazon Prime.
9. Sharp Objects
I’m not a huge Gillian Flynn fan, and this dark tale won’t be for everybody, but this miniseries really gives Amy Adams a chance to show off her acting chops. Camille Preaker (Adams), a reporter who struggles with self-harm, is sent back to her hometown in Missouri to report on a murder and missing girl. As Camille reunites with her step-sister (Eliza Scanlen), she can’t escape the feeling that something is going wrong with their mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) – something which may tie her to the murder. Available to stream on Max.
10. Stranger Things
Even before it made us love Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” Netflix’s homage to ‘80s horrors Stranger Things was one of our favorite nostalgia go-tos. What starts as a game of Dungeons & Dragons among four young friends becomes a thrilling race against supernatural forces in small-town America when young Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) goes missing. His mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) is certain that Will is alive and communicating with her from another dimension. Driven by a fantastic performance from Millie Bobby Brown as the mysterious and troubled El, now is the perfect time to binge the series before its fifth and final season is released. Available to stream on Netflix.
11. The Bletchley Circle
I love a good British murder mystery, and The Bletchley Circle doesn’t disappoint. There’s a serial killer on the loose in London, and wife and mother Susan Gray (Anna Maxwell Martin) begins to notice a pattern between the murders. Reuniting with some of her codebreaking friends from wartime, Susan works to solve the puzzle before any more women fall prey to the killer. Available to stream on Peacock.
12. True Detective
When a body is discovered in the midst of what appears to be a satanic ritual, Marty (Woody Harrelson) and Rust (Matthew McConaughey) launch an investigation that only gets murkier the more details they discover. True Detective is a tough watch and was a slow sell for me at first, but the show’s compassionate realism and its indictment of a society that goes soft on pedophilia make this tense mystery a worthwhile watch. Available to stream on Max.
13. Twilight Zone
This list couldn’t be complete without the classic, eerie anthology series that made supernatural shows a staple of modern television. “There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man,” says the narrator during the title sequence, “It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.” Each episode sets a new scenario in which the central character is exposed to something out of the ordinary, sometimes even supernatural. Available to stream on Paramount+.
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