1. Criminal Minds
There is absolutely nothing that even begins to compare to this show. Very well-made, interesting characters, high budget, incredible writers and based-on-true-life episodes are but a few of the characteristics that make Criminal Minds an absolute success. Once you start watching it, you will hardly be able to stop. The FBI’s BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) use science and psychology to catch serial killers that leave no forensic evidence behind. Prepare to be amazed!
2. The Mentalist
Once you have watched enough episodes of The Mentalist, you’ll start to look for people’s tells like you never have before. There’s nothing more refreshing than learning a thing or two about human psychology. Aside from the cases, the show’s own storyline between characters is a rather interesting one. Patrick Jane makes detective work look like a field day. Great show!
Lie To Me
I hesitated about adding Lie to Me to this list because of the fact that it only lasted three seasons. I don’t like to recommend short shows but I decided to make an exception. Cal Lightman’s character is based on Paul Eckman and his discovery and ability to see microexpressions. Microexpressions are coming to be quite the respected science. They have been getting stronger all around the world. Lie to Me is a great show with plenty to teach its viewers (behavioral-wise). Enjoy!
Although very different from the previous three, Cold Case is quite interesting. It digs out cases from the past that have been cold for years and solves them. It’s interesting to see how people change and live with what they do and I, personally, enjoy the old-epoch scenery. The crimes are committed by ordinary people, mostly, and they tend to work with clues and hunches rather than forensics (which is a lot more interesting to the viewer).
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Although a lot less intuitive and considerably plainer, spectators get to learn the basics about the ‘law’ part, which is always interesting. The SVU (Special Victims Unit) is my personal favorite and it focuses in sexually-based offenses. The show focuses on both the catching and the prosecution of the offender. The show depicts how the system sometimes fails and how deals come to be cut by the district attorneys and assistant district attorneys.