Women’s charms against evil: 20 series about female detectives

What could be better than an exciting detective movie, when you can’t go outside due to bad weather or you have to pass the wait? It is doubly interesting if this is a series about female detectives, where stubborn women solve complicated cases and confront villains. We invite you to plunge into the world of murderous secrets and twisted intrigues along with the brave heroines of our selection.

Clarissa (2021)

The action of the series begins a year after the events that took place in the legendary thriller The Silence of the Lambs. Young FBI agent Clarissa Starling returns to business after a grueling hunt for maniac Buffalo Bill. She works in the Department of Investigation of the most terrible crimes. Colleagues openly dislike the woman, journalists attack from all sides, and the agent’s post-traumatic disorder aggravates the already difficult situation.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Clarice

Actors:
Rebecca Breeds, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Miss Scarlet and Duke (2020)

A foreign series about a detective girl takes the viewer to the Victorian era. Eliza Scarlet recently lost her father and was left destitute in a world owned by men. But the obstinate miss is in no hurry to jump out in marriage. She has a secret weapon for gaining financial independence – her father’s detective bureau. Crimes against humanity, theft, robbery, murder – it seems that for Scarlet there are no unsolvable cases. Together with an assistant from Scotland Yard, a young woman plunges headlong into criminal investigations.

Original title:
Miss Scarlet and the Duke

Actors:
Kate Phillips, Stuart Martin, Kathy Belton …

Country:
Ireland, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Method 2 (2020)

The continuation of the sensational series about the brilliant investigator Meglin and his young assistant will finally reveal the identity of the main villain to the viewer. After the death of Rodion, Yesenya suffers a nervous breakdown and leaves work. Now she is an ordinary woman – mother and wife. However, a year later, she still has to return to duty. A dangerous criminal appears in the city – a sniper who kills grooms at a wedding. And only the unusual method of Meglin, which Esenya Steklova managed to master, will help to find the killer.

Actors:
Paulina Andreeva, Konstantin Khabensky, Alexander Petrov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Nancy Drew (2019 – 2021)

Female fantasy detective series tells the story of a young girl Nancy, who has the talent of a detective. After graduation , the graduate is going to go to college. However, her plans for the future are shattered when a mysterious murder occurs in the city. In order not to go to jail , Nancy will have to take up the investigation on her own – after all, she is one of the main suspects.

Original title:
Nancy Drew

Actors:
Kennedy McMann, Lea Lewis, Maddison Jaizani …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Cipher (2018 – 2019)

The series has become a Russian adaptation of the English TV show “Murder Code”. 1956 Four women with extraordinary abilities – former employees of the GRU – found themselves in a peaceful life, leaving tragic military events in the past. But after an officer is murdered, they will have to get back together to help lead the investigation. Girlfriends will risk their own families and lives to ensure the safety of their compatriots.

Actors:
Maryana Spivak, Ekaterina Vilkova, Yana Duboui, Elena Panova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Crow (2018)

A Russian detective series about a female investigator tells about Anna Voronova, nicknamed Vorona by her colleagues. Anna is an experienced operative, and when a famous photographer goes missing, she is in no hurry to start a case. After all, a man could just go on vacation or a business trip. The police soon learn that the photographer has been killed. Anya blames herself for what happened and begins an independent investigation.

Actors:
Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Anatoly Bely, Ekaterina Popova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Amnesia (2017 – 2020)

What to do if you do not remember how you spent the last years of your life? A similar tragedy happened to Emily – an FBI agent disappeared six years ago while investigating a serial killer. And now she was found in an abandoned hut. The suspect in that old case is convicted, and her husband has a new life. Emily has forgotten almost everything that happened to her – only fragments of terrible memories emerge in her memory. Soon the woman will find herself in an even more difficult situation – she will be suspected of murder. All that remains is to go on the run and begin to unravel the tangle of secrets that have accumulated around her person.

Original title:
Absentia

Actors:
Stana Katic, Patrick Huesinger, Neil Jackson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Anna detective (2016 – 2021)

The list of the best detective series starring a woman will continue the rating retro project co-produced by Russia and Ukraine. 1887 Anna Mironova lives in the town of Zatonsk – a girl who is unlike her peers, indifferent to marriage and various ladies’ tricks. Endowed with a lively mind and strong character, Mironova would have vegetated in the wilderness if a detective from St. Petersburg had not arrived in Zatonsk. Shtolman is investigating a series of unexplained and brutal crimes. The search for the murderer will bring the two heroes closer together and help Anna discover her extraordinary abilities.

Actors:
Alexandra Nikiforova, Dmitry Frid, Sergey Druzyak …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
12+


I am a zombie (2015 – 2019)

Olivia is a student whose life is completely turned upside down after a fatal party for her . Now she is a zombie with pale skin, circles under her eyes and peculiar habits. To support her life and have access to fresh brains, the girl gets a job in the office of a medical examiner. But along with such “food”, the zombie receives the memories of the dead. Olivia’s clues help the cops find the perpetrators in case of violent death of the morgue ‘s “customers” .

Original title:
iZombie

Actors:
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
16+


Bloodhound (2015 – 2020)

The action of the entertaining series, where the role of a detective is entrusted to a woman, takes place in a picturesque town on the Black Sea coast. Alexandra gets the position of head of the criminal investigation department in the province, but the operatives are not happy with the new leadership in the person of the fair sex. The arriving boss quickly plunges into work to prove her professional suitability. The first case of a woman in a new place is the murder of a young beauty in an elite apartment.

Actors:
Anna Banshchikova, Andrey Kazakov, Dmitry Kulichkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Inquisitor (2014)

A religious maniac appears in a small provincial town, committing crimes similar to execution or ritual murder. The local investigator cannot cope, so the management sends a detective from St. Petersburg, Natalia Serebryanskaya, to help him. The woman immediately guesses that the victims of the criminal are connected in a special way.

Actors:
Victoria Isakova, Alexander Lykov, Konstantin Lavronenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Top of the Lake (2013 – 2017)

This foreign thriller series, where a woman investigates an unusual crime, will appeal to many thanks to the excellent performance of Elisabeth Moss, a strong detective story and the landscapes of New Zealand. In the center of the plot is Detective Robin Griffin from Sydney, who solves crimes committed on sexual grounds. However, soon she will have to return to her father’s house and remember the terrible events that happened to her in adolescence . In her hometown, a little girl disappears and it turns out she was pregnant . Robin takes over the investigation.

Original title:
Top of the Lake

Actors:
Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan…

Country:
Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Murder Code (2012 – 2014)

The bloody atrocities of a serial maniac keep the whole city in fear. The detectives are exhausted, but the search for the killer has not yet yielded results. Four women are involved in the case, who were codebreakers during the war in the main cipher division of Great Britain. Now their outstanding abilities should serve the citizens in peacetime. Atmospheric sets, costumes and hairstyles of the 50s await viewers when watching this stylish crime series.

Original title:
The Bletchley Circle

Actors:
Rachel Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Lady Detective Miss Phryne Fisher (2012 – 2015)

Classic detective series for everyone who likes women with beautiful guns, based on the novel by Carrie Greenwood. Emancipated, smart, charming Phryne Fisher is a lover of adventure , fashionable dresses and beautiful gentlemen. She lives in Melbourne in the 20s of the last century and keeps afloat well in the patriarchal world, despite unspoken prohibitions and prejudices. One day she gets a chance to help the police solve a crime. After that, Phryne decides to officially become a detective.

Original title:
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Actors:
Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnston-Bart…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Bridge (2011 – 2018)

On the Øresund Bridge, the electricity is suddenly turned off, after which the corpse of a woman is found lying on the border of Sweden and Denmark. The police of both countries jointly investigate the murder and come to the conclusion that this is just a link in a series of crimes that began more than a year ago. One of the main characters of the cult Scandinavian series is a detective with a bunch of personal problems and communication problems – a female investigator Saga Nuren.

Original title:
Bron/Broen

Actors:
Sofia Helin, Kim Bodnia, Thure Lindhardt…

Country:
Sweden, Denmark, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Body Investigation (2011 – 2013)

Due to the loss of sensation in her fingers after the accident, Megan Hunt is no longer able to work as a neurosurgeon. When choosing a new specialization, the doctor decides to move into the direction of medicine, where it is not necessary to find a common language with patients – forensic medical examination perfectly meets its requirements. After all, Megan is famous for her difficult character and is not distinguished by good nature. However, the woman will try to balance her life – not only to reveal the secrets of the death of patients, but also to return the favor of her minor daughter.

Original title:
Body of Proof

Actors:
Dana Delaney, Jerry Ryan, Geoffrey Arend…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Partners (2010 – 2016)

The series will tell about the fruitful cooperation of the female investigator Jane Rizzoli and the pathologist Maura Isles. Detective Jane is an assertive, determined young lady with a steely male character. Mora, on the contrary, is a feminine person who combines encyclopedic knowledge and high intelligence. But despite the differences, partners complement each other, revealing even the most intricate crimes.

Original title:
Rizzoli & Isles

Actors:
Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.6

Age limits :
16+


Murder (2007 – 2012)

The twisted atmospheric series begins with the brutal murder of a young girl. Detective Sarah Lund is brought into the case. The detective was preparing to leave for Sweden to the groom and was literally already sitting on her suitcases. But gradually the girl is drawn into the investigation, so much so that she forgets about the wedding celebration . And instead of the clink of glasses and romantic circling in the dance, interrogations, morgues, chases, shootouts and criminal mysteries become her destiny.

Original title:
Forbrydelsen

Actors:
Sophie Grobeul, Morten Suurballe, Lars Mikkelsen …

Country:
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Veronica Mars (2004 – 2019)

Veronica is a high school student and the daughter of a private detective. She inherited her father’s analytical skills and herself often helps friends investigate minor incidents. But Veronica’s main goal is to find out who killed her best friend Lilly. It was originally planned that the protagonist of the series would be male. However, later the creators decided that a film noir , shown from the face of a girl, would look more interesting.

Original title:
Veronica Mars

Actors:
Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Miss Marple (2004 – 2013)

Charming old lady Miss Marple manages to investigate intricate crimes no worse than professional detectives. The movie adventures of the famous book character Agatha Christie begin with an investigation into the murder of a girl whose corpse was found in the library of a respectable couple. Marple gets down to business, noticing even the smallest details. Despite her advanced age, the nimble gray-haired lady simply cannot sit at home and remain on the sidelines when so many curious things are happening around.

Original title:
Agatha Christie’s Marple

Actors:
Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age Limits :
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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