These Thriller TV Shows on Netflix Will Keep You Guessing
Between shocking murders, unhinged antiheroes, and dark reveals, there's nothing like a classic bingeable thriller TV show on Netflix. And the streamer has tons of options to choose from when you're looking for a thrill that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Netflix is a one-stop shop for shows that'll keep you anxious and excited thanks to their suspense. You can visit Joe Goldberg on all four seasons of "You," catch up with the terrified teenagers of "Stranger Things," or marathon "Black Mirror"'s entire sixth season. There are heist series like "Kaleidoscope," shows inspired by literature like "Ratched," and tons of spy dramas like "Treason" and "The Recruit." If you want a limited series, a multiseason saga, or an anthology show, there's something ahead to choose from. Whatever mood you're in, Netflix has a thriller TV show that will bring the drama and action you're looking to watch.
Ahead, we rounded up the best thriller TV shows on Netflix that you can start streaming right now or add to your queue to enjoy whenever you're looking for something to get your adrenaline going.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano, Kalyn Womack, and Charlotte Kho
Based on Romy Hausmann's novel of the same name, this six-episode series is about a woman who escapes captivity after 13 years. Her harrowing journey points investigators toward the truth of her mysterious disappearance.
Jonathan Groff stars in the true-crime series "Mindhunter" as Holden Ford, an agent who starts up a unit investigating serial killers. Most of the time, Ford simply talks to the murderers, but many of them act unpredictably, such as Charles Manson and Edmund Kemper.
This thrilling TV shows follows a prosecutor in Warsaw, Poland, whose sister went missing 25 years ago after she walked into the woods at a summer camp. When the body of a homicide victim shows up, he thinks it could be a link to his sister's disappearance.
When a mother is brutally stabbed at a playground, four detectives do everything they can to find out who did it — and why. They go down a dark hole of conspiracies to finally uncover what the murderer really wanted.
CIA agent Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) investigates the international rise of a man (Mehdi Dehbi) whose followers claim he is the return of 'Isa (Jesus) in "Messiah." She looks into whether he is a divine leader or just a charismatic con artist.
In this Finnish crime drama, a recently widowed detective discovers the body of a young woman on a construction site, which triggers a series of events that threaten to upheave the life she is still struggling to put back together.
In "What/If," Renée Zellweger plays Anne Montgomery, a venture capitalist who strikes a deal with a young start-up founder, Lisa (Jane Levy), and her husband, Sean (Blake Jenner). The deal is that Anne will give Lisa a bunch of money for one night with Sean. It gets hot and twisty from there!
Reminiscent of "The Twilight Zone," "Black Mirror" is the buzziest sci-fi thriller series on Netflix, asking deep questions about how technology can shape our world in dystopian ways. Stories in the anthology series range from lovers who upload their consciousness into a cloud ("San Junipero") to an insurance investigator with a memory radar ("Crocodile"). The series showcases performances from buzzy celebrity guest stars, including Jon Hamm, Miley Cyrus, and Jesse Plemmons.
"The Minions of Midas"
Based on Jack London's short story of the same name, this Spanish crime drama tells the story of a millionaire businessman who's targeted by a crime syndicate and forced to make a difficult choice: transfer millions to an anonymous account or innocent people will be murdered.
"How to Get Away With Murder"
"How to Get Away With Murder" follows law professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her hapless students as they navigate legal cases and their own shady secrets. Each thrilling season unravels a new mystery, with plenty of steamy moments and dramatic monologues to boot.
"The Chestnut Man"
This psychological thriller based on the book of the same name by Søren Sveistrup follows police in Copenhagen who discover a woman who was brutally murdered on a playground. One of her hands is missing, and next to her body lies a man made of chestnuts. It's quickly put together that the crime could be connected to a missing-persons case from a year ago, so ambitious young detective Naia and her partner Mark work to solve both cases.
After Nick Brewer (Adrian Grenier) is abducted, a video of him, bloody and beaten, appears on the internet. In it, he's holding a sign that says, "I abuse women," followed by another that reads, "At 5 million views I die." His sister (Zoe Kazan) and wife (Betty Gabriel) rush to find and save him, but along the way learn that there may be another side to Nick that they weren't privy to.
Based on the novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey, this Ryan Murphy-produced drama stars Sarah Paulson as the titular Nurse Ratched, following the villain from the start of her nursing career in 1947 as she gradually transforms into the murderous monster we now know.
The British police thriller features Richard Madden as a war veteran named David Budd. David is tasked with protecting Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose sensibilities often clash with his own.
Like "AHS," "The Sinner" is another anthology thriller series. Each season, it rotates through a cast of A-listers, who include Jessica Biel, Tracy Letts, and Chris Messina. The constant in the series is Bill Pullman as Harry Ambrose, a police detective. The first season features Biel as a troubled woman who stabs a man to death.
When Matilda Gray's mom commits suicide, her life is turned upside down. She finds mysterious newspaper clippings about a young girl who vanished in Wales and does all she can to find out if her mother's death and the disappearance are related.
This three-season show follows the rise and fall of notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán. From where he got his start to how he lived a life of crime, this series will keep you on your toes.
In the British thriller "Treason," Charlie Cox stars as an MI6 deputy chief whose life gets much more complicated when a Russian spy from his past resurfaces. The series's five episodes are perfect for a story you'll want to watch at a fast clip.
"Kaleidoscope" follows a masterful thief (Giancarlo Esposito) and his crew as they embark on their biggest heist yet, which would land them $7 billion. But what makes this series truly unique is that the series's episode can be watched in any order the viewer chooses, and it'll still make sense.
"Collateral" has everything you could want in a show: crime, drama, and mystery! It stars Carey Mulligan and follows London detectives as they investigate the murder of a random pizza delivery man. What they don't know is this murder will lead to a series of strange connections and circumstances that link to the greater British society.
Noah Centineo stars in "The Recruit" as a CIA lawyer who gets embroiled in some serious hot water thanks to a former CIA asset. The eight-episode series also stars Laura Haddock, Fivel Stewart, Aarti Mann, and Colton Dunn.
In this Netflix crime drama, three working-class teens displaced by an earthquake are enrolled in the most exclusive school in Spain, and the clash between the classes erupts into a battle that eventually turns fatal. Think "Gossip Girl" set in Spain (but perhaps even more dramatic, if that's possible).
"The Valhalla Murders"
Netflix's first Icelandic original series tells the story of an Oslo detective with a dark past, who must return to his native Iceland to help an ambitious detective investigate a series of murders. The longer these two investigate the case, the more likely it seems that these crimes were committed by the same person.
"Lupin" became a megahit for Netflix when it was released in 2021 (and a third part is on the way). In the French series, Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, a thief inspired by the legendary Arsène Lupin who's out for revenge on behalf of his father.
A prisoner in a futuristic world is given the chance to live again as a free man, but first he has to solve a controversial murder. Oh, and he's just been brought back to life after 250 years. Joel Kinnaman stars in this adaptation of the Richard K. Morgan novel.
This psychological horror series (and Netflix's first Dutch original series) revolves around a secret student society in Amsterdam and two friends who join it before finding out the club is far more menacing than it initially seemed. We guarantee you've never seen a college hazing experience like this one.
This insanely popular sci-fi series follows an adolescent crew living in 1980s Indiana as they discover supernatural forces, secret government threats, and a young girl with telekinetic powers. It's a crazy trip, but — just like with "Black Mirror" — if you suffer from paranoia, you might just find yourself searching for the Demogorgon around every corner.
This NBC hit stars James Spader as a notorious criminal assisting an FBI agent to catch other notorious criminals.
Inspired by Norse mythology, this Norwegian coming-of-age series takes place in the fictitious town of Edda. As the town struggles with industrial pollution and melting glaciers, it becomes clear that only a teenager gifted with the embodiment of Thor can save the people of Edda.
"Another life," another one of the many thriller series on Netflix, centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) and her worldwide search for alien intelligence. Leading her young crew to investigate the origin of an alien artifact found on Earth, they all face unimaginable dangers on what could be a treacherous one-way mission. The show — which stars Sackhoff, Selma Blair, Samuel Anderson, and more — lasted two seasons on Netflix before it was canceled in 2022.
Created by Martin Zimmerman, who also created "Ozark" and "Narcos," this Argentine thriller revolves around the attempts of a woman to expose and dissolve the organized crime that exists within a soccer club. You don't have to be a soccer fan to appreciate this gritty drama.
Things get intense in these two seasons (26 episodes total) of this Netflix original when the black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home to cause some trouble.
Inspired by the December 2012 investigation by the Delhi Police into the horrific gang rape of a young woman, this Indian drama follows a female investigator and the challenges she faces while attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. This one definitely isn't easy to watch, but we promise it's worth it.
Created by Brad Wright and starring Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, and Jared Abrahamson, "Travelers" is a sci-fi thriller that takes place hundreds of years into the future. The series follows a group of time travelers who, armed with the knowledge of history and an archive of social media profiles, take on high-stakes missions to the 21st century to save humanity from a terrible fate.
"Bard of Blood"
Based on "The Bard of Blood," Bilal Siddiqi's 2015 espionage novel, this Indian spy thriller revolves around an excommunicated RAW (India's foreign intelligence agency) agent who must face his demons and return to Balochistan after he is recruited to rescue four captured RAW agents. If you want a series that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat, then this thriller is for you.
Starring Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn, this supernatural drama revolves around a young heart attack survivor who finds herself taking on the characteristics of her teenage heart donor — some of which are pretty disquieting, to say the least. It's the best paranormal series we've seen since "The Haunting of Hill House," and it's got a beautiful young cast that gives us major "13 Reasons Why" vibes. Super scandalous and genuinely terrifying — what more could you want in a show?
Set in Korea's medieval Joseon period, this South Korean drama follows a crown prince who is forced to investigate a mysterious plague spreading across his country and making the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh. It sounds weird, but trust us — it's cool.
What happens with 10 strangers wake up on a deserted island with no memory of how they got there or even who they are? They have to work together to survive — which is difficult when the island has no intention of letting you leave.
Michael C. Hall stars in this mystery series as Tom, a harried British surgeon and widow who's struggling to create a sense of normalcy for his two daughters as they all cope with the death of their mother. When his oldest daughter, Jenny ("Coronation Street"'s Amy James-Kelly), disappears from a wild party held in their gated community, a distressed Tom goes on a mission to find her. Naturally his quest to discover Jenny's whereabouts involves unearthing a few secrets that the people closest to him would've preferred stay under wraps, forever changing the lives of everyone in the neighborhood.
"Pieces of Her"
"Pieces of Her" stars Toni Collette as a woman named Andy whose mother stops a shooting at a local diner, showing a shocking amount of combat skill in the process. From there, Andy is forced to question her mother's identity as long-buried secrets emerge.
Set in the distant future, this Brazilian dystopian series revolves around two communities: the impoverished Inland, and the three percent of the population who are lucky enough to live in a virtual paradise known as the Offshore. Michele Santana may be new to the Offshore and have no family of her own, but her strong sense of justice compels her to make the Inland a better place — even if that means resisting the Process, which can only spell trouble.
"The Night Agent"
Gabriel Basso plays an FBI agent who becomes entangled in a massive conspiracy after he answers a call from his post at the White House in this series. Suddenly tasked with seeking out a traitor who threatens the safety of the United States, he ends up getting far more than he bargained for.
In this Danish postapocalyptic series, two siblings, Simone and Rasmus, navigate the world alongside a ragtag team of survivors five years after a virus spread by rainfall wiped out almost all of Scandinavia. The show is perfect for fans of "The Walking Dead."
When a diplomat named Kate (Keri Russell) winds up in a position she's unqualified for, everything in her life goes haywire. She soon finds her marriage to a rising politician in shambles while the political situation around her is also falling apart. Eventually, the boundary between Kate's personal and political lives starts to disintegrate.
"Suburra: Blood on Rome"
Inspired by a real-life political scandal, this Italian crime drama (which serves as a prequel to the 2015 film "Suburra" and the novel of the same name, by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini) follows a battle between organized crime, corrupt politicians, and the Vatican over Rome's underground crime scene. It seems too wild to be real, but you just have to see it to believe it.
"The OA" centers on Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), a small-town blind girl who went missing seven years ago. Now, she has resurfaced with her sight intact and calls herself The OA. Despite her adoptive parents and the FBI urging her to open up about her disappearance, The OA only shares her story with a select group of trusted locals. In addition to her troubling history and current secrets, The OA reveals that there are other people in jeopardy of suffering her same fate. Together, they go on a mysterious journey to discover the shocking truth behind it all.
"Narcos" follows the lives of the drug kingpins involved in the surge of the cocaine trade in the '80s, particularly putting the spotlight on the exploits of Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) in its earlier seasons. The third season takes a look at what happened after Escobar's fall.
In this Argentine crime drama, an ex-cop is sent by a judge to infiltrate the dangerous San Onofre prison and get information on the gang responsible for the kidnapping of the judge's daughter. In the prison, Miguel finds himself surrounded by the country's most dangerous felons, and he must hide his true identity — or risk losing his life.
What happens when the first lady of Mexico, a woman of honor and ideals, starts to lose faith in her president husband? That's exactly what happens in this Spanish-language crime drama, which follows Emilia Urquiza as she attempts to improve the conditions of her country and uncover some dark truths — even if it means going behind her husband's back.
"Into the Night"
In Netflix's first original Belgian series, passengers and crew members on an overnight flight out of Brussels find themselves facing an unexpected challenge: the sun has suddenly turned deadly. With the threat of cosmic disaster looming, they must band together in order to survive.
After her marriage falls apart, a former detective returns to work to track down the Grove Park Killer.
It's also worth watching the spinoff series, "Narcos: Mexico," which features Diego Luna as drug lord Félix Gallardo. As the title suggests, this series is more focused on Mexico, not Colombia.
Netflix's first African original series stars "Quantico"'s Pearl Thusi as the titular Queen Sono, a kickass South African field operative still reeling from the mysterious death of her mother, who was an anti-apartheid revolutionary leader and freedom fighter. Queen proves that you can take on terrorism and look incredible while doing it (even while battling your own inner demons).
Written by Álex Pina, who's also the producer of "Money Heist," this drama series follows the investigation into the death of a legendary DJ, who goes missing one Summer in Ibiza and whose body is discovered there 20 years later. Laura Haddock stars as the DJ's sister, who travels to Ibiza and attempts to figure out what really happened to her brother.
Based on the Harlan Coben novel of the same name, this mystery thriller revolves around a family man with a seemingly perfect life and the conspiracy that shatters his illusion, forcing him on a quest for the truth.
This eerie Brazilian series is set in the near future, revolving around a society under constant Big Brother-like surveillance. Despite the Omniscient system's drones, a murder is somehow committed without the killer being monitored, and the deceased's daughter — a tech intern named Nina — decides to risk everything in order to figure out how the murderer got away.
This French-Belgian thriller follows the head of the county police, Laurène Weiss (whose town's murder rate is six times the national average), and how she brings justice to her city.
This Spanish heist show originally debuted in late 2017, telling the story of eight thieves who lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain — along with a group of hostages — as a criminal mastermind named the Professor attempts to get the police to cooperate with his master plan. Through it's not based on a true story, the series is set after Spain's 2008 financial crisis, and it acts as a sort of allegorical tale of rebellion against capitalism and the government.
Jack Morton joins a magic secret society named the Hermetic Order. With his knew knowledge, he aims to avenge the death of his mother but runs into a battle between dark magic users and werewolves.
A group of people trapped inside an apartment building must fight to survive while being attacked by humans who have turned into zombie-like monsters.
"Who Killed Sara?"
Alex, framed for his sister's murder, seeks revenge to find who his sister's killer really is.
"Alice in Borderland"
A dedicated gamer and his friends become trapped in a parallel universe and are forced to compete in a number of deadly games in order to survive and make it back home.
Astrid is haunted by the disappearance of her sister. Visions encourage her to investigate the truth, leading to an even darker discovery.
A young archivist takes on the task of restoring damaged videotapes of a failed documentary but ends up stumbling upon a mystery involving the missing director and the mysterious cult she was attempting to document.
"The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window"
Kristen Bell stars in this psychological thriller series that follows the story of heartbroken and divorced Anna as she spends her days drinking and taking pills until she meets her new handsome neighbor. Things start to look up until she witnesses a murder.
This Spanish thriller tells the story of a man who has recently been released from prison following an accidental killing and is ready to move on with his life and newfound freedom. Just as he finds love again, a phone call brings back everything he has tried so hard to escape.