Almost nothing generally happens in small towns. Household routines capture sluggish citizens who take care of their families and homes. That’s why any terrible events that happen in such places immediately attract the closest attention. Secrets, intrigues, chases, and murders.
Small towns are a perfect location for the most exciting stories. So, here are 7 series about murders in quiet small towns.
1990 — 1991
A cult series, whose question: “Who killed Laura Palmer?” has been nagging at a few generations. A slow-paced life of a small town is interrupted by a terrible event – a dead girl Laura Palmer is found at a waterside. FBI Agent Dale Cooper immediately takes up the investigation. He’ll have to question the town residents, who are hiding plenty of secrets behind closed doors. In 2007, the series was included in the “best TV shows ever” list. It’s a must-see for all fans of movies and TV series.
2020 — …
The series from the novel by Stephen King – an unrivaled master of creating complex characters, aggravation of the situation, and trick endings. The show consists of totally 10 episodes. The series revolves around a murder in a small American town. There, they found a boy’s body with traces of human bites. Detective Anderson starts his investigation, and coach Terry Maitland falls under his suspicion right away. Although there is plenty of weighty evidence against the man, Terry has an ironclad alibi. At the same time, strange and unexplained events happen in the town. The series received favorable reviews and enjoyed high ratings, and the king of horror Stephen King promised to write a sequel script.
Big Little Lies
2017 — …
A story of three women, with their own personal worries and secrets. A tragedy happens at a school party organized specially for parents. Either an accident or an intentional murder lashes the three women together. But sooner or later, in one way or another, the truth will be revealed. This series boasts a really stellar cast – Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz, and many others. The intricacies of the plot capture from the very first episode and hold hard until the very end.
Leading lady Emmy Adams got the Golden Globe nomination for her performance. The series events take place in a small town in Missouri state. To overcome a creative and psychological crisis, journalist Camilla returns to her hometown. She’s going to investigate a mysterious disappearance of a girl. At home, Camilla dives in flashbacks, which only aggravates her mental state. Meanwhile, a mysterious killer is terrorizing the small town.
2014 — …
The series is an anthology. Each of the three seasons introduces us to new main characters, who have to investigate gruesome and mysterious murders. The featured actors of every season are high-profile celebrities, and the series itself has received 5 Emmy Awards. In the first season, detectives investigate a murder of a girl that is obviously of occult origin. The detectives don’t yet know that their work on the case will last for as long as 17 years.
2014 — …
Highly appreciated by both critics and viewers, the series tells us about crimes committed over various time periods. Each season will de-veil a new crime that rocked the lives of small-town inhabitants. All the stories the series shows are based on real-life events, which makes the plot even more thrilling and fascinating. The series received many awards for great acting, mysterious atmosphere, and excellent directing. A must-see for all fans of intriguing detective stories.
Mare of Easttown
In the small town of Easttown, a minor single mother is brutally killed. Detective Mare Sheehan takes up the investigation right away. She already missed one killer before, when she failed to investigate an equally gruesome crime. To prove her competence to others, Mare is going to do everything possible to find the criminal. This series features a tense atmosphere. It isn’t a crime detective, but more of a psychological drama that takes a deep look into the main characters’ state and life changes.