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Do Crime Shows Put You on Your Guard? 81% of Fans Say Yes

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Americans can’t get enough of crime shows. Last year, crime dramas made up about one-fifth of all scripted shows on network television. And as of the publication of this article, about one-third of Netflix original docuseries in their first run are true crime stories.

Plenty of theories get around about why Americans gravitate to crime TV shows, but the team at Smart Home Solutions had a different question: how does crime TV influence the viewer’s behavior? 

Read on for a glance at the most popular Netflix crime shows nationwide—and some insights into how crime TV fans react to a bump in the night.

Most Googled Netflix Crime Shows by State


 Interesting Findings

  • Comedy-drama Good Girls appears to be among the most popular crime shows on Netflix, with 15 states googling it most. 
    • Unfortunately for Good Girls fans, the series will not be renewed for a fifth season on the platform. 
  • As the most searched show in 9 states, psychological crime thriller Mindhunter is the second most googled series overall. 
    • Based on the 1995 true-crime book of the same name, the series has the second highest IMDb score on our list at 8.6/10.
    • Mindhunter has been nominated for 36 awards and won 5, including the Online Film & Television Association Award. 
  • The Blacklist is the third most popular Netflix crime show across the country, with 8 states searching for it most. 
    • The show has won both the ASCAP Film and Television Music and Primetime Emmy Awards. 
    • Good news for fans of the series, The Blacklist was renewed for a tenth season in February. 
  • British crime drama Peaky Blinders is the fourth most popular series nationwide, with six states searching for it most following the release of the show’s sixth season last month. 
    • The series has the highest IMDb score on our list at 8.8/10 and has won over 20 awards, including the UK TV Choice Award and the BAFTA TV Award.
  • Despite winning 23 awards, and being crowned the most streamed TV series in the U.S. last year, Criminal Minds was searched most in just 4 states, including Virginia, the state where the series takes place.

How a Good Crime Show on Netflix Influences Your Behavior


 More Interesting Findings

      • Of the 81% of respondents that were more concerned about home security after watching crime TV shows, 36% were specifically nervous about being robbed.
      • The most likely crime show subgenre to make respondents more concerned about home security was true crime (42%), followed by murder mysteries (26%). Police procedurals, crime dramas, and other subgenres weren’t as concerning for viewers.
      • 83% of respondents said watching crime shows makes them more likely to purchase a home security system.
      • After watching crime TV, men were more concerned about home security than women. 86% of men said they were more worried about home security after a long night of binging crime shows compared to 76% of women. 
      • Men and women have different concerns after watching crime shows. Men were more nervous about being robbed (43%), while women said watching crime shows has made them more concerned about whether they’re safe in their homes (49%). 
    • After watching a crime show, men were more likely than women to double check that their front door is locked, to get out of bed to investigate a strange noise at night, and to consider purchasing a home security system. 


We compiled a list of the 100 most popular Netflix crime shows based on data gathered from NetflixCollider, and Short List. We then found each show’s search volume in SEMRush and plugged the 9 most searched shows into Google Trends to see which show was googled most by each state in the past 12 months.

Finally, we surveyed 1,100 Americans on Pollfish to learn how watching crime shows impacts their concerns about home security.

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StateMost Searched Netflix Crime Show
AlabamaThe Blacklist
ArizonaGood Girls
ArkansasGood Girls
CaliforniaGood Girls
ConnecticutThe Sinner
DelawareGood Girls
FloridaThe Blacklist
GeorgiaGood Girls
IdahoThe Blacklist
IllinoisGood Girls
IndianaCriminal Minds
IowaCriminal Minds
KentuckyGood Girls
LouisianaGood Girls
MaineThe Blacklist
MarylandGood Girls
MassachusettsPeaky Blinders
MichiganCriminal Minds
MinnesotaWorst Roommate Ever
MississippiThe Blacklist
NevadaGood Girls
New HampshireYou
New JerseyPeaky Blinders
New MexicoGood Girls
New YorkPeaky Blinders
North CarolinaGood Girls
North DakotaMindhunter
OhioGood Girls
OklahomaGood Girls
PennsylvaniaPeaky Blinders
Rhode IslandPeaky Blinders
South CarolinaThe Blacklist
South DakotaWorst Roommate Ever
TennesseeThe Blacklist
TexasGood Girls
UtahPeaky Blinders
VermontThe Blacklist
VirginiaCriminal Minds
West VirginiaNCIS

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