5 TV Shows to Watch If You’re Already Missing “Mare of Easttown”

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Spoilers for “Mare of Eastttown”

For weeks, HBO captivated viewers (me, especially me) with its newest murder mystery drama, “Mare of Easttown.” The limited series follows small town detective Mare Sheehan, played by Kate Winslet, as she tries to balance her professional and personal lives while maintaining her sanity — an undertaking viewers quickly learn will not be easy.

“Mare of Easttown” offers a little bit of everything in just seven episodes. There are missing girls hoping to be rescued, a pedophile priest, a horrible murder with way too many suspects, paternity questions worthy of a “Maury” episode, and more family drama than should be allowed — but isn’t that why you love it? Because there are a few things better than getting completely lost in a thrilling murder mystery series… well, until it ends and then you’re not quite sure what to do next. 

Not to worry, I have a few suggestions that may fill that “Mare of Easttown”-shaped gap in your life.

The Fall

Much like “Mare of Easttown,” this show offers a slow-burn vibe as another perfectly flawed female detective tries to track down a murderer. “The Fall” focuses on detective superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson), whose most recent assignment involves working tirelessly to capture Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), a serial killer who has been attacking professional women in the city of Belfast. Throughout the series, the two engage in a cat-and-mouse chase that makes for really good, binge-worthy television.

Available to stream on Netflix.

“Happy Valley” has quite a few things in common with Winslet’s HBO miniseries. The British drama series stars Sarah Lancashire in the role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood, a mother who is struggling to come to terms with her daughter’s suicide. As you know, Mare also spent quite a bit of time combatting her own grief surrounding losing a child in the same way. Both women display clear signs of obsession, and for Catherine, that manifests in trying to track down the man she believes contributed to her daughter’s death. As the series continues, Catherine discovers more than she bargained for after it is revealed that the same man is also linked to other crimes.

Available to stream on Netflix.

If you enjoyed the murder mystery element of “Mare of Easttown,” then you’ll probably also enjoy this series starring Kaley Cuoco. “The Flight Attendant” follows Cuoco’s character, an alcoholic flight attendant named Cassie, after she wakes up in Bangkok with a killer hangover, a dead body in her bed, and absolutely no memory of the night she had. Throughout the series, Cassie works to evade law enforcement and a handful of assassins all while trying to figure out the true identity of her murdered friend — and whether or not she’s the one who did the deed. It’s worth noting that “The Flight Attendant” is a little lighter than “Mare of Easttown,” but it’s still a great crime mystery.

Available to stream on HBO Max.

Big Sky

What’s better than watching one fearless lady detective solve seemingly unsolvable mysteries and put dangerous criminals away? Obviously, the answer is watching two fearless women solve seemingly unsolvable mysteries and put dangerous criminals away, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with “Big Sky.” Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick play Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt — two women determined to find sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver in Montana. During their search, the duo learn that there are countless other women who have disappeared in the area, and they are forced to put their differences aside in the name of justice.

Available to stream on Hulu.

“Broadchurch” is a British mystery drama series, starring Olivia Colman as detective Ellie Miller and her partner, detective Alec Hardy (David Tennant). The show’s first season focuses on the death of 11-year-old Daniel “Danny” Latimer, and how a small, close-knit local community deals with the grief, suspicion, and media attention that follows. But what does it have in common with “Mare of Easttown?” Well, besides the obvious small town tragedy connection, both shows do an excellent job at exploring emotional depth while offering a chilling mystery storyline brought to life by a star-studded cast.

Available to stream on Netflix.