7 Black Comedy Crime Shows Like Bodkin to Watch Next
The Irish dark comedy thriller, Bodkin, premiered May 9th on Netflix with all 7 episodes and follows true crime podcasters as they investigate a decades old disappearance in the small (fictional) town of Bodkin. Starring Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth, Nebraska), Siobhán Cullen (The Dry, Origin), and Robyn Cara (Trying, We Die Young), Bodkin is a play on true crime documentaries and armchair investigations. If you’re looking for similar black comedy crime thrillers to binge next, here are 7 shows like Bodkin we recommend.

The Afterparty (2022-2023)

Cast: Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ike Barinholtz, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer, Jamie Demetriou, Dave Franco

Synopsis: “A murder-mystery comedy set at a high school reunion afterparty. Each of the eight episodes will feature a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective, each with its own unique visual format and film genre to match the teller’s personality.”

Where to watch: Apple TV+

Based On A True Story (2023 – )

Cast: Kaley Cuoco, Chris Messina, Tom Bateman, Priscilla Quintana, Liana Liberato, Natalia Dyer

Synopsis: “A dark comedic thriller, Based On A True Story is about a realtor, a former tennis star and a plumber who seize a unique opportunity to capitalize on America’s obsession with true crime.”

Where to watch: Peacock

Deadloch (2023 – )

Cast: Kate Box, Madeleine Sami, Alicia Gardiner, Nina Oyama, Holly Austin, Tom Ballard, Susie Youssef, Astrid Wells Cooper, Duncan Fellows, Kris McQuade

Synopsis: “When a local man turns up dead on the beach, two vastly different detectives are thrown together to solve the case, fastidious local senior sergeant Dulcie Collins (Kate Box) and a rough-as-guts blow-in from Darwin, senior investigator Eddie Redcliffe (Madeleine Sami) along with their overeager junior constable Abby (Nina Oyama). As the town prepares to launch the annual arts, food, and culture event—Winter Feastival—the trio must put their differences aside and work together to find the killer.”

Where to watch: Prime Video

Obituary (2023 – )

Cast: Siobhán Cullen, Michael Smiley, Ronan Raftery, Danielle Galligan, David Ganly

Synopsis: “24-year-old Elvira Clancy adores her job writing obituaries, but lately, she’s been feeling unfulfilled. And when her newspaper falls on hard times, her boss tells her he is unable to keep her on the payroll. Overnight, she finds herself being paid per obituary.”

Where to watch: Hulu

Poker Face (2023 – )

Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Benjamin Bratt. Guests: Adrien Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Hong Chau, Ron Perlman, Dascha Polanco, Noah Segan, Megan Suri, John Ratzenberger, Nick Nolte, Colton Ryan, Lil Rel Howery, Brandon Micheal Hall, Danielle Macdonald, Tim Meadows, Charles Melton, Jameela Jamil, Ellen Barkin, Simon Helberg, Tim Blake Nelson

Synopsis: “Poker Face is a 10-episode “mystery-of-the-week” series following Natasha Lyonne’s Charlie, who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.”

Where to watch: Peacock

Search Party (2016-2022)

Cast: Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, John Early, Meredith Hagner, Clare McNulty, Brandon Micheal Hall, Jeffery Self, Ron Livingston, Phoebe Tyers, Claire Tyers, Christine Taylor, Jay Duplass

Synopsis: “A dark comedy about a group of five self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears.”

Where to watch: Max

The Tourist (2022 – )

Cast: Jamie Dornan, Danielle Macdonald, Victoria Haralabidou, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Greg Larsen

Season 1 Synopsis: “After being run off the road, a man wakes up in an Australian hospital with amnesia. A single clue starts him along a frantic journey to remember who he is and why someone wants him dead. In the small town of Burnt Ridge, any news is big news, and not everyone can be trusted. Shifting alliances, uncertain connections, and dark truths lurk just within reach, as the harsh conditions of the Australian outback set the stage for a painful reckoning.”

Season 2 Synopsis: “In Season 2, Elliot and his now-girlfriend Helen travel to Ireland in search of answers about Elliot’s identity, but instead, they’re forced to face the dangerous consequences of his past actions”

Where to watch: Netflix

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