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Marcella is a captivating and tense police investigation series with some psychological elements. It has a female main character with personal problems and a case involving a serial killer. If follows a Nordic Noir story structure and the story is told over the entire season.
We have tried to find similar suggestions to Marcella that contain some or more of the elements above, or other more intangible reasons as to why they should be recommended. Some of the suggestions have less in common, especially those from other mediums, but we still feel that you might enjoy them.
DS Marcella Backland is a police officer in London. She is a detective in her late 30s back on the job after a 12-year career break for psychological reasons. After the personal tragedy that caused the break, she has been suffering blackouts when confronted with strong emotional feelings.
Marcella's first case back in the force involves the death of her separated husband's lover and more related murders. After one of her blackouts, Marcella fears she might be involved in the lover's death.
Marcella is a driven police officer that is fine with bending a few rules. And this case is personal and makes her even more motivated to solve it.
TV-Shows like Marcella
A body is found on the bridge between Sweeden and Denmark, half of the body is in Sweeden and the other half is in Denmark.
The Danish and the Sweedish police have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.
Is The Bridge good?
The Bridge is an excellent and complex Scandinavian crime drama.
It's very good at keeping the suspense up and keep you guessing.
The Bridge is an excellent show that anyone that loves crime drama shows should watch.
Why is The Bridge recommended?
The Bridge and Marcella are created by the same people and both shows follow the Nordic Noir formula.
Plain language avoiding metaphor and set in bleak landscapes results in a dark and morally complex mood, depicting a tension between the apparently still and bland social surface and the murder, misogyny, rape, and racism it depicts as lying underneath.
Both shows have a female main character that has her own problems to deal with besides the case that needs to be solved.
If you like Marcella then The Bridge is definitely worth checking out.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Lund is about to move to Sweden to join her fiance. Sarah is going to transfer over to the Sweedish police force.
On Sarah`s last day in the Danish Police 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larsen is found raped and brutally murdered. Sarah heads up the investigation together with her replacement Detective Inspector Jan Meyer.
Sarah has a very driven personality and she can't bring herself to leave the case and move to Sweden until its finished.
Troels Hartmann is campaigning to be mayor of Copenhagen but struggles when links are revealed between city hall and the murder. Suspects after suspects are investigated while political pressure is strong to get a swift solution to the case.
Is The Killing good?
The Killing has ha slower pace than most crime shows and in addition to the investigation, it has a heavy focus on the characters and their relationships. The investigation is also interesting and keeps you guessing. Its a really good show.
Why is The Killing recommended?
The Killing has the same kind of Nordic Noir story structure to it as Marcella.
They both have a woman as the main character, and they have some similarities to them.
The crime investigation also takes place over an entire season and it has lots of twists and turns.
The Killing is definitely worth watching if you like Marcella.
Lieutenant Erling Riiser is part of the Norwegian special forces. He has just returned from his tour of duty in Afghanistan when he receives a strange text message from a senior officer.
It contains a warning that a woman's life is in danger and an order to kill the Afgan man that has her.
But after Erling has rescued the woman he finds out that his superior officer did not send the message. Suddenly Erling finds himself in the midst of a conspiracy and being publicly labeled as a bloodthirsty killer.
Nobel takes part in both Norway and Afganisthan as Erling go about nesting up the conspiracy and clearing his name.
Is Nobel good?
Nobel is an excellent mini-series with a good story about military, politics, and conspiracy.
It has a realistic feel and good acting.
The flow between the Norwegian and Afghanistan settings and the flashback is nicely done and Nobel is good at not glorifying war.
Why is Nobel recommended?
Nobel is not that similar to Marcella. There are not really any direct similarities that we can put my finger on, but we still wanted to add it.
It's a good series that you probably will like if you like Marcella, even if they are not directly similar.
Police detective John River is struggling to come to terms with having witnessed the murder of his detective partner. He must come to terms with the loss whilst investigating her murder.
Is River good?
River is one of the best detective miniseries.
Stellan Skarsgård does an excellent job in this unusual detective series.
Why is River recommended?
If you like Marcella then River is a good choice for another show.
They both have a main character with psychological problems and the investigation style and story structure have common elements.
River is also a very good show.
After a case went bad for Alec Hardly in his former workplace he has transferred to Broadchurch as the new Detective Inspector. Broadchurch is a seemingly calm and friendly seaside town.
As soon as Alecstarts he is tossed into a case revolving around a dead 11-year-old boy. Broadchurch is a small town and a death like this has never happened before.
As DI Alec Hardly and his partner DS Ellie Miller starts investigating they discover that almost everyone in this quiet town has secrets they do not want to share.
Their investigation takes them from one suspect to another as they are unwinding all the secrets people are unwilling to share. And at the same time they have to deal with the media feeding frenzy.
Why is Broadchurch recommended?
Broadchurch and Marcella are both tense police investigation shows with lots of twists and turns during the investigation. They both also go into depth about the characters and the story lasts over the whole season.
DCI Tom Mathias has fled his past in London and moved to Aberystwyth in Wales. He is a brilliant detective, but he is also a troubled brooding loner.
DCI Tom Mathias is partnered with the intelligent and complex DI Mared Rhys. She is a local girl who knows Aberystwyth's society inside out.
Together they form an engaging relationship as they embark on solving murder cases.
Is Hinterland good?
Hinterland is very good detective series with excellent acting and set in a stunning landscape. It feels real.
Hinterland is absolutely worth watching if you like detective shows. It is slower than a typical American show, but the pacing is perfect for this show.
Catherine is a no-nonsense police sergeant. She works in the ironically named Happy Valley, the nickname for the drug-affected Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, England.
Catherine's private life is complicated. She still sleeps with her ex-husband even though he has a new girlfriend. She lives with her sister Clare, who is a recovering addict. Catherine's grandson Ryan also lives with them because his mother, Catherine's daughter Becky, killed herself after being raped.
A new case comes up for Catherine, a kidnapping case. it quickly spirals out of control into a series of brutal crimes.
To make things worse, Tommy Lee Royce is out of jail and back in town. This is the man Catherine believes is the rapist that caused her daughter to commit suicide.
Is Happy Valley good?
Happy Valley is an excellent detective series, one of the better ones. It has a very good mix of detective cases, personal stories, and daily life.
It has excellent acting, a great story, and very good visuals.
Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons.
She might be lonely, but if she is she doesn't show it. She faces the world with caustic wit, guile, and courage.
Her trusted and long-suffering colleague isSergeant Joe Ashworth. Together they approach every new case with unparalleled gusto and professionalism.
Is Vera good?
Vera is a yearly series of four 90 minute movies that loosely tie together. It's an outstanding British police crime series with an unusual format. The murder mystery part is excellently done.
Animes like Marcella
It's hard to find animes very similar to Marcella, but we found some investigation mystery type animes. They are good, so hopefully, they will be to your taste.
Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany. He is respected by his superiors for his excellent skills, envied by his peers, and engaged to the daughter of the hospital director. Dr. Kenzo Tenma is well on his way to ascending the hospital hierarchy.
But one day everything changes for him. A little boy is brought in with a serious head injury, along with his twin sister, after a brutal family massacre. His superior orders him to abort the boy's surgery and operate on the mayor instead, who was brought in much later.
Having dealt with a similar situation before, and been troubled with a crisis of conscience because of his choice, this time he decides to not follow orders.
The boy survives, but the mayor dies, leaving Dr. Kenzo Tenma's career in ruins, his engagement to his fiance broken.
But one night, while he is out cold in a drunken stupor the twins vanish from the hospital and the director and two other doctors die mysteriously.
Dr. Kenzo Tenma's position is restored. With no evidence to convict him, he is released and goes on to attain the position of the hospital director.
Until one day...
Is Monster good?
Monster is one of the better anime out there, probably the best suspense thriller anime.
It has a clever story with interesting mysteries, great characters, and tense psychological drama.
Monster is an amazing anime that people that don't watch anime probably also will like.
Yagami Light is a 17-year-old genius from Japan.
One day he stumbles upon a notebook with the words "Death Note" written on the front. Unbeknownst to Light, this book used to belong to a Shinigami called Ryuk.
Shinigami are Death Gods.
The first sentence in this book states that anyone whose name is written inside will die.
Light falls for his all too human curiosity, and try to write in the book. Discovering that those whom he writes into the book actually dies, Light decides to use this power to change the world.
Light will change the world in his image and become God of the New World.
Light soon meats resistance from another genius known as L. He is working against Light's beliefs and Light himself.
Is Death Note good?
Death Note is a really good anime.
This might be a good starting point if you never have watched animes before. If you have experience with animes then you probably already have watched this show.
Satoru Fujinuma is a detached 29-year-old struggling manga artist.
Satoru has the supernatural ability to go back in time before someone dies to prevent it. He calls his ability Revival.
But when Satoru is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him he is sent back 18 years in the past. Only to find himself as a grade-schooler again.
Soon, he realizes that the current murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates.
This is his chance to make things right. Both in the past and the present.
Is ERASED good?
ERASED is an OK anime. If your looking for a new anime and want a mystery drama with time travel elements then thin might be for you.
Is Psycho-Pass good?
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