The 5 Best Mystery Shows on Netflix You Haven't Watched Yet: International Edition

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With so many amazing gems on Netflix, it can actually (and annoyingly) be difficult to find something to watch.

Luckily, I’ve got you covered. As someone who has watched way too many TV shows, I know all the best ones you’ve never watched — and even those you’ve never even heard of.

So if you’re looking for something to binge, check out my list below of the best mystery shows on Netflix… international edition.

(Psst… looking for the original list that inspired this article? Check out the 7 best mystery mini-series on Netflix here.)

1. The Woods (2020)

25 years after four teens — including his sister — mysteriously go missing one night during summer camp, Paweł tries to finally find out the truth about what went down that night.

The six-episode mini-series is a Polish adaptation of a Harlan Coben novel so you know it’s based on solid material (more Harlan Coben Netflix series here).

2. Dark (2017-2020)

This one you might have heard of — and for good reason! The show garnered a worldwide cult following in its short span of three seasons.

The plot is a bit difficult to describe without giving too much away but let’s just say the German series kicks off when two children go missing in a small town. When it starts to feel like history is repeating itself, everyone takes it upon themselves to figure out what the hell is going on.

The only spoiler I can give is that the show takes place across three time periods. Things get pretty complicated after season one so you’ll need to give the show your undivided attention (and possibly create a flow chart as well).

3. La Mante (2017)

This French mini-series follows a detective when he’s forced to reconnect with his murderer of a mother in order to catch a copycat killer.

In only six episodes, the show manages to pack in a lot of action — and a lot of surprisingly emotional moments as well. You won’t be disappointed.

4. Blood & Water (2020)

17 years after her sister goes missing, Puleng is convinced that she’s found her when she meets a popular, charming girl at a party. Puleng becomes obsessed with discovering the truth. Is Fiks really her long-lost sister or is it all in Puleng’s head?

This one is less thriller/suspense than the others on the list but no less intriguing. Season 2 is on the way so now is the perfect time to catch up.

Bonus: The amazing soundtrack features several South African artists including female rapper Sho Madjozi.

5. Retribution (2016)

Made in partnership with the BBC, this Scottish mini-series starts off with the murder of two young newlyweds. But the real story doesn’t start until the two families of the couple discover that the killer has coincidentally landed in their laps. What will they do and can they live with their decision?

The four-episode series is less of a thriller and more of a character study in how people deal with grief, tragedy, and the chance at retribution. It’s perfect for a Friday-night binge.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.