10 TV shows like Dear Child you must watch

By Kieran Burt
Published: September 10, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)
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10 TV shows like Dear Child you must watch

We discuss 10 TV shows like Dear Child you must watch. Add these well-recommended and highly-rated shows to your watch list.

Dear Child is a German crime drama on Netflix based on the book by Romy Hausmann that tells the story of a woman who has spent 13 years as the prisoner of a sadist. She has also been forced to play the role of another kidnapped woman and raise her two children, Hannah and Jonathan, in strict isolation.

Directed by Julian Pörksen and Isabel Kleefeld, the show isn’t based on a true story but it’s likely influenced by many real-life accounts. Crime and true crime are hugely popular genres, with many shows telling frightening tales. If you liked Dear Child, here are 10 shows like it you must watch.

10 shows like Dear Child

Mindhunter (2017)

In the late 1970s, two FBI agents working for the Behavioral Science Unit, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), attempt to expand the realm of criminal understanding by investigating the psychology behind murders, though on some occasions they end up getting too close to real-life monsters.

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

A stylized true crime story about the heir to the multibillion-dollar Durst Origination real estate empire, Robert Durst, who is the primary suspect in the disappearance of his first wife Kathie McCormack Durst, and the murders of two others dating all the way back to 1983.

Unsolved Mysteries (1987)

Unsolved Mysteries is a show hosted by Robert Stack, and goes into detail about unsolved criminal cases. There are a variety of stories, ranging from missing persons, unexplained phenomena, wanted fugitives, and unresolved investigations.


The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (2020)

A Netflix six-part documentary directed by Brian Knappenberger, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez details the murder of Gabriel Fernandez and the responses given by the media and the local government.

The Killing (2011)

After the body of the 17-year-old teenager Rosie Larsen is discovered in the trunk of a submerged car, a police investigation, a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign become locked together as the truth behind the terrible event emerges.

Broadchurch (2013)

Two detectives living in the English town of Broadchurch, Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), are tasked with solving the murder of 11-year-old Daniel Latimer when his body is found on the nearby beach. But as they get closer to solving the crime, the town starts to fall apart with the once kind and loving neighbors turning on each other.


The Valhalla Murders (2019)

Arnar (Björn Thors) is a detective with a painful past living in Oslo, Norway. When he returns to his home of Iceland, he helps the local police officer Kata (Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir) to stop a serial killer with a link to a mysterious photo that’s been found.

Dark (2017)

The small and fictional German town of Winden is set on a desperate search for two missing children. Four families have their darkest secrets exposed during this, with their past and present being intertwined.

You (2018)

Based on the books by Caroline Kepnes, You follows the story of Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), a man who manages a bookstore. He’s a hopeless romantic, but he also has a penchant for stalking and murdering the women that he claims to fall in love with, as well as harming those who get in his way. He uses social media and other technology to feed his toxic obsession with finding women.

The Stranger (2020)

The Stranger is a mini-series that follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a mysterious stranger.

Do you have any other recommendations for series like Dear Child? Let us know!

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