Best Mystery & Thriller Series 2023

After proving his whodunit bona fides with a pair of Knives Out movies, Rian Johnson decided to try his hand at a “case of the week” crime series and recruited Natasha Lyonne to lead the show. With that kind of pedigree — not to mention a cast of guest stars that included Adrien Brody, Hong Chau, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, and many more — it’s no wonder Poker Face rose to the top of our Mystery & Thriller Series category.

#1
Adjusted Score: 109524%
Critics Consensus: With the incomparable Natasha Lyonne as an ace up its sleeve, Poker Face is a puzzle box of modest ambitions working with a full deck.

Reacher: Season 2 (2023)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 101766%
Critics Consensus: Brawny as Alan Ritchson's biceps, Reacher swaggers confidently into its sophomore season as rock 'em sock 'em pulp with a sly wink.

#3
Adjusted Score: 103105%
Critics Consensus: Full of highs and with nary a low, Happy Valley returns at the peak of its hardscrabble powers, with Sarah Lancashire seamlessly slipping back into her quintessential role for one final mystery.

Adjusted Score: 105201%
Critics Consensus: Relocating the action to the theatre, Only Murders in the Building can take a bow for yet another twisty mystery handled with a good-humored touch.

#5
Adjusted Score: 100205%
Critics Consensus: Having already made a startling first impression, Yellowjackets coils itself in a second season preparing for the long haul -- thankfully, its superb performances and mesmeric ambience are fine substitutes for fast answers.

#6
Adjusted Score: 101655%
Critics Consensus: Slow Horses' shabby charms reach a full gallop in this superb third season, yielding what might just be Slough House's most compelling operation yet.

Fargo: Season 5 (2023)
93%

#7
Adjusted Score: 97988%
Critics Consensus: A back-to-basics caper populated by the likes of a mesmerizing Juno Temple and a thick slice of Hamm, Fargo's fifth season is a superb return to peak form.

Deadloch: Season 1 (2023)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 101438%
Critics Consensus: An irreverent twist on the crime procedural, Deadloch's addictive mixture of mystery and mordant humor makes most of its corpse-strewn competition look comparably stiff.

#9
Adjusted Score: 98435%
Critics Consensus: The Afterparty welcomes in a mostly new cast and keeps things festive with its enduringly clever Rashomon-style format, stirring up an entertainment that viewers won't want to end.

You: Season 4 (2023)
92%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97760%
Critics Consensus: The hunter becomes prey in You's London-set fourth season, which shows some wear as this premise begins to outlive its believability -- but Penn Badgley's sardonic performance continues to paper over most lapses in logic.