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Vera

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The British have an endless appetite for good police procedurals—Broadchurch, Line of Duty, Whitechapel, and Grantchester, to name just a few. Adding to this list is Vera, an obsession-worthy series adapted by the crime novelist Ann Cleeves, whose books the show is based on, and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn as the titular character. Vera is an unlikely lovable lead, a borderline alcoholic mess of a human who has a prickly personality and a steel-trap mind for solving murders as the chief detective with the fictional Northumberland & City Police. The show is as smart as it is fun—think Law & Order: Special Victims Unit meets Miss Marple. Plus, it premiered in 2011, so there are 10 stellar seasons to binge on. —Anjali Lewis

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