Series thrillers about small towns

List of the best series of thrillers about small cities selected by visitors to our site: Sharp Objects, One Dollar, Castle Rock, Dark, La Zona, Bellevue, Stranger Things, Scream, Jordskott, Salem.

In the top there are new series of 2018, a plot description and trailers for series that have already been released.

Sharp Objects (2018)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 8.1)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersJournalists, Serial killers, Sisters
PlaceSmall towns

    Reporter Camille Preaker confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls.

    One Dollar (2018)
    Markimdb: 6.4
    Genrethriller, drama, detective
    PlotMoney, Investigation
    PlaceSmall towns

      In a small rust belt town in post-recession America, a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder.

      Castle Rock (2018)
      Mark7 (imdb: 7.6)
      Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama, detective
      PlotInvestigation, Death
      PlacePrison, Small towns
      StyleBy books

        Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.

        Dark (2017)
        Mark8.8 (imdb: 8.8)
        Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, crime, detective
        PlotTime travel, Missing people, Fate, Time machine, Investigation
        PlaceForest, Small towns, School
        StylePhilosophical, Unexpected ending, Makes me think, Worth watching, Netflix, Atmospheric

          A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.

          La Zona (2017)
          Markimdb: 6.6
          Genrehorror, action, thriller, drama, adventure, crime, detective
          CharactersSerial killers
          PlotDeath, Investigation
          PlaceSmall towns

            The disastrous meltdown of a nuclear power plant in Northern Spain created a contaminated no-go zone and left the nearby provincial city and inhabitants in a state of shock and mourning. Three years later, while the city prepares for the commemoration ceremony, a mutilated body is found in a warehouse. Police inspector Hector Uria's search for the murderer takes him deep into the no-go zone and into his own past.

            Bellevue (2017)
            Markimdb: 6.4
            Genrethriller, drama, detective
            PlotInvestigation, Missing people
            PlaceSmall towns

              When a transgender teen goes missing, Annie Ryder—a cop at odds with her hometown—dives in to unravel the disappearance that suggests foul play, despite finding herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known all her life.

              Stranger Things (2016)
              Mark9.8 (imdb: 8.7)
              Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama, detective
              CharactersChildrens, Monsters
              PlotSupernatural, Adventures, Missing people, Investigation, Abduction, Superpowers
              PlacePortals to other worlds, Parallel worlds, School, Small towns
              StyleNetflix, Atmospheric, Popular, Spectacular, Fascinating, Worth watching

                When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.

                Scream (2015)
                Mark8 (imdb: 7.2)
                Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
                CharactersTeenagers, Serial killers, Journalists, Maniacs
                PlotDeath, FBI
                PlaceUSA, Small towns

                  What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past. Everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. Everyone is fair game.

                  Jordskott (2015)
                  Mark5 (imdb: 7.2)
                  Genrethriller, fantasy, drama, crime, detective
                  CountrySweden, Finland, United Kingdom, Norway
                  CharactersSerial killers
                  PlaceSmall towns
                  StyleAction, Dark, Atmospheric

                    Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad returns to Silver Height seven years after her daughter Josefine disappeared by a lake in the woods. The body was never found and the girl was believed to have drowned. Now a boy has vanished without a trace and Thörnblad wants to find out if there is a link to her daughter's disappearance. At the same time , she will take care of the legacy of her father, the great entrepreneur Johan Thörnblad, who built an empire of timber and timber processing on the large forest owned by his ancestors. As the plot deepens more children are kidnapped and what initially seems like a police drama takes a more sinister and stranger twist with each episode.

                    Salem (2014)
                    Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.2)
                    Genrethriller, fantasy, drama
                    PlotSupernatural, Superpowers
                    PlaceSmall towns

                      Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.

                      Fargo (2014)
                      Mark8.2 (imdb: 8.9)
                      Genrethriller, drama, crime
                      PlaceUSA, Small towns
                      StylePopular, Atmospheric, Fascinating

                        A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.

                        Bates Motel (2013)
                        Mark9.6 (imdb: 8.2)
                        Genrehorror, thriller, detective
                        CharactersSerial killers, Teenagers
                        PlaceSmall towns
                        StyleAtmospheric, Action

                          A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.

                          Banshee (2013)
                          Mark10 (imdb: 8.4)
                          Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime, detective
                          PlaceSmall towns

                            Banshee is an American drama television series set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish country and features an enigmatic ex-con posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own interests.

                            Hemlock Grove (2013)
                            Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.1)
                            Genrehorror, thriller, detective
                            CharactersWerewolves, Monsters
                            PlotInvestigation, Supernatural, Love triangle
                            PlaceSmall towns

                              One cannot quench his all-consuming thirst. The other cannot tame the beast clawing its way out. In the sleepy Pennsylvania village of Hemlock Grove, two young men struggle to accept painful truths: about family, themselves, the mystery of the White Tower - and a terrifying new threat so powerful it will turn them from predators into prey.

                              Under the Dome (2013)
                              Mark8 (imdb: 6.6)
                              Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
                              PlotSupernatural, Survival
                              PlaceSmall towns
                              StyleAction, Spectacular

                                Under the Dome is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill in Maine, where a massive, transparent, indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world. With no Internet access, no mobile signals and limited radio communication, the people trapped inside must find their own ways to survive with diminishing resources and rising tensions. While military forces, the government and the media positioned outside of this surrounding barrier attempt to break it down, a small group of people inside attempt to figure out what the dome is, where it came from, and when (and if) it will go away.

                                Mayday (2013)
                                Mark7 (imdb: 6.7)
                                Genrethriller, drama
                                CountryUnited Kingdom
                                PlaceEngland, Small towns
                                StyleAction, Dark

                                  It's Mayday in a small town steeped in pagan traditions where the crowning of the May Queen is the highlight of the day until suddenly she goes missing.

                                  Haven (2010)
                                  Mark8.4 (imdb: 7.6)
                                  Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy, drama, crime, detective
                                  CountryCanada, USA
                                  CharactersSpecial agents
                                  PlotInvestigation, Supernatural, Time travel, Death, Mystery, Love triangle, Superpowers, FBI
                                  PlaceSmall towns

                                    FBI agent Audrey Parker arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve a murder and soon discovers the town's many secrets—which also hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.

                                    Justified (2010)
                                    Mark8 (imdb: 8.6)
                                    Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
                                    PlaceSmall towns
                                    StyleAction, Fascinating

                                      A character drama based on the 2001 Elmore Leonard short story "Fire in the Hole." Leonard's tale centers around U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of Kentucky, a quiet but strong-willed official of the law. The tale covers his high-stakes job, as well as his strained relationships with his ex-wife and father.

                                      Pretty Little Liars (2010)
                                      Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.4)
                                      Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
                                      CharactersTeenagers, Friends, Family, Teachers
                                      PlaceSmall towns

                                        Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year later, they begin receiving messages from someone using the name "A" who threatens to expose their secrets — including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew.

                                        The Vampire Diaries (2009)
                                        Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.7)
                                        Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama, detective
                                        CharactersVampire, Brothers, Teenagers, Pupils, Students, Witches, Werewolves
                                        PlotLove, Love triangle, Adventures, Supernatural
                                        PlaceSchool, Small towns

                                          The story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same girl, who bears a striking resemblance to the beautiful but ruthless vampire they knew and loved in 1864.

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