Netflix Crime Anthology ‘Criminal’: Everything We Know So Far

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Netflix has had a fantastic record with its crime-drama Originals as of late. With such titles like Mindhunter, Ozark and Narcos, there is an incredibly high standard being set by the streaming service. Hoping to match that tier of quality is Netflix’s latest anthology series, Criminal. We have everything you need to know about the upcoming Original including all of the cast, plot, trailer and the Netflix release date.

Criminal is an upcoming Netflix crime-drama anthology created by Kay Smith and Jim Field. The crime-drama is one of Netflix’s most unique series to date, as the story follows four separate crimes across four separate countries. Confined to an interrogation room, the claustrophobic element will bring plenty of mind-tingling tension as that everyone loves to see in a crime-drama. With actors such as David Tennant and Sylvester Groth featuring, we can expect to see some incredible moments.

What are the plots of Criminal?

Each plot is relatively similar to the other, with detectives engaging in a game of cat and mouse with their suspects as they strive to solve the crime presented before them.

Who are the cast members of Criminal?

The following cast members have been confirmed to star in Criminal:

Criminal UK:
Role Cast Member Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
TBA David Tennant Doctor Who | Jessica Jones | Broadchurch
TBA Hayley Atwell Captain America: The First Avenger | The Duchess | Ant-Man
TBA Clare-Hope Ashitey Children of Men | Shooting Dogs | Exodus
TBA Youssef Kerkour Nightflyers | Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan | Strike Back
TBA Nicholas Pinnock Captain America: The First Avenger | Fortitude | Marcella
TBA Katherine Kelly Cheat | Happy Valley | Mr. Selfridge
TBA Lee Ingleby The A Word | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
TBA Mark Stanley Game of Thrones | Run | Dark River
TBA Rochenda Sandall Black Mirror: Bandersnatch | Line of Duty | Into the Badlands
TBA Shubham Saraf Overlord | Bodyguard | Suspension of Disbelief
Criminal France:
Role Cast Member Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
TBA Margot Bancilhon Trois jours et une vie | All Three of Us | (Girl) Friend
TBA Laurent Lucas Raw | With a Friend Like Harry… | Alleluia
TBA Stephane Jobert The Frozen Dead | Let Sleeping Cops Lie | Cross
TBA Anne Azoulay Lea | Kepler(s) | Number One
TBA Mhamed Arezki Les bleus: premiers pas dans la police | The Tourist | Tony’s Revenge
TBA Nathalie Baye Catch Me If You Can | Venus Beauty | Laurence Anyways
TBA Jeremie Renier In Bruges | Brotherhood of the Wolf | My Way
TBA Sara Giraudeau Le Bureau des Legendes | Bloody Milk | Les betises
Criminal Germany:
Role Cast Member Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
TBA Eva Meckbach Home for the Weekend | Tatort | Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei
TBA Sylvester Groth Inglourious Basterd’s | The Man from UNCLE | Stalingrad
TBA Florence Kasumba Captain America: Civil War | The Lion King | Black Panther
TBA Christian Kuchenbuch Dark | Abgeschnitten | Einsteins Baby
TBA Jonathan Berlin The Third King | Kruso | Summer of ’44
TBA Peter Kurth A Heavy Heart | Babylon Berling | Good Bye Lenin!
TBA Christian Berkel Valkyrie | The Man from UNCLE | Downfall
TBA Deniz Arora Tatort | Bella Germania | Der Kriminalist
TBA Nina Hoss Phoenix | A Most Wanted Man | Barbara
 Criminal Spain:
Role Cast Member Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
TBA Jorge Bosch Las lobos de Washington | Cinco metros cuadrados | Nada que perder
TBA José Ángel Egido Mondays in the Sun | Open Your Eyes | For the Good of Others
TBA Nuria Mencía Sentimentos | A Canção de Lisboa | The Night of Sunflowers
TBA Daniel Chamorro Por H o por B | What the Future Holds | Nasdrovia
TBA María Morales Todas las mujeres | La Fuga | The Boat
TBA Javi Coll Broken Embraces | Saraste, the King of the Violin | Puta Escarlata
TBA Milo Taboada El Santa Isabel | Cocaine Coast | Pan’s Labyrinth
TBA Inma Cuesta The Bride | Three Many Weddings | The Sleeping Voice
TBA Eduard Fernandez El Niño | Biutiful | Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer
TBA Emma Suarez Julieta | The Mosquito Net | The Red Squirrel
TBA Carmen Machi Aida | Broken Embraces | 7 vidas
TBA Álvaro Cervantes Hanna | Carlos, Rey Emperador | The Sex of Angels


When did production take place for Criminal?

Filming for Criminal began in March 2019.

Every episode was filmed at the same location at Netflix’s production hub at Ciudad de la Tele in Madrid.

How many episodes are there for Criminal?

Each story set in their respective country will be split into three separate episodes.

In total there will be twelve episodes between the UK, France, Germany, and Spain.

What are the episode run times?

Each episode will have an estimated run time of 45 minutes.

Will Criminal be available to stream in 4K?

Nearly all Netflix Originals are arriving with the option to stream in 4K. We’re fully expecting Criminal to fall into this category.

Has Netflix released a trailer for Criminal?

A trailer showcasing all four stories has been released! You can find trailers for each individual story on YouTube.

When is the Netflix release date for Criminal?

All twelve episodes of Criminal will be available to stream on Friday the 20th of September.

Is Criminal a global Original?

No region with Netflix is excluded from watching the Crime Anthology series. Where ever you are in the world you will be able to stream all twelve episodes of Criminal.

Is Criminal a limited series?

From what we know so far, Criminal has not been listed as a limited series.

For those unsure what limited series are, the status of “limited” is given to a TV series if the story concludes after one season. Another term is “miniseries.”

Some examples of limited/miniseries on Netflix are:

  • Godless
  • Green Frontier
  • The Defenders
  • When They See Us

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.