Creator: Investigation Discovery
A sister network of the Discovery Channel
, Investigation Discovery
focuses on True Crime
dramas, along with Docu Dramas
. Crime Reconstructions
are commonly used, and will occasionally be recycled among their original programming if multiple shows happen to focus on the same case.
Shows on this Network include:
- 48 Hours on ID, a title automatically assigned to any 48 Hours episode that airs, along with those produced exclusively for the channel.
- Behind Mansion Walls: focuses on crimes committed by wealthy people.
- Blood, Lies and Alibis: detectives use forensics to help unravel cases that are impeded by half-truths and denials
- Blood Relatives: Spotlights murders committed within a family by family members.
- A Crime to Remember: spotlights crimes that were committed in bygone eras and discusses how things like racism and sexism affected how the cases were investigated and/or solved.
- Dark Minds: an unidentified Serial Killer gives insight on other cases.
- Dates From Hell: focuses on people who are killed or otherwise assaulted on dates
- Dateline on ID: operates in the same format as 48 Hours on ID.
- Deadly Affairs: Susan Lucci hosts this show about adulterous affairs that end in murder.
- Deadly Sins: spotlights murders using the theme of the seven deadly sins.
- Deadly Women, which spotlights female murderers.
- Disappeared: Focuses on the impact someone suddenly disappearing has on their family and friends. Most are unsolved cases.
- Dirty Little Secrets: focuses on murders involving secret lives and/or affairs.
- The Devil You Know, about people discovering someone close to them is a criminal.
- Evil, I, which creates a narration based off of documents and interviews to get into the criminal's head as they're committing their crimes.
- Evil In Law Focuses on homicidal mother-in-laws and their relationships with their daughter-in-laws and their sons & their motives for murder
- Facing Evil: FBI profiler Candice Delong has interviews with the women from Deadly Women.
- Fatal Encounters: shows how seemingly everyday interactions can lead to murder.
- Fatal Vows: marriages that end in murder
- Forensic Detectives
- Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal: Stories about best friends who turn against each other and commit murder or some other serious crime.
- Happily Never After: features people who are murdered on their wedding day or shortly thereafter.
- Homicide Hunter with Lt. Joe Kenda: retired homicide detective from Colorado retells cases that he's solved during his career.
- Hostage: Do or Die, a retelling of hostage situations.
- I (Almost) Got Away With It, which interviews criminals who evaded or escaped police for a period before finally being caught.
- I Didn't Do It, which follows prisoners as they petition to prove their innocence from behind bars.
- I Married A Mobster: Exactly What It Says on the Tin, but a few episodes have focused on the children of Mobsters.
- I Was Murdered: Victim provides Posthumous Narration about how their case was solved and their killer brought to justice. Formerly named Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets.
- Karma's A Bitch: a show where Steve Schirripa narrates stories about women getting revenge on exes, usually because they cheated on them, other motivations include abuse and break ups.
- Killer Trials: Judgement Day
- Most Evil: About killers, which ranks the level of evil from 1 (self-defense, no traces of psychopathy) to 27 (psychopathic torture murders, with the emphasis on torture and a sexual component).
- Most Likely To..: About successful high school students who commit murder as adults.
- Murder In Paradise: focuses on people who are killed while working or vacationing in exotic locales.
- The New Detectives: how forensics are used to solve cases
- Nightmare Next Door: a show about horrific murders committed in small towns.
- Nothing Personal, a show about Contract Killers.
- On the Case with Paula Zahn former CBS anchor covers murder cases
- Pretty Bad Girls: companion show to Very Bad Men also Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Pretty Dangerous: focuses on murders committed by beautiful women.
- Poisoned Passions: focuses on murders where the accused and/or the victim are involved in unconventional sexual relationships (e.g., swinging, BDSM)
- Scorned: Love Kills : a show about love triangles gone horribly wrong.
- Secret Lives of Stepford Wives: A show about upper-middle class suburban housewives who were murder victims, murderers, violent perpetrators, or dodged a hit.
- Sins and Secrets: each week it focuses on the dark side of a different city. Reminds one of A&E's City Confidential.
- Stalked: Someone's Watching: victims retell their stories of being stalked
- Southern Fried Homicide: a show about murders that were committed in the South.
- Swamp Murders: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Tabloid: Highly sensationalized crimes. Hosted by Jerry Springer.
- The Injustice Files: typically aired during Black History Month, this focuses on racially-motivated murders committed against African-Americans. Some episodes focus on murders committed during the Civil Rights Movement while others focus on more recent events, such as the Trayvon Martin case.
- The Will: Family Secrets Revealed: while not a criminal investigation show in nature, it focuses on the estates of celebrites (typically those who died untimely deaths) and the family members left behind who are fighting over it, mostly because said celebrity either did not leave a will, did not update their will to reflect changes like a new spouse or additional children, or deliberately left certain family members out of the will without telling them why.
- True Crime With Aphrodite Jones: true crime author examines infamous murder cases.
- Unusual Suspects: focuses on murders committed by the last person one would suspect (ie family members, close friends, pillars of the community, etc)
- Very Bad Men: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Web of Lies: focuses on crimes involving deceit on the Internet and social media.
- Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?: Like The Devil You Know, but specificially focuses on someone who unknowingly married a criminal.
- Who the (Bleep) Did I Trust? Spin-Off that focuses on people who unknowingly trusted the wrong people in their lives such as bosses, friends, babysitters, etc.
- Wicked Attraction: each episode focuses on murders committed by two people who are typically in a romantic relationship
- Wives With Knives: Exactly What It Says on the Tin, but not all of the women profiled are married.
Tropes commonly seen on this Network:
- Beauty Is Bad
- Canada, Eh?: Launched a Canadian version in 2010; it was actually a Canadian version of Court TV that had refused to re-brand as TruTV due to CRTC rules designed to avert Network Decay.
- Crime Reconstruction
- Docu Drama
- Genre Shift: Several. It debuted in 1996 as Discovery Civilization Network: The World History and Geography Channel. In 2003, it became Discovery Times, focusing on American history and shows about the American people and culture. It became Investigation Discovery in 2008.
- Guilty Pleasures: In 2012, began calling itself "Your Guilty Pleasure", and has created an official fan website called "ID Addicts".
- Network Decay: While starting out as a network that focused on crimes and investigations. Many fans have recently complained about the amount of shows that depict the same crime shown in another one of their shows. This is really shown with shows like Disappeared, which is suppose to be centered around unsolved missing people, having an episode on Madelyne O'Hare. They have also shifted towards docu-dramas involving mob wives.
- Stock Footage: Recreations filmed for one of their original series may reappear in another in bits and pieces.
- Symbol Swearing: Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? uses this in its title card, but transcribes it as Bleep in all its advertising.
- True Crime