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Comprising 12 stories set in four different countries, each takes place within a police interrogation room.

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Comprising 12 stories '''Criminal''' is a 2019 international European television series produced by Netflix. Taking a more psychological way to narrate a police story, the series is set in four different countries, each takes place police stations of four different countries (UK, France, Germany and Spain), within the enclosed space of a police interrogation room.
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Composed of twelve stories (three for each country), each episode oppose the local small interrogation team to the suspect and their attorney.

! Criminal: United-Kingdom



The second United Kingdom story is about an aggressive suspect (Creator/HayleyAtwell) accused of poisoning her brother-in-law.

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The second United Kingdom story is about an aggressive suspect (Creator/HayleyAtwell) accused of poisoning her brother-in-law.
sister's boyfriend.



! Criminal: France

The first France story is about a woman (Sara Giraudeau) who present herself as a survivor of the Bataclan terrorist attack. Suspected to never have been there, she is accused of having defrauded the governmental victim assistance fund.

The second France story is about a middle-aged business woman (Nathalie Baye), CEO of a building company accused of killing one of her employees.

The third France story is about a man (Jeremie Renier) suspected of killing another man in an anti-gay hate crime in the Marais neighborhood.

! Criminal: Germany

The first German story is about a rich CEO of a building company from West Berlin accused of killing a East Germany neighbor and employee in the early 90s after the Wall fell.

The second German story is about German young businessman of Arab origins accused of domestic violence and attempted murder of his wife, followed into the interrogation room by a suspiciously behaving lawyer.

The third German story is an attempt to get the widow and accomplice of a deceased SerialKiller to reveal the location of their very first victim's remains so that the girl's dying mother can die knowing her daughter will be laid to rest.

! Criminal: Spain

The first Spain story is about a middle-aged woman accused of covering for her brother's murder of her one-night-stand.

The second Spain story is about a teenager with mental issues accused of her autistic younger sister's murder.

The third Spain story is about a drug lord, and how the main female detective must decide between orders from her superiors and the fact that the man orphaned her nephew, who she's taking care of.




* TheAlcoholic:
** Stacey admits she and the victim both liked to drink too much.
** In the UK series, [[spoiler: one of the detectives]] turns out to be one.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Several
** From the first UK story: [[spoiler:"Why does her plaster have little hexagons on it?"]]
** From the second UK story: [[spoiler:"How long were you sleeping with Roderick?"]]
* BittersweetEnding: A lot of them, including [[spoiler: all the French stories]].



* ChekhovsGun: Hugo Duffy's coffee mug with the large, obnoxious "H" on it, which he drinks from in every episode and [[spoiler:which nobody ever refills]].
* ChekhovsGunman: In the UK series, the trainee Kyle Petit. Initially, he seems like a NaiveNewcomer and potentially a source of conflict within the team. [[spoiler:He was never a trainee; he was brought in by Natalie to help cover Hugo's alcoholism.]]
* ChristmasEpisode: "Stacey". Ends with a sad sarcastic "Merry Christmas".



* ChristmasEpisode: "Stacey". Ends with a sad sarcastic "Merry Christmas".

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* ChristmasEpisode: "Stacey". Ends DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Ylmaz, the second German episode, ends with a sad sarcastic "Merry Christmas".the title character blackmailed to get back with his abusive spouse with the promise of parental rights, and mostly to avoid his wife abuses their son as well]].
* TheGhost: Naturally, every single episode has more than one ''significant'' character who never appears onscreen. For instance:
** Stacey's sister, Mary, who [[spoiler:really poisoned Roderick.]]
** Yilmaz's [[spoiler:abusive]] wife.
** The serial killer husband in "Claudia".



* InsistentTerminology: The suspects will frequently give something away about their true motivations by insisting on a certain terminology.



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Edgar in the first story, [[spoiler:a pedophile who raped and murdered his stepdaughter.]]

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Edgar in the first UK story, [[spoiler:a pedophile who raped and murdered his stepdaughter.]]



* TheQuietOne: Paul Ottager rarely talks, which means that when he does, everyone listens.
* ScaryBlackMan: UK -
** Ottager frequently plays this role in interviews, but he doesn't fully fulfil it in regular life.
** Roderick in "Stacey" [[spoiler:allegedly abused Mary, Stacey's sister.]]



* TheAlcoholic:
** Stacey admits she and the victim both liked to drink too much.
** In the UK series, [[spoiler: one of the detectives]] turns out to be one.
* TheGhost: victims, relatives, other suspects, other witnesses.
* TheQuietOne: Paul Ottager rarely talks, which means that when he does, everyone listens.

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* TheAlcoholic:
** Stacey admits she and the victim both liked to drink too much.
**
WhamShot: In the "Jay" (the third UK series, [[spoiler: one of the detectives]] turns out to be one.
* TheGhost: victims, relatives, other suspects, other witnesses.
* TheQuietOne: Paul Ottager rarely talks, which means that
episode), Ottager's reaction when he does, everyone listens.[[spoiler:sniffs Hugo's flask]], which indicates that [[spoiler:Hugo really ''is'' an alcoholic and he's ruined the interrogation.]]


* PapaWolf: Paul speaks of things he would do to a person who has abused ''his'' daughter. [[spoiler:Kind of subverted: he does not even have a daughter, but is manipulating Edgar to pretend to be a Papa Wolf, too, and to say something at last.]]



* ShoutOut: Jay's lorry could have theoretically been loaded with furniture or My Little Ponies. %%forgot the first word, need to rewatch the episode later

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* ShoutOut: theoretically, Jay's lorry could have theoretically been loaded with furniture or My Little Ponies. %%forgot the first word, need to rewatch the episode later



** In the UK series, [[spoiler: one of the detectives)]] turns out to be one.

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** In the UK series, [[spoiler: one of the detectives)]] detectives]] turns out to be one.one.
* TheGhost: victims, relatives, other suspects, other witnesses.

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* ChristmasEpisode: "Stacey". Ends with a sad sarcastic "Merry Christmas".
* HairTriggerTemper: Edgar admits he is like this.


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* PunkInTheTrunk: injured but alive [[spoiler:Edgar's stepdaughter]] was transported like this.


* SleepingTheirWayToTheTop: Edgar claims that his stepdaughter is not a good netball player, but is in the team because of the relationship with her coach.
* TakingTheHeat: What [[spoiler:Stacey]] is trying to do.



** In the UK series, [[spoiler: one of the detectives (Hugo)]] turns out to be one.

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** In the UK series, [[spoiler: one of the detectives (Hugo)]] detectives)]] turns out to be one.

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* ActorAllusion: Some people confessed they could not keep a straight face when detectives addressed [[Creator/DavidTennant Edgar]] as "doctor".


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* ShoutOut: Jay's lorry could have theoretically been loaded with furniture or My Little Ponies. %%forgot the first word, need to rewatch the episode later
* TheAlcoholic:
** Stacey admits she and the victim both liked to drink too much.
** In the UK series, [[spoiler: one of the detectives (Hugo)]] turns out to be one.

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Comprising 12 stories set in four different countries, each takes place within a police interrogation room.

The first United Kingdom story is about Dr Edgar Fallon, a doctor (Creator/DavidTennant) accused of molesting and murdering his stepdaughter.

The second United Kingdom story is about an aggressive suspect (Creator/HayleyAtwell) accused of poisoning her brother-in-law.

The third United Kingdom story is an attempt to get an immigrant truck driver to locate a van full of victims.

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* BottleEpisode: All of them. They take place only within the police station, and the vast majority of the time is spent inside the interrogation box and on the other side of the one-way mirror.
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: The police officers frequently have them when the interrogations get tough.
* MinimalistCast: Although not as minimalist as some examples, the show only ever has the suspect, their lawyers, and the police doing the interrogation.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Edgar in the first story, [[spoiler:a pedophile who raped and murdered his stepdaughter.]]
* TheQuietOne: Paul Ottager rarely talks, which means that when he does, everyone listens.

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