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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:

  • 20/20 on ID: operates in the same format as 48 Hours on ID and Dateline with ABC's docu-series.
  • 48 Hours on ID: a title automatically assigned to any episode of the CBS docu-series 48 Hours that airs, along with those produced exclusively for the channel.
  • American Monster: murder investigations involving home videos of the killer.
  • American Nightmare: Similar to Nightmare Next Door, the show features murders that happened in quiet suburban neighborhoods where violent crime would be least expected. Like American Monster, it uses home video footage but focuses more on the victim's life instead of the killer's.
    • Later revamped to Murder Comes Home.
  • Behind Mansion Walls: focuses on crimes committed by or against wealthy people.
  • Betrayed: Profiles murder cases from the victim's point of view where several potential suspects are shown but the killer is revealed to be either a family member, someone the victim was extremely close to, or the last person that the victim or anyone in their inner circle they would expect to turn on them.
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  • Blood, Lies and Alibis: detectives use forensics to help unravel cases that are impeded by half-truths and denials. Most of the episodes were previously released under the series Crime Stories.
  • Blood Relatives: Spotlights murders committed within a family by family members.
  • Cause Of Death: Reruns of Forensic Files episodes that show how forensics help solve murders and other cases.
  • 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.
  • Dangerous Persuasions: First-person accounts of people who were enticed and later victimized by cults, false prophets, and other charismatic con artists or organizations.
  • Dark Minds: an unidentified Serial Killer gives insight on other cases.
  • Dark Waters: Murder In the Deep Focuses on murders that take place at sea.
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  • 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 with NBC's docu-series.
  • Deadline Crime With Tamron Hall: The NBC/MSNBC host and her investigative team explore compelling, high profile cases and go beyond the headlines to get the full story.
  • Dead Silent: Focuses on murders committed in the middle of nowhere.
  • Deadly Affairs: Susan Lucci hosts this show about adulterous affairs that end in murder.
  • Deadly Devotion: Similar to Dangerous Persuasions, these are true stories of people who experience or commit crime(usually murder) and atrocities while living within America's unique subcultures and secret societies.
  • Deadly Sins: spotlights murders using the theme of the seven deadly sins.
  • Deadly Women: which spotlights female murderers.
  • Dead on Arrival: highlights the darkest possible examples of Welcome to the Big City.
  • Dead of Night: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Devil In The Details: Forensic Files Spiritual Successor that highlights relevant clues used to solve the murder.
  • Diabolical: Centers on murders committed by especially cold, calculating individuals.
  • 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.
  • Escaping Evil:
  • 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
  • Evil Kin: Murders and other heinous crimes committed by two or more criminals who were related to each other in some way, usually siblings. Had a Spin-Off titled Evil Twins and another one titled Evil Stepmothers.
  • Evil Lives Here: Family members of some of the most heinous murderers tell what it was like living with them.
  • 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
  • Fear Thy Neighbor: Narrated reconstructions of neighborly disputes that ultimately end in murder and/or other forms of violence
  • Forbidden: Dying for Love: Narrated re-enactments featuring Starcrossed Lovers who either commit crimes of passion, or are themselves murdered, usually due to the circumstances (family, culture, religion, professional, social norms, etc.) keeping them apart.
  • Forensic Detectives
  • Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal: Stories about best friends who turn against each other and commit murder or some other serious crime.
  • Grave Mysteries: Recounts how detectives piece together a murder victim's life based on their digital footprint only to discover that, often as not, it's a chance meeting or message in cyberspace that ultimately leads to murder.
  • Grave Secrets: Family members of murder victims who were leading a double life recount their last communications with the deceased and how the loss has impacted them.
  • Happily Never After: features people who are murdered on their wedding day or shortly thereafter.
  • Heartbreakers: love triangles turned deadly, as reenacted by minor celebrities.
  • Homicide Hunter with Lt. Joe Kenda: retired homicide detective from Colorado retells cases that he's solved during his career.
  • Hometown Homicide: Spiritual Successor to Nightmare Next Door that recalls headline murders that happened in quiet neighborhoods and communities using recasts of local news footage at the time.
  • Homicide City: Highlights murder that occurred in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Hostage: Do or Die: a retelling of hostage situations.
  • How (Not) To Kill Your Husband: Features botched murders and/or cases where the perpetrators were easily caught after killing (or failing to kill) their spouse. Mostly Exactly What It Says on the Tin but wives, girl/boy-friends, and even the killers themselves end up getting the ax sometimes.
  • I (Almost) Got Away With It: which interviews criminals who evaded or escaped police for a period before finally being caught.
  • I Am Homicide: A Spiritual Successor to Homicide Hunter, being in the exact same vein-—highly successful retired detective Gary Mc Fadden speaking directly to the camera as he recalls his cases, played by younger actor in flashbacks, etc. The only differences are the race of the detective (African-American), the locale (North Carolina), and the amount of cases (nearly 700 as opposed to Kenda's nearly 400). With their very similar titles, it's easy to even mistake one for the other when talking about either.
  • Ice Cold Killers: Formerly Alaska: Ice Cold Killers; mostly focuses on murders committed in Alaska and in the northern states during winter time. Southern/Mid-Western states where murders took place during excessively frigid conditions also get profiled.
  • I'd Kill For You: Focuses on murders that were committed by one person but masterminded by someone else
  • I Didn't Do It: Follows prisoners as they petition to prove their innocence from behind bars. No relation to the Disney Channel series of the same name.
  • 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.
  • Judgment Day: Prison or Parole?: Convicts try to get parole.
  • 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.
  • Kidnapped: House of Horrors: Survivors' tales of being kidnapped or held prisoner and narrowly escaping with their lives are recounted.
  • The Killer Beside Me: Cases where the victim is murdered by their co-worker as a result of harassment or strife on the job.
  • Killer Trials: Judgement Day
  • Las Vegas Law: court proceedings at a Las Vegas district court.
  • The Last 24: Each episode focuses on a murder victim's and relevant persons of interest's activities during the victim's last 24 hours alive and how they either contribute to, or hold the clues to, the victim's demise. Somewhat similar to Redrum. Known as Homicide: Hours to Kill on the UK's Crime + Investigation channel.
  • Mail Order Murder: Tales of mail-order marriages/relationships that end in murder.
  • Mansions and Murders: Similar to Behind Mansion Walls. Tales of wealthy heirs and heiresses who were the victims of murder in cases that involved their caretakers (usually as witnesses) in some way.
  • Momsters: When Moms Go Bad: A show hosted by Roseanne Barr channeling Alfred Hitchcock Presents that focuses on women who take their Mama Bear instincts too far.
  • 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.
  • Motives and Murders: Later amended to Motives and Murders: Cracking The Case.
  • Murder Among Friends: Similar to Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal but it involves 2 or more of a group of friends turning on one of their own.
  • Murder Chose Me: Spiritual Successor to Homicide Hunter in which retired Shreveport, Louisiana detective Rod Demery recounts the various homicide cases he worked on and solved throughout his career.
  • Murder Comes To Town: Murders that take place in small, quaint towns that don't often see homicides.
  • Murder Decoded: Spiritual Successor to Devil In The Details (itself one to Forensic Files), right down to the highlighted forensic clues.
  • Murder In The Heartland: Exactly What It Says on the Tin- murders that happened in America's mid-western states.
  • Murder In Paradise: focuses on people who are killed whiile working or vacationing in exotic locales.
  • Murder U: focuses on crimes on college campuses.
  • My Dirty Little Secret: Cases where murder was committed to keep one or more personal secrets hidden from the public eye.
  • The New Detectives: how forensics are used to solve cases
  • The Night That Didn't End: Family and friends of murder victims recount the night their loved ones perished and how their own lives were affected thereafter.
  • Nightmare Next Door: a show about horrific murders committed in small towns.
  • Nothing Personal: a show about Contract Killers.
  • Obsession: Dark Desires: Stories recounted by survivors who were victims of stalkers, infatuated exes, and other obsessed maniacs
  • On the Case with Paula Zahn: former CBS anchor covers murder cases. One of I.D.'s flagship series alongside Deadly Women and Homicide Hunter. Spiritual Predecessor to True Crime With Aphrodite Jones and Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall (just look at the title formats).
  • Over My Dead Body: Similar to Surviving Evil. Women recount how they turned on their attackers to save themselves and their loved ones from harm. Linda Hamilton hosts.
  • The Perfect Murder: Features some of the most diabolical, perplexing murders to hit detectives' desks.
  • 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)
  • Primal Instinct: Deals with homicides committed due to an obsession, extreme lust or jealousy, or some other insatiable urge.
  • Redrum: Timelines trace murders backwards from the actual crime to the events that may have led up to it.
  • 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.
  • See No Evil: a show where each murder is solved thanks to camera footage.
  • Sins and Secrets: each week it focuses on the dark side of a different city. Reminds one of A&E's City Confidential.
  • Southern Fried Homicide: a show about murders that were committed in the South.
  • Stalked: Someone's Watching: victims retell their stories of being stalked. Some end in murder and are recounted by close friends and relatives as well as those who worked on the case.
  • Street Justice: The Bronx, another Spiritual Successor to Homicide Hunter featuring yet another retired detective—legendary New York City detective Ralph Friedman—regaling the audience with stories of the crimes he's investigated.
  • Surviving Evil: Charisma Carpenter hosts this series featuring survivors of attempted murders, assaults, and other frightening crimes.
  • Swamp Murders: Exactly What It Says on the Tin although some murders take place in non-swampy waterways like lakes, rivers, dams, or even at the beach.
  • Tabloid: Highly sensationalized crimes. Hosted by Jerry Springer.
  • The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade: In the same vein as A Crime To Remember, revisits famous murder cases of the 1980s with the gift of hindsight and examines social issues from that time. Also pop culture references.
  • The 1990s: The Deadliest Decade: A spin-off of the show focusing on the 1980s, the show revisits famous murder cases from the 1990s with both the gift of hindsight and examination of social issues of that time. Also has pop culture references.
  • 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.
  • Til Death Do Us Part: Similar to Fatal Vows, features cases where one spouse murders the other as a result of a crumbling marriage.
  • True Crime With Aphrodite Jones: true crime author examines infamous murder cases.
  • True Nightmares: recalls true-crime stories that later spawn urban legends. Hosted by Todd Robbins.
  • Twisted Sisters: Centers on the bond between sisters and how it binds them together in committing shocking murders or fatally turns them against one another. Exec. produced by Khloe Kardashian.
  • Unusual Suspects: focuses on murders committed by the last person one would suspect (ie family members, close friends, pillars of the community, etc). Renamed Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent by season 9.
  • Vanity Fair Confidential: A docu-drama that focuses on old crime cases covered by the eponymous magazine and revisits them with the gift of hindsight.
  • 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. Or using a knife for that matter.
  • The Wonderland Murders: Murders committed in and around Portland, Oregon (nicknamed "Wonderland") get recounted by the detectives and other law enforcement personnel who solved them. Not to be confused with the actual Wonderland murders.
  • Young, Hot, and Crooked: Focuses of affluent teens and young adults who use their wealth and influence commit murder and other high profile crimes.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Exactly What It Says on the Tin; some victims live to tell their tales while others are not so fortunate.

Tropes commonly seen on this Network:

  • Anachronism Stew: Count the number of times that they had episodes covering crimes in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s where you can see cars from the 2000s.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Subverted in shows like Deadly Women and Scorned: Love Kills where the actors/actresses portraying the murderers are shown to be more attractive than their real-life counterparts. Even in Momsters with the Brawn Hilda like Anne Marie Bloxsum, who is portrayed by a pretty and plus-sized actress who is given a raggedy wig to look Hollywood Homely.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: On at least one episode of Deadly Women, a sweet-hearted teenage girl started dating a warlock-wannabe who was a few years older. She quickly turned cruel and manipulative, and in the end, became a cold-blooded killer.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The entire point of shows like The Devil You Know, Betrayed, and Unusual Suspects.
  • Black Widow: Deadly Women, obviously, though other shows also have episodes devoted to those kind of cases. Needless to say, the subjects of said episodes will get their day on Deadly Women sooner or later.
  • 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.
    • Web of Lies and Fear Thy Neighbor are filmed primarily in Canada, with mostly Canadian casts. Unmodified Ontario license plates can occasionally be seen in the former series, especially in the early episodes.
  • Crime Reconstruction
  • Docudrama
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted: Stories of women committing Domestic Abuse against their partners are treated just as seriously as stories of abusive men.
  • Fair Cop: Michelle Ward, criminal psychologist and host of Stalked: Someone's Watching, is perhaps the most prominent example on ID.
  • Fake American / Fake Brit etc.:
    • Deadly Women and Behind Mansion Walls are produced in Australia, and while some of the actors are able to do American, Canadian, British etc. dialects rather well, others are less successful.
    • Although most cases profiled are from the English-speaking world, there have been some profiled that took place in France, Mexico or other non-English-speaking countries. Rather than find actors who could speak French, Spanish etc. fluently and use subtitles to translate the dialogue, the show opts to have the actors speak English in very poor, stereotypical accents.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: This trope frequently pops up in ID shows, especially Deadly Women. Many times, the killers are shown to have very messed-up backgrounds, but it is made clear that it doesn't absolve them of the harm they've done as a result of their crimes.
  • 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: invoked In 2012, began calling itself "Your Guilty Pleasure", and has created an official fan website called "ID Addicts".
  • Hollywood Old: Several shows, Scorned and Deadly Sins for example, depict people who were in their 40's (at least) in real life appearing to be in their mid-to late 20's or 30's. A specific example occurs in the Fear Thy Neighbor episode "Tunnel of Hate", where the actress portraying the victim is visibly much younger than her real life counterpart was at the time of the murder (as well as more photogenic).
  • Mandatory Motherhood: A common motive for mothers to kill their own children as profiled on shows like Deadly Women. An extreme example is Marie Noe, who killed eight of her infant children over a two-decade period (two more died of natural causes) and had wanted to have her tubes tied but was told by her priest that this would be a mortal sin.
  • 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, or how many times Dateline, 48 Hours, and 20/20 will rerun episodes. 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. It's also devolving into self-parody, with numerous commercials ridiculing the way it supposedly turns ordinary people into amateur sleuths suspicious of everything and everyone. All of which dilutes the seriousness of the many Real Life crimes this channel profiles. Although shows like Surviving Evil, The Night That Didn't End and Impact of Murder which allow victims and/or their loved ones to explain how crime has affected them seem to be reversing this.
  • Offing the Offspring: Deadly Women has scads of episodes devoted to mothers who took the lives of their own children. The episode titles say it all: "Kill Their Own", "Sacrifice Their Blood", "Mothers Who Kill", "Bury Their Babies."
  • One-Woman Wail: Very common on Deadly Women, as it's often heard over scenes reenacting the aftermath of the titular Deadly Women's crimes. It's in the show's opening too.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • Another trope frequently seen in Deadly Women, as the series is filmed in Australia and features Australian actors attempting American, British, Canadian, etc. accents with varying degrees of success. Some are talented enough to pull it off; others don't even try. The actors' attempts at Southern United States dialect are often laughably bad.
    • Particularly egregious is that with the rare cases that take place in non-English-speaking countries, such as France or Mexico, the show will invariably have the actors speak English with very bad accents (see: the cases of the Pepin sisters and Juana Barraza) rather than cast an actor who can actually speak French, Spanish, etc.
  • Period Piece: A Crime to Remember and The 1980s/1990s: The Deadliest Decade are this obviously. Episodes featuring crimes that took place from Y2K back get varying amounts of this treatment with some overdoing it, though not always without suffering from Anachronism Stew (i.e. smartphones and or thin-client flat screen monitors in the late '90s) also.
  • Police Are Useless: An all too common occurrence in Fear Thy Neighbor, where police can't do anything because there's no proof or because they won't do anything because the officers dislike the accusers for being snitches and threaten them with arrest if they keep calling. This always backfires later when people take the law into their own hands because the police wouldn't protect them, and said annoyed officers are almost always the first on the scene to take them in.
  • Posthumous Narration: Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets (I Was Murdered) and Betrayed are narrated this way. The opening narration for Grave Mysteries also uses this trope.
  • 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
  • Unholy Matrimony: The main theme of Wicked Attraction, though non-romantic partnerships are also profiled.


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