Everyone wants to be a detective and for the majority of the shows on the cable channel ID (Investigation Discovery), viewers can watch hours worth of crime every day. The channel covers a broad spectrum of crime including murder, kidnappings and the even the classic bank robberies. Some of the crime shows are episodes taken from networks counterparts like NBC and CBS, but they also feature a lot of engaging original programming. Here is a look at the best shows on the ID Channel.
48 Hours: Hard Evidence: Based off the CBS show 48 Hours: Mystery, host Maureen Maher and a collection of reporters showcase hour-long crime cases on 48 Hours: Hard Evidence.
While some cases are easy to solve, the storytelling on the show saves some of the best twists for the second half and keeps viewers intrigued. The reenactments are well taped and some of the real-life crime photos can get pretty graphic.
48 Hours: Hard Evidence airs almost every day on the ID channel, with varying times.
Dateline on ID: NBC’s Dateline is set up a lot like 48 Hours and it is easy to get these shows mixed up, but rarely do they cover the same case. Some of the best Dateline episodes are the two part episodes where viewers get to enjoy every part of the case including the crime, investigation and court room battle that follows.
Dateline on ID also airs almost every day on the ID Channel.
Deranged: You have probably heard of every killer featured on the show Deranged, but this show follows a step by step timeline of the killer’s spree, conviction and death. Highlighted killers include the Son of Sam, Green River Killer and Charles Manson.
One of the best episodes of Deranged followed killer Charles Whitman. Whitman stood atop the University of Texas clock tower as he shot down at innocent students below. Even if you know the story, this engaging Deranged episode is still intense and one of the best episodes to ever air on the ID Channel.
Disappeared: Every day, hundreds of people in the United States simply vanish, and the ID original show Disappeared covers some of the more prominent and unusual stories.
While some of the cases are eventually solved, it becomes frustrating and a point of discussion if they are not. Sometimes it is obvious that the person is dead while others leave too many questions to debate a clear answer.
Hopefully the ID channel creates “Update” segments anytime one of these cases is solved.
Solved: Become the detective and follow the clues during ID channel’s Solved. The case is presented piece of piece in this show and even features digital recreations of evidence and crime scenes.
Even if there is a big twist that makes it nearly impossible to solve a case on Solved, there will be clues given earlier in the episode so that viewers can solve them.