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Our Picks Of The Best True Crime Shows And Docu-series On Netflix

Our Picks Of The Best True Crime Shows And Docu-series On Netflix

By Akhil Rajani19 April, 2021 3 min read
Our Picks Of The Best True Crime Shows And Docu-series On Netflix

There’s something thrilling in trying to crack the code of an unsolved crime as it plays out on screen. However, often the truth is more compelling than fiction. If true crime is your obsession, then here are some TV shows and docuseries that you need to check out on Netflix.

SHOWS

‘American Crime Story’

Season one of this anthology series is sub-titled ‘The People vs. OJ Simpson’. It’s a dramatic reenactment of the murder trial of OJ Simpson, one of the most beloved sports stars in the United States. While the events of the trial are well-documented, it’s the performances, particularly Sarah Paulson’s portrayal of Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in the case that make this series stand out. The second season is subtitled ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ and explores the murder of designer Gianni Versace by Andrew Cunanan.
Creators: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Cast: Season 1: Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, John Travolta; Season 2: Édgar Ramírez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz
Seasons: 2 (2016, 2018)

‘Mindhunter’

Based on John Douglas’ book of the same name, the procedural follows a pair of FBI Agents as they interview serial killers in prison to learn how they think and use this information to solve cases. Read our review of season two here.
Creator: Joe Penhall
Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Cameron Britton
Seasons: 2 (2017,2019)

‘Unbelievable’

An eight-part miniseries based on ProPublica and The Marshall Project’s Pulitzer Prize-winning report titled An Unbelievable Story of Rape. Marie Adler, a resident of Lynnwood, Washington reported that she had been raped in 2008. Marie’s former foster mother insinuates that she is lying because the girl isn’t reacting in the way a victim of rape is expect to behave. Read our review here.

Creator: Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman
Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, Merritt Wever
Seasons: 1 (2019)

DOCUSERIES

‘Tiger King’

The insane true story of zookeeper and presidential candidate Joe Exotic. Check out our review here.
Cast: John Reinke, Kelci Saffery, John Finlay
Seasons: 1 (2020)

‘Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’

The true story of how LA’s famous Cecil Hotel grew in notoriety after the disappearance of guest Elisa Lam.
Cast: Tim Marcia, Amy Price, Josh Dean
Seasons: 1 (2021)

‘The Staircase’

After the death of novelist Michael Peterson’s wife in 2001, he claimed she fell down the stairs, a story the courts did not believe. In this harrowing 13 episode docu-series, Peterson is subjected to questioning by legal experts, friends, and even his own children.
Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Writer: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Cast: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher, Bill Peterson, Freda Black, Jim Hardin, Arthur Holland
Seasons: 1 (2018)

‘The Confession Tapes’

Just because someone confesses, doesn’t always mean the criminal has been caught. In this 11-episode docu-series, convicted murderers reveal that their confessions, the ones that put them away in the first place — were coerced, in one way or another.
Creator: Kelly Loudenberg
Seasons: 2 (2017, 2019)

‘The Keepers’

This seven-episode docuseries deals with the murder of Cathy Cesnik, a nun who taught in a school in Baltimore. The crime was never solved and her former students believe that authorities tried to cover it up as Cesnik suspected that a school priest abused children.
Director: Ryan White
Seasons: 1 (2017)

‘Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist’

Imagine this: a pizza delivery guy attempts to rob a bank with a bomb around his neck. This actually happened in the town of Erie, Pennsylvania in 2003. This Netflix docu-series follows the most bizarre bank robbery in history.
Director: Barbara Schroeder
Seasons: 1 (2018)

‘The Innocent Man’

Based on John Grisham’s book of the same name, this six-episode docu-series puts the spotlight on a small town murder case. Two residents were convicted of the murder of Debra Sue Carter. Then their guilt was called into question, leading police to clear all charges — just five days before one of the men was set to be executed.
Director: Clay Tweel
Seasons: 1 (2018)

‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’

Ted Bundy is one of the most infamous serial killers in American history. This docuseries sheds new light on Bundy’s descent into madness. Through confessional recordings, testimonies and investigative reporting, the series charts how a handsome, educated man, was able to deceive so many for so long, while murdering over 30 young women.
Director: Joe Berlinger
Seasons: 1 (2019)

‘Making A Murderer’

This is arguably Netflix’s most popular documentary series; watch one episode and you’ll see why. It follows the case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were arrested for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. But what initially appears to be an open and shut case becomes murkier once filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi take you inside a system that seems designed to generate guilty verdicts rather than discover the truth.
Director: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Seasons: 2 (2015, 2018)

‘Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez’

How does a person go from NFL sensation to convicted murderer? Through interviews, with fellow players, friends and family, this docuseries examines how Aaron Hernandez did just that.
Director: Geno McDermott
Seasons: 1 (2020)

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Akhil was raised by movies, television and the internet. A never-ending source of useless information. He would tell you more, but he was distracted by something shiny.

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