After binge-watching the recently released Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which is based on true events, you must be wondering what to stream next. However, for your ease, we have compiled the six best true crime shows.
The psychological crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, is based on the 1995 true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. Set in the late 1970s, Mindhunters follows two FBI agents who were tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.
A teenager is charged with lying about having been raped, but two detectives follow the path to the truth. The Netflix miniseries is based on the 2015 news article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape”, written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and their 2018 book A False Report based on the same research. The series received critical acclaim.
When They See Us
When They See Us is a four-part series based on the real-life Central Park Five case. The series follows five teens from Harlem who become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park in 1989.
Another inspired by real events docuseries, Unorthodox, is a story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life abroad.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
The 2020 American true crime documentary series is about convicted murderer and former professional American football player Aaron Hernandez. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez is a three-part documentary series examining what led to the murderous fall and shocking death of former NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez.
One of the fans’ favourite series, Tiger King, which is also inspired by real incidents. The Netflix hit series focuses on the small but deeply interconnected society of big cat conservationists such as Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, and collectors such as Exotic, whom Baskin accuses of abusing and exploiting wild animals. A rivalry between big cat eccentrics takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot.
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a must watch crime series. The true crime documentary is about the 2013 murder and abuse of Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old boy from Palmdale, California. Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger investigates the tragic death of an 8-year-old California boy who endured horrific abuse by his mother and her boyfriend, along with the fractured and complex systems that failed to protect him.
The Innocence Files
The Innocence Files is about the cases of wrongful conviction that the Innocence Project (which is committed to exonerating individuals who it believes to have been wrongfully convicted) and organizations within the Innocence Network have worked to highlight and overturn. The series also depicts how wrongful convictions affected the lives of the involved.
Trial by Media
Trial by Media follows a famous court case from the 1980s-2000s and examines how media coverage impacted the outcome of the case.
This tv series follows an immersive, character-driven stories that are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable. Families, detectives and journalists hope viewers hold the clues to solving these mysteries.