Surviving R. Kelly. Leaving Neverland. Lorena. The Inventor: Out for the Blood in Silicon Valley. Conversation With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. Fyre, and also, Fyre Fraud. 2019 has already felt flooded by must-see documentary event programming. New harrowing documentaries are pushed to the top of your favorite streaming applications’ home screen every weekend. Avid streaming-TV watchers now expect the constant influx, and may find themselves left out of conversation if they’re not keeping up. The latest of these is HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed, airing in four parts this month, a benchmark in the history of our national obsession with binge-entertainment-era “true crime” programming in that it revisits one of the stories which helped whet our current appetites.
Chances are, you already know some of Syed’s story. If you didn’t, HBO wouldn’t have produced the film in the first place.