There’s just something about true crime. In recent times, the spate of documentaries released has made for the most interesting water-cooler banter since Twin Peaks. We’re continually fascinated by the crimes, the did-they-or-didn’t-they, the grit and startled at how much can be revealed, sometimes decades after these crimes have been committed. That is the power of the medium of the true crime series. It does more than entertain; it seeks answers, asks questions that many wish to keep hidden.
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If you’re stuck for something to stream this week, we have your true crime recommendations: two new ones and two hidden gems you’re sure to love.
From bone-chilling podcasts to mind-boggling documentaries, our true-crime obsession is at an all-time high. So, if you’ve already watched every single episode of The Staircase and can’t find anything that compares to its binge-worthiness, keep reading for a complete list of hidden true-crime gems on Netflix.
It’s a cliché in crime stories both true and fictional that neighbors and loved ones are blindsided to learn what the people close to them were truly capable of doing. But in the case of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose — the central figures of the first season of Hulu’s new true-crime anthology series The Act — it would be hard to blame anyone for missing what was really going on.
It’s impossible to discuss the series (the first two episodes premiere March 20th, with the remaining six debuting weekly; I’ve seen the first five hours) without getting into some of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose’s secret. But since the series is based on a wildly popular BuzzFeed article — its author, Michelle Dean, co-created the series with Nick Antosca — and the Blanchards’ story was also told in an HBO documentary (Mommy Dead and Dearest),
We live in an era of true crime: We’ve got true crime docuseries, true crime podcasts, true crime television series based on true crime documentaries, and the list goes on. And despite the constant stream of content about unsolved murders, we haven’t yet reached true crime fatigue. The new true crime podcast that everyone seems to be buzzing about is To Live and Die in LA, which according to a press release, is a “deep dive into the mysterious disappearance of 25-year-old Adea Shabani, an aspiring actress and model who vanished without a trace from her apartment complex near Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame.”
One of the more shocking elements about this story is that the victim at its center only disappeared last year, and the investigation into her disappearance is still active. The podcast is hosted by Rolling Stone editor and infamous author of The Game Neil Strauss,
Real-life crime tales are clearly a major cottage industry (no, more like a metropolis industry) on TV, streaming, and through podcasts. Netflix was smart to jump into the genre a number of years ago, especially with their popular Making a Murderer. While the developments of the Steven Avery case are still up in the air, it might be a while until audiences see a new season covering all the updates.
In the meantime, you might want to check out similar shows on Netflix. With a deeper dive into true crime, you can probably find something else just as intriguing.
Take a look at our short list of some of the best ones you’ve maybe avoided.
‘Wild Wild Country’
A few of you may consider this more of a social analysis than true crime show. It’s still about crime when you consider what the Rajneesh
We can’t get enough of Elizabeth Holmes. The founder and CEO of Theranos once captivated the imaginations of venture capitalists and magazine profile writers with her too-good-to-be-true tale of a revolutionary blood testing technology. Three years, numerous federal investigations, and eleven felony counts later, our appetite has shifted to devouring the tale of how Holmes fooled the world. The Silicon Valley morality tale – a true crime saga with a dash of Fyre Fest-schadenfreude and the added bonus of an icy blonde with a mysteriously deep voice – has thus far inspired a best-selling book, a popular podcast, and two documentaries, with a feature film and real-life criminal trial still to come.
One of the documentaries, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, debuts Monday on HBO. The film, by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, presents a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of Holmes as
In 2014, when This American Life premiered the podcast Serial, people were instantly gripped by the 1999 murder of 18-year old high school student, Hae Min Lee, and the circumstances surrounding the investigation into her murder, specifically that of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the crime in 2000. The podcast has been downloaded more than 80 million times, according to Esquire.
For the last five years, Amy Berg has studied the case and put her findings into a documentary, which will be shown on HBO in four parts. The first episode of The Case Against Adnan Syed has already aired with the second episode set to air at 9 p.m. on March 17, 2019.
Berg spoke with Esquire about where the documentary starts saying, “So we picked up where Serial left off. They did such a great job at creating the interest
Following a pair of notable Fyre Festival docs, the latest millennials-meet-true-crime documentary is HBO’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, which revolves around the failed blood-testing startup Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes. Building upon the book published last year by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, the documentary (which premieres March 18) will tell the
In addition to eight series premieres, two season premieres, one feature documentary, five indie pilots, the Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal-founded festival will reunite the cast and creators of sketch comedy show In Living Color — including Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier and Rosie Perez — 25 years after its finale, while the long-running animated series The Simpsons will also celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special presentation of two episodes, followed by a Yeardley Smith-moderated panel discussion between James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Matt Selman, Al Jean, and Harry Shearer.
Two other shows joining the festival are Mr. Robot and Younger. Ahead of Mr. Robot‘s fourth and final season, series actors Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and Carly Chaikin will sit down with creator Sam Esmail for