There’s no denying the depths of the post-Game of Thrones, Netflix-addicted era we’re currently in. TV binges have replaced most other hobbies and vices, and the latest phenomena has undoubtedly been fuelled by the latest true-crime series, Making A Murderer.
Struggling to feed the addiction now you’ve finished the series? We’ve curated a collection of 8 top true-crime, thriller and investigative “entertainment” shows to easily get your fix, and enjoy them guilt-free with your extra Clio hour a day. (Don’t blame us if you get sucked in).
- The trigger that disputedly brought the true crime genre back into the mainstream, journalist Sarah Kroenig’s This American Life spin off (again, follow the link) creates an intimate of experience of storytelling, crime and getting to the root of an Innocence Project case. A game changer for podcasts and content, if you haven’t already heard it, stream it now, and follow up with a less thrilling but nonetheless engaging Season 2.
- The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is a relatively recent HBO Mini- Series, about accused murderer Robert Durst. The series, which Durst himself reached out to director and writer Andrew Jarecki, features a multitude of different existing footage such as news, security footage, police evidence and archival interviews – and resulted in Durst being arrested on first-degree murder charges the day before its finale aired.
- Discovery Channel’s response to Netflix’s Making a Murderer, Killing Fields is the long-standing channel’s first true-crime series.. A spin-off from the true-crime genre, this series hauntingly takes place in real time, following a retired Louisiana detective as he returns to work to solve the mystery of Eugenie Boisfontaine 1997 murder.
- The murders, trial and aftermath captured the attention of the world. FX’s long awaited and just released miniseries tells a well-known story in its most elaborate and star-studded version yet. Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Selma Blair, Kenneth Choi all add a novel take on this infamous celebrity murder.
- Another tale of public opinion tarring a minority group takes a turn in this true-story turned movie. The Central Park Five documents the 1989 case of the brutal rape of a Central Park Jogger and follows the five black juveniles falsely accused and incarcerated for the crime. A good movie in its own right, and a frustratingly recurring social problem and theme.
- A true-crime murder-mystery with a catapulting twist, this French TV-series is based on the trial of Michael Peterson, charged with the murder of his wife, after she was found dead at the bottom of her staircase.Produced by award-winning filmmaker Jean-Savier de Lestrade, The Staircase gives a little more than your usual “who done it” thriller.
- This 1996 documentary follows the “West Memphis Three”, a group of teen outcasts labelled rapists and murderers and maddening case that ensues. Echoing Avery’s ability to garner the viewer’s empathy and frustration with society, it’s just as entertaining and engaging. For those who get sucked in, there are two follow up films which cover the story as it progressed over the following 15 years.
- It’s not an innovative addition, granted, but NBC’s long-running investigative reporting program has stood the test of time due to both the caliber of investigative journalism and often the results it produces, as well as the notable spinoffs To Catch a Predator and To Catch a Con Man.