Entertainment July 26, 2018
Scandals fascinate the American public. These days, entertainment produces more content surrounding shocking violent offenses. It certainly shows as the number of true crime shows on Netflix increase each year.
It’s possible the fascination with true crime stems from the general interest in the criminal justice system. Or it could be a twisted obsession with violence. Either way, true crime shows dominate the screen.
It seems like two kinds of true crime shows thoroughly grasp the public’s attention: documentary series and reenacted shows.
A show that jumps straight into the macabre. It would be rare for someone to say they’ve never heard of Netflix’s notorious “Making a Murderer” series. Once it premiered, people binge-watched the show in obsession. The gritty details of the story captured audiences on a global scale.
“Making a Murderer” brings the audience to face a harsh reality. It delves into the case, but as a result, it uncovers the loopholes in the justice system.
Evidence and accounts combine to create the narrative. From that, audiences draw their own conclusions from what’s presented.
Vivid immersion is too intense for some. If that’s too much, there are other true crime shows on Netflix that temper down the intensity.
With 22 Emmy award nominations, 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and a star-studded cast, this show is a for sure winner. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story follows the trial of Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson as a prime suspect in the murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.
In addition, Cuba Gooding Jr. made his hollywood comeback to star as O.J. Simpson. Sarah Paulson leads as Marcia Clark, a powerhouse prosecutor in the courtroom. Her empowering performance stands out amongst the whole cast.
This case became an international phenomenon. As one of the most famous true crime narratives to date, this play-by-play series successfully captures the drama of the trial.
Most noteworthy is that the incredible production transports the audience to the front lines of the case. Inside every character’s perspective lies a deeper motive. A must watch for sure.
A lesser known mini-series, but thrilling nonetheless. “Manhunt: Unabomber” follows FBI agent Jim Fitzgerald’s search for Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber.
It recounts a fictionalized perspective of Theodore Kaczynski’s capture. From 1978 until 1996, Kaczynski sent packaged bombs, killed three people and injured over twenty. For years the FBI hunted him. As one of the infamous accounts of domestic terrorism to dominate national headlines.
The “Manhunt: Unabomber” is a reenactment of events during Kaczynski’s capture. Paul Bettany and Sam Worthington star in the show, consequently each delivers an impressive performance.
Due to the high volume of true crime shows watched by audiences, Netflix offers an extensive collection. As a result, each person can find something that suits their interest. Whether it’s the realistic approach like “Making a Murderer” or the exaggerated “Manhunter: Unabomber,” the true crime genre prevails as an American favorite.
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