The Best True Crime Shows on Netflix Right Now

Everyone is turning to Netflix these days for the very best in entertainment. The streaming service has become the go-to for movie and TV fans of all ages – from original comedy specials to classic movies, Netflix has a little bit of everything.

For those who have a hankering for true crime, Netflix has plenty to satisfy. Here are our picks for the very best true crime shows on Netflix. All are available now and are guaranteed to keep you glued to the edge of your seat.

‘The Keepers’

A riveting documentary series that captures multiple points of view, The Keepers is a must-watch for true crime aficionados. Released in 2017, the series digs deep to investigate the decades-old case of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a Catholic nun who was found dead, and her mysterious link to a priest suspected of child abuse. 

The show received an overwhelming critical response and even won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Series. The series expertly weaves together present day with footage and photos of the past, making it a truly addictive watch. While there’s no official word on a possible second season, the show’s director admitted “never say never,” and that plenty of new evidence has resurfaced since the series first premiered.

‘American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson’

Everyone knows the surface story – in 1995, popular football star O.J. Simpson was tried for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. But not as many know the inside story of the trial. The show, a dramatized account of the events of the trial, features superstar talents playing the real-life people involved in the highly-publicized trial.

Released in 2016, The People vs. O.J. Simpson was the first in the American Crime Story series. The show kickstarted a renewed public interest in the Simpson case and has been widely praised for the expert acting and commitment to the period costumes and set pieces. The People vs. O.J. Simpson is a must-see, both for fans of true crime and American history. 

‘The Staircase’

An odd, disturbing documentary that draws the audience into a tangled web of intrigue and mystery, The Staircase is one of the most-watched Netflix crime documentaries. The show follows the 2001 case of writer Michael Peterson. His wife was found dead in their home, and while he claimed that her fall down the stairs killed her, the medical examiner determined that she had been beaten with a weapon. Peterson’s personal life comes under investigation as detectives try to piece together the fate of his wife.

The Staircase traces the events leading up to her death, and what happened during Peterson’s subsequent trial. The bizarre case deliberately builds doubt around Peterson’s guilt or innocence, allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions

‘Making a Murderer’

Widely regarded as the Netflix series that kicked off the fascination with true crime documentaries, Making a Murderer premiered in 2015. The show tells the story of Steven Avery, a man who was exonerated after spending nearly twenty years in prison. However, Avery’s path to freedom doesn’t have an easy ending, as he soon finds himself under investigation for another murder.

The show was so popular that it eventually got a second season, and although not as widely praised as the first, it definitely contributed to the phenomenon that the first season has started. Ultimately, Making a Murderer will leave the audience wondering even as it also manages to confound, frustrate, and entertain. It is definitely a must-watch series for true crime fans of all ages.

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