best Netflix original true crime

Netflix has turned true crime documentaries into must-binge-TV. With a series of films and docu-series, the streaming service rejuvenated the somewhat stale sub-genre, churning out stunning, shocking works that resonate in ways many past true crime docs haven’t. This week, Netflix has revived a classic true crime docu-series – The Staircaseadding new episodes to the previously-completed show. Now, The Staircase grows an ever-crowded line-up of Netflix true crime docs.

Sorting through all of these documentaries and docu-series to find the good stuff can be a bit overwhelming. With that in mind, I’ve checked my sources, pinned a bunch of notes up on a cork-board, connected all those notes with string, and compiled a list of the best Netflix original true crime documentaries.

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now stream this halloween

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Hello, boils and ghouls! Welcome to a special spooktacular edition of Now Stream This! (Please imagine me saying all of this in the voice of the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt). It’s October, which means it’s Halloween season. That’s right, if you thought Halloween was just one day you are 100% incorrect. Halloween lasts all month long, and in the spirit of the season, I’ve highlighted 10 frightastic films for you to stream this month. Unless you’re too scared to watch them! There’s a classic documentary about witchcraft, an excellent remake, a cannibal coming-of-age tale, and more!

So put on your best Dracula cape and/or witch hat, light a Jack-O-Lantern candle, and join me as I highlight the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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long shot trailer

You should take everything you read in the IMDB trivia pages with a fistful of salt, but one piece of information has stuck with me in the decade or so since I first read it. Curb Your Enthusiasm saved a man’s life. Literally. Because this man was arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and was facing the death penalty and the only hope of clearing his name meant the producers of HBO’s comedy series finding him in b-roll footage they filmed at Dodger Stadium at the time of the crime. Now that’s trivia worth knowing.

And now, this trivia tidbit has become a new documentary called Long Shot, which is set to premiere at the Telluride Film Festival before making its way to Netflix next month.

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