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 Staircase – adding 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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Making a Murderer became a cultural phenomenon when it hit Netflix in 2015. Audiences obsessed over the true crime series, desperate to know the truth about what happened to Teresa Halbach, and if Steven Avery was truly guilty of the crime. Now the Steven Avery story will continue with Convicting a Murderer, a Making a Murderer sequel series that will present a whole new side of the case.
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Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Netflix’s true crime documentary series Making a Murderer was infuriating throughout its ten-episode first season, but it was especially infuriating when its finale offered no sense of closure whatsoever. The credits rolled with justice dodged on every conceivable front because that’s the thing about reality: it doesn’t always want to conform to a satisfying narrative.
However, the popularity of the series led to millions of new eyes turning toward the case of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, which meant a lot has happened since the series arrived in late 2015. In other words, the mere existence of Making a Murderer created enough new material for a second season of the show, which may arrive as soon as this year.
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With the Academy Awards less than a month away, we’re in the heart of awards season. The nominations for the Oscars were just announced last week, but the various guilds are already handing out their awards leading up to Hollywood’s big night. Tonight will see the announcement of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, but before that, we already have the winners of this year’s Producers Guild of America Awards.
The 2017 PGA award winners were announced this past Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, honoring producers both in motion pictures and television. It should come as no surprise that La La Land came out on top with the The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, continuing its march to likely win many if not all of the 14 Oscars it was nominated for. But where did the rest of the awards fall? Which animated film came out on top? Which TV series?
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Netflix this morning has announced that executive producers/directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are already in production on new episodes of Making a Murderer.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Netflix’s documentary series Making a Murderer came to an end after ten very upsetting installments, all of which hit Netflix this past December. But the story of Steven Avery has continued offscreen in real life. In the weeks since the show’s debut, appeals have been filed, petitions have been signed, new evidence has come to light, and so on. It’s enough to make a viewer hope for a few more episodes of the show to cover everything that’s happened since the first season left off, and now it looks like we’ll get our wish.
Directors Larua Ricciardi and Moira Demos have confirmed they’ve kept in touch with Avery and continued to record their conversations with him, and that they’ve spoken with Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner about filming new episodes of the show. (Be warned there are spoilers ahead for season 1, if you’ve somehow managed to avoid either watching the show or reading any headlines about it until now.) Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Fred Topel
After his executive session, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos addressed the popularity of Making a Murderer and the demand for a follow-up or a second season. Given that the series is a true crime documentary, a continuation could take different form. They could wait for further developments in the Steven Avery case, or tackle another true crime story. Sarandos is open to either.
“The story is still unfolding, so we’ll certainly take a look at it,” he said. “It’s just unfolding. Like I said, this was 10 years in the making.” Read More »
A lot of us have been sucked into Netflix’s original docu-series Making A Murderer. If you haven’t yet seen it, the weekend is coming up fast and its an easy binge-watch (you won’t be able to stop). And when you’re done with the show, you’ll want to find out everything you can about the case and people at the heart of the show.
You’ve heard our review on the /Filmcast, and I’ve previously done a round-up of theories, shocking evidence, information on how the show was produced, hints that we might be getting a sequel at some point, and much more. And today I attempt to bring you an in-depth round-up of all the Making A Murder updates you need to know.
Spoilers for the show follow.
Find out who Steven Avery believes committed the murder, Former Wisconsin prosecutor Ken Kratz demands Netflix add a disclaimer before the episodes, will they? The Obama Administration is forced to respond publicly, but will it have any effect? You can now watch Brendan Dassey‘s four hour-long confession online. Will Steven be getting the best post conviction lawyer in the country? The filmmakers claim a juror in the trial who believed Avery was innocent feared for their life. And we look at some of the other unanswered questions. So jump in now.
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David, Peter, and Jeff have a spoiler-filled discussion about the engrossing Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer. Be sure to read Peter’s write-up, Buzzfeed’s interview with the filmmakers, Pajiba’s write-up, and the ongoing Subreddit about the series.
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Yesterday I mentioned I recently got hooked on Netflix’s new doc-series Making A Murderer. If you haven’t yet checked it out, I urge you to do so, but don’t read this post as it will explore spoilers from the real-life events presented in the show. It seems like I was not alone in getting sucked into this long-form documentary series, and there has been a lot of coverage on the web this week. I did a deep dive and wanted to highlight some of the articles and topical news since the release of the series. We look at the following:
- The best theories as to what really happened.
- The story of how the series was created and filmed over ten years.
- Read about possibly shocking evidence that was not presented in the tv series.
- Could we get a Making A Murderer sequel?
- Online petitions have popped up demanding that President Obama take action
- Prosecutor Ken Kratz‘s Yelp page has been flooded with negative reviews, forcing the company to take action.
- Hacker group Anonymous claims they will make new evidence public
- The problem with treating true crime villains like fictional villains
All that and more, after the jump.
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