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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The Keepers Netflix

With the rise of NPR’s popular Serial podcast, HBO’s riveting limited series The Jinx, and Netflix’s wildly addictive Making a Murderer over the span of a couple of years, the true crime genre had never been hotter. It’s cooled down a bit since 2015, but it seems like the public will always be intrigued by a murder mystery, and if a story is framed in the right way, it can still become an outright sensation.

That’s clearly what Netflix is hoping for with The Keepers, the streaming service’s new seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the potential cover-up that’s been going on for nearly fifty years.
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