Running out of true crime to binge? Try these underrated shows on Netflix
Netflix is our go-to resource when it comes to true crime television. Shows like the chaos-fueled Tiger King (2020) or the infuriating Making a Murderer (2015) have made true crime shows on Netflix more popular than ever. We’ve been going through all of the true crime shows Netflix has to offer, and here are the best hidden gems on the platform right now:
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (2019)
This British docuseries follows the investigation of a three-year-old girl who went missing on a family vacation in Portugal in 2007. The family and a group of family friends had stayed in Praia da Luz, which was popular amongst British travelers and even known as “little Britain”.
On May 3rd, 2007, her parents went out to dinner with friends while Madeleine and her twin brother were asleep in the apartment. However, when the parents returned only an hour and a half later, Madeleine had disappeared.
The case gained great interest in the UK and resulted in harsh accusations against Madeleine’s parents throughout the media. The case’s theories and inconclusive investigation make this show a must-watch for any true crime fan.
The Keepers (2017)
Tragic & shocking, this series unveils the hidden darkness within a Baltimore Catholic high school. In 1969, Beloved nun and high school teacher Cathy Cesnik disappears and has her body found two months later. No one was ever convicted of the murder. However, in the 90s, a former student reveals a shocking piece of information.
The former student claims that after accusing the school’s chaplain of sexual abuse, was taken to Cesnik’s undiscovered body and threatened into silence. The series goes through various pieces of the story to expose the truth behind the death of Cathy Cesnik and the abuse within the school.
The Confession Killer (2019)
After being convicted for eleven murders, including his mother, Henry Lee Lucas goes on to confess to hundreds of unsolved murders. He soon became one of America’s most prolific serial killers. However, contradicting evidence later reveals that the validity of this case and the police forces in charge are nothing but questionable.
The show’s use of interviews and archival footage make this unbelievable exposé one of the best true crime shows on Netflix.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018)
This four-part true crime series dives into the high-profile story commonly known as the “pizza bomber” case. In 2003, American pizza delivery man Brian Douglas Wells was murdered by a homemade bomb attached to his neck, detonating after an attempted bank robbery. The entire shocking event was shown on live television.
The show exposes the true and complex heist which resulted in the death of Brian Wells. A frightening and mind bending case, this miniseries is a must watch.
The Devil Next Door (2019)
This documentary series leaves you questioning the truth and astounded by the strangeness of the case. In Cleveland, Ohio a grandfather is accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as “Ivan the Terrible.” Arrested and extradited to Israel, John Demjanjuk’s case just gets more and more interesting as the show goes on.
This show makes the viewer completely indecisive. We all want justice for the countless victims but you also worry about sentencing the wrong man to death. This is a fascinating true crime show on Netflix.
The Investigator: A British Story (2016)
This British docuseries, created by Simon Cowell, follows investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas as he looks into various unsolved murders and disappearances.
The first season focuses solely on the murder case of Carole Packman who vanished in 1985. While the second season dives into various cases which could possibly be connected to the serial killers Peter Tobin & Angus Sinclair. This series is commonly compared to Making a Murderer and shares similar elements, so if your fan of the previous Netflix hit you must give this British series a chance.
These true crime shows are bound to be the highlight of your next Netflix binge. From hidden nazis to missing nuns, this list has something for everyone. Let us know in the comments which series you think are the best true crime shows on Netflix!