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17 True Crime TV Shows That Prove Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

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The True Crime genre has reached a fever pitch over the past few years. It seems we can’t get enough of the real-life mysteries happening across the globe — some even in our own neighborhoods. Several podcasts have essentially created a cottage industry out of the true crime genre, while feature-length films have long brought true stories to the big screen, and the true crime genre has brought original storytelling to a whole new level that leaves our skin crawling and our gaze constantly looking over our shoulder.

But among the bevy of podcasts and films that have kept a hold on the true crime genre, TV shows may ultimately be the finest form for these real-life tales of misdeeds.  We’ve never been more eager for stories about true crime, and TV has never been more eager to show it to us. In the last few months alone, we’ve seen adaptations of how Elizabeth Holmes swindled Silicon Valley, Anna Delvey’s shocking NYC scams, disgraced vegan restauranteur Sarma Melngailis, and Michelle Carter’s unique texting-suicide case — and in coming months, we’ll be seeing a mini-series on the murder of Kathleen Peterson (called The Staircase like its documentary equivalent on Netflix), a dramatic re-telling of the events that led up to Watergate in Julia Roberts-led Gaslit, and Under the Banner of Heaven, a scripted take on a brutal double murder in Utah in 1984.

With so many true-crime shows of the docu-series and dramatized mini-series variety, here are all the true crime series worth your time. From cult favorites to lauded works, consider this round-up a starter pack for your next deep dive into the world of true crime.

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