The last decade has seen an explosion in the popularity of true crime, and for better or worse, Netflix can lay claim as one of the main culprits that lit the wick. Starting with the zeitgeist-gripping docuseries Making a Murderer, the streamer has made true crime documentaries one of its tentpoles. It’s since produced some of the genre’s buzziest entries: a single frame from Tiger King will forever cause vivid flashbacks to the early days of the pandemic.
But not all crimes are created equal. The public’s voracious appetite for twisty tales of violence and deception has also caused a lot of exploitative cash-grabs to flow off the content assembly line. In an oversaturated marketplace, you need more than a salacious story to produce a hit – you also need to in a compelling way. Here are the best examples streaming on Netflix right now.
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