5 True Crime Docuseries You Should Be Streaming

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

I tend to go through cycles with what I feel like watching, and currently, I'm on a true crime kick.

Thankfully, Hulu has a TON of true crime documentaries and docuseries to choose from. Here are five I've been watching recently!

1. Killer in Plain Sight

This is a great show to ease you into true crime if you aren't really familiar with the genre; there are over 50 episodes available, and they're fairly short. This show centers on cases where the killer was very close to the investigation -- someone who gave interviews, tried to help catch the killer, etc. The number of times it was the significant other was ever so slightly disappointing, but there are also cases where it looks like the SO and isn't, so it all kind of evens out (I was already spoiled about a couple of cases though, because they were also featured on Murder in the Heartland. My biggest complaint is probably that the actors they get for the reenactments often look wildly different than the people they're portraying.

2. Murder in the Heartland

Focusing on murders occurring in small towns where you wouldn't expect a murder, this show is especially chilling for those who grew up surrounded by cornfields. Interviews with the victims' loved ones make this show especially engrossing. I learned about a lot of new cases through this show; the first episode was even about a murder in my state I hadn't heard about! The second season recently popped up on Hulu, so this will keep you occupied for at least a few days 😉

3. The Case That Haunts Me 

The first season of this show is available on Hulu, and it's a doozy. Canadian detectives discuss the cases that still haunt them years (and sometimes decades) later; it's definitely not hard to see why these cases disturb them so much. I think that in the US, we're so conditioned to think of Canada as our more polite, refined neighbor to the north, so that makes the brutality all the more stunning. The narration of the detectives and the genuine emotions make this show absolutely engrossing.

4. Twisted Sisters

I'll admit, I wasn't sure what to think when I heard Khloé Kardashian was the executive producer, butthis is a fantastic show. All of the episodes center on murders involving sisters, whether that meant sisters killing sisters or sisters killing together. It adds an unusual dynamic to your typical true crime stories, and some of the cases are full of unexpected twists and turns.

5. A Crime To Remember

This is probably my favorite on this list. Each episode centers around a case that garnered a lot of media attention at the time it occurred. The only case I was familiar with previously was the murder of Kitty Genovese, so I learned a lot from this series. These cases are all pretty retro; most are mid-century, but some go back before World War II. Because of this, the costumes used in the reenactments are absolutely glorious (they may or may not be a huge part of why I love it so much). Michelle McNamara was a contributor before her death, and I loved hearing her insights. If you only watch one show on this list, this is the one I recommend most!

And of course, I'm always looking for recommendations -- what true crime shows do you recommend?

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