tv review

Big crimes, small screen; true crime television series and TV documentaries that recreate and reexamine some of the mystifying and grisliest cases in history.

  • A. N. Merchant
    Published 2 days ago
    True Terror: The Curious Disappearance of Jack 'Don' Lewis

    True Terror: The Curious Disappearance of Jack 'Don' Lewis

    The cold case of missing millionaire Jack Donald Lewis who disappeared over 20 years ago has been brought back into the spotlight by popular Netflix documentary Tiger King.
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 10 days ago
    Unsolved Crimes on 'The Haves and the Have Nots'

    Unsolved Crimes on 'The Haves and the Have Nots'

    There have been many unsolved crimes on Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots that airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Those cases include ten deaths and other crimes that have not been solved. The crimes date back to the very first season, and Perry keeps adding new crimes without bringing closure to the old ones.
  • Trevor Wells
    Published 18 days ago
    Lifetime Review: 'Into the Arms of Danger'

    Lifetime Review: 'Into the Arms of Danger'

    With her father's death still weighing on her mother's mind, college bound teen Jenny Monroe (AlexAnn Hopkins) finds herself contending with Laura's (Laurie Fortier) desperate attempts to keep her daughter safe. So with Laura out of town, Jenny takes the opportunity to go to a concert. But on the way there, a tense phone call with her mother gets Jenny into an accident, with an ambulance quickly arriving.
  • Samantha Parrish
    Published about a month ago
    Why you should watch Broadchurch

    Why you should watch Broadchurch

    This is a series that has a lot to offer then the regular crime shows. It's more then the avaunt guard procedural drama like The Killing or Blue Bloods with small town secrets like Justified. Crime shows are a dime a dozen on different television networks or sequel series to continue one long idea like Criminal Minds Or CSI.
  • Jord Tury
    Published 3 months ago
    Netflix's Obsession With Crime Documentaries

    Netflix's Obsession With Crime Documentaries

    I'd be lying if I said Netflix doesn't give enough love and affection to crime documentaries in their library of over a thousand shows. I'd also be blind, considering a good portion of the catalogue evolves around the touchy subject. But, evidently, Netflix do seem to have a special bond with crime dramas and murder mysteries. Now, whether that's a good thing or not – you'll have to tell me. Either way, there's no denying Netflix's thirst for criminal mastermind binge-worthy seasons. That's apparently a running theme they've been sticking with since the launch of the streaming service. But, why? It's not like we all have a soft spot for serial killings. Or, maybe we do, I don't know.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 3 months ago
    Review of 'You' Season 2

    Review of 'You' Season 2

    Well, it's rare that a mystery or thriller surprises me with almost all of its twists, but the second season of You, now streaming on Netflix, did just that. And with the same wit and style that lit up the first season, maybe even more. All of which adds up to a highly, often immensely, enjoyable second season of this literate and introspective serial killer.
  • Et Imperatrix Noctem
    Published 4 months ago
    Review of 'What Makes a Murderer'

    Review of 'What Makes a Murderer'

    What Makes a Murderer is a Channel 4 documentary series exploring an age-old myth: Are murders born killers? The series is co-produced by Dragonfly and UnderworldTV, a TV production company made of ex-criminals and crime experts. At the moment of this writing, it has aired the entire 3 episodes.
  • Et Imperatrix Noctem
    Published 4 months ago
    'Escape at Dannemora' Review

    'Escape at Dannemora' Review

    Escape at Dannemora is a 7 episode real-life prison escape thriller TV series written by Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin and directed by Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum). Starring Patricia Arquette as Joyce ‘Tilly’ Mitchell who worked as the manager at the prison sewing shop. Benicio del Toro as Richard Matt and Paul Dano as David Sweat who were lifers at the prison as well as workers at the sewing shop and that’s where the drama starts.
  • Matthew Trundle
    Published 5 months ago
    'The Sinner' Sidesteps Conventions to Produce a Binge-Worthy Delight

    'The Sinner' Sidesteps Conventions to Produce a Binge-Worthy Delight

    Throughout the 21st century there has been a rise in the lazy, formulaic crime procedural spearheaded by CBS that has seen a rise in dull, rather cookie-cutter television filled with bland performances and wholly expected narrative outcomes. This was an unexciting transition for the broadcast television landscape but with the rise of streaming these shows are generally passing out of favor now that audiences have so much more choice. These shows' ratings dwindle due to the fact that there's no incentive to watch a show live anymore when the narrative outcome is so unsurprising, and there's a dearth of other options available to watch. To achieve success with this sub-genre, these tiresome conventions must be challenged and subverted; otherwise, people will lose interest. From its first episode, The Sinner achieves this immediately. A conventional procedural may open with the victim meeting their end and then the remaining minutes of the episode follows the team of protagonists doing their job so the criminal is caught and everything is wrapped up tidily, ready for next week's episode. While it's true that the show's opener shows the crime committed very soon into the first episode, the circumstances are changed and the narrative conventions are upended. As we see the perpetrator of the crime commit the criminal act before us there is no question of who, and she is quickly apprehended so there is no rush to capture the criminal either. Instead the focus is on why this inexplicable crime was committed as it appears that there is no circumstance apparent that would lead protagonist Cora Tannetti do such an act to a man she has no apparent connection to. The crime itself surpasses our expectations by being actually shocking in a genre that has become so exploitative. There's also such a palpable atmosphere when Cora repeatedly stabs an unknown male on a family day out to the beach in front of numerous spectators and her own infant child. Whoever selected the song "Huggin' & Kissin'" by Big Black Delta has a gift for selecting such evocative and moody music that becomes more emphatic every time it's played throughout the series. This song is a striking cue that brings back much of Cora's repressed turmoil that wounds her so tightly and the majority of the narrative is about her resurfacing her own suppressed traumas so that she can make sense of her inexplicable crime.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 7 months ago
    ‘Pennyworth’: S01.E09. “Alma Coogan”

    ‘Pennyworth’: S01.E09. “Alma Coogan”

    With only one episode remaining of the current season, the created Batman prequel series Pennyworth edges ever closer to the season finale. The ninth episode, the Rob Bailey-directed “Alma Coogan,” picks up the story shortly after events depicted in the previous installment.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 7 months ago
    ‘Suits’: S09.E09. “Thunder Away”

    ‘Suits’: S09.E09. “Thunder Away”

    Did you catch the serie's penultimate episode? It’s the perfect setup for the series finale.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 7 months ago
    'Pennyworth': S01.E08. "Sandie Shaw"

    'Pennyworth': S01.E08. "Sandie Shaw"

    The latest episode of Bruno Heller’s Batman prequel period drama Pennyworth picks up the story the following morning.