Big crimes, small screen; true crime television series and TV documentaries that recreate and reexamine some of the mystifying and grisliest cases in history.
So you've already binged Criminal Minds, some form of Law and Order, and maybe even NCIS, but have you watched Criminal? My personal favorite, Criminal: UK. There is also Criminal: France, Spain, Germany, and Portugal. However, Criminal: UK is by far one of the greatest.
Mystery Series' That Leave You Satisfied
The beloved drama/crime series, The Sinner has just come out with season 3 on Netflix. It's been a fan favorite ever since we met Cora in season 1. Each season contains a new story to deep dive into, new characters, new challenges and new mysteries. The center of it all? Detective Harry Ambrose.
Joe Vs John
Who doesn’t clutch their pearls when the main hottie in a movie or tv show is handsome, charming, flashes a big smile, and pushes his hair back like Uncle Jesse in Full House. Can a hottie also be creepy ? If so can you be attracted to someone and also scared and or perplexed by them ? If you get the hots for real bad boys, meet Joe and John in THIS, Then THAT.
A Filmmaker's Review: "White House Farm" (ITV, 2020)
I think that a lot of people in England who are interested in true crime like myself would have either heard of, remembered or read about/researched the case of the murderer, Jeremy Bamber. Bamber walked into his parents house with a shotgun, killed his adoptive mother and father, killed his sister and killed her two sons who were less than ten years' old. Why? for the inheritance. Honestly, when I saw it was on Netflix I was quite surprised that they chose to make a series out of it because of the way in which the police completely botched the investigation - this was about to make the British Police System look like utter crap. But, in this day and age, I think it is time for them to accept their faults in this investigation and how it was carried out.
Crime and Feelings
All of the shows we love to binge have a little bit of everything. Drama, romance, mystery, and comedy. The shows that you don't realize you've watched too much of, until you realize you've told Netflix you're still here over and over again? I love those that we can't seem to turn away from.
The Problem With Netflix's Cecil Hotel
I, like so many, enjoy the occasional crime documentary. When Netflix or the current streaming service du jour offers up some new multi-part episode of something that dives into the nitty gritty of some horrible bit of real life, I settle in for a binge and dive in, popcorn first.
Making A Murderer: He Didn't Do The Crime, But He'll Do The Time
"We can all say we will never commit a crime, but that doesn't mean you won't be accused. If that happens, you'll understand the importance of the presumption of innocence." - Jerry Buting, Defense Attorney
The Night Stalker
I, like many other people recently, watch the new documentary on Netflix called The Night Stalker. It is a limited series highlighting the crimes of Richard Ramirez, a serial killer who terrorized Los Angeles in the 80s.
Monsters Among us
Two cops set on catching a killer, a reoccurring shoe print, and a murderer lurking in the shadows. These are not gratuitous elements of a cheesy crime-thriller novel turned tv series. The Night Stalker was very real, and Netflix's docu-series Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer delivers a gripping four-part tale that makes a truly horrifying story haunting in its reality.
“DCI Tom Barnaby : Every time I go into any Midsomer village it's always the same thing: blackmail, sexual deviances, suicide, and murder. …”
Binge Worthy Criminal Justice
“So, when do I get my money?” Shawn Spencer asks the police. Why? Because he calls in tips to the station and offers them crime tips for reward money-that is, until he is suspected of being one of the criminals in question. As a result, he resorts to lying to the police- telling them that he is in fact, a psychic. “Psych” is a show surrounding the life of Shawn Spencer and his partner Gus. Gus and Shawn couldn’t be more different, and that’s what makes this show hilarious. Gus is a cautious yet curious, reasonable, level-headed pharmaceutical salesman whereas Shawn is a cunning, ambitious (yet highly impulsive) and ironically unemployed son of a former police officer. The problem with Shawn is that he hasn’t kept a job for more than 6 months and has had about 57 since high school. Shawn and Gus butt heads about nearly everything. Gus, neurotic, is always worried that Shawn is going to blow his cover and show everyone that he is a fraud. Shawn discovers his intel through cognition and stuns all who meet him with his intense visions and accuracy. I have watched this show over and over again, all 8 seasons. The sarcasm, the hilarity, the way Gus overreacts and “screams like a girl” or cries and throws up at the discovery of a dead body or crucial evidence, it makes me laugh every single time.
Guilty As Charged: Confessions of a Chicago PD Binger
I am not ashamed to admit that I love watching Chicago PD. When I began viewing the series it had been airing already for a few years so I wanted to go back and catch up. A couple of weeks ago I was checking out Peacock, a free streaming app, and was pleasantly surprised to find every episode available going back to day one. I have been binge watching about 3 episodes daily and am proud to call Chicago PD my guilty sometimes cringe worthy pleasure.