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.

  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 7 days ago
    Binge Watching Crime Shows Can Be Motivating

    Binge Watching Crime Shows Can Be Motivating

    If you find you are bored while sheltering in place please consider binge watching crime shows. There are so many on television now that they may have lost their initial appeal, and now are underrated. These programs can be very beneficial during a time such as this. There are three that my husband and I currently watch and they have worked wonders regarding boredom, and also sharpened our sleuthing skills. We are also getting an education in forensics, detective work and also insite into mindset of criminals. It is always tragic when someone is hurt or dies, but setting that aside for a moment these programs can give you advice and life lessons you might not otherwise learn.
  • Sophie -
    Published 8 days ago
    Tiger King: The new Netflix craze

    Tiger King: The new Netflix craze

    Tigers, murder for hire, throuple wedding, suspected murder, amputation, dodgy tattoos, interview in a bath, an ongoing internet fued and drugs... These are just a few of the crazy things you'll experience after divulging into the world of the Tiger king on Netflix. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few months. Tiger King is one of the newest Netflix crazes consuming twitter feeds, tiktoks and the uncontrolable, unsanctioned world of memes. Although, from its description, it might seem as though this is some manic plot of an Mnight Shyamalan upcoming film, it is in fact just a short variety of things that crop up in the obscure documentary. A spoiler alert is important at this point, although I will only be mentioning a few of the insane sights that occur during this documentary, it may seem as though I have already spoiled this documentaries story for you: but just wait -
  • Matthew Trundle
    Published 10 days ago
    In equal parts quietly powerful and emotionally devastating, ‘Unbelievable’ is a timely must-see.

    In equal parts quietly powerful and emotionally devastating, ‘Unbelievable’ is a timely must-see.

    A problem that I have with true-crime series, books, films etc is that they often prioritise the perpetrator as an object of study when the stories and experiences of the victims are more important. The Assassination of Gianni Versace shone brightest when it focused on the traumas experienced by the gay men who had already been through so much before they met serial killer Andrew Cunanan. These stories were important because they uncover facts about the lives of gay men that are under-discussed even now. However, the series still suffered from repetitiveness when it narrowed its focus on Cunanan and began overstating details about his character that it had already established. When I read the Pulitzer-prize winning on which Unbelievable is based I believe it ran into the same problem albeit to lesser extent. The article includes passages from the subjectivity of the serial rapist who attacked multiple women in Colorado in 2011. After reading how much pain and trauma he had caused these I was not interested in his motives or mindset when he committed these abhorrent crimes and could not understand why the writers had included these sections. These sections do not provide much unexpected insight into the mind of a predatory criminal and only emphasises what us as readers had already assumed and what the detectives who worked the case had already stated. I just found these sections repulsive and sickening and was struck by how unnecessary they are, they do not illuminate anything in the narrative- only recap what we had already been told- and the most powerful aspect of the events, the victims’ accounts, had already profiled the perpetrator for us.
  • malin evita
    Published about a month ago
    Why "The Innocence Files" is the Most Important Thing You Could Be Watching Right Now

    Why "The Innocence Files" is the Most Important Thing You Could Be Watching Right Now

    According to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal organization that has fought to exonerate innocent men and women incarcerated in the U.S. since 1992, between 2.4% and 5% of all U.S. prisoners are estimated to be innocent. Considering that as of 2019, roughly 2.12 million people in the states are behind bars, this could potentially mean that just over 100.000 people are currently serving time for crimes they did not commit. Additionally, that is 100.000 people guilty of those crimes running free.
  • Lisa Ikin
    Published about a month ago
    Nordic  Noir For Dummies

    Nordic Noir For Dummies

    So what is this Nordic Noir, this Scandinavian mystery? We all get sucked into watching them (don’t we?). The ubiquitous Nordic Noir television series that have flooded our streaming providers, Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and of course, SBS on demand over the past few years. When you have watched a few you realise that these frosty treats have a similar theme.
  • A. N. Merchant
    Published 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 5 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 5 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 6 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.