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Lockdown for me has meant serious Netflix binging to the point where I’ve run out of shows to watch (leave any recommendations in the comments!). I’ve never been a massive True Crime binger, unless they were cases I was particularly interested in, but especially over the past year, I’ve started to watch more and more. Whether you’re new to True Crime watching or are just looking for a new addition to your repertoire, here are my top 5 recommendations that you have to watch.
(Some of the topics mentioned may be triggering, such as sexual abuse or child abuse, but if not, I hope you enjoy them)
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
As a pre-warning, this is quite a heavy documentary: this 4 part series follows survivors, the police and witnesses around the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. I was truly taken aback by how much power someone can have, how the accusations were handled by people in a position of power, and how he seduced possibly thousands of minors to sexually abuse them and form this prostitution/molestation ring. The docuseries covers this from the very first report to the present day, and speculates what actually happened to Epstein. The stories are truly shocking, and whilst they may be heavy, I would recommend this strongly.
The Disappearance of Madeline McCann
I’ve always said that this is the case I really want to know the answer to by the end of my lifetime. The disappearance of Madeline McCann happened when I was really young, so I guess I was always very interested in it, especially because it seems unsolvable (maybe until now? Who knows). This documentary was made in 2019 and follows media coverage, witnesses and reconstructions of what happened from the beginning to the present day. There’s 8 episodes (yes, I binged them all in one day), but any beliefs you may have had prior to watching this may just be eradicated once watching this. I strongly recommend this documentary.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
In my opinion, this may be a little less gripping, but nonetheless still very interesting: I watched this after watching Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (very strongly recommend!) and it was interesting to see the way he worked and hear him tell things his way. This is another 4 part series so I would recommend if you’re looking for something new and quick to watch.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
I hadn’t heard of Aaron Hernandez prior to this, so when it first came out, I watched the trailer and was curious to how this rising sports star with such a bright future would end up murdering someone. This 3 part series follows his upbringing, his relationships, red flags along the way, what led him to murder and what happened after (was quite surprised at the end! I didn’t expect that at all).
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
Again, I hadn’t heard of Gabriel Fernandez before this, but unlike the others where I watched them within days of them coming out, I saw the social media outburst on this rise more and more and thought I’d give it a go. This documentary broke my heart at how someone could treat a child in this way, especially his own parents. The 6 part documentary speaks to witnesses, the police, analyses the autopsy and what lead to the death of Gabriel Hernandez.
Whilst some of these may be quite heavy to watch, I would recommend them highly. They’re really well made and most of them discuss the cases from multiple points of view, which is particularly interesting to see, as the media may not cover it this way. Let me know what you think in the comments below x
Looking for some new recommendations for what to watch next? Look no further! Here are my Netflix current top picks (there’s something for everyone!)
- The Stranger
Your next binge watch. A stranger approaches a man and tells him a relationship-destroying secret about his wife. Little does he know how much deeper this all runs. Meanwhile, two detectives are investigating an odd case which is closer to home than expected.
Adapted from the 1980’s original, Dynasty shows the life of two multi-millionaire families in constant competition for growing their empires and trying to maintain their family dynamics. It’s never short of drama!
- Prison Break
Controversial for some, but Prison Break is personally one of my favourite TV series ever. It has an unrivalled first series, and as the series go on, the character development is amazing. Seeing the character’s grow and adapt into unexpected storylines is one of my favourite parts. Prison Break follows Michael Schofield in his mission to get into prison and break out his brother who is falsely accused of a crime in which he has received the death sentence. It’s also worth mentioning there are some killer plot twists throughout – you just need to stick it out. Series 5 also takes a massive turn, as it takes place much later than series 1-4. Definitely worth a watch.
- Gossip Girl
Not for everyone, but this is my other favourite TV series. Even if you don’t think you’ll like it, give it a try: it’s not what you might think. Gossip Girl follows the life of privileged families living in the Upper East Side of New York where no secret is safe – an anonymous blogger is following their every move and releasing their secrets for the world to see. Probably the most drama-filled show I’ve watched, and you’ll end up passionately loving or passionately hating these characters. Definitely a binge watch.
Suits! What a show. Suits follows an insanely smart college dropout who becomes employed by Harvey Specter, one of the best lawyers New York has to offer. The show follows their mission in trying to keep Mike’s (the college dropout’s) secret whilst allowing him to be his associate, despite not having a single law qualification. Not the best description, but if you’re into legal drama’s, this is a must try. Perfect for anyone that’s a fan of How To Get Away With Murder.
- On My Block
On My Block follows a group of teens navigating their way through high school, relationships and the challenges of living in a neighbourhood with gang violence. The show goes through a lot of ups and downs, and really opened up my eyes to the beauty of black and Hispanic culture, family and relationships but also the downs of that separate area of gang violence, and how horrible it must be to be a teen living in fear of your own neighbourhood. It’s a great watch.
- Jane The Virgin
Okay, hear me out. This is actually a really addictive, great programme once you get past the cheesy animations and voice overs (I actually really like the voice overs! The guy’s voice is insane). This isn’t your usual TV show: it’s structured like a telenovela, which really adds to the storyline. The telenovela follows Jane, a Christian, virgin Latina who gets accidentally artificially inseminated in a hospital, meaning she becomes pregnant despite never having sex. The show follows her telling her guiding her way through life, dealing with family, maintaining her relationship with her detective boyfriend and meeting the soon-to-be biological father, a currently married rich man and former playboy. Again, another series full of plot twists. You have to give this a try – I ended up absolutely loving it.
- The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
This limited series only contains 8 episodes which I binged all in one day on the day it was released – yes it was good. Whatever theory you have in your mind about Madeleine’s disappearance, just wait for it to be thrown every which way. This series educates you on everything that occurred during that time and afterwards and actually taught me a lot that I didn’t know. I had one theory in my head going out, and now it’s completely gone – I believe something completely different now. If you’re into crime documentaries, this is a good, short one to binge which will leave you completely captivated as each episode goes on.
- First Team Juventus
Okay, before you jump pass this up and laugh at the fact I’ve included this, what kind of supporter would I be if I didn’t include this? Maybe I’m biased, but I really loved this show (and there’s two series, so I can’t be the only one!). There’s three episodes per series in which it follows the team through major events like the Champions League, major matches and Buffon’s departure from the team. Yes, I watched them all on the day they were released; yes, I got upset watching Buffon’s ending (baring in mind this was released in 2018). Even if you’re not a fan, both series show great motivation, and the messages the players give out are ones of greatness and prosperity. A great source of empowerment.
- Stranger Things
You’ve really been living under a rock if you haven’t seen this/don’t know what it’s about. Even those non-Sci-Fi fans have ended up absolutely loving this. Stranger Things follows a group of kids in the 1980’s that on one night, one of them goes missing. Somehow, this links to a major secret in a government lab nearby. Get yourself out from under the rock and get watching if you haven’t already.
For those of you into historical dramas, this is my absolute favourite. Reign follows a teenage Mary Queen of Scots travelling to France to meet and be with her soon-to-be husband, Prince Francis. Reign goes through themes of friendship, love, hatred, family dynamics, jealously – the lot. A truly captivating story and my personal favourite historical drama on Netflix. Again, this is one of the shows where you fall in love with the characters or passionately hate the characters – it really sucks you in.
- The Great British Bake Off
I really love a good cooking/baking programme and the GBBO is a nice, classic binge watch. It’s pretty self-explanatory as a programme. As much as it’s so easy to get into it, it’s one of those programmes that you can also stick on in the background and you don’t need to have your full concentration on it. One of my favourite cooking programmes on there (Hell’s Kitchen is unrivalled though, however it’s sadly not there anymore).
- The Final Table
The Final Table is a global cooking show in which teams from all over the world compete in pairs to cook food from different countries each episode, including Mexico, Italy, India, Japan and the UK. Another great, easy watch.
- Selling Sunset
Selling Sunset follows the Oppenheim Group, an elite real estate brokerage firm, and their agents in competition to sell the best houses LA has to offer to the rich and famous. It starts with a new agent arriving, and the current agents wanting her to prove herself before being fully accepted. Full of drama and luxurious lifestyles, this is another easy but thoroughly entertaining binge watch.
- Instant Hotel
Instant Hotel is an Australian TV programme in which homeowners have converted their houses into hotels, and the teams take it in turns to visit their hotels, judge and score each other, with the winner receiving a grand prize. An easy watch and great for those who love interior design shows.
If there’s any I’ve missed, or any you think I should watch, leave it in the comments below!