Making a Murderer: similar shows to watch now you've finished the series
- Rebecca Monks
- 14 January 2016
The Jinx, West of Memphis, Serial and other crime series to fill your time with
So, you've finished Making a Murderer. Over the course of ten episodes, you experienced every emotion under the sun: outrage, heartbreak, sympathy, and a strong desire to go for a glass of red wine and a long talk about life with lawyers Strang and Buting. Now, you're left wanting more.
The documentary series, which follows the murder trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, is complex, compelling and captivating. Seriously, it's such good viewing, it makes you want to use only alliterative adjectives when describing it.
The thing is, once you've finished all ten episodes, that's it. Sure, there are discussions about it all over the internet, and details of the show have replaced 'how was your Christmas?' as the main topic of conversation in the workplace. But once you've finished, what do you do with your designated #MaM Netflix time? We've got some suggestions …
The Jinx – This 2015 documentary from filmmaker Andrew Jarecki explores the life of Robert Durst. According to the doc's IMDB page, Durst is 'the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes', including 'the disappearance of his first wife'. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst premieres on NOW TV Thu 28 Jan, so you're in luck.
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer – This 1992 documentary tells the story of Aileen Wuornos, an American serial killer. Wuornos' story was also explored in the 2003 film Monster, which starred Charlize Theron. Available to watch on Netflix.
West of Memphis – This 2012 documentary explores the case of the West Memphis Three - three teenagers (Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin), who were convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but who maintained their innocence. Available to watch on Netflix.
Serial – This award-winning podcast proves that audio files can be just as powerful as television when it comes to compelling stories. Season 1 investigated the 1999 murder of 18-year-old student Hae Min Lee, and Season 2 is currently exploring the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured and held by the Taliban for nearly five years. Download at serialpodcast.org.
The Murder Detectives – This gripping three-part documentary about the murder of Nicholas Robinson was filmed over 18 months. It was shown on Channel 4 in 2015.