All over television, we are suddenly witnessing a massive rise in the popularity of true-crime shows in recent years. Documentaries, reenactments, and even true crime podcasts have managed to capture the imagination of the viewers like no other TV show genre. It can safely be said that since Netflix stepped into the picture with their amazing resources and focused on making true crime shows one of their mainstays, a number of other networks have also jumped on the bandwagon with their true crime shows. Oxygen, the channel owned by NBCUniversal, is now a true-crime only network which has quite a number of popular shows on its roster. As it always happens, with an excessive amount of content being generated in the same field, sometimes the market tends to become saturated with some shows that could’ve done better by not witnessing the light of the day. However, FX’s series ‘American Crime Story‘ is just the opposite of the same. This anthology true crime series can easily be considered one of the best true crime shows out there.
The series boasts of an incredible cast and deals with some of the most intriguing crime stories in 20th century American history. Season 1, which was titled ‘The People Vs. O.J. Simpson’, told the story of this legendary crime where former O.J. Simpson was accused of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Season 1 of ACS managed to earn 22 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and ended up bagging nine. The series also won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for Sarah Paulson. Season 2 of ACS was titled ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ centers around the murder of the internationally renowned fashion designer. This season too received high critical acclaim and numerous awards, especially the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Darren Criss. There are few true crime shows which are as outstandingly made as ‘American Crime Story’. The acting, the direction and the treatment of the story made the show far more than just a retelling of a highly-publicized murder case. So, without further ado, here is the list of best TV series similar to ‘American Crime Story’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these TV shows like ‘American Crime Story‘ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
5. Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer (2018)
‘Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer’ is not exactly a show that unfolds over many episodes. It is actually an Oxygen TV special chronicling the death of the iconic fashion designer. If you have watched Season 2 of ‘American Crime Story’, ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, this special comes to you as an opportunity of looking into the famous case from a completely different point of view. While the ACS version of the story is a dramatized one, Oxygen uses a lot of real-life footage and interviews with officials directly related to the case. The famous designer was shot right outside his home in Miami, Florida by a serial killer named Andrew Cunanan.
Through this documentary, we also get to explore how the two men managed to be in the right place at the right time for the murder to take place. Ryan Murphy, one of the executive producers associated with the ACS version of the story had clarified to the media that the makers had used certain creative licenses while telling the story of this famous assassination. So if you are in for a more authentic version of the story, ‘Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer’ is absolutely the right choice for you. What is interesting about such murders is the fact that there are some crimes which become a sensation and a cultural symbol more than just a criminal case. Both ACS and ‘Kinng Versace..’ explore such act of crimes.
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