The year 2011 saw a fierce bidding, one of the first of its kind, to acquire the rights to David Fincher’s reboot of ‘House of Cards.’ Netflix emerged as the winner outbidding the giants like HBO and AMC. ‘House of Cards’ was the streaming giant’s first major step in original programming. Though media outlets tagged the acquisition as “the biggest gambling in the history of the streamer,” the move paid its due when ‘House of Cards’ earned 33 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and eight Golden Globe Award nominations. Netflix has become an important tour de force Netflix in the world of entertainment over the years. Though its dominance has been challenged by Amazon, Hulu, and others, Netflix still holds the flag high with its diverse program slate.
True crime documentaries became one of the staples of Netflix’s oeuvre, and each one of these shows became quite a sensation among the audience not only in America but all over the world. Such documentaries or docuseries were made earlier by other networks as well, but few have been able to establish their stronghold on the subject as quickly as Netflix has. One of the Netflix original shows which quickly received a lot of attention is ‘Making a Murderer‘. The plot explores one of the most shocking cases in the history of crime in the U.S. in which man a named Steven Avery wrongfully convicted of murder and went on to spend 18 years of his life behind the bars.
After his exoneration, Avery lodged a case against the system and the people who were behind his arrest, only to find himself accused of another murder of the 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach! ‘Making A Murderer’ was picked up by Netflix after HBO and PBS turned their heads on the project. Upon its release, the docuseries became a huge sensation, gained huge viewership, critical acclaim, and went on to win four Primetime Emmy Awards. So, without further ado, here is the list of best TV series similar to ‘Making A Murderer’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these TV shows like ‘Making A Murderer’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. I am a Killer (2018)
Another original true-crime series from Netflix, ‘I am a Killer‘ offers us a unique view of crime and criminals from the perspective of some prison inmates who are waiting for the day of their death sentences. An eye-opening account which never could have reached us otherwise, each episode of the series documents one such inmate, his life before and after the crime, the main reason why he took such a drastic step in the first place, and what he thinks of the crime now when he looks back.
It is very rare for us to have any sort of communication with people who have actually murdered someone, and thus these casual interviews seem more bone-chilling than hardly anything we come across on television. There is only one problem- not a single woman waiting for her death sentence is documented in ‘I am a Killer’. Notably, in this series, we talk about convicted murderers while it is the conviction itself is under introspection in ‘Making A Murderer’.