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Best True Crime TV Shows in 2018

If you enjoy a healthy mix of thriller and horror, true crime TV shows will be your latest addiction.

Whether you're preoccupied with watching children, working, or going to school, just as important is taking some time for yourself. This means finding a hobby or specific interest that will allow you to unwind after a long and stressful day.

With that said, let 2018 be your year to binge watch something new and different. How about a good true crime TV show? Everyone loves a good story based off a real life crime!

Fortunately for you, I've whipped up a list of some of the best true crime TV shows you'll instantly get into this year.


Paramount Network's Waco is an American TV miniseries that began January 2018 and ended in February 2018.

Taking place in 1993 Waco, Texas, this six-episode true crime show features a fatal gun battle between the FBI, cult leader David Koresh, and Koresh's religious community, Branch Davidian. Throughout the series, clues arise as to why the shooting occurred.


For those of you who are fascinated with psychology, this one is for you.

Mindhunter features FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench and psychologist Wendy Carr who seek to track down serial killers by studying their minds through a series of interviews.

This true crime TV show, produced by Oscar-winner David Fincher and Oscar-winning Charlize Theron, launched its first season in October 2017. Netflix confirmed that there will be a second season sometime in 2018, likely towards the end of the year.

American Crime Story

This next series that started in 2016, American Crime Story, covers multiple equally-amazing seasons of different crimes in the U.S.

Season 1: The People v. O.J. Simpson

In the first season, American Crime Story covers the famous but controversial O.J. Simpson double murder trial. It digs deep into both sides of the case and features a variety of secrets behind such.

The chaotic O.J. Simpson case in this season has the perfect amount of suspense and drama, despite that Simpson was proven not guilty for both counts of murder.

Season 2: Assassination of Gianni Versace

Based off Ryan Murphy’s anthology, American Crime Story, The Assassination of Gianni Versace takes place in 1997 where fashion designer Gianni Versace is assassinated by serial killer Andrew Cunanan outside of his Miami Beach home.

The series follows a realistic portrayal of Versace, his killer, and eventually, his murder.

However, it should be noted that the Versace family has criticized the true crime TV show for its many fictional elements. With that said, watch this for entertainment, not as an informative documentary about Versace. It's still one of the scariest true crime documentaries.

The Investigator: A British Crime Story

The Investigator: A British Crime Story is based off the three-year decade murder of Carole Packman whose body was never found. The cold case showcases husband of Packman and her convicted murderer, Russell Causley—who in real life is serving eternity in prison.

Interestingly, Packman was originally believed to have voluntarily run away from home, leaving a note for her husband and 16-year-old daughter stating she no longer wished to have contact with the family. However, the "note" she left was found to be forged.

Leave it to you to decide if Causley is innocent or to blame for Wife Carole's unusual, mysterious, and sudden death.

Wild Wild Country

Wild Wild Country first aired in March of 2018, and while it has only had one season so far, we know this will continue to be a good one.

In the show, a cult leader who governs a self-created city in the middle of an Oregon desert finds himself in the midst of an illegal wiretapping crime. The conflict that arises with the cult leader and locals provides a controversial separation of church and state debate.

Making a Murderer

Starting in 2015, Making a Murderer is a documentary series that was filmed over 10 years. It covers the mysteries behind Steven Avery, his past crimes, and eventually his future crime (murder of a 25-year-old female photographer) that re-lands him into a formal investigation. 

Receiving a 8.7 out of 10 stars rating on IMDb, there's no doubt that this tragic, real life show will leave on the edge of your seat, making it one of the best true crime documentaries on Netflix. It makes for a great binge watch. Best of all, Netflix claims the series will make a return sometime this year.

The Jinx

The Jinx, a six-part documentary that begun in 2015, digs into the juicy history of Robert Durst. The real estate's heir gets confronted regarding the suspicious 1982 disappearance of his wife, and eventually, the murders of a family friend and neighbor.

The show includes interviews of suspected serial killer, Durst, along with almost a decade of information regarding the unsolved murders believed to be linked to him.


Keep in mind that true crime TV shows don't just revolve around murder and other clear acts of illegal wrongdoings. The 2018 Netflix series, Rotten, covers the shocking reality of the food chain and the ethics behind what we think we're eating versus what we're actually eating.

The six-episode documentary series is similar to the movie, Super Size Me, in terms of revealing the truths of our food but instead delves deeper into the food industry, releasing a plethora of dirtier secrets. It can still count as one of the creepiest true crime movies on Netflix, even if it's technically a TV show.


The next true crime series we have, Barry, is quite an interesting one. The first episode of this HBO show premiered in March of 2018 and features Barry Berkman, a depressed hitman, who is assigned to murder a Los Angeles actor.

However, Barry falls in love with the City of Angels and the career of acting, but his criminal past creates a challenge within his desired path. Sound interesting? Fortunately, Barry was renewed for season two.

Out of all of these true crime TV shows, which ones will you be watching? They all seem so fascinating!

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