TV’s True Crime Craze: A Round Up of the Best, From ‘Tiger King’ to ‘The Vow’

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Serial killers, weird cults, felons galore — we are devouring so much true crime TV, it ought to be illegal. To feed your appetite — and with the America’s Most Wanted reboot coming to Fox on March 15 — we’ve rounded up a few titles for you to enjoy — especially if pop culture sensations are your bread and butter.

From a Netflix series that had everyone talking (Tiger King) to a dive into the NXIVM cult (The Vow), scroll down for notorious names and monsters you won’t be able to forget — and where to watch them.

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Making a Murderer

Inept “experts.” Coerced confessions. Evidence tampering. The series about Wisconsin auto mechanic Steven Avery — wrongfully imprisoned, suspected in a homicide years later — hooked us all. Netflix

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O.J.: Made in America

This 30 for 30 miniseries brilliantly explores how the murders of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman spawned the Trial of the Century during an era of racial unrest. ESPN+

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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

The first of a film trilogy opens the case against the Arkansas teens known as the West Memphis Three, convicted — and then freed amid public outcry — of pulling off a fatal satanic ritual. HBO Max


Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Over seven episodes, mulletted, meme-inspiring zookeeper Joe Exotic (above) gets caught in his own trap, charged with taking out a hit on rival Carole Baskin. Netflix

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The Vow

The secrets of the NXIVM cult (with branded sex “slaves”) run deep enough to get a Season 2 order. HBO Max