7 Lesser-Known True Crime Shows You’re Missing Out On

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Discovery Channel

The Confession Tapes (Netflix)

This true crime documentary explores six different cases, all including a confession that lead to a conviction. However, they then introduce another side of the story, explaining how the confession may have come about.

Investigation Discovery - Real Detective
Investigation Discovery

Real Detective (Investigation Discovery)

Inspired by True Detective on HBO, this series focuses on real homicide detectives, bringing them to life with actors who portray their most haunting cases.

Forensic Files

Forensic Files (Netflix)

This docuseries introduces the connection between forensic science and criminal cases.

American Vandal

American Vandal (Netflix)

Talk about a fresh attempt at true crime! This Netflix mockumentary relies on satire to tell the story of a high school prank gone too far.

Manhunt: Unabomber
Discovery Channel

Manhunt: Unabomber (Discovery Channel/Netflix)

This Discovery Channel original depicts the actual search that was conducted by the FBI for the ’90s Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

The Staircase
Sundance Now

The Staircase (Sundance Now)

The Staircase introduces the murder trial of Michael Peterson. In the series, they dive into whether Peterson is truly responsible for his wife’s death.


Mindhunter (Netflix)

This crime drama explores the early days of profiling serial killers. It’s a fictionalized look at how the FBI started using criminal psychology.

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True crime continues to gain attention and interest from those curious about real-life’s most shocking and mysterious cases.

Shows like HBO’s The Jinx and Netflix’s Making a Murderer are TV phenomenons that serve as proof of this national obsession. That said, there are a some true crime series that are just as good, or are maybe even better, than the popular picks.

Click through the gallery above for 7 lesser-known true crime series you should check out right now!