8 Must-See Series Inspired by True Stories (PHOTOS)

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American Crime Story (FX)

This anthology series features a different true crime each season plucked from the headlines of yesteryear’s most-talked about stories. So far, the show has revisited O.J. Simpson’s murder trial (above) and the “assassination” of Gianni Versace. Both seasons include stellar casts who disappear into the real-life figures we’ve all seen in the news.

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The Crown (Netflix)

There’s no better time than the present to delve into Netflix’s version of Queen Elizabeth’s story. While every aspect of the show can’t be confirmed as fact, many of the historically accurate details are shocking enough to paint the British monarchy in a whole new light.

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Chernobyl (HBO)

The limited series which recently finished its 5-episode run on the premium channel has quickly become a favorite. The show follows more than just the nuclear fallout of the event as it features various political and scientific figures portrayed in part by Stellan Skarsgård, Jared Harris and Emily Watson.

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The Act (Hulu)

Even if you’re aware of Blanchard’s chillingly tragic story, Hulu’s adaptation of Gypsy Rose (Joey King) and Dee Dee’s (Patricia Arquette) lives plays with a level of suspense that will draw any viewer in. The onscreen duo also really sell the disturbing dynamic between a mother who lies about her daughter’s many ailments.

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Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

If you like a good old fashioned prison break story look no further than Showtime’s Ben Stiller-directed limited series. Recounting the 2015 prison break of Richard Matt and David Sweat with the help of Clinton Correctional worker Tilly Mitchell. The crazy tale presented through winning performances by Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Dano is something you can’t miss.

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When They See Us (Netflix)

Ava DuVernay’s scripted account of “The Central Park Five” case follows the wrongly-accused young men through the day of the rape they’re accused of to recent years in which they were freed from imprisonment. The emotional four-parter has quickly become a top title among Netflix’s loaded library.

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Fosse/Verdon (FX)

Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams beautifully capture the ups and downs of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon’s creative and personal partnership in this limited series for FX. Prepare to be dazzled by their showstopping performances immersed in the world of song and dance.

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Narcos (Netflix)

This drama ran for three seasons on Netflix and followed the criminal activity of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in a compelling true-story adaptation. Pedro Pascal and Wagner Moura (above) lead the stellar cast of the series which eventually earned a spinoff series Narcos: Mexico.

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Amazing stories make for great television and in some cases those tales stem from the real-life headlines and historical events.

While shows like Game of Thrones or Stranger Things offer viewers an escape into fantastical worlds, sometimes it’s nice to return to the stories rooted in reality, and there are more than enough for them to consume. Whether true crime or historical dramas are your thing, there’s a show for you.

Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the must-see titles that are inspired by true stories, and let us know your favorites in the comments below.