7. Making a Murderer
Today, Netflix is known for its amazing true-crime dramas, and I say it is all thanks to Making a Murderer, which premiered on the streaming service on 2015. It’s Making a Murderer that launched Netflix into the crime-drama game and it still reigns king. As many mind-blowing documentaries as the streaming network has released over the years, you never forget your first!
Making a Murderer follows the complicated and heartbreaking case of Steven Avery, a man who served 18 years for a crime he did not commit, or so claims the doc. According to the story we are told, Avery was exonerated after DNA testing proved his innocence. But it was only a couple of years after his release before Avery found himself in trouble again and charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach.
The true-crime documentary explores details behind Avery’s case and his fight to prove he is innocent. The docuseries blames the mishandling of the case on the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department, and it is suggested they simply don’t like Avery and are determined to keep him behind bars.
Whether you believe Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey are innocent or not is all up to you, but Making a Murder does a brilliant job presenting their story. The crime-doc received so much attention, with audiences fully supporting Avery and Dassey, that Netflix created Making a Murderer 2.
The second part of the series further investigates the case in hopes of re-opening it, challenging Avery and Dassey’s convictions.