Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is one of the best true crime shows to come out in recent memory, and that’s saying something. I mean, think about how many there are out there. There’s Hulu’s The Act, a miniseries that centers on the real-life murder of Dee Dee Blanchard, a mother with Munchausen syndrome by proxy who intentionally made her daughter, Gypsy, sick. Also, let’s not forget about now-classics of the genre like Making a Murderer, Dirty John, and American Crime Story.
True crime is a full-blown phenomenon that spans all different types of media. Podcasts like Serial and Crime Junkie are always in the top slots on iTunes. Documentaries like Fyre quickly go viral on social media and birth hundreds of memes. Why the genre is so popular remains a mystery. Maybe we love it because it helps put our own lives into perspective. Perhaps it’s the car-crash mentality—we just can’t look away. Either way, our culture’s appetite for true crime has reached critical mass, which is why there’s a new movie, TV show, or documentary release seemingly every week.
So after you’ve finished Tiger King, check out our other picks for the best true crime shows, below. I suggest breaking them up with some comedies, though. It’s all about the balance.