It seems everyone is always talking about the various TV programmes and documentaries on Netflix, so I thought I would share a few now.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the sorts of programmes Netflix has available, then it is films, documentaries, boxsets of all genre types.
In terms of law and crime related programmes, there is a mix of true stories and fiction. Plus the perks of Netflix mean they also make available some old classics. The list of older documentaries and crime related TV series is amazing, and some you probably haven’t seen in years.
So if you fancy whiling away Autumn evenings, being super cosy at home whilst watching something with a law or crime element to it then here are a few suggestions. All of the titles below are clickable links incase you want to find out more.
First up let’s talk Narcos. A good friend of mine recommended it to me, and I am hooked. There are three seasons already to view, so I have quite a lot of viewing time left. It is a fictional series about a drug chemist in Chile, and the war against drugs etc. If that is your kind of programme it is so worth a watch.
A Netflix Original, looking at confessions made by those who did not even commit the crimes. This programme was always going to make it into my Netflix Haul. Americans have always loved a good crime drama and documentary, even a podcast, and that seems to have increased even more since Making A Murderer. The idea that you can sit at home and piece together the facts and hopefully come to the same conclusion as the police or lawyers is fascinating for some.
The Confession Tapes is a new series from journalist (and frequent documentary specialist) Kelly Loudenberg – and it is set to be the next binge-able crime obsession both here in the UK and abroad.
Simply, it is a seven-part indictment of the American criminal justice system, looking at the trust people put in law enforcement, the clear problems with assuming who is guilty and coercing people to confess – and the reasons why people confess to crimes they didn’t even commit.
Now I have seen all of these already on Sky, and am up to date on the latest series. But, if you are slightly behind the times, and haven’t yet watched How To Get Away With Murder, then watch Season 1 and 2 on Netflix now! You won’t regret it. I am forever watching the latest episode wishing law school was like that for me (minus the being involved in a few murders part). I love the American style of learning and it was always on my list of places to study as a child (in the short term) and spending the day at various American law schools last year, only made me love it more.
Babies Behind Bars was released back in 2011, so I imagine that some of you will have already watched it when it first aired. It follows the stories of a handful of inmates who deliver their babies behind bars. They are then are allowed to stay with their newborns in a prison maternity wing. I remember watching this a few years back, and it was quite emotional.
Another Netflix Original, this 2017 fictional TV Series looks at two FBI Agents in the 1970s who explore criminal science by delving into the psychology of murders! Plus they get up close and personal to the murders. This has received amazing reviews so far and looks like a series you can really get into.
A 2016 Netflix Original, which delves into the twice acquitted of murder story of Amanda Knox. One of the alleged crimes which had worldwide press coverage for many many years, this documentary sees her, and those closest to her talk about it all.
A 2017 documentary series looking at life inside prisons, from both the inmates and guards perspective. There are already lots of programmes on this topic already, both on mainstream TV/Sky based on UK and US prisons. I imagine this will be no different in terms of what is discovered/shared. However, it is always nice to get the low down on life inside prisons. There are 20 episodes in this particular documentary series.
Have you watched any of the programmes above? There are just too many good things available to watch on Netflix, so I will do another Netflix Haul post soon.
p.s. I can’t really mention Netflix and not refer to Making A Murderercan I? It still seems some people haven’t heard about it or watched it. You can read a blog post about it here. It really was a TV series that took the world by storm, looking at the police investigations into the murder of