30 of the best true crime documentaries to unleash your inner detective

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime, 2019)

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Surviving R. Kelly is a six-episode docuseries detailing the sexual abuse allegations against the titular R&B star. Though the documentary is brutal viewing, especially for those who have experienced similar traumas, it’s also empowering to watch, as it serves as an avenue for several of Kelly’s victims, who have gone unheard for a long time, to finally speak out.

Just a couple of weeks after the docuseries aired, Kelly’s final record label, RCA Records, dissolved its working relationship with him. And a month later, Kelly was formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The documentary, which was nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special at the 2019 Emmy Awards, also prompted several musicians who previously collaborated with Kelly on projects, including Lady Gaga and Ciara, to condemn him and remove their works with him from streaming services.

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