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

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix, 2020)

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Directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, Tiger King focuses on the rivalry between big cat collector Joe Exotic and big cat conservationist Carole Baskin. The seven-episode docuseries starts with Baskin accusing Exotic of abusing and exploiting wild animals and reaches its climax when Exotic hires someone to try to kill Baskin.

Ranking as one of Netflix’s most successful releases to date, Tiger King was watched by 34.3 million people over its first ten days of release. Critics and audience alike find it very entertaining, thanks to its absurd real-life story that is far more interesting than some of Hollywood’s most detailed fiction. Tiger King’s use of all the formats currently possible to narrate an unscripted series also helps it secures a spot on the list of best true crime documentaries.

Considered a cultural moment, Tiger King was nominated in six categories at the 2020 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary, and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program.

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