Love Fraud (Showtime, 2020)
A movie-caliber suspense, Love Fraud is a hunt for serial romance scammer Richard Scott Smith, who committed a string of identity fraud crimes for 20 years by preying on unsuspecting women seeking relationships. He was accused of being married at least ten times to more than one woman at a time. His former partners accused him of using their identities to make purchases and obtain credit, leaving them severely in debt. The four-episode docuseries also tells the stories of the victims, including how they met Smith and came to be duped.
While Smith’s story is already fascinating in itself, the series’ smart use of documentary tropes and stunning visual artistry makes Love Fraud one of the best true crime documentaries in recent years. Though a slow burn in the first episodes, Love Fraud delivers its sucker punch in the final episode, which is considered as one of the most compelling and satisfying hours of television.