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The Best Current True Crime Series 

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Updated July 24, 2020 345 votes 72 voters 3.7k views 36 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite true crime series that are currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

Among every genre of TV shows, there is just something about true crime series that make for the perfect binge watch. Whether you have heard of the case in question before, you will find yourself encapsulated by these shows that string you along from one episode to the next, each one ending in a cliffhanger. You watch, hoping to solve the mystery before the narrator gets there. The time just flies by as you watch some of the best current true crime shows. Can you figure out who the true culprit is?

One of the most riveting true crime shows to come on the air recently was The Act, which aired on Hulu in 2019. The show follows what led Gypsy Blanchard to take her own mother's life. The show was met with critical acclaim and shined a light on what led to the events that transpired on that fateful day in 2015. Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is another chilling show about another dark chapter in the American midwest. The show strings together interviews with people who knew Bundy and helps show how he committed such heinous acts.

This list contains the best current true crime television series that had new episodes air in 2019. Which ones have you binged?

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Cold Justice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Kelly Siegler, Yolanda McClary, Alan Brown

Premiered: 2013

Cold Justice (TNT, 2013) is an American unscripted true crime television series produced by Dick Wolf. The show follows former Harris County, Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler and a team of ...more
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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
The First 48 Dion Graham, Caroline Mason, Tony Mullins

Premiered: 2004

The First 48 (A&E, 2004) is an American documentary television series that offers an insider's look at the real-life world of homicide investigators.
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Homicide Hunter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Josh Casaubon, Joe Kenda, Carl Marino

Premiered: 2011

Homicide Hunter is an American documentary television series showcasing the career of retired Colorado Springs police detective Joseph Kenda. It debuted October 25, 2011 on Investigation ...more
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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Dean Strang
Making a Murderer (Netflix, 2015) is a crime documentary series written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. The series explores the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc ...more
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Nightmare Next Door is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Nightmare Next Door

Premiered: 2011

Nightmare Next Door (Investigation Discovery, 2011) is an American true crime documentary television series. Each episode follows reenactments of murders that rocked small-town America.
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Evil Genius: the True St... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Judy Ho
Evil Genius is a 2018 crime docuseries directed by Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder. The baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza man who robs a bank with a bomb ...more
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The Act is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Chloë Sevigny

Premiered: Hulu

The Act (Hulu, 2019) is an American true crime anthology drama web television series. A girl's (Joey King) quest for independence from the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective ...more
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Snapped is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Laura San Giacomo

Premiered: 2004

Snapped is a British narrated American true crime television series that airs on the Oxygen Network. Snapped debuted on August 6, 2004, and is produced by Jupiter Entertainment.
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Conversations with a Kil... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series

Premiered: 2019

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix, 2019) is an American four-part documentary television series created by Joe Berlinger. The series examines Ted Bundy's character and ...more
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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters

Premiered: 1978

20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS's 60 Minutes ...more
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Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

Premiered: 1992

Dateline NBC, or simply Dateline, is a weekly American television newsmagazine/reality legal show that is broadcast on NBC. It was previously the network's flagship news magazine, but now ...more
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Disappeared is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Disappeared Christopher Crutchfield Walker, David Van Norman, Heather Ashley Chase
Disappeared is an American documentary television series on Investigation Discovery which debuted on January 11, 2010. The series contains interviews and commentary by people involved in various ...more
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Deadly Women is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Lynnanne Zager

Premiered: 2005

Deadly Women is a television series first aired in 2005 on the Discovery Channel, focusing on female killers. It was originally a mini-series consisting of three episodes: "Obsession", ...more
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True Crime with Aphrodit... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Aphrodite Jones, Randy Thomas, Jonathan Brown-Tea

Premiered: 2010

True Crime with Aphrodite Jones is an American documentary television series airing on Investigation Discovery, hosted by Aphrodite Jones. The show is very similar in format to On the Case with ...more
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Serial Killer: Devil Unc... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Maria Awes, John Douglas, Gary Garrett

Premiered: 2019

Serial Killer: Devil Unchained (Investigation Discovery, 2019) is an American true crime documentary television miniseries. Investigative journalist Maria Awes teams up with former FBI profiler ...more
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Your Worst Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Your Worst Nightmare Eric Abraham, Clark Sarullo, Kevin Todde Coughlin

Premiered: 2014

Your Worst Nightmare (Investigation Discovery, 2014) is an American true crime documentary television series. Narration guides each episode, blending reenactments of key events with commentary ...more
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Murder Mountain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series

Premiered: 2018

Murder Mountain (Netflix, 2018) is an American true crime documentary television miniseries. The 6-part limited series covers an area of Northern California's Humboldt County, including the ...more
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The Devil Next Door is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Eli Gabay, Eli Rosenbaum, Michael Shaked

Premiered: 2019

The Devil Next Door (Netflix, 2019) is an American documentary television series. A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous German death camp guard ...more
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Don't F**k with Cats: Hu... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Deanna Thompson, John Green, Claudette Hamlin

Premiered: 2019

Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Netflix, 2019) is an American true crime documentary series. The limited series follows a group of internet sleuths who launched a manhunt for ...more
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Wrong Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Wrong Man

Premiered: 2018

Wrong Man (Starz, 2018) is an American documentary crime television series. A team of esteemed experts re-investigate the cases of three inmates who have been locked up for decades and claim ...more
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For Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant

Premiered: 2020

For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg. Prisoner Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a ...more
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Interrogation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series
Kyle Gallner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Autry Haydon-Wilson

Premiered: 2020

Interrogation (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American true crime drama television series, created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz. The non-linear crime limited series that is centered ...more
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The Preppy Murder: Death... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series

Premiered: 2019

The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park is an American documentary television miniseries. The docuseries looks at the notorious 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in Central Park, featuring ...more
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Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series

Premiered: 2018

Whistleblower (CBS, 2018) is an American true crime television series. Hosted by Alex Ferrer, the show features real-life stories of heroic people who put everything on the line in order to ...more
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The Pharmacist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current True Crime Series

Premiered: 2020

The Pharmacist (Netflix, 2020) is an American true crime documentary series. Small town pharmacist Dan Schneider beats the odds when he embarks on a dogged pursuit to find and bring his son's ...more