Dark Dramas Inspired By Real Events
Sometimes nothing is more shocking than the truth and these television dramas inspired by real events prove it. From true crime to world-shaking catastrophes and deeply personal events, TV dramas based on true stories can grip your attention like nothing else.
Some series stick to the events more closely than others - both Chernobyl and When They See Us were exhaustively researched - and can have an almost historical feel, even as they're telling the true stories of a time not that long ago. Other series, such as American Crime Story, have a heightened sense of drama. There are even drams such as Alias Grace that are more fictionalized retellings of real historical crimes.
Vote up the dark dramas based on real events that caught your attention the most.
- Photo: Des / ITV146 VOTESBiographer Brian Masters becomes obsessed with the motives of serial killer Dennis Nilsen.
- Actors: David Tennant, Daniel Mays, Jason Watkins, Barry Ward, Ron Cook
- Premiered: September 14, 2020
- Network: UTVHD
- 227 VOTESA girl unearths a cold case buried by everyone in town, including her father.
- Actors: Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Kylie Rogers, Michael Weston
- Premiered: April 3, 2020
- Network: Apple TV+
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Waco: The AftermathExploring the uneven scales of justice faced by surviving Branch Davidians.
- Actors: Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo, Shea Whigham, Gary Cole, Giovanni Ribisi
- Premiered: April 16, 2023
- Network: Showtime
- 344 VOTESInspired by the true story of a Texas doctor whose patients are left permanently disabled or dead.
- Actors: Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Carrie Preston, Grace Gummer
- Premiered: July 15, 2021
- Network: Peacock
- Photo: Oussekine414 VOTESAn in-depth recap of the death of Malik Oussekine that everything that followed in December 5, 1986.
- Actors: Hiam Abbass, Kad Merad, Thierry Godard
- Premiered: May 11, 2022
- Network: Hulu
- 514 VOTESPolice investigate the disappearance of 10-year-old Helen Nilsson.
- Actors: Sasha Becker, Anders Beckman, Håkan Bengtsson, Lotten Roos, Magnus Schmitz
- Premiered: November 15, 2020
- Network: SVT1
- 633 VOTESIn the 1970s, killer Charles Sobhraj preys on travelers exploring the South Asia's "hippie trail."
- Actors: Tahar Rahim, Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber, Amesh Edireweera
- Premiered: January 1, 2021
- Network: BBC One