14 Of The Best Shows To Watch On Netflix And Hulu If You Love True Crime

14 Of The Best Shows To Watch On Netflix And Hulu If You Love True Crime

Everyone loves a good murder story, right?

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Let's face it, most of us are fascinated by crime. The how and the why of the vilest and most repulsive acts in society and the twists and turns of solving a crime excite even the most unexcitable of people. Living with three forensic science majors in college has really heightened my awareness of some of the most infamous cases in history, and watching true crime shows have become a sort of past time for us.

Here are 14 of the most entertaining and shocking shows to watch if you love a good crime story, all available at the click of a button.

1. 'Forensic Files' (Netflix and Hulu)

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"Forensic Files" is the wholesome grandpa of true crime TV shows. it's been around since basically the beginning of crime and has some of the most interesting cases out there. Plus, the narrator has the perfect voice to listen to in the background while exercising or studying.

2. 'ABC 20/20' (Hulu)

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This real-time crime investigative news show has stories that range from Diane Downs to Ted Bundy and everything in between. All of the stories contain real victims, real witnesses, and real chilling footage. Many of the cases 20/20 highlights are recent, like in the last year recent... incredibly scary.

3. 'Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime' (Hulu and Youtube)

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Buzzfeed's best asset is the team behind "Buzzfeed Unsolved." The hosts, Ryan and Shane, have charisma and charm that makes learning about this historically unsolved cases more lighthearted. The long-running Youtube show is also available on Hulu and Amazon Prime, and switches every season between supernatural investigations and true crime unsolved cases.

4. 'The First 48' (Hulu)

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This Hulu hit chronicles the first 48 hours of the hunt to solve a crime, which all crime enthusiasts know, are the most important in finding the criminal. The way investigators go about seeking the perpetrators is entertaining, clever, and very satisfying in the end.

5. 'The Act' (Hulu)

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This new kid on the block TV show is a thriller to say the least. The shows firsts season follows the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her incredible history with "medical issues" and her battle with her mother that ultimately ends in murder. New episodes appear on Hulu every Wednesday, and each season will dramatize a different true crime story.

6. 'The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann' (Netflix)

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This incredibly sad and woeful story of the McCann family and the abduction of their young daughter just recently gained face on Netflix. The case is still unsolved, and has twists and turns like no other you will have seen. If you don't mind a sad and unsolved story, this is a cinematic saga you'll want to pop some popcorn for.

7. 'Criminal Minds' (Netflix)

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OK, if you haven't heard of "Criminal Minds," can you really even call yourself a true crime junkie? This fictional depiction of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit is probably one of the best TV shows ever concocted. It sucks you in with murder and keeps you around with lovable characters and wholesome plots. It really is worth a watch... or three.

8. 'The Staircase' (Netflix)

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This crazy case is centered around author Michael Peterson and the "accidental" death of his wife... who fell down a staircase. Though entertaining, this documentary was made in part by Peterson himself, so be aware of bias as you watch. Whatever your opinion is, it's a thriller nonetheless; it's also case NBC's Trial and Error was loosely based on.

9. 'The Confession Tapes' (Netflix)

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Watching convicted criminals lay it all on the table, the how, the why, the what of the terrible evil they committed is entrancing. This series on Netflix chronicles some of the most bone-chilling cases straight from the mouths of those who did it.

10. 'Mindhunter' (Netflix)

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Another FBI Profiling show, this fictional tale draws on real crimes and events to tell the story of two men who can see right into the minds of suspects. 'Mindhunter' has something for everyone, whether you love a good plot or a good murder, there's lots of good to go around.

11. 'Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions' (Hulu)

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Similar to the "Confession Tapes," If you've ever wondered what criminals say in the heat of an interrogation, this is the show for you. Watch real-time footage of criminals breaking under the pressure of the police questionings. It's chilling, yet fascinating. I recommend watching with the lights on.

12. 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' (Netflix)

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Darren Chris. That is all you need to know I order to be encapsulated by this gorgeously created drama chronicling the murder of Gianni Versace. The cinematic beauty alone is worth sticking around for the journey of the characters.

13. 'Cold Case Files' (Hulu)

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This OG of crime TV is right up there with the greats like "Forensic Files" in the quality and peaceful tendencies, plus, it's fascinating. Really worth the time to check out.

14. 'The Keepers' (Netflix)

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"The Keepers" is the story of a murdered nun and the crimes of rape and abuse locked behind the closed doors of the Catholic church. It will make you mad, it will make you sad, it will make you change the way you think about the higher ups in the Catholic church. Fair warning, you will need a hug after finishing this gut-wrenching true story of abuse.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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'Jane The Virgin' Season Five Made Me Hate Jane

Season five has ruined Jane Gloriana Villanueva.

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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Jane the Virgin"

Now, for all the super fans left, let me preface this article by saying that I love "Jane the Virgin." The show itself has brought a large piece of Latinx culture to an American audience in a way that is both educational and thrilling. Somehow, the writers of this modern Telenovela managed to find the balance between "soap opera" drama and modern TV drama.

However, while the show itself remains captivating, its main character has lost her luster. In other seasons, Jane proved to be an honest, selfless young woman. One of the prime examples of this is when she tells Michael she is pregnant instead of just accepting his proposal and dealing with the consequences later.

In seasons one through four, Jane was, as expected, caught up in the drama, but she always tried to put others before herself. She was fiercely protective of her mother and abuela as well as her son, Mateo. She was eager to help a struggling Petra, though Petra was nothing but rude to her.

Season five Jane is a different story.

This Jane perpetuates the idea that it is OK to play with someone's feelings, that she is right in dangling a relationship over both Raphael and Michael's heads. She claims that she doesn't know what she feels, that she has feelings for both Raphael and Michael. That she can't just run from her feelings for Michael.

She preaches that "love" is only an emotion. That it is ONLY felt. That because she "feels" something still there with Michael, she must still love him.

Sorry to break it to you Jane, but love isn't just a feeling. Love is a choice. It's a struggle. It's a fight you'll never stop fighting. It's a race you'll never get tired of running or when you do, you'll take a long drink of water and keep going.

Quite frankly, the way in which Jane treats her relationship with both men is emotional abuse. It is not only affecting the adults, but also the children as Mateo begins acting out and Ana and Ellie are convinced Raphael is taking drugs. While toying with the hearts of two men she cares about, she is also placing a wedge between herself and her son.

It seems stupid to be so opinionated about a silly TV show like "Jane the Virgin," but I know what it's like to be the second choice, then the first choice, then second again. Always wondering if you'll be good enough the next time, what you could have done better, how you could be different. Jane's actions in the final season only perpetuate the idea that it's OK to play with someone's emotions and that love is only a feeling. If you don't feel it, you don't have it.

Disclaimer: I am totally Team Raphael (if that wasn't obvious enough in this article), but here's why: Jane and Michael's relationship was based on "feeling." It "felt" magical. Raphael and Jane were not "love at first sight' but grew to love and accept one another. To me, this is the beautiful story. This is the real story of love.

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