Docu-series dramas centred on real life stories that you should be watching.
By Mumbua Nzula Nzyoka.
- Making a murderer
This show, a Netflix original, had Americans rethinking their whole judicial system. The docu-series tells the story of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who was convicted for the murder of a Wisconsin photographer named Teresa Hallbach. The series shows how a lot of the evidence did not add up or justify the conviction. There’s still speculation about who murdered Teresa floating around the internet. You can read 7 of them here.
- One born every minute
This is a British observatory docu-series about women giving birth. The show follows the lives of the doctors, nurses and the parents. There have been various adaptations including the American version on Lifetime and the French version called Baby Boom on TF1.
- Race for the White House
This CNN docu-series shows just how important particular issues can be during a presidential election. The series comes at a time when America is facing its most controversial presidential campaigns to date. The show focuses on Abe Lincoln, Truman, Richard Nixon as well as JF Kennedy. The show is produced by Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti. It’s only on its 3rd episode, so you have enough time to catch up this Easter.
This HBO series focuses on cultural taboos. In some cases, the taboos are not considered taboos by the cultures that practice them. In one particular episode, the show visited a fat farm in Mauritania. In these fat farms, girls are taken there before marriage to get fat. You could be imagining a situation where the girls just spend their days eating and sitting around, but that’s not the case. It is really disturbing. Get more information about the practice.
- Deadliest Catch
Forget “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Deadliest Catch” is a high-stakes real-life high seas adventure. The show documents the perils that fishing crews face when they are out on the seas. Not only does it give you a close-up look at what having a bad day actually means, but it is also a gripping tale of survival both economically and otherwise. Its currently in its 11th season, so they must be doing something right.