Heartbreak, disgust, sympathy and every other emotion in between are evoked from this particular docuseries. Recently passing its one year anniversary, Making a Murderer had fans and news stations across the continent buzzing with debate and excitement. Directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, this Netflix original is a real-life crime documentary that follows the hapless fate of one American man and his fight against the American justice system.
At the age of 22, Steven Avery was falsely convicted of sexual assault, attempted murder and false imprisonment against Penny Ann Beerntsen. After facing imprisonment for nearly two decades, DNA evidence releases Avery of the crimes that he did not commit. Following his exoneration, Avery files a lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin and the other individuals involved with the false conviction. However, this only marks the beginning of Avery’s battle against the local justice system.
While fighting against corrupt local law enforcement, Avery suddenly becomes a targeted suspect of another horrid crime. Filmed over the course of a decade, Making A Murderer follows Steven Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey as they are tried for the rape and murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. The docuseries brings light to the outcome of the controversial and dramatic murder trial that occurred back in 2007.
Making A Murderer is one of Netflix’s most successful series. In the United States, each episode averaged 19.3 million viewers in the initial 35 days of its release. Scoring an 8.8 rating on IMDB, a 97 per cent approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes and landing four PrimeTime Emmy Awards, the series went viral. Fans of real-life crime documentaries such as HBO’s The Jinx or CNN’s The Hunt with John Walsh will also enjoy this real-life crime thriller.
Every documented detail on the trails and the emotional impact on the suspect’s families will bring viewers back in time. The dramatic events are stringed together with interviews, court footage, phone calls and news reports that create an immersive journey. Although the series is now a year old, the real-life issues in Making A Murderer are still highly relevant today. The viral documentary stirred up national debate about class issues, corrupted law enforcement and wrongful convictions that are still prevalent in present-day America.
Still haven’t watched the first season? Now would be the perfect time to catch up. Although the holidays are coming to an end, here is some good news. In July 2016, Netflix has confirmed that there will be a sequel to the popular series. The next season (warning: link contains spoilers) will update fans on the fate of Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey and the rest of their families. The premiere date for the anticipated sequel has yet to be announced.
The first season compacts the events from an entire decade into 10 detailed episodes, approximately an hour long each. In other words, grab your laptop and prepare a bowl of popcorn. With the holidays still around, the entire series can be binged watched in a day or two. A nail-biter and a tear-jerker, Making A Murderer is the perfect Netflix series to chill with this holiday.
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