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True Crime Genre: Documentaries and Television

Here you will find suggestions for where to find both full-length and episodic true crime documentaries, many free to stream anytime!

Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID) is an extremely popular true crime television network that features primarily episodic documentary-style true crime stories and accounts. Their website has streaming capabilities and much of their content is available online. Their site also features a programming schedule and a CrimeFeed page that features the latest true crime related articles and reports. This resource would be most useful for those seeking retellings of true crime that is often of an interpersonal nature (stalking, ‘crimes of passion,’ etc.) and produced to be more entertaining than informational. Click here or on the graphic above to be directed to the official website.

Oxygen Network

Oxygen broadcasts primarily true crime programming and focuses specifically on cases in which the perpetrators were brought to justice. The network presents both full-length and episodic documentary-style shows on true crime cases. Their website offers a complete programming schedule as well as several series that are available for streaming on-demand. Even more, the website also has a news feed feature of breaking true crime related stories. Though not the most authoritative source, the website is very useful for entertainment purposes or those looking to watch some semi-sensationalized true crime programming. Click here or on their logo above to be directed to the official website.

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YouTube can be an excellent resource for finding accessible and unique true crime documentaries, most useful for recreational viewing. There are channels dedicated to the genre and playlists organized by topic or program, such as this compilation of Dateline episodes. Try searching 'true crime' and see what you can find!