True Crime TV for Teens

True crime fans, rejoice! We've pulled together the best shows out there so that you can indulge in real-life mysteries and stories of the continued fight toward justice. Some of these picks are documentary series with extensive interviews and archival footage, and some are fictionalized accounts of real-life crimes and investigations. Either way, many of them aren't for young or squeamish viewers, so make sure you know what your kid can handle before starting in on something gruesome. For more TV that'll keep you engrossed and on the edge of your seat, check out our Mystery TV and Scary TV lists.

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Unsolved History

age 8+

Cracking the past's big mysteries with technology.

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Trial by Choir

age 13+

Tough teens sing their hearts out.

Network: TLC (2006)
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Unsolved Mysteries

age 13+

Reenactments of real-life mysteries can be creepy.

Network: Lifetime Real Women (1987)
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Unsolved Mysteries

age 13+

Worthy revamp of true crime mystery show has some violence.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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16 Shots

age 14+

Sobering docu about racism and corruption in Chicago.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Crime 360

age 14+

Detectives investigate crimes; gritty and sometimes graphic.

Network: A&E (2008)
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The Investigation

age 14+

Compelling Danish true crime drama sticks to the facts.

Network: HBO Max (2021)
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Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

age 14+

Dramatic docu about birth of Black Lives Matter movement.

Network: Paramount Network (2018)
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Time: The Kalief Browder Story

age 14+

Powerful docu about tragic impact of wrongful imprisonment.

Network: Spike (2017)
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Cold Case Files (2017)

age 15+

Sensational docuseries reboot best for serious crime buffs.

Network: A&E (2017)
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Cold Justice: Sex Crimes

age 15+

Graphic reality spinoff is sensational but serves a purpose.

Network: TNT (2015)
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The Confession Tapes

age 16+

Crime investigation docu has cursing, violent themes.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Dirty John

age 15+

True crime podcast turned drama is creepy to the max.

Network: Bravo (2018)
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Famous Crime Scene

age 15+

Gritty docuseries resurrects infamous crimes.

Network: VH1 (2010)
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The FBI Files

age 15+

Gripping but graphic: Real crimes solved here.

Network: Discovery Channel (1998)
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How to Get Away with Murder

age 15+

Tense legal procedural is steamy with some violence.

Network: ABC (2014)
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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

age 15+

The 'Law & Order' formula gets an OK true-crime makeover.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

age 15+

Grisly gore and violence in reimagining of murderer's life.

Network: Lifetime (2015)
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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

age 15+

Gory, talky true-crime surprisingly riveting for grown-ups.

Network: FX (2016)
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The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

age 15+

Heartrending child abuse docu explores complex issues.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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