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 TV Poster Image
Cracking the past's big mysteries with technology.
Network: Discovery Channel, Discovery Times
(2006)
(2002)
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Trial by Choir TV Poster Image
Tough teens sing their hearts out.
Network: TLC
(2006)
(2006)
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Unsolved Mysteries TV Poster Image
Reenactments of real-life mysteries can be creepy.
Network: Lifetime Real Women
(2005)
(1987)
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Unsolved Mysteries TV Poster Image
Worthy revamp of true crime mystery show has some violence.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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16 Shots Movie Poster Image
Sobering docu about racism and corruption in Chicago.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Crime 360 TV Poster Image
Detectives investigate crimes; gritty and sometimes graphic.
Network: A&E
(2008)
(2008)
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The Investigation TV Poster Image
Compelling Danish true crime drama sticks to the facts.
Network: HBO Max
(2021)
(2021)
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Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story TV Poster Image
Dramatic docu about birth of Black Lives Matter movement.
Network: Paramount Network
(2018)
(2018)
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Time: The Kalief Browder Story TV Poster Image
Powerful docu about tragic impact of wrongful imprisonment.
Network: Spike
(2017)
(2017)
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Cold Case Files (2017) TV Poster Image
Sensational docuseries reboot best for serious crime buffs.
Network: A&E
(2017)
(2017)
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Cold Justice: Sex Crimes TV Poster Image
Graphic reality spinoff is sensational but serves a purpose.
Network: TNT
(2015)
(2015)
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The Confession Tapes TV Poster Image
Crime investigation docu has cursing, violent themes.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Dirty John TV Poster Image
True crime podcast turned drama is creepy to the max.
Network: Bravo
(2018)
(2018)
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Famous Crime Scene TV Poster Image
Gritty docuseries resurrects infamous crimes.
Network: VH1
(2010)
(2010)
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The FBI Files TV Poster Image
Gripping but graphic: Real crimes solved here.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(1998)
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How to Get Away with Murder TV Poster Image
Tense legal procedural is steamy with some violence.
Network: ABC
(2014)
(2014)
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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Movie Poster Image
The 'Law & Order' formula gets an OK true-crime makeover.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles TV Poster Image
Grisly gore and violence in reimagining of murderer's life.
Network: Lifetime
(2015)
(2015)
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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story TV Poster Image
Gory, talky true-crime surprisingly riveting for grown-ups.
Network: FX
(2016)
(2016)
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The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez TV Poster Image
Heartrending child abuse docu explores complex issues.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Vow TV Poster Image
Docu of scandalized cultish self-help group is eye-opening.
Network: HBO
(2020)
(2020)
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When They See Us TV Poster Image
Solid dramatic account of 1990s wrongful conviction trial.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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World's Most Wanted TV Poster Image
True-life international crime docu has violent imagery.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story TV Poster Image
Fashion icon murder tale limits facts, moves slow.
Network: FX
(2018)
(2018)
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Cold Case Files TV Poster Image
Docuseries brings closure to long-unsolved crimes.
Network: A&E, Syndicated
(2005)
(1999)
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Cold Justice TV Poster Image
Gritty police docuseries displays graphic images.
Network: TNT
(2013)
(2013)
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Crimes That Shook the World TV Poster Image
Detailed look at infamous crimes isn't for kids.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2006)
(2006)
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Fear City: New York vs. the Mafia TV Poster Image
Keen look into 1980s FBI mafia takedown has foul language.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The First 48 TV Poster Image
Top-notch crime docudrama is too grisly for kids.
Network: A&E
(2007)
(2004)
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark TV Poster Image
Killer and victims get equal time in gripping docuseries.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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The Innocence Files TV Poster Image
Humanizing docu describes graphic violence, has cursing.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Making a Murderer TV Poster Image
Compelling crime doc has violent themes, strong language.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness TV Poster Image
Sensational murder-for-hire docu is chaotic, profane.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2020)
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Unbelievable TV Poster Image
Powerful, sympathetic drama shows a victim's side.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G. TV Poster Image
Dual investigation of hip-hop homicides has strong content.
Network: USA
(2018)
(2018)
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The Act TV Poster Image
Dark, toxic mother-daughter tale is based on a true story.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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American Justice TV Poster Image
Docu looks at crime from a legal point of view.
Network: A&E
(2005)
(1992)
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The Staircase TV Poster Image
Groundbreaking true crime documentary is still compelling.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2004)
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