Series based on real events

List of the best TV shows based on real events: Titanic, Genius, The Kennedys, The Crown, Wild Wild Country, The Terror, Strange Angel, Chernobyl, Formula 1: Drive to Survive, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.

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Titanic (2012)
Markimdb: 6
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, Hungary
StyleBased on real events

A heart-wrenching journey through Titanic's last moments, featuring both fictional and historical characters, ranging from steerage passengers and crew to upper class guests and staff.

Genius (2017)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, biography, history
CharactersScientists, Geniuses, Artists
StyleBased on real events, Fascinating

Anthology series about famous geniuses with the first season charting how Albert Einstein unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe, and the second exploring the passionate nature and relentless creative drive of Pablo Picasso.

The Kennedys (2011)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, history
CountryCanada, USA
PlotPolitics, Family life
StyleBased on real events, Patriotic, Makes me think

The Kennedys is an Emmy-winning Canadian-American television miniseries chronicling the lives of the Kennedy family, including key triumphs and tragedies it has experienced. It stars Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Barry Pepper and Tom Wilkinson among others, and is directed by Jon Cassar. The series premiered in the United States in April 2011 on ReelzChannel and on History Television in Canada.

The Crown (2016)
Markimdb: 8.7
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersKings, Strong women
PlotPolitics, Power
StyleBased on real events, Netflix, Atmospheric, Worth watching

The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

Wild Wild Country (2018)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genredocumentary, crime
PlotReligion, Sects
StyleBased on real events, Netflix

When a controversial cult leader builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.

The Terror (2018)
Markimdb: 8
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, adventure, history
CharactersIndians, Cannibals, Monsters, Shamans
PlotSurvival, Self-sacrifice
PlaceShips, Court
Time19th century
StyleBased on real events, For men, Atmospheric

The crew of a Royal Naval expedition searching for the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage discovers instead a monstrous predator.

Strange Angel (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, detective
CharactersScientists, Military
PlotSecond world war
StyleBased on real events, Action, Fascinating

The story of the mysterious and brilliant Jack Parsons in 1940s Los Angeles as by day he helps birth the discipline of American rocketry and by night is a performer of sex magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley.

Chernobyl (2019)
Markimdb: 9.4
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
PlotPolitics, Disasters, Self-sacrifice
PlaceForest, Russia, Ukraine, USSR
TimeDark ones
StyleBased on real events, Touching, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Worth watching

The true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history: the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredocumentary, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotCars, Racing
StyleBased on real events, Netflix

Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane -- both on and off the track -- during one cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredocumentary, crime
CharactersKillers, Serial killers
StyleBased on real events, Netflix, Worth watching

A unique look inside the mind of an infamous serial killer with this cinematic self-portrait crafted from statements made by Ted Bundy, including present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings from death row.

Motylki (2013)
Markimdb: 7.6
PlotLove, Death, Disasters
StyleBased on real events

It's April of 1986. Pripyat, Ukraine. A core meltdown occurred at Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Power Plant. Over thirty people died during the blast but the estimated death toll as a result of the radiation fallout will reach a four-digit number. This accident will be considered the world’s largest ecological disaster. Set at ground zero of a catastrophe, this film will reveal the details of the Chernobyl event. The shocking news of the explosion at the nuclear plant has spread, as the world watched the tragedy in fear and confusion. Hearts went out to those who displayed selfless courage and integrity in the initial efforts to stabilize the reactor power. But some were too busy being in love to notice what had just happened in nearby Chernobyl. The disaster has faded into the background... This is an account of love and loss, bravery and supernatural stoicism in the face of unbeatable odds.

When They See Us (2019)
Markimdb: 8.9
Genredrama, crime
CharactersParents, Lawyers, Teenagers
StyleBased on real events, Makes me think, Netflix

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.

Barbarians (2020)
CharactersSoldier, Strong women, Warriors, Heroes, Military
PlotUprising, War, betrayal, Power
PlaceForest, Roman Empire
StyleBased on real events, Netflix

Three people's fates are interwoven in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 A.D., during which Germanic warriors halt the spread of the Roman Empire.

La Révolution (2020)
CharactersVampire, Kings, Doctors, Poor, Killers
PlotPolitics, Uprising, Revolution, Voodoo, Viruses
StyleBased on real events, Netflix, Spectacular, Action

1787, France. While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin - the future inventor of the world famous ‘Guillotine’ - uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease quickly spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people and soon leads to a rebellion.

The Great (2020)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia
StyleBased on real events

A genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia following the rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great and her explosive relationship with husband Peter, the emperor of Russia.

Home Before Dark (2020)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecrime, detective
CharactersChildrens, Journalists, Teenagers
PlaceSmall towns, USA
StyleBased on real events, Fascinating, Women in the lead roles

A young girl moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury.

Little America (2020)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
StyleBased on real events, Touching, Sad ones

An anthology series that goes beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America at a time when they are more relevant than ever.

The Trial of Christine Keeler (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
CountryUnited Kingdom
StyleBased on real events

The minister, his mistress, and her lover the spy. The story of the woman at the centre of one of the 20th century's biggest scandals – which changed Britain forever.

The Spy (2019)
Markimdb: 7.9
PlotPolitics, Adventures
StyleBased on real events, Fascinating

In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.

Quiz (2020)
Markimdb: 7.4
PlotMoney, Deception
StyleBased on real events, By books

The story of Charles Ingram, a former British army major who caused a major scandal in the early 2000s after being caught cheating his way to winning £1 million on the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience, initially pulled off the on-screen heist before being caught and standing trial.