Series based on real events

Series based on real events
List of the best TV shows based on real events: The Last Dance, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, History of Swear Words, Motylki, Our Boys, Masters of Sex, Bad Blood, The Great Train Robbery, The Serpent, In Plain Sight.

In the top there are new series of 2021, a plot description and trailers for series that have already been released.

The Last Dance (2020)
Markimdb: 9.1
Genredocumentary, biography, sport
PlotSports, Basketball
StyleBased on real events

A 10-part documentary chronicling the untold story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty with rare, never-before-seen footage and sound from the 1997-98 championship season – plus over 100 interviews with famous figures and basketball’s biggest names.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2020)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, crime, detective
CharactersSerial killers
StyleAction, Based on real events, Fascinating

An exploration of the case of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, committing 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders, and true crime author Michelle McNamara's obsessive quest to find justice on behalf of his victims.

History of Swear Words (2021)
StyleBased on real events

This proudly profane series explores the history and impact of some of the most notorious bad words in the English language.

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.

Our Boys (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
CountryIsrael, USA
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Based on real events

Three Jewish teenagers are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, leading to the retaliatory killing of 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir and a conflict that forever changes the lives of Jews and Arabs alike.

Masters of Sex (2013)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama
PlaceHospitals, USA
StyleFascinating, Based on real events

William Masters and Virginia Johnson are real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and multiple appearances on Johnny Carson's couch. He is a brilliant scientist out of touch with his own feelings, and she is a single working mother ahead of her time. The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance, and unlikely pop culture trajectory.

Bad Blood (2017)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime
CharactersGangsters, Writers
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Based on real events

A dramatization of the life and death of Montreal mob boss Vito Rizzuto.

The Great Train Robbery (2013)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFriends, Partners
PlaceTrains, England
StyleShort, Action, Fascinating, Based on real events

8 August 1963: Britain wakes up to news of the biggest robbery in the country’s history. A train has been hijacked and robbed, 35 miles from its arrival in central London. The country is stunned. Who could be behind it? How did they pull off such an audacious raid?

The Serpent (2021)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersSuperhero, Spy, Criminals, Scammers, Killers
PlotInvestigation, Martial Arts
StyleFascinating, Based on real events

The remarkable story of how murderer Charles Sobhraj was captured. As the chief suspect in unsolved murders of young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1975 and 1976, Sobhraj had repeatedly slipped from the grasp of authorities worldwide to become Interpol's most wanted man, with arrest warrants on three different continents.

In Plain Sight (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersSerial killers, Maniacs
StyleAction, Fascinating, Based on real events

Based on the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel.

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Wolf (2018)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genreaction, thriller, history
StyleSpectacular, Action, Based on real events

Tasked with risky missions across Turkey, members of a special-operations police unit confront danger and tragedy both on the field and at home.

The Right Stuff (2020)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, history
StyleFascinating, Based on real events

At the height of the Cold War, newly formed NASA selects seven of the military’s best test pilots to become astronauts. Competing to be the first in space, these men achieve the extraordinary, inspiring the world to turn towards a new horizon of ambition and hope.

How to Become a Tyrant (2021)
StyleBased on real events, Different stories

To govern with an iron fist, it is necessary to know very well the game of absolute power, as shown by the infamous dictators presented in this documentary series.

Three Girls (2017)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
StyleAction, Fascinating, Based on real events

The story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale, for which nine men were convicted and sentenced. The drama explores how these girls were groomed, how they were ignored by the authorities directly responsible for protecting them, and how they eventually made themselves heard.

Strange Angel (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, detective
CharactersMilitary, Scientists
PlotSecond world war
StyleAction, Fascinating, Based on real events

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.

Houdini (2014)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersSpy, Magicians, Wizards, Artists
StyleShort, Spectacular, Atmospheric, By books, Fascinating

The two-night scripted miniseries “Houdini” follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar.

The Terror (2018)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama, history
CharactersMonsters, Indians, Cannibals, Shamans
PlotSurvival, Self-sacrifice, Expeditions
PlaceCourt, Ships
Time19th century
StyleFor men, Atmospheric, Based on real events

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

The Great (2020)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersKings, Strong women
StyleWomen in the lead roles, Based 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.

Sons of Liberty (2015)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, history
CharactersMilitary, Heroes, Friends, Soldier
PlotPolitics, Revolution, Uprising
StyleSpectacular, Action, Fascinating, Based on real events

A radical group of young men band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.

The Truth Will Out (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Investigation, Political
StyleAction, Fascinating, Based on real events

Police detective Peter Wendel leads a cold case group. Based on an original idea by Leif GW Persson, one of Sweden’s most recognized criminologists.