Series based on real events

Series based on real events
List of the best TV shows based on real events: Chernobyl, The Act, The Looming Tower, When They See Us, Mob City, Dr. Death, The Serpent, Хрустальный, Waco, White House Farm.

In the top there are new series of 2022, a plot description and trailers for series that have already been released.

Markimdb: 9.4
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration00:56
CharactersScientists
PlotDisasters, Politics, Self-sacrifice
PlaceUSSR, Forest, Russia, Ukraine, Restricted areas
TimeDark ones
StylePopular, Short, Worth watching, Spectacular, Atmospheric

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.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration00:53
CharactersTeenagers, Psychologists, Mother and daughter, Parents, Neighbors
PlotLove, Deception, Growing up
PlaceCourt, USA
StyleShort, For girls, Based on real events, Makes me think

A seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories with the first season following Gypsy Blanchard, a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersScouts, Terrorists, CIA
PlotWar, Investigation, FBI
PlaceUSA
StyleBased on real events

Tracing the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, it takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

Markimdb: 8.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:43
CharactersTeenagers, Lawyers, Parents
PlotInvestigation
StyleShort, Worth watching, Based on real events, Makes me think

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

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:00
CharactersPolice, Mafia, Gangsters, Actors, Veterans
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, By books, Based on real events

The true story of a decades-long conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of L.A.'s criminal world. The series is a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and '50s. It's a world of glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads, returning war heroes, a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersManiacs, Doctors, Surgeons
PlotMedicine
StyleDark, Based on real events

The terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a flourishing Dallas neurosurgeon whose patients suddenly begin becoming permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians set out to stop him.

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.

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Genredrama
CountryRussia
CharactersManiacs, Police, Serial killers, Gangsters, Killers
PlotInvestigation
PlaceSmall towns

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Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
PlotFBI, Sects, Shootouts
PlaceUSA
StyleShort, Atmospheric, Action, Fascinating, Based on real events

The harrowing true story of the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and the Branch Davidians, a spiritual sect led by David Koresh in Waco, TX that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFriends, Detectives
PlotInvestigation
PlaceEngland
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Based on real events

Factual drama based on the notorious White House Farm murders, and the ensuing police investigation and court case.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryCanada
Duration02:35
CharactersMaids, Psychiatrists
PlacePrison
Time19th century
StyleShort, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Based on real events

Based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, history
CountryItaly, United Kingdom
CharactersWarriors
PlotDeath, Adventures, Intrigue
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating

The story of Romulus and his twin brother Remus, in eighth century B.C. as seen through the eyes of three people marked by death, loneliness and violence.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama
CountryGermany
CharactersMusicians
PlotLife, Religion, Harassment, Wedding, Family life
PlaceBerlin, Germany
StyleShort, Women in the lead roles, Touching

A Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage and is taken in by a group of musicians -- until her past comes calling.

Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:11
CharactersPartners
PlotRelationship, Prison Escape, Love triangle, Deception
PlacePrison
StyleAtmospheric, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Based on real events

The stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, crime, biography
CountryUSA
PlaceZoos, USA
StyleBased on real events

A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersStrong women
PlotJustice, Women's rights
StyleTouching

The true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.”

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, crime, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersKillers
PlaceUSA
StyleBased on real events

Via interviews with friends, players and insiders, this docuseries examines how Aaron Hernandez went from an NFL star to a convicted killer.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersStrong women, Actors
PlotRelationship, Jealousy
StyleMakes me think

Anthology series of famous feuds with the first season based on the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford which began early on their careers, climaxed on the set of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and evolved into an Oscar vendetta.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration00:51
CharactersJournalists
PlotPolitics
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Based on real events, Touching

The rise and fall of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while flashing back to defining events in his life.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotInvestigation, Missing people
PlaceEngland
StyleAction, By books, Based on real events

The story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:20
CharactersMafia, Rich, Scammers, Businessmen
PlotInvestigation, Money, Redemption
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Fascinating

The trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. Told over multiple seasons and spanning the twentieth century, the series begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryColombia
CharactersGangsters
StyleBy books, Based on real events

Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal is a 2012 Colombian television series produced and broadcast on Caracol TV, about the life of Pablo Escobar. It is only available in Spanish. There is a version available with English subtitles.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
PlotPolitics
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Based on real events, Makes me think

Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing to be built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersPsychologists, Scientists
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.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersGeniuses, Scientists, Artists
StyleFascinating, Based on real events

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.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation
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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrebiography, history
CountrySpain
CharactersEmperors
PlotPolitics

As the life of Charles of Habsburg is told since his arrival to Spain, it can be seen how the heir to the crowns of Germany, Burgundy, the Netherlands, the Free County, Artois, Nevers and Rethel, of the territories of the Crown of Aragon and its related Italian territories, and of the territories of the Catholic Monarchs in Castile, North Africa and the Americas, matures as a statesman and gets stronger in face of menaces around him and good and bad advice from his counselors.

Markimdb: 9.1
Genredocumentary, biography, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersCelebrities
PlotSports, Basketball
PlaceUSA
StyleShort, Based 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.

PlotCulture
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.

Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:53
CharactersActors, Poor
PlotTreason, Survival
StyleFascinating

In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.





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