What to Watch After ‘Under the Bridge’

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The true-crime genre can unveil the darkest, most twisted offenses while often focusing on the psyches of the perpetrators. But what about those who fail to help the victims? People such as parents, medical staff, police, and judges, whose beliefs and prejudices may impede an investigation. Some of the best true-crime stories look past the crime itself and focus on the ordinary people who exacerbate the problem, a theme we seen expertly explored in Hulu’s latest miniseries, Under the Bridge.

Under the Bridge is the true story of Reena Virk, a 14-year-old girl who was killed after a party. The series illuminates the failings of her friends, who betrayed her, and the police, who nearly failed her family. The finale has come and gone, but you can catch up on the series on Hulu. Afterward, check out these must-watch series that will push you to question the root of a crime. Who’s to blame when someone gets hurt? The answer is not always obvious.

When They See Us

When They See Us is an undoubtedly difficult watch, but it shines a light on the judicial system and its failings. When a woman is assaulted in Central Park, a group of Black teenagers—later known as The Central Park Five—are charged with the crime. There’s no evidence to support their arrest, but they’re coerced into a confession and imprisoned anyway, leading to a years-long battle for exoneration.

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Unbelievable

In Unbelievable, Kaitlyn Dever stars as Marie Adler, a teenage girl who’s accused of falsely reporting rape. After an early-morning assault, Marie confides in her police. She hoping for legal support, but instead, the detectives claim she’s lying. Just as Marie begins to lose hope, two female detectives notice her story is connected to prior assaults around the country. If their suspicions are correct, they can exonerate Marie and catch her attacker.

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The Jinx follows real estate titan Robert Durst, a key suspect in the unsolved disappearance of his wife and murders of their family friends, Susan Berman and Morris Black. This two-part series includes over a decade of research and an exclusive interview with Durst. Similar to Under the Bridge, this winding tale investigates how people with power can manipulate the law to work in their favor.

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The Act

The Act stars Joey King as Gypsy Blanchard, a young girl trying to escape her helicopter mother. Gypsy is told that she’s sick and entirely unable to take care of herself, but when she begins to question her mother's authority, she learns a horrifying secret that leads to a deadly confrontation. The result is a tense and heartbreaking trial that questions how some horrors go unnoticed.

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Candy

I know it’s a cliche, but Candy really is a story you have to see to believe. I don’t want to spoil it, but the show follows a suburban mom who gets away with murder. The evidence points to her—she’s the only key suspect—and still, she’s able to circumvent the legal system. Similar to Under the Bridge, Candy unveils the failings of well-respected police officers.

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A Friend of the Family

In A Friend of the Family, a young girl named Jan Broberg is kidnapped not once, but twice. How? Her captor is a charming family friend who slips through the cracks. He looks like everyone else in the neighborhood. Surely, he must be harmless. Nope. In this case, everyone failed Jan. Her parents. The police. Her neighbors. Everyone. The result is a harrowing true story about grooming.

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The Girl From Plainville

The Girl From Plainville centers around modern teenagers, similar to Under the Bridge. This show stars Elle Fanning as Michelle Carter, a young woman who made headlines when her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, committed suicide in 2014. As the investigation unfolds, we learn that Carter might not be an innocent bystander. In fact, she might be a suspect—and in order to crack the case, the local police force has to challenge its belief of what kids are capable of.

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The Staircase

Was Kathleen Peterson’s death a grizzly murder or a terrible accident? The Staircase, which is inspired by a true story, chronicles the investigation of the Peterson family after Kathleen is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their house. Like Under the Bridge, this series questions the motives of Kathleen’s inner circle. As the investigation unfolds, the Peterson family fractures—especially when Michael, Kathleen’s supposedly doting husband, becomes a key suspect.

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