But Netflix's most consistent trick has been high-quality true crime documentary series that keep viewers frozen in a state of captivation. We oscillate between shock (like the upsetting story of Gabriel Fernandez) and fascination, but remain stuck to the screen. Most recently, Netflix brought audiences uncomfortably close to the prolific serial killer Ted Bundy with Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a documentary series that features Bundy's actual interviews given on death row. The documentary took on a life of its own: By introducing a new generation to Bundy, the series spurred a fascinating conversation about the perils of mythologizing a killer.
Each of Netflix's other documentary series are equally ripe for discussion, including Abducted in Plain Sight, ignited a Twitter storm only a few days after The Ted Bundy Tapes did. Here are the true crime shows on Netflix you should watch next.