Viewers can’t get enough of The Act, despite how dark and disturbing it can be at times. Real-life murderer Gypsy Rose Blanchard, now serving a 10-year sentence for her role in the Hulu dramatization, is the subject of the show. There’s a lot more to the story than that, but if you’re still curious about the Blanchards and Munchausen by proxy or just want to see more true crime in general, you have plenty of options after The Act.
There has been a rise in interest in true crime since the huge success of Making A Murderer. There have been several high-profile murder cases portrayed on television in recent years, including JonBenét Ramsey’s 1996 killing, O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, and the almost-too-outlandish Rajneeshpuram community story. Making A Murderer was so successful that it was renewed for a second season. So, suffice it to say, if you’re itching to learn more about true crime, you’re in luck.
Some of the projects listed below have something to do with the Blanchards’ case or are similar to it, while others take a different approach to true crime. However, as soon as you hit play on any of these songs, you’ll be hooked.
1. Mommy Dead & Dearest
Following on from The Act, this is a logical sequel. Gypsy and Dee Dee’s tumultuous relationship is explored in depth in HBO’s documentary, which includes interviews with Gypsy and her family and friends as well as experts.
2. Gypsy’s Revenge
Investigation Discovery’s show is similar to Mommy Dead & Dearest in that it tells Gypsy and Dee Dee’s story in a documentary-style manner, but it is serialized. ID’s website has the complete episodes.
3. Love You To Death
This Lifetime dramatization of the Blanchards’ story stars Marcia Gay Harden as Dee Dee. The story is dramatized in a manner similar to that of the film The Act. It’s a movie, not a television show.
4. 20/20’s Interview With Gypsy
The complete interview with Gypsy on ABC’s 20/20 can be viewed on the news outlet’s YouTube channel in four parts. Like the previous documentaries, these are investigative newscasts that focus on the same facts as the previous documentaries.
5. Dr. Phil’s Interview With Gypsy
Gypsy was also a guest on Dr. Phil’s talk show, where he traveled to a prison to meet with her while she was imprisoned. Dr. Phil’s website and YouTube both have snippets of the interview available.
6. Sharp Objects
An award-winning miniseries on HBO follows investigative journalist Camille Preaker as she returns to her suffocating hometown to probe a murder. The reason why fans of The Act will enjoy Sharp Objects is a big spoiler, but I promise you that you won’t be sorry you watched it.
7. True Detective
Those who enjoy mystery and crime stories should check out the first season of True Detective, especially the sixth episode, which deals with criminal cases of Munchausen by proxy in a serious way.
8. Big Little Lies
Several factors will make this miniseries-turned-renewal appealing to The Act fans. It’s all about overcoming past trauma and fleeing abuse, despite the fact that the subject matter is also dark in a different way. Season 2 will be out soon, so don’t delay!
9. Mommie Dearest
Mommie Dearest is a 1981 drama film adapted from Christina Crawford’s novel of the same name. Joan Crawford, the actress, is accused by her daughter in her book of abusing her both physically and emotionally while she was a child. As well as Christina’s younger siblings Cathy and Cindy, both denied the allegations in Not the Girl Next Door, as did Crawford’s first husband Douglas Fairbanks Jr., according to the book). One of the most famous mother-daughter stories ever told, the movie tells Christina’s story in great detail.
10. Everything, Everything
I won’t go into spoilers for the song “Everything, Everything,” but it’s relevant to Gypsy’s story for reasons I’m not going to spoil. Even though it got a lot of bad reviews, it’s still worth a look if you liked The Act.
11. The Staircase
The Staircase on Netflix reexamines the death of Kathleen Peterson and the alleged involvement of her husband, novelist Michael Peterson. To this day, (Peterson insists on his innocence), Once again, tragedy tears a family apart and leaves us with more questions than answers.
12. Escape At Dannemora
Dee Dee from The Act, Patricia Arquette, stars in this Showtime series from last year. It depicts the true story of Richard Matt and David Sweat’s prison break.
Lorena Bobbitt, like Gypsy, was implicated in a notorious crime but maintains that she only committed it to get away from a dangerous situation. There are interviews with her, her friends and family, as well as her ex-husband in Amazon’s four-part documentary series.
14. The Keepers
A Netflix true crime docuseries titled The Keepers traces the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and the troubling circumstances in which it took place. Watching all seven parts will reveal even more twists and turns.
15. Amanda Knox
When Amanda Knox was studying abroad in Italy and was accused of killing her roommate, the tabloids went into a media frenzy. Everyone knows her story. She provides her perspective in the Netflix documentary.
16. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Andrew Bagby’s life is chronicled in the 2008 film Dear Zachary, which tells the story of the man who was allegedly murdered in 2001 by his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, who was a childhood friend of Bagby’s, made the film as a loving gesture to show Bagby’s future son who his father was. According to a 2016 review in The New Yorker, “a true crime story that puts the victims first” was portrayed in the film.
17. Abducted In Plain Sight
Another Netflix release that has gotten a lot of buzz since it was released, this time on social media. A film called Abducted in Plain Sight tells the bizarre story of Jan Broberg’s kidnapping and her family’s strange relationship with the kidnapper.
18. There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane
During the 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash, Diane Schuler drove on the wrong side of the road and killed seven people, including her 2-year-old daughter and three young nieces. This HBO documentary examines the tragic events of the crash. Her family believes she died from alcohol poisoning, despite the coroner’s findings to the contrary.
19. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
Three 8-year-old boys were murdered, according to Paradise Lost, by three teenage boys participating in a Satanic ritual. First in a trilogy, it was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in its third installment.
20. Evil Genius
This Netflix special delves into the bizarre case of the alleged pizza bomber, revealing shocking revelation after shocking revelation.
You got it in a nutshell. Even for the most voracious true crime fans, this should be more than enough to keep you occupied after the conclusion of The Act.