Griselda Got You Hooked? 5 TV Biopics About Criminals That Are Just As Gripping

Griselda Got You Hooked? 5 TV Biopics About Criminals That Are Just As Gripping
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These five chilling docudramas are definitely worth checking out if you loved Netflix's latest hit series.

Although Netflix 's Griselda TV series romanticized the life of Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, the show managed to garner rave reviews from critics and fans alike, who praised the intense story and great performances from the cast.

So if you're looking for similar docudramas about real-life criminals, we suggest you check out these five TV shows that are just as gripping as the latest Netflix hit.

Narcos (2015-2017)

Considering this iconic series shares some of its creators with the recent show and also revolves around the Colombian drug cartels, Narcos is definitely worth checking out if you loved Griselda.

The first two seasons follow the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, arguably the most notorious drug lord in history, while the third revolves around the Cali Cartel, which quickly rose to power after Escobar was taken down in 1993.

Black Bird ( 2022)

Starring Taron Egerton, this series is based on the autobiographical novel by Jimmy Keene, who had a promising future only to turn to a life of crime.

But when Keene accepts a plea deal, things don't go as planned, and he embarks on a dangerous mission to get the desired fully commuted sentence with a clean record.

The Staircase (2022)

Based on the 2004 documentary series of the same name, this show starring Colin Firth follows the case of Michael Peterson, a crime writer who, in a bitter twist of irony, was accused of murdering his own wife.

However, as the mystery remains unsolved to this day, it should be noted that the show fictionalized some aspects of the real tragedy for the sake of a more compelling story.

Des (2020)

Now we venture into serial killer territory, as this British miniseries follows the arrest of Dennis Nilsen, who was caught after human remains caused a sewer blockage near his home.

David Tennant gives a brilliantly chilling performance as Nilsen, barely recognizable in the role despite his eerie resemblance to the real killer.

The Serpent (2021)

Set in the 1970s, this British TV series revolves around Charles Sobhraj, aka "The Serpent," a serial killer who murdered several tourists, stole their identities, and even managed to create a cult around himself as he went on a crime spree across several countries.