TV series based on real live events

Popular TV Shows Based On Real People And Events

We’ve all watched tv shows that we know are based on true life / real events but how many did you know below are not works of non-fiction (not made up).

British TV and Hollywood particularly loves a chaotic true story and there’s no shortage of them on our screens.

One of the reasons we all enjoy watching TV shows is because we can get lost in the plot. However, watching a show that is based on real events is even more entertaining. They add a component to the screen that increases their relatability. Real-life stories make you feel like a part of the movie. So, here we are bringing you the list of ten best TV shows based on real life.

There are many TV series that are based on real-life events. Some examples include:

  • “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” – a dramatization of the O.J. Simpson murder trial
  • “The Crown” – a historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. How can you miss the Jeffrey Dahmer phenomenon?
  • “Chernobyl” – a historical drama about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
  • “The Night Of” – a crime drama based on the real-life case of the “Preppy Murder” in New York City
  • “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” – a crime drama about the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace
  • “Manhunt: Unabomber” – a crime drama about the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber
  • “The Terror” – a historical drama about the doomed expedition of the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus in the 1840s
  • “Mindhunter” – a crime drama based on the real-life work of FBI agents who interviewed imprisoned serial killers to solve ongoing cases.
  • “The Looming Tower” – a political drama that covers the events leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks
  • “The Young Pope” – a drama that tells the fictional story of the youngest and first American Pope
  • “The Act” – a crime drama based on the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a girl who was forced to pretend she was chronically ill by her mother
  • “Waco” – a historical drama about the 1993 standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas
  • “The People v. Jerry Sandusky” – a crime drama based on the trial of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky for sexual abuse of children
  • “The Plot Against America” – a political drama based on the alternative history novel of the same name by Philip Roth
  • “The Loudest Voice” – a political drama about the life of Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO of Fox News.

These are just a few examples, there are many more TV series based on real-life events available.

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