No genre exemplifies the saying “truth is stranger than fiction” than the true crime genre. Most true crime stories are too vast to tell in just a two-and-a-half-hour documentary, and the episodic format of docuseries is perfect for true crime. It may seem like the docuseries genre is a recent phenomenon, spearheaded by Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” but docuseries have been around for a while. They just may not have had that name. True crime docuseries have been thriving in the U.S. since the 1980s, which Stacker’s list reflects.