20 Shows & Movies To Watch If You're Fascinated By 'The Act'
The Act is dark and often hard to watch, but viewers can't seem to get enough of it. The Hulu series dramatizes the real-life case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who orchestrated a plot to murder her mother in 2015 and is now serving a 10-year prison sentence. Of course, the story is more complicated than that, but if you're still curious about the Blanchards and Munchausen by proxy or just eager from more true crime in general, there are plenty of shows and movies to watch after The Act.
Following the unprecedented success of Making A Murderer in 2015, there's been somewhat of a true crime surge. Over the last few years, cases like JonBenét Ramsey's 1996 murder, O.J. Simpson's murder trial, and the almost-too-wild to believe story of the Rajneeshpuram community have all been explored onscreen. In fact, Making A Murderer even returned for a second season. So suffice it to say, there's no shortage of ways to scratch your true crime itch.
Some of the below projects directly involve the Blanchards or are reminiscent of their case, while some offer another take on true crime. But all of them will hook you from the second you press play.
Mommy Dead & Dearest
This is a natural follow-up to The Act. HBO's documentary is a straight-to-the-facts take on the Blanchards' story, including interviews with Gypsy herself, as well as family members, friends, and experts who give their opinion on Gypsy and Dee Dee's complicated relationship.
This show from Investigation Discovery is similar to Mommy Dead & Dearest — it takes more of a straightforward documentary approach to Gypsy and Dee Dee's story, but in a serialized format. Full episodes can be found on ID's site.
Love You To Death
Marcia Gay Harden stars as Dee Dee in this Lifetime adaptation of the Blanchards' story, which dramatizes the story similar to The Act. Instead of a show, though, it's one full movie.
20/20's Interview With Gypsy
All four parts of Gypsy's interview with ABC News' 20/20 are available to stream on the news outlet's YouTube page. These are similar to the documentaries listed above, but take the tone of a more straightforward newscast investigating the case.
Dr. Phil's Interview With Gypsy
HBO's critically acclaimed mini-series, Sharp Objects, follows investigative journalist Camille Preaker as she heads to her suffocating hometown to investigate a murder. I won't give too much away as to why fans of The Act will respond to Sharp Objects — that's a pretty big spoiler — but you won't regret the watch.
Big Little Lies
Mommie Dearest is a 1981 drama based on a novel of the same name by Christina Crawford. In her book, she alleges her mother, actress Joan Crawford, physically and emotionally abused her. (According to Not the Girl Next Door, Christina's younger siblings, Cathy and Cindy, vehemently denied the claims, as did Crawford's first husband, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) The film outlines Christina's story in extensive detail, and has become one of the most infamous mother-daughter stories ever told.
Netflix's The Staircase re-examines Kathleen Peterson's death and her husband, novelist Michael Peterson's, alleged role in it. (Peterson has always maintained his innocence in the case). It's yet another tragic story that tears apart a family, and leaves more questions than answers.
Escape At Dannemora
Like Gypsy, Lorena Bobbitt is at the center of an infamous crime that she claims only occurred because she needed to escape a dangerous situation. Amazon's four-part documentary series features interviews with her, her friends and family, and the ex-husband she wanted so desperately to leave.
The Keepers is a Netflix true crime doc retraces Sister Catherine Cesnik's murder and the troubling circumstances that surrounded it. It's a seven-part story that unravels in even more unexpected ways the longer you watch.
Everyone knows the story of Amanda Knox — she was suspected of murdering her roommate when she was studying abroad in Italy, and the subsequent trial sent the tabloids into a frenzy. In Netflix's documentary, she tells her side of the story.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Dear Zachary is a 2008 film that outlines the life of Andrew Bagby, a man who was allegedly shot and killed by his pregnant ex-girlfriend in 2001. His childhood friend, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, made the movie in a heartfelt effort to show Bagby's future son who his father was. The New Yorker revisited the film in 2016, deeming it "a true crime story that puts the victims first."
Abducted In Plain Sight
This is another movie that's been buzzing around social media since its release on Netflix. Abducted in Plain Sight details the strange story of Jan Broberg's kidnapping, and her family's bizarre relationship with the kidnapper.
There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane
This HBO documentary examines the tragic events of the 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash, in which Diane Schuler drove down the highway on the wrong side of the road, killing herself and seven others, including her 2-year-old daughter and her three young nieces. She died with a large amount of alcohol in her system, but her family is convinced the coroners are wrong.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
This Netflix documentary explores the truly bizarre story of the so-called pizza bomber, unfolding with one big twist after the next.
And there you have it. Even for the most insatiable true crime fanatics, these should be enough to keep you busy for a long time after The Act wraps.