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The Best Based On True Story TV Shows

Finding a good Based On True Story TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Based On True Story TV shows of all time streaming online.

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1. Chernobyl

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9.6/10
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87/100
Year: 2019-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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2. American Crime Story

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8.5/10
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82/100
Year: 2016-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Biography, Drama

What it's about: An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals.

Where to Watch: 19 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 19 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. The Act

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8.2/10
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78/100
Year: 2019-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories with the first season following Gypsy Blanchard, a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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4. Escape at Dannemora

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8.1/10
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74/100
Year: 2018-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: The stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (88%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Showtime). 7 episodes (88%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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5. Reign

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7.5/10
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73/100
Year: 2013-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Where to Watch: 78 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 78 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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6. Project Blue Book

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7.7/10
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68/100
Year: 2019-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A chronicle of the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as “Project Blue Book.”

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (10%) are available to watch free online (YouTube). 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (History). 10 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Vudu & Verizon).

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7. Aquarius

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7.1/10
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65/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Drama, Cult

What it's about: In the late 1960s, a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson.

Where to Watch: 27 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 26 episodes (96%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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8. Formula 1: Drive to Survive

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8.7/10
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64/100
Year: 2019-2019Seasons: 1
Documentary, Sport

What it's about: Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane -- both on and off the track -- during one cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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9. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

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7.0/10
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56/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. False Flag

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7.9/10
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56/100
Year: 2015-2019Seasons: 2
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: The series, loosely based on the true story of the assassination in Dubai of a senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh - the co-founder of military wing of the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas on 19 January 2010, revolves around five ordinary Israeli citizens who discover one morning via the media that they are the principal suspects of a high-profile kidnapping and are implicated as culprits in the kidnapping.

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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11. The Astronaut Wives Club

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7.2/10
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56/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Based on the book by Lily Koppel, this 10 episode limited series tells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, Life Magazine documented the astronauts’ families, capturing the behind-the-scenes lives of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. As their celebrity rose and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (ABC). 10 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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12. Appropriate Adult

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54/100
Year: 2011-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Crime

What it's about: The extraordinary story of Gloucester housewife Janet Leach who played a key role in the uncovering of the crimes of Fred and Rosemary West.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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13. Bonnie & Clyde

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51/100
Year: 2013-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Miniseries based on the true story of Clyde Barrow, a charismatic convicted armed robber who sweeps Bonnie Parker, an impressionable, petite, small-town waitress, off her feet, and the two embark on one one of most infamous bank-robbing sprees in history.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Verizon).

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14. Little Boy Blue

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7.9/10
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51/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Based on a true story, this four-part drama tells the story of the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007. It explores Melanie’s and Steve’s ordeal, and tells of how Rhys’ murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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15. Dark Angel

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6.8/10
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44/100
Year: 2016-2019Seasons: 1
Thriller, Crime

What it's about: The story of Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton, a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount, unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to conceive of a woman capable of such terrible crimes. Traveling around the North East, she insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new families of her own - before killing them, taking their money and moving on.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. Unspeakable

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42/100
Year: 2019-2019Seasons: 2
Drama, History

What it's about: In the early 1980’s, AIDS emerged and quickly became an epidemic. Those responsible for public safety failed. People were kept in the dark, afraid to speak out. Ignorance, arrogance, politics and economics all lead to betrayal, to cover-up, to scandal. Unspeakable is told from the perspective of two families caught in a tragedy that gripped a nation, as well as the doctors, nurses, corporations and bureaucracy responsible.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (11%) are available to watch free online (Sundance). 8 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Sundance & AMC).

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17. The Last Place on Earth

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8.4/10
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39/100
Year: 1985-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The Last Place on Earth is a 1985 Central Television seven part serial, written by Trevor Griffiths based on the book Scott and Amundsen by Roland Huntford. The book is an exploration of the expeditions of Captain Robert F. Scott and his Norwegian rival in polar exploration, Roald Amundsen in their attempts to reach the South Pole.The series ran for seven episodes and starred a wide range of UK and Norwegian character actors as well as featuring some famous names, such as Max von Sydow, Richard Wilson, Sylvester McCoy and Pat Roach. It also featured performances early in their careers by Bill Nighy and Hugh Grant.Subsequently Huntford's book was republished under the same name. The book put forth the point of view that Amundsen's success in reaching the South Pole was abetted by much superior planning, whereas errors by Scott ultimately resulted in the death of him and his companions.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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18. Unsealed: Conspiracy Files

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37/100
Year: 2012-2019Seasons: 1
Documentary, Reality

What it's about: We've all heard them ... the Mafia killed JFK, the government had a hand in 9/11 and the existence of aliens is the world's best-kept secret. Conspiracy theories are as old as mankind itself, and for just as long people have been taking sides. The advent of the internet provides a unique opportunity to level the playing field and give all men equal access to the facts. In April 2011, the FBI finally relented and established an online repository of files, documents and reports called "The Vault". Unsealed: Conspiracy Files is a ground breaking new show that shines a light on many of these archived case files.

Where to Watch: 22 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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19. Tina & Bobby

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29/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: When England won the World Cup in July 1966 Bobby Moore became a national hero. Swept up by the media frenzy and the nation’s adoration, he and wife Tina were the original ‘golden’ couple.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).