Title: A Crime To Remember (Seasons #1-5)
Released: 2013

Fix: docuseries, murder, scandal, period settings and costumes, famous historical investigations, true crime nerds

Platforms: Hulu, Investigation Discovery, Discovery+

Hulu Summary: 

In a nod to twisted tales of decades past, A Crime To Remember details the most provocative, juicy, real-life murder cases of the ’50s and ’60s. Set against the backdrop of suburban secrets and three-martini lunches, these stories of truly mad men and women reveal layer upon layer of warped relationships turned terrible crimes.

FYA Summary:

A Crime to Remember is a documentary series that originally aired on the Investigation Discovery network from 2013 to 2018. Combining everything you love about true crime with mid-century costume drama, the series details some of the most famous and lesser-known cases of the last century. Standout episodes include the Kitty Genovese murder, the shocking antics of scandalous Houston socialite, Candy Mossler, Charles Starkweather and his spree teen accomplice, the In Cold Blood case, and Leopold and Loeb. Fans of true crime books and podcasts will enjoy the detailed reenactments as well as interviews with investigators and crime experts. 

Familiar Faces: 

The expert commentators are the real stars of this series.

Michelle McNamara

As an author (I’ll Be Gone In the Dark) and long-time true-crime blogger, McNamara was a regular contributor to the series before her untimely death. 

Karen Kilgariff

Another frequent contributor is author, TV writer, and My Favorite Murder podcast star, Karen Kilgariff. 

Joni E. Johnston

This writer and forensic psychologist has been an expert contributor to a number of shows and documentaries including The Mark of a Killer and Why Women Kill

Couch-Sharing Capability: Murderinos Only

Since each episode is a self-contained case, this show is perfect for low-commitment one-off episodes when you’re not up for committing to a long story arc. But it’s also great for binging for so many hours that Hulu wonders if you’re still alive. This show was made for us diehard Dateline watchers and kids who were raised on Unsolved Mysteries. And really, the production values did not have to go this hard.

a man sits in front of a 1930's car

Recommended Level of Inebriation: They Had Me At Three Martini Lunches

A Crime to Remember is totally the best excuse to perfect your retro cocktail recipes. But, in my opinion, it’s also just the right length to toss back an episode during your lunch break. (Martini optional.) And then get back to work with murder in your heart.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Jumpstart The Season

If you’re like me, and can’t get enough of true crime, this might just be your favorite new show. One of the things I love most about the series is the historical settings. I find that they’re just the right amount of distance from modern life that I don’t need to get up and check my locks every five minutes while watching. SSDGM, y’all.

a woman with a 1950's hairstyle rides in car

And seriously. The costumes, the hair? I can’t get enough of this aesthetic.

As we head into spooky season, these little murder vignettes are the perfect way to start dipping your toes into horror. Come for the to-die-for costumes and engrossing mysteries, stay for the delightfully over-the-top narration. And at just 38 episodes, you have nearly the perfect amount of murders to keep you busy until Halloween.

Kandis (she/her) is a proud member of the Austin FYA book club chapter who loves vampires, romance novels, live tweeting CW shows, and Jonah Griggs. She’s not like a regular mom. She’s a cool mom.