TV Shows Based on True Stories

  
Candy miniseriesCandy: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Meet the real axe-wielding mother and find out if the real-life account ends like the miniseries.
The Girl from Plainville seriesThe Girl from Plainville: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  How accurate is this Hulu series about the circumstances around the death of Conrad Roy, namely Michelle Carter's involvement?
The Thing About Pam miniseriesThe Thing About Pam: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Does this limited series about Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger) and her role in the murder of Betsy Faria get the details right?
Inventing Anna mini-seriesInventing Anna: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Anna Sorokin (Julia Garner) changes her identity and attempts to con friends, hotels and banks, but where does the Netflix series depart from reality?
The Serpent miniseriesThe Serpent: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Do the facts survive in this story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj?
Waco miniseriesWaco: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Is this miniseries about the Waco siege factual or fictional?
Tiger King Netflix DocumentaryTiger King: Fact vs. Fiction
Crime  |  The Netflix documentary is arguably filled with as much fiction as most biopics. Find out what's true and what's not.
When They See Us miniseriesWhen They See Us: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  The miniseries tells a one-sided story of the Central Park 5. We examine both sides.
We Own This City seriesWe Own This City: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Meet the real members of the Baltimore PD's Gun Trace Task Force and find out if the HBO Max miniseries accurately depicts their corruption.
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WeCrashed seriesWeCrashed: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway portray the couple who guided WeWork on its meteoric rise and fall, but does the Apple TV+ series stick to the facts?
The Dropout miniseriesThe Dropout: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Amanda Seyfried portrays the founder of blood-testing startup Theranos. Does this Hulu miniseries stick to the facts?
Maid Netflix SeriesMaid: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does the truth get washed away in this Netflix series about a struggling single mother who works as a maid?
The Right Stuff TV SeriesThe Right Stuff Series: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does the Disney+ astronaut TV series leave the truth on the launchpad?
Mrs. America MiniseriesMrs. America: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Hollywood takes aim at conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, but is its depiction the truth?
For Life TV seriesFor Life: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  We reveal which parts of this courtroom drama are fictional.
Chernobyl miniseriesChernobyl: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  This nuclear disaster miniseries delivers a higher dose of fear than fact.



ALL TRUE STORY TV Shows
While most people are familiar with Lifetime made-for-TV movies, many don't realize that quite a few of their favorite TV shows are also based on true stories. This includes Boardwalk Empire, Orange is the New Black, Deadwood and The Goldbergs, to name a few. Here, we not only research such TV shows, we also explore various history-based components of some of the most popular TV series, answering many questions that you've probably wondered at one point or another. Oh, and we also research made-for-TV movies based on true stories. Tune in and enjoy.
Candy
The Hulu miniseries explores the killing of Betty Gore by friend Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel).
We Own This City
This HBO miniseries chronicles the corruption surrounding the Baltimore PD's Gun Trace Task Force.
The Girl from Plainville
The Hulu series explores what led to Conrad Roy's suicide, namely Michelle Carter's involvement.
WeCrashed
The Apple TV+ series focuses on Adam and Rebekah Neumann's role in the rise and fall of WeWork.
The Thing About Pam
Does this series about Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger) and the murder of Betsy Faria get the details right?
The Dropout
Hulu's series explores the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of blood-testing startup Theranos.
Inventing Anna
How much of this Netflix mini-series that explores the rise and fall of conwoman Anna Delvey is factual?
Maid
Does the truth get washed away in this series about a struggling single mother?
The Serpent
Does this miniseries about serial killer Charles Sobhraj accurately depict the real-life killings?
The Right Stuff
How accurate is this Disney+ TV adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book about John Glenn and the space race?
Mrs. America
Hollywood finds the villain in conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, but is it the truth?
Tiger King
This wildly popular Netflix documentary tells the at-times exaggerated story of big-cat zoo operator Joe Exotic.
For Life
How much of the ABC TV series For Life is rooted in fact?
When They See Us
The Netflix miniseries presents a searing tale of racial injustice while distorting the truth.
Chernobyl
Does this HBO miniseries about the Chernobyl disaster deliver a heavy does of fiction or fact?
The Act
How accurate is this story of a mother who keeps her daughter captive by fake illnesses?
I Am the Night
A ruined reporter helps a young woman investigate the mystery of her birth, but how much really happened?
Waco
Authorities lay siege to religious leader David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound in 1993.
The Crown
Meet the real people behind more than 16 characters from the Netflix series and find out how much is fiction.
The People v. O.J. Simpson
Meet 27 characters and their real-life O.J. Simpson trial counterparts.
Entourage
Meet actor Mark Wahlberg's real-life posse who inspired the Entourage TV show characters.
Texas Rising
Does Texas Rising retell or rewrite the rise of the Texas Rangers?
Bessie
Queen Latifah portrays bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame in the 1920s.
Manhattan
We compare the Manhattan TV show to real life at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.
The Goldbergs
Meet the real-life Goldbergs and learn how much of the show is true.
Boardwalk Empire
Which of your favorite characters are real?

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