TV Shows Based on True Stories

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.
I Am the Night miniseriesI Am the Night: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Are the shocking revelations in this noir miniseries rooted in fact?
The Crown Netflix TV ShowThe Crown: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  We separate fact from fiction in this Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II.
Narcos TV series
 Netflix Takes on Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel
Crime  |  New series focuses on the drug kingpin and the DEA agent assigned to take him down.
The Serpent miniseriesThe Serpent: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Do the facts survive in this story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj?
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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.
The Act showThe Act: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  How much of this story of a mother who lies and convinces the world her child is gravely ill is true?
Brexit movieBenedict Cumberbatch "Brexit" Movie Targets Dominic Cummings
Political  |  Cummings was the campaign manager for Vote Leave.
The People v. O.J. Simpson TV ShowThe People v. O.J. Simpson: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  The verdict on what's fact and what's fiction in the TV show.
Entourage movieMeet the Real People Behind the "Entourage" Characters
Comedy  |  We pit Entourage vs. Mark Wahlberg's entourage.

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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Queen Latifah portrays bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame in the 1920s.
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?