7 Netflix Shows That You Didn’t Know Were Based on True Stories

We love fiction, but some great TV shows are loosely based on real events that happened. These dramatized versions of true stories make for some compelling television. Here are some of the best and greatest shows based on true stories.

Dramatized Versions

Alias Grace
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These shows are dramatized versions of events that really happened, and some stick closer to the truth than others. So, while some of the characters and events actually happened, these are not documentaries and should not be used as historical references.



Gillian Jacobs as Mary Jayne Gold and Corey Stoll as Graham Patterson in Transatlantic
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Netflix’s newest show is based on the true story of several heroes who helped Jews and others escape Marseilles, France, as it fell under German occupation in WWII.


The story is true, and Varian Fry, Mary-Jayne Gold, Albert Otto Hirschman, and Hiram Bingham were real people who really helped Jews escape from the Villa Air-Bel. However, many of the details are conjecture or fictionalized. Many of the other characters are based on composites of other people who existed at the time.


Inventing Anna

Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvery in episode 103 of Inventing Anna

The Shonda Rhimes limited series Inventing Anna incorporates numerous real-life wild events from the life of Anna Delvey/Sorokin; however, the show acknowledges in each episode’s beginning that a significant portion of the content is fictional.


Alias Grace

Alias Grace
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This mini-series is based on the true story of Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery in 1843. However, the story depicted in the show, while based on true people, is almost all fictionalized.


The Crown

The Crown
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Based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, this show has sparked controversy because of how closely the show follows real events (as well as depicting people who are still living). While the events are true, and the show is based on eyewitness accounts, interviews, and written material, the show is a dramatized and imagined version of what actually occurred behind the closed doors of the most famous family in the world.


The Watcher

The Watcher. (L to R) Jennifer Coolidge as Karen Calhoun, Naomi Watts as Nora Brannock, Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock in episode 101 of The Watcher
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The Watcher, a story about a family that was stalked in their new home, is inspired by a true story. However, the creators took many creative licenses, including changing the names of the people involved in the story.


Enola Holmes 2

Enola Holmes 2. Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes
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This is a movie, not a show, but the story is so interesting I just had to include it.

Enola Holmes 2 is obviously a fictional story based on the famous books Sherlock Holmes books. However, the Matchgirl’s Strike did happen and was a pivotal moment in the fight for worker’s protection. Sarah Chapman was also a real person, but she obviously, never met the fictional Enola Holmes.



Pêpê Rapazote in Narcos Season 3
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This raw, gritty series is based on the real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the efforts of law enforcement to meet them head-on in brutal, bloody conflict.

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Top 10 Netflix Shows to Watch When You Are Bored at Home

L to R) Antonia Gentry as Ginny, Brianne Howey as Georgia in episode 205 of Ginny & Georgia.
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It’s finally the weekend, and all you want to do is rest and relax. You are craving something new and interesting to watch, like Stranger Things, The Watcher, or Wednesday. You sit on the couch and scroll through your Netflix to see which shows are worth the watch. However, it seems impossible to choose when you scroll through your Netflix. With infinite shows, you don’t want to waste time picking one.

Top 10 Netflix Shows to Watch When You Are Bored at Home 

9 Best Netflix Shows for At-Home Date Nights

Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 205 of Bridgerton

With prices rising each month on food and drinks, having a date night outside of the home isn’t always financially feasible for couples with young kids. Many couples are turning to Netflix to enjoy some time together after the kids go to bed. So grab some popcorn and put the kids to bed early because here are the nine best Netflix shows to watch for at-home date nights.

9 Best Netflix Shows for At-Home Date Nights 

Top 10 Netflix Shows That Inspire Travel

Jack Whitehall holding a goat while his father unhappily tries to feed it a bottle
Image Credit: Simon Ridgway via Netflix.

Travel TV shows can help you travel with intention and inspire viewers to explore the world with a purpose, seeking meaningful experiences and connections along the way.

Travel shows are an incredible source of inspiration when it comes to designing your own adventures. You can gather unique perspectives and cultural awareness and learn about new experiences in far-away destinations.

Top 10 Netflix Shows that Inspire Travel 

10 Binge-Worthy Ocean Shows on Netflix

Sir David Attenborough pictured in Chernobyl, Ukraine, while filming David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.
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The oceans have long had a powerful pull, calling to adventurers, explorers, and more. From Jacques Cousteau to Laura Dekker, ocean explorers have inspired many to dive deeper and sail farther.

All this is in a quest to learn more about ourselves and the world.

10 Binge Worthy Ocean Shows on Netflix 

11 Bingeable TV Shows Set In Cute Small Towns

Virgin River. (L to R) Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in episode 404 of Virgin River
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Most people will agree that there’s something especially comforting and cozy about curling up on the couch and hitting play on a TV series that takes place in a quaint, small town.

Guaranteed to come with an array of quirky side characters and scenery that’s escapism at its finest, shows set in small towns are the perfect way to unwind after a long day. Below is a list of 11 binge-worthy shows set in the cutest small towns ever created for TV.

11 Bingeable TV Shows Set In Cute Small Towns 


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