When my brother told me about a new 10-episode Netflix series I just HAD to watch, I half took him seriously. That was until I watched all 64 minutes of the first episode (it’s the last four minutes that will have you hooked).
The series follows the story of Steven Avery, a man convicted of rape who was released from jail after 18 years when DNA evidence found him innocent. I don’t want to give too much away of what happens next, but let’s just say the police may have been holding some kind of vendetta against Avery after he filed a $36 million lawsuit against the county for unlawful imprisonment. You’ll have to watch the series to find out what happens next.
Once my husband and I finished binge-watching all 10 episodes in less than 36 hours, we started telling our friends about the series, then we started seeing #MakingaMurder pop up EVERYWHERE.
In less than a month, the Twitter page has more than 45,000 followers. Just check out the number of times #MakingaMurderer has been used.
Here’s why I am going all fan-girl on Netflix – its timing couldn’t be better. In my last blog I recounted how its news of popular TV revivals came just following a price increase. Now, Netflix released this captivating docu-series just days before Christmas., AKA a time when a good amount of working individuals and students are home for break and have time to watch 10 hours of a series, much like myself.
The best part is that the story is constantly developing. According to the Huffington Post, the series created such an uproar that more than 200,000 people have signed a petition for President Obama to pardon Avery. And when new information is released to the public about the case, people are interacting at an increasing level.
I think the real reason Making a Murderer resonates with so many people is because it is our human nature to care for others and to hope for fairness. And we also like a little cliff-hanger to keep us on our toes.