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People are watching an insane amount of true crime content on Max

Published Apr 16th, 2024 10:47PM EDT
Robert Durst in "The Jinx - Part Two"
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The runaway success on Max of the docuseries Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV has underscored what appears to be a core strength of HBO’s streaming service at the moment: True crime content, as well as crime-adjacent content, is utterly dominating the platform.

Take, for example, the five-part Quiet on Set, which focuses on the dark side of Nickelodeon and the sexual abuse and toxicity that were once rampant behind the scenes. According to Nielsen data, the series not only delivered more than 20 million cross-platform viewers, it was also the #1 show in all of streaming at one point in March. From March 18 to March 24, Quiet on Set racked up 1.2 billion minutes of viewing time.

And the hits keep coming for Max. The streamer also just released the trailer for the highly anticipated series The Jinx — Part Two, a six-episode continuation of Andrew Jarecki’s Emmy-winning The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst which debuted on HBO back in 2015. In less than a week, the trailer for Part Two has already racked up about 5 million views on YouTube.

Long story short, this is a great time to be a true-crime fan if you’re a subscriber to Max. To cite another example, the second season of The Curious Case of Natalia Grace, a docuseries about a young woman’s adoption case and the claim that she’s a con artist, scored a #1 ranking among series during the week of its debut (per Max).

Below, check out a snapshot of some of the true crime-related content available to binge on Max right now.

  • Evil Lives Here
  • Jared From Subway: Catching A Monster
  • Mean Girl Murders
  • On The Case with Paula Zahn 
  • Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV
  • Signs of a Psychopath
  • The Truth vs. Alex Jones (HBO Original)

True Crime Watch List

  • Burden of Proof (HBO Original)
  • Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God (HBO Original)
  • Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage & Reckoning (HBO Original)
  • Paradise Lost (HBO Original)
  • The Case Against Adnan Syed (HBO Original)
  • The Curious Case of Natalia Grace
  • The Jinx (HBO Original)
  • The Man Who Played With Fire
  • Who The (BLEEP) Did I Marry?

Secrets & Scandals 

  • House of Hammer
  • McMillion$ (HBO Original)
  • Mommy Dead and Dearest (HBO Original)
  • The Playboy Murders
  • The Vow (HBO Original)
  • The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin (Max Original)

Serial Killer Stories

  • Crazy, Not Insane (HBO Original)
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO Original)
  • Ken & Barbie Killers: The Lost Murder Tapes
  • Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York (HBO Original)
  • Lost Women of Highway 20
  • The Hillside Strangler
  • The Truth About Jim (Max Original) 
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