For some time now, platforms such as Netflix have been able to take advantage of real stories. We are talking about productions beyond series and movies, phenomena such as true crime, police investigations (sometimes real and sometimes fictionalized) that have manifested themselves on the platform in different formats. Yes, we have seen series and movies based on real events, but we also find more and more frequently on streaming websites a large catalog of documentaries that tell the whole real story.
As one would expect, these phenomena arise from the audience’s interest in true stories, of which it is worth noting that those that were famous at a certain point in history draw particular attention. This is how the series American Crime Story emerged in 2016, which by the name sounds quite familiar to American Horror Story. And the truth is that American Crime Story is an anthology of American Horror Story, with which it also shares as creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
The series is focused on a series of real crimes and of great public significance for the history of the United States. In addition, each season has 10 episodes of 50 minutes each. The series was initially prepared only for U.S. television, but as mentioned above, Netflix usually has a nose for this type of success, so that the first two seasons were on that platform until recently, which have been removed from the web. And it is now Star+ that has bought the rights to the series and now contains its first two seasons and whose third will premiere next June 22.
In this plot, the series examines the national crisis that led to the first impeachment trial of a U.S. president in more than a century. We are talking about the famous trial of the affair between Bill Clinton and his secretary. But the truth is that the protagonists are three women: Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and Paula Jones. All three were in the spotlight at a time in history where corrosive partisan rancor reigned and where there was a set of erratic sexual politics. All in a context where there was a changing media landscape.
The third season has already proved to be a hit domestically, and now that it has been installed on Star+, it promises to be the next online hit for fact-based series.