In a world that often feels unfair, it’s fun to escape into a show where wrongs are righted. Everyone gets theirs through criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a Los Angeles-based attorney who runs his firm from the backseat of his Lincoln.
The series is based on the best-selling novel series “The Lincoln Lawyer” by Michael Connelly, with the first season centering on the second book, “The Brass Verdict”. Connelly is the bestselling author behind 36 novels and is heavily involved with the series as an executive producer and writer. Created for TV by David E. Kelley and Ted Humphrey, the cast includes Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole and Angus Sampson.
It premiered on May 13 and instantly the 10-episode thriller became a hit. Within two weeks, it topped the English TV list with over 108 million hours watched, making it the most-watched title in its second week on the platform. Moreover, it is in the Top 10 in 90 countries.
Viewers love legal dramas, and although The Lincoln Lawyer is based on fiction, here are three true-crime series to binge-watch while you wait for Mickey and his crew to return for a second season.
The staircase (HBO Max/8 episodes) – What exactly happened on December 9, 2001 in Durham, North Carolina, at the home of novelist Michael Peterson and his wife Kathleen remains a mystery. She was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their mansion. To this day, questions about how she got there remain.
Kathleen’s death is the basis of two fascinating series. First, there’s the 13-episode documentary series streaming on Netflix from Matthieu Belghiti and Academy Award winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade which details the 16-year legal battle that has divided the Peterson family. This new scripted version starring Toni Collette as Kathleen alongside Colin Firth as Michael offers three plausible truths. Also starring are Michael Stuhlbarg, Juliette Binoche, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Rosemarie DeWitt, Tim Guinee, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Turner, Vincent Vermignon, Odessa Young and Parker Posey.
Plainville’s daughter (Hulu/8 episodes) – In 2017, Michelle Carter (Elle Fanning) was found guilty of manslaughter by a Massachusetts juvenile court judge for text messages she sent to her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, the urging suicide. Before he died in 2014, he contacted her saying he was scared. She urged him to go all the way. She was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and served 15 months.
The SMS suicide case has set a new precedent and is making headlines around the world. Based on Squire article of the same name by Jesse Barron, the series has renewed interest in the case. Chloë Sevigny, Colton Ryan, Cara Buono, Kai Lennox and Norbert Leo Butz star alongside Fanning.
Candy (Hulu/5 episodes) – Jessica Biel and Melanie Lynskey are so good in their roles as Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore in this version of the story about two suburban Texas mothers who get caught up in a deadly love triangle that culminated on Friday, June 13, 1980.
It was yet another busy day for Candy; she had many things to do and errands to run. She stopped by Betty’s for what was supposed to be a quick visit to buy a bathing suit for Betty’s daughter, who was spending the day with her and her children. The visit took a dark and bloody turn when, as Candy claims, Betty confronted her about an affair she was having with her husband, Allan. The two women engaged in a violent struggle involving an axe, and the main question was who gave up the weapon first. We only know Candy’s side of the story. Neighbors discovered Betty’s chopped body that night in a blood-soaked laundry room.
We will also find Pablo Schreiber, Timothy Simons and Raúl Esparza. In addition to Hulu CandyHBO Max is also showing its side of the story later this year with a limited series titled love and deathwith Elizabeth Olsen, Lily Rabe and Jesse Plemons.