True crime is the one thing Netflix delivers on a consistent basis, and judging by the rate they churn them out, people continue to lap them up. There’s something rather macabre yet fascinating about what makes a serial killer tick, or delving into the innermost dungeons of a death row inmate, and Netflix does a stellar job in packaging that interest into digestible series.
And after years of development, the latest in a long list of true-crime series comes Unsolved Mysteries, which seeks to find the meaning behind creepy goings-on around the world, ranging from murders and abductions, to the reunification of families, to supernatural examinations of haunted houses and ghosts.
Fans of the hugely popular original show will be disappointed to learn that the six new episodes come without Robert Stack as narrator, who sadly died in 2003, although a silhouette of the actor can be seen in the background of the opening credits.
What the new reboot has that the original didn’t however, is the producers of Stranger Things on board, who will be working alongside the original creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer.
According to a synopsis, Netflix promises to “maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series.”
To date, Unsolved Mysteries has helped solve over 260 cold cases and in the original series, each episode ended with a 1-800 number that viewers could call with tips and any information they may have involving the case.
The reboot will be no different, but instead of a number, each episode will direct anyone with relevant information to the Unsolved website. “We’ve staffed up to ensure that leads are quickly passed to the appropriate parties,” Meurer and Cosgrove said in a statement to People.
Even if you didn’t know about the original, this is one you’ll want to check out.
The first six eps are currently streaming on Netflix – go get it.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.