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Why "Making a Murder" has folks hooked
According to TiVo's annual Binge Viewing Survey, 92 percent of respondents reported engaging in binge watching at least once during 2015. Odds are that many of the folks who love to dive into a new television series have already gotten hooked on Netflix's latest hit.
The new documentary series "Making a Murderer" has made a big splash and drawn up some serious controversy. There have been new court proceedings as a result of the show and lots of speculation from the public - so much, in fact, that the White House had to specifically respond to an online petition on behalf of the show's defendant, Steven Avery.
But what exactly makes the show so appealing?
A brief background
The series, available on Netflix, follows Steven Avery, a social outcast who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he was later acquitted of via DNA evidence. Over the course of this initial legal battle, there is much speculation that local law enforcement and members of the court system were prejudiced against Avery and and his family.
After being found innocent of the first crime, Steven is later convicted of killing a woman who had recently photographed his car for a used automobile magazine. The majority of the series focuses on the second legal proceeding after the SUV of the woman in question, Teresa Halbach, is found in the Avery junkyard. There are several pieces of evidence that would appear to condemn Avery, but as the series unfolds, it is clear that the justice system still has a few tricks up its sleeve and perhaps even a grudge on the Avery family.
Rotten Tomatoes has "Making a Murderer" ranked in the upper echelon of television programs, with a 97 percent rating. Like the hit podcast "Serial," it appears viewers are fully captivated by the real-life drama.
Vox reported that one of the reasons the program is so popular is that it uses similar tactics to other television dramas but with a real-life murder mystery. It is incredibly addictive because it is hauntingly real while fitting the usual television format.
It is easy for viewers to get emotionally worked up by the series. After being found innocent in the first case and spending 18 years in prison, Steven Avery becomes a hero of sorts, and the steps that members of the police and courts took to keep Avery in prison only serve to drive viewers' attachment. As the second case unfolds, however, there are a number of twists and turns that challenge any allegiance to Avery. Vox stated that the way information is presented or even withheld by the series' creators is instrumental in making the show so appealing.
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