10 Best TV Shows Like Hulu’s Candy | Screen Rant
10 Best TV Shows Like Hulu’s Candy | Screen Rant
This is something of a golden age of docudramas, with many series focusing on real-life events, and Hulu’s Candy is the most recent to captivate audiences. Focusing on Candy Montgomery, who was accused of murdering her best friend, it manages to capture the sensationalism of the case as well as the aesthetic of the time period.
There’s no question, however, that it’s Jessica Biel’s performance that helps the series to really land. For those who enjoy both the high-quality acting and the focus on events that actually happened, there are a number of series which hit similar notes.
As its title suggests, the series The Thing About Pam is about Pam Hupp, a scheming housewife and real estate agent who was accused of murdering her friend in cold blood. It is a biting and at times acerbic show, in large part because of the comic and disturbing performance of Renée Zellweger as Pam.
Its focus on a crime that actually happened, as well as the dynamic performance from Zellweger and the other members of the cast, means that this will be sure to appeal to fans of Candy.
Among streaming services, Hulu has some of the best series, and The Dropout ranks among them. With Amanda Seyfried in the role of Elizabeth Holmes–one of the most infamous scammers in recent history–it manages to find the person behind the controversy.
And, just as Candy manages to capture the ethos of the late 1970s and early 1980s, so The Dropout allows viewers to see the atmosphere that allowed someone like Holmes to get people to invest in her company.
Elle Fanning has consistently proven that she is one of the best actresses of her generation, and her appearance in the series The Girl from Plainville illustrates why. Like Candy, it is based on a true story, in this case that of Michelle Carter, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Though the story is, of course, a sordid one, the series manages to stay grounded, largely because of Fanning’s powerful and indelible performance, as well as that of her costars Chloë Sevigny and Colton Ryan.
Showrunner Shonda Rhimes has created some truly compelling television series, and she brings her usual talent to Inventing Anna. Based on the true story of fraudster Anna Delvey, it features the sort of strong performances that make series like this one and Candy such a draw for audiences.
In particular, Julia Garner’s portrayal of Delvey is one of the series’ highlights, as she keeps just enough of the character’s inner psychology out of the viewer’s understanding (and perhaps even her own).
The opioid crisis is one of the most heartbreaking phenomena in modern America, and it’s for this reason that the series Dopesick manages to be so hard-hitting. Putting a very human face on this public health crisis, it focuses not only on those who were exploited by the drug manufacturers but also on those who sought to bring them to justice.
It is precisely because it focuses so much on the human story that it is sure to appeal to fans of Candy, and it also features many powerful performances from the likes of Rosario Dawson, Kaitlyn Dever, and Michael Keaton.
Even though it is relatively new to the streaming game. Peacock has already shown that it is capable of providing and creating compelling original series. Of these, Dr. Death is one of the most disturbing, which is part of why it should appeal to fans of Candy. Joshua Jackson portrays the character of the title into something more than just a maniac.
Instead, he is someone so convinced of his own medical brilliance that he puts many people into harm’s way, aided and abetted by a system that refuses to punish him or hold him accountable.
Candy is a series that manages to succeed largely on the basis of its powerful performances. A similar dynamic is at work in Landscapers, which features Olivia Colman and David Thewlis as a married couple who are accused of murdering her parents and burying them in the backyard.
It’s a strangely sweet show, as it’s obvious that these two people are deeply in love with and devoted to one another, so much so that it is impossible for either of them to really imagine life without the other.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy has been responsible for many great series, and The Assassination of Gianni Versace is arguably one of the best. Like Candy, it is based on a true story and, also like the Hulu series, it is anchored by truly stunning performances.
In particular, Darren Criss turns in a career-defining performance as Andrew Cunanan, the charming yet deeply troubled man who ultimately carries out the assassination of the title. It’s a series that manages to be both deeply disturbing and fascinatingly poignant at the same time.
Like many other docudramas, part of the appeal of a series like Candy is its ability to capture the look of a different time period. This is also true of Pam & Tommy, which details the circumstances surrounding one of the most infamous sex tapes in modern history.
While it focuses on the two characters of the title, it is also a series that allows viewers to understand just how seamy and at times deeply misogynist the 1990s were, which helps to explain why the tape’s release to the internet affected Pam and Tommy so differently.
Few court cases have gained quite as much attention as that surrounding the Central Park Five, the young people of color accused of assaulting a jogger. It’s a powerful and moving docudrama and, while it might not have quite the seamy appeal of Candy, it does feature similarly mesmerizing performances from its cast.
More than anything else, however, the series is a scathing indictment of the way that racism manages to infect various institutions in the US, even those which should be impartial.
Those who enjoy the true crime series Candy will be glad to know that there are a number of other similar shows to be found on various streamers.
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