Global Panorama

When Netflix released their real life thriller series Making A Murderer on December 18, 2015, it is likely that even the makers of the documentary could not predict how popular it would become.

With the release of season two being discussed as a possibility, there are mixed views as to whether season two is a good idea

Making A Murderer is a 10-episode real life documentary about Steven Avery, who is facing conviction for a murder in his home county of Manitowoc in Wisconsin.

Having previously served 18 years for a crime he did not commit, the story unfolds in a fascinating way and is still the talk of all social media websites, as well as many newspapers.

Documentaries have proved a popular hit in recent times but were they always this talked about? The BBC’s Panorama is the longest running current affairs programme and still gains a large viewership and causes much debate between people, with the programme tackling controversial events in a way which no other TV programme does.

Rewind back to 1994, they gained 22.78 million viewers for their interview with Princess Diana, which was one of the most watched programmes on TV in the last 30 years.

Real life crime documentaries have a pull that no other documentaries have and this can mainly be attributed to the fact that they are based on situations which have happened or are happening.

Investigative journalism is seen as fascinating and you are constantly on edge as to what will happen next, which is exactly what made Making a Murderer successful.

The thought-provoking show has become a phenomenon and caused debates around the world about the justice system in the United States.

What elevates the fascination is that the story is far from over, even if Steven Avery remains in jail.

Since it was released, creators of the show have been asked about the possibility of another series to which Moira Demos responded: “As we said before, in relation to this story, this story is ongoing, these cases are open. It’s real-life so you don’t know what’s going to happen. We are ready. if there are significant developments, we will be there. And we are looking at other stories, as well.”

Fans of the documentary gave mixed responses as to whether a second series would be a good idea or if they should leave it as it is:
“I think a season two is a must. I’m sure everyone who watched it is thinking the same, what happened next? What is happening now? That is where I feel like it ended on a cliffhanger,” said Elliot Davis, who managed to watch the whole series in a day.
However, the general consensus I got was that there was not a lot more to add: “By the end, we all got a bit bored. I don’t think the 10 episodes were needed, everything dragged out. As we know, they are still in prison so there is not much to say on the matter” said another viewer called Fjolla.
A third watcher, Linda, agreed that the series was drawn out: “Even though it was a long running-series, it could have probably been done in half that, or even less. By the end, we were all a bit bored. Series two would not be a good idea, maybe an extra episode but not a full series”.
It remains to be seen if there will be a series two but the producers of the show have certainly confirmed the possibility.

Featured image by Netflix via Wikimedia Commons.