Examples of Type 1:
- Aktenzeichen XY ... ungelöst (File Number XY... unsolved) is a German show aired on ZDF that mixes both flavours, but also practically started the whole True Crime genre to begin with. Has been on the run since 1967, and has a current case resolution rating of app. 40%. Through a mixture of photofits, mugshots, re-enactments, dramatizations, and the presentation of evidence, the anchorman informs the public to call the local poice directories of the respective cases. Occasionally also present cases from a few years back. Regularily awards members of the public and law enforcement with the XY-Award to honour exemplary cases of courage.
- American Justice
- America's Most Wanted
- Crimewatch UK
- Missing Live is more or less the same thing, but it calls for help looking for missing people rather than criminals.
- Unsolved Mysteries
Examples of Type 2:
- 48 Hours Mystery
- City Confidential gives a travelogue introduction each week to a different U.S. city, its "in" crowd and its culture each week, and then documents a murder case that was particularly scandalizing to that city. The Soap Opera aspect is emphasized, and the Badass Baritone narration is mildly humorous.
- Cold Case Files
- Dateline NBC
- Deadly Women
- Exhibit A
- The First 48
- Forensic Detectives
- Forensic Files
- In Cold Blood
- Investigation Discovery a cable channel dedicated almost entirely to true crime programs, including several of the shows listed above as well as their own original series.
- Likewise, the Crime Library.
- L.A. Noire uses real crimes from 1940s Los Angeles.
- The New Detectives
- Snapped is largely about wives who kill their husbands, though there have been cases shown where women kill their boyfriends' wives/SOs, daughters kill their parents and husbands kill their wives. In most cases, the accused play it up as a crime of passion (or that they were framed or set up by the cops who couldn't find a better suspect) even if the evidence clearly points to premeditation.
- The Stranger Beside Me
- Wonderland is based on the Wonderland murders that occured in 1981.
- Top Cops presented dramatizations of true life police incidents told by the cops involved.
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