The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

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The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
GenreTrue crime, Documentary
Directed byBrian Knappenberger
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production companiesLuminant Media
Common Sense Media
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 26, 2020 (2020-02-26)

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a 2020 American true crime documentary television series about the 2013 murder and abuse of Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old boy from Palmdale, California.[1] It was released on Netflix as a six-part miniseries on February 26, 2020.


  • Rodrigo Alfonso as Arturo Martinez
  • William Guirola as Isauro Aguirre


Directed by documentary filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, the series is co-produced by his production company, Luminant Media, and Common Sense Media.[2][3][4] The series features interviews with Los Angeles Times journalists, attorneys Jon Hatami and Scott Andrew Yang, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, and others.[5][6]

Knappenberger has stated that, during the two years of production on the series, producers kept a therapist on call because of the disturbing nature of the content.[7]

Critical response[edit]

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez has received generally positive reviews from critics. Writing for, Brian Lowry called the series "compelling but structurally messy". Writing for Decider, Joel Keller called the series "a must-watch".[8][9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Story Behind Netflix's Documentary Series 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez'". Time. February 26, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Netflix's 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' as it unfolded: Read our coverage". Los Angeles Times. February 26, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Lowry, Brian (February 26, 2020). "'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' examines how the system failed a murdered boy". CNN. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez director explains why the documentary had to be a difficult watch". February 27, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "How the fallout from Gabriel Fernandez's harrowing murder inspired Netflix's must-watch docuseries". Salon. February 26, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "Netflix revisits 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' in harrowing but essential docuseries". Los Angeles Blade: LGBT News, Rights, Politics, Entertainment. February 25, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "'Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' Director: Production Had Therapist on Call". TheWrap. February 28, 2020. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  8. ^ The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, retrieved February 28, 2020
  9. ^ "Stream It Or Skip It: 'The Trials Of Gabriel Fernandez', A Harrowing Netflix Docuseries About A Murdered Boy And The System That Failed To Save Him". Decider. February 26, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  10. ^ The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez: Miniseries, retrieved February 28, 2020

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