Trial by Media (TV series)

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Trial by Media
GenreTrue crime
Documentary series
Directed by
  • Carl Dante
  • Scott Michael Smith
  • Tyler Strickland
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time57-104 minutes
Production companies
  • Supper Club
  • Smokehouse Pictures
Original release
ReleaseMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)

Trial by Media is a true crime documentary miniseries that premiered May 11, 2020 on Netflix.[1][2]


The series focuses on famous court cases from the 1980s-2000s that are believed to have had their outcome affected by extensive media coverage.[3]


No.TitleDirected byOriginal air date
1"Talk Show Murder"Tony YacendaMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)
After Jonathan Schmitz murders his friend Scott Amedure following an appearance on The Jenny Jones Show episode "Revealing Same Sex Secret Crush", the show's future is brought into the limelight as a civil suit is filed against the producers and distributors of the show by Amedure's family.
2"Subway Vigilante"Skye BorgmanMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)
On December 22, 1984, four men, Barry Allen, Troy Canty, Darrell Cabey, and James Ramseur, were shot and wounded by Bernhard Goetz. On his way home, Goetz shot the four black robbers on a New York City subway. While he claimed this was an act of self-defense, the action sets off a controversial, tabloid-fueled trial which earned Goetz the nickname "Subway Vigilante," as he said he shot the four boys after an attempted mugging.
3"41 Shots"Garrett BradleyMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)
On the morning of February 4, 1999, a 22-year-old Guinean immigrant named Amadou Diallo (born September 2, 1975) was shot and killed by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers—Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss after running from the officers when asked to show his hands. Diallo was shot 41 times. Diallo was unarmed and had no criminal record. Despite the overwhelming evidence against the officers, all were found not guilty.
4"King Richard"Brian McGinnMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)
Richard Scrushy, founder of HealthSouth Corporation, was charged with 36 of 85 counts of accounting fraud in 2004.
5"Big Dan's"Sierra PettengillMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)
The case of Cheryl Araujo.
6"Blago!"Yance FordMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)
The case of Rod Blagojevich.


The series received generally positive reception. Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 69 out of 100 based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 86% based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 6.85/10 for the series. The website's critical consensus states, "A fascinating time capsule that doesn't draw many conclusions, Trial by Media considers the consequences of broadcasting high-profile court cases."[5]


  1. ^ Potts, Michael (May 12, 2020). "Trial by Media is Netflix's next true crime hit – release date and trailer". Radio Times. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Trial By Media' On Netflix, A Docuseries About Famous Cases That Were Affected By Massive Media Coverage". Decider. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  3. ^ The Sensalationalized Court Cases in Netflix's Trial By Media|Time
  4. ^ "Trial by Media - TV Show Reviews - Metacritic".
  5. ^ "Trial by Media: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.

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