After seeing the trailer for 'Based On A True Story,' I was half expecting it to be another 'Only Murders in the Building' type of plot, but this is not that. If you're a fan of dark comedies and true crime podcasts, this is the perfect series to satisfy your cravings.
From the brutal start that felt like an homage to Drew Barrymore's iconic murder scene in 'Scream' to the shocking moments that followed, each episode held my attention.
Created by Craig Rosenberg, 'Based On A True Story' is a dark comedy inspired by the true crime phenomenon. Rosenberg, known for his work on The Boys, is also the series showrunner, writer, and executive producer alongside Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan.
The story follows realtor Ava Bartlett (Kaley Cuoco), former tennis star Nathan Bartlett (Chris Messina), and plumber-turned-friend Matt Pierce (Tom Bateman).
As Ava and Nathan navigate their chaotic lives, they discover an opportunity to capitalize on society's obsession with true crime. Believing Matt to be the notorious "Westside Ripper," they blackmail him into co-creating a podcast about his unsolved murders in Los Angeles, leading to a thrilling and hilariously twisted collaboration. However, the plan backfires when both realize they have partnered with an unstable serial killer with an agenda.
Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina's performances are magnetic, and they really brought their characters to life. Cuoco's portrayal of Ava was so relatable, with her passion for true crime and her worries about money and pregnancy. Messina's Nathan was just as complex, with a mix of goodness, self-doubt, and explosive emotional outburst that kept me wondering about him.
Tom Bateman delivers a chilling performance as Matt Pierce, bringing an unsettling authenticity to the character of a serial killer. His presence adds a scary edge to the series, gradually transforming it into an intense thriller while maintaining its dark comedic undertones.
The presence of a well-established podcast covering the "Westside Ripper" story created a challenge for them to gain recognition. Despite their agreement to cease the killings, Matt believes committing another murder could enhance the podcast's popularity.
The dynamic between Ava, Nathan, and Matt is the true heart of the story that leads to some of the funniest moments because of their creative differences over the direction of the podcast. All in all, I found the characters to be engaging and endearing.
The series highlights the world's obsession with murder, exploring the allure of serial killers and the twisted enjoyment we find in true crime podcasts, all while cleverly satirizing society's fascination with the subject.
After the first 44-minute episode, I couldn't resist binging through the rest of the series. The fast-paced events and gripping plot made each episode feel like brief minutes, enhanced by a fun soundtrack that heightened the chaotic atmosphere of the show.
'Based On A True Story' is a dark, hilarious ride that combines chaos, mystery, chemistry, and comedy in the most twisted and entertaining ways.
It is perfect for anyone who enjoyed 'The Flight Attendant' or can't wait for the next season of 'Only Murders in the Building.' This series offers thought-provoking commentary, injects bleak humor into its darkest moments, and is downright addictive.
I'm curious about how the showrunners will work a baby into the storyline. And can't wait to see what happens next after witnessing the cliffhanger.
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