Trial by Media (TV Series 2020– )


Trial by Media (TV Series 2020– )

In our modern media landscape where real courtroom dramas have increasingly been transformed into a form of entertainment, this series reflects on some of the most dramatic and memorable trials in recent history.
IMDb   7.2 /10
TheMovieDb    8.0 /10
FilmAffinity   6.4 /10
Creator Skye Borgman
Creator Garrett Bradley
Release Date2020-05-11
GenreDocumentary, Crime
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
CompanySupper Club, Smokehouse Pictures
Self - Civil Rights Activist 2 episodes, 2020

Trial by Media (TV series)

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


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


No.TitleDirected byOriginal air date
1"Talk Show Murder"Tony YacendaMay 11, 2020
After Jonathan Schmitz murders his friend Scott Amedure following an infamous appearance on The Jenny Jones Show, 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
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 teenage passengers 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
On the morning of February 4, 1999, a 22-year-old Guinean immigrant named Amadou Diallo (born September 2, 1975) was shot and murdered by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers—Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon, and Kenneth Boss. 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
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
The case of Cheryl Araujo
6"Blago!"Yance FordMay 11, 2020
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". 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."