Netflix Parody Is Perfect For Anyone Sick Of True Crime Shows

By Britta DeVore | Published

The obsession with true crime isn’t anything new, the macabre has always been something to bring out humanity’s morbidly curious side. But, it’s hard not to see that over the last decade or two, true crime stories in television have picked up the pace, with documentaries like Making a Murderer, The Jinx, and The Staircase pulling audiences in and taking them along for the ride. If you enjoy an intriguing crime drama but are tired of the based on a true story aspect and need a little bit of satire mixed in, Netflix has you covered as their series, The Woman in the House has all of that and then some.

The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window

Technically, the series is titled, The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, which only further goes to show how hard the streamer was pushing to make sure it made itself known as a comedy. Starring Kristen Bell, the miniseries centers around Anna (Bell), a woman who’s grappling with grief and heartbreak and sits day in and day out at her window, watching the world around her pass her by. Her only companion is a giant glass of red wine, which she mixes with her depression meds prescribed by her therapist – making for a deadly and mind-altering combo.

Anna Witnesses A Murder… Or Did She?

Typically, every day is the same in Anna’s life, with nothing much happening on her quiet suburban street, that is until a family moves in across from her. With new entertainment in sight, Anna returns to her post for her daily watching only to witness what she thinks is a gruesome and horrendous murder. But, did Anna actually see someone get killed, or is her alcohol and prescription drug cocktail catching up to her and giving her neighbors a good reason to be concerned for The Woman in the House?

Glenn Close Makes An Appearance

Along with Kristen Bell, The Woman in the House also stars Michael Ealy (2 Fast 2 Furious) and Mary Holland (Happiest Season) with a guest appearance from the Emmy Award-winning Hollywood legend, Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction).

Netflix did a great job promoting the series with unsettling and intriguing teasers and trailers which paid off in the long run as they saw impressive viewership numbers during the show’s opening week. In all, while critics may have had some less-than-savory things to say about the production, it was still an entertaining one for a demographic of folks who love a good piece of dark comedic mystery.

The Perfect Satire To True Crime Sleuths

Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, and Larry Dorf – the trio behind The Woman in the House’s creation – saw an opportunity to take an oversaturated market and put their own spin on it. True crime is an easy target for anyone looking to dip into satire and dark comedy as, like its leading character, many people have leaned into becoming armchair detectives.

Documentaries like I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and Don’t F*** With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer showed the helpful side of what happens when eager civilians try to get involved with investigations while Bell’s character reveals the opposing side.

Watch On Netflix

While we love a good true crime documentary or miniseries as much as the next person, there’s something to be said about the creativity that went into dreaming up and producing The Woman in the House. You can now see it for yourself on Netflix.