The Netflix series Trial By Fire tells the story of two parents who mourn the loss of their children after a disaster. The series is inspired by real-life parents Shekhar and Neelam Krishnamoorthy, who wrote the novel Trial: by Fire: A Tragic Story of the Uphaar Fire Tragedy. It is about the real events and aftermath of the Uphaar Theater fire tragedy on 13 June 1997 which killed 59 and injured over 100. The main roles are played by Abhay Deol and Rajshri Deshpande, who play Shekhar and Neelam respectively.
Creators Kevin Luperchio and Prashant Nair do full justice to the original without over-dramatizing the tragedy for entertainment reasons. The powerful portrayal of the Krishnamoorthy family, their 25 years of struggle and their resilience to endure through blood, sweat and tears are some of the series’ impressive achievements. If you devoured this series in a day, we have a list of other series with similar themes and particular stories that you will enjoy. You can watch most of these series similar to Trial By Fire on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Wormwood (2017)
Wormwood is a psychological docudrama about Frank Olson, a scientist, and his mysterious death. The series combines factual stories with conspiracy theories by letting Frank’s son explain the events from his point of view. The CIA claims his father’s death was a suicide, but believes Frank was murdered because he posed a potential risk to their safety. The series was directed by Errol Morris, who left no stone unturned and enriched the series with various theories about the scientist’s death, archive footage and re-enactments of some key moments. Unlike the parents in Trial By Fire, Frank’s son is the one who has the courage to speak out in public about this issue while grieving his loss.
7. Under the Banner of Heaven (2022)
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‘Under The Banner Of Heaven’ is a true crime drama based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer. The series revolves around Jeb Pure (Andrew Garfield), who is rocked by brutal murders that can be traced back to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The series has been hostile to the Mormon faith, but has undoubtedly had a positive impact on critics. ‘Trial By Fire’ and ‘Under The Banner Of Heaven’ demonstrate the need for a thorough and in-depth investigation to uncover the real culprits behind the crimes.
6.Dr. Death (2021)
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‘Dr. Death’ is inspired by the true crime podcast of the same name, about a surgeon and his gruesome medical errors. The series centers on Christopher Dunstch (Alec Baldwin) and two doctors who learn his secrets and stop him from doing more harm. The creator. Patrick Macmanus doesn’t glamorize or explain Dunstch’s sociopathic behavior and creates the perfect suspense. Similar to Trial By Fire, the series features two determined characters who would do anything to bring justice to innocent people.
5. We Own This City (2022)
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We Own The City is based on the non-fiction book of the same name written by Justin Fenton. The story details the volatility of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force. She uncovers a story about corruption and the current state of the world. Additionally, authors George Pelecanos and David Simon have opted for a non-linear narrative style that can be quite confusing at times. We Own This City also poses the question of people’s moral character and what lies they are capable of telling once caught, which is a recurring theme in Trial By Fire.
4. The Spy (2019)
‘The Spy’ is a spy film and follows the life of Eli Cohen (Sacha Baron Cohen), a spy from Massad. The story takes place in 1967 when tensions between Israel and Syria are rising. It’s amazing to see one man infiltrate the enemy nation to the point of becoming the confidante of the future prime minister and earning the title of deputy defense minister for the whole country. Author Gideon Raff captures your attention and successfully unravels a gripping drama. The protagonists of The Spy and Trial By Fire are fierce people who would do anything to achieve their goals, and you admire their courage and perseverance, which motivates you to do better.
3. Incredible (2019)
‘Incredible’ is based on a newspaper article by T. Christian Miller entitled ‘An Incredible Rape Story’. The series begins with Marie being accused of lying about her sexual assault. But two female detectives are on the case and uncover a pattern that is unbelievable indeed. Mastering the art of poignant storytelling, creators Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon piece together the perfect dramatization of serial sexual assault cases in Washington and Colorado. Unbelievable and Trial By Fire show how difficult it is to navigate a courtroom where your voice is barely heard and you are constantly in doubt as to whether or not justice will be served.
2. Delhi Crime (2019-)
Delhi Crime is an Indian crime drama that deals with the heinous crimes taking place in the capital, Delhi. Season 1 is based on the true story of a horrific case of sexual assault that resulted in the death of a young woman. In contrast, the second season is only inspired by a real gang but focuses on a fictional story. It shows how Deputy Police Commissioner Vartika Chaturvedi (Shefali Shah) and her team deal with these cases. ‘Delhi Crime’ is closest to ‘Trial By Fire’ as both are Indian series, which exposes the loopholes in their system, the struggles of life in this country and a raw portrayal of what it means to administer justice in a corrupt society.
1st Generation Kill (2008)
‘Generation Kill’ is based on a non-fiction book by Evan Wright, an author and journalist. The series follows his coverage of Iraq when the US invaded the country in 2003 to search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD). However, Evan was an embedded reporter for the US Marine Corps and witnessed the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. The show plays out like a war drama documentary through the eyes of the Rolling Stone reporter.
Directed by Susanna White and Simon Cellan Jones, they capture all the chaos and absurdity of war, making the show both educational and entertaining for the general public. Trial By Fire also shares a similar storytelling style, presenting real-life events in a way that engages the audience while also conveying the tragedy of the event, and that’s why this show tops our list.