The Case Against Adnan Syed: Miniseries (2019)


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The Case Against Adnan Syed

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A worthy Serial supplement that isn't without flaws, The Case Against Adnan Syed fleshes out the life of Hae Min Lee and gives context to in the complicated boon of true crime entertainment.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2019

Family and friends of Adnan Syed, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, recall their blossoming high-school romance, their emotional breakup, Lee's mysterious disappearance and the discovery of her body, and the events that led to Syed's arrest. After the podcast phenomenon "Serial" resurrects the cold case for millions, Syed's family prepares for his appeal in Feb. 2016, and a chance to discover the truth after nearly 20 years.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2019

As Syed's appeal for a new trial gets underway, supporters look back at the 1999 confession of his friend, Jay Wilds, who claimed he helped Syed bury Lee's body. With questions remaining regarding the police's timeline of events, acquaintance Asia McClain becomes a key figure in providing a possible alibi for him. While private investigators consult experts in hopes of recreating circumstances surrounding evidence in the case, theveracity of Wilds' testimony is called into question years later

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Air date: Mar 24, 2019

With Syed's 2016 post-conviction hearing for appeal drawing to a close, figures in the case reflect on issues raised by the original trial, including misleading cellphone records and cell tower data, questionable interviews and gaps in information related to Jay Wilds' involvement. The politicized culture in which the trial took place reveals a Korean community uniting to demand a conviction from a city they felt had systematically overlooked them, and a Pakistani-Muslim community that felt Adnan's religion and ethnicity were on trial. Memories of events are questioned and the impact of the podcast "Serial" on those involved in the story is explored. Attorney and advocate Susan Simpson, along with others, are enlisted to further probe lingering questions around the state's case against Syed.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2019

Four-part documentary series from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg that explores the 1999 murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed--a case brought to global attention by the hugely popular "Serial" podcast.

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (16)

Berg, much as the creators of the hugely successful Making a Murderer did, presents new discoveries, as well as revelations that challenge the state's case, featuring exclusive access to Syed and the defence team.

Apr 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Berg's other great asset is how deftly she gets interviewees to open up to her on camera.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Comprehensive yet still incomplete, "The Case" gets entangled in the underbrush and can't quite seem to find its way to either a conclusion or the truth.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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What [Amy] Berg brings to the table far more than Serial did is a sense of Hae as a person (through diary excerpts and animations), and the ongoing torture this case represents for her family.

Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Losing sight of the victim is not a mistake Berg intends to make... It becomes clear that the lively Hae Min Lee's ostensibly ordinary life was hemmed by shadows.

Apr 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As testament to a tragedy, Berg's documentary was wrenching. As a quiet indictment of true crime and its ghastly razzmatazz, it was devastating.

Apr 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The four-episode series does a lot to remind everyone involved that justice will only be done when everyone with relevant evidence is heard in full and Hae's killer is convicted without a reasonable doubt.

Nov 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You'll have to slog over three hours of revision before the Case Against Adnan Syed introduces any new information - and even that can't help but feel anticlimactic.

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Look: I still don't know whether Adnan Syed killed Hae Min Lee, and The Case Against Adnan Syed is wickedly one-sided, and yet it is an absolute travesty.

Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The Case Against Adnan Syed suffers from a lack of specificity. Pick an argument and thoroughly make it - as it is, it's just retelling the story briefly and catching us up to the appeal.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The four-part series proves a powerful mystery documentary in its own right while providing tremendous service to further ascertaining culpability of Syed.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite a questionable use of Hae Min Lee's diaries, this Serial follow-up is a worthwhile investigation into the perils of a biased justice system.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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