‘The Night Of’ Is The ‘Making A Murderer’ Replacement You’ve Been Waiting For

Becca Van Sambeck
Becca is a recent Fordham grad, a former German beer hall girl, and a new Brooklyn resident who used to read the dictionary for fun as a kid. She has only gotten slightly less lame since then. She loves pugs, chicken fingers, reading and Game of Thrones.

We’re obsessed with crime stories, especially one with twists. It doesn’t matter the medium: we listened avidly to “Serial,” read “Gone Girl” late into the night, streamed “Making a Murderer” and “The Jinx” until there was nothing left.

If you’re still circulating petitions to free Steven Avery, you’ll be thrilled to find out that HBO is continuing to tap into that crime obsession with the excellent miniseries, “The Night Of.”

The series first episode follows Nasir, a Pakistani-American college student in Queens, who commandeers his father’s cab to get to a late night party. However, when a pretty girl hails him down for a ride, his plans change — with dire consequences. We see their night out, uncomfortably aware that this twosome is doomed. Our worst fears are confirmed when Nasir wakes up the next morning next to the girl’s dead body. He blacked out, doesn’t remember what happened, but is sure he’s innocent.

He’s thrown in jail, and we watch as the seemingly harmless path of last night could signal his guilt or his innocence, cringing as we watch him make one mistake after another while he deals with the law enforcement.

The rest of the series promises to be an examination of the way our criminal justice system works and how it often fails as we are presented with the case for and against Nasir.

“The Night Of” is a fictional story, which does take away the fun of online sleuthing and real-life investigating, but it also means we might get what often eludes us in these types of questionable crime stories: a definitive answer. I’ll definitely be watching, hoping that Nasir gets that definitive ending.

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