Based on a True Story

Watch Based on a True Story

  • TV-MA
  • 2023
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (13,629)

Based on a True Story is a darkly comedic thriller series that premiered on Peacock in 2023. The show follows Ava Coleman, a famous author played by Kaley Cuoco, who finds herself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. After Ava publishes her latest bestseller, she is contacted by a mysterious stranger going by the name ‘Simon’ who claims her book is based on his real experiences. Simon threatens to expose Ava as a fraud unless she helps exonerate him from a murder he claims he did not commit. Intrigued at first, Ava soon realizes she has become trapped in a terrifying plot as Simon begins stalking her every move.

Desperate to get her life back, Ava enlists the help of ex-military security specialist Byron to investigate Simon’s claims about her book being based on his life. Together, they navigate a dangerous underworld trying to uncover Simon’s true identity and motives. However, the more clues they find, the more convoluted the mystery becomes. It seems Simon is always one step ahead, spinning an intricate web to frame Ava.

As Ava fights to protect her career, her family, and even her own sanity, she is forced to question everything and everyone around her. Is Simon really who he claims to be or is it all an elaborate hoax? Does her book hold the key to unlocking the truth or is she merely a pawn in Simon’s sadistic mind games?

With shocking twists and turns, Based on a True Story subverts expectations at every corner. Cuoco delivers an intense performance as the once-confident author rendered paranoid and unstable by Simon’s psychological warfare. The talented supporting cast includes David Oyelowo as Byron, Rosie Perez as Ava’s sister Claudia, and Fred Armisen as Ava’s book agent.

From Executive Producer Craig Rosenberg, Known for writing hit shows like The Boys, Based on a True Story blends suspense and satire to offer a searing look at fame and deception. Rosenberg also serves as writer and showrunner. Directed by Rebecca Thomas, the eight-episode first season takes viewers on a thrill ride full of secrets, lies, and vengeance.

With its unique concept and gripping storytelling, Based on a True Story provides a addictive, thought-provoking viewing experience. Cuoco shines in one of her most demanding roles to date. Equal parts drama, comedy, and thriller, this show offers something for everyone looking for their next binge-worthy obsession.

Based on a True Story is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on June 8, 2023.

Based on a True Story
Filter by Source

The Universe
8. The Universe
June 8, 2023
Cards finally on the table, Ava and Nathan race against time. Matt prepares to expand the operation.
National Geographic
7. National Geographic
June 8, 2023
Temptation creeps in on Ava and Nathan as they try to move on from the auction.
I Love You, Buzzfeed
6. I Love You, Buzzfeed
June 8, 2023
A charity auction for teen runaways goes horribly awry.
Ted Bundy Bottle Opener
5. Ted Bundy Bottle Opener
June 8, 2023
Ecstasy. Murder. Ruby drags Ava and Nathan on a wild night out after tragedy strikes Crime Con.
The Survivor
4. The Survivor
June 8, 2023
Crime Con. Las Vegas. Ava and Nathan surround themselves with thousands of true crime addicts.
Who's Next?
3. Who's Next?
June 8, 2023
While seizing creative control, Matt drops in on Nathan at the Beverly Club. Ava and Nathan try to maintain power.
2. BDE
June 8, 2023
After Nathan's botched proposal, Ava fights to keep him on target. When detectives visit the club, a petrified Nathan worries he's a suspect.
The Great American Art Form
1. The Great American Art Form
June 8, 2023
A married realtor and a former tennis star struggle to stay afloat as an infamous serial killer terrorizes Los Angeles.
Where to Watch Based on a True Story
Based on a True Story is available for streaming on the Peacock website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Based on a True Story on demand at Peacock Premium, Amazon, Vudu, Apple TV and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    June 8, 2023
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (13,629)