- 13 Seasons
Deadly women is a documentary series co-produced in the U.S. and australia; the show tells the story of female murderers throughout history, blending interview, expert opinion and dramatic reconstructions. The show began life as a mini series of three episodes airing on the U.S. Discovery Channel and later returned as a stand along series of 60 minute episodes. Initially Deadly Women aired as a short season of three special episode, each taking a theme of obsession, greed and fear. Broadcast in 2005, the series proved popular and was later commissioned as a stand alone series that has produced over 60 episodes. The mini series, directed by Chris Thorburn included four stories per episode detailing the reasons for and methods of murder used by each female killer. After being commissioned as a season in 2008 the format of the show changed slightly to deliver more detail on each murderer by reducing the number of sories told to only three per episode. Along with the format change the narrator of the show also changed from Marsha Crenshaw to Lynnanne Zager. Deadly Women is produced in Australia by the Beyond International production company and is shown around the world by Discovery; in the U.S. the series airs on the Investigation Discovery Channel. Despite being based in Australia the series covers murdering women from around the world; the first episode of Deadly Women included an investigation into the murders of a Hungarian noblewoman in the 17th century. Expert opinion is delivered by former FBI and police experts specializing in the investigation of homicide. Family members and friends of both the victims and the murderer are often interviewed along with members of law enforcement who investigated the case. Deadly Women is probably best known for its historical reconstructions of the cases investigated that reenact the events of each case.