The Case Against Adnan Syed

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The Case Against Adnan Syed
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Directed by Amy J. Berg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Production companies
Original network HBO
Picture format 16:9 Digital (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 10 (2019-03-10) 
March 31, 2019 (2019-03-31)
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The Case Against Adnan Syed is a 2019 true-crime docuseries about the murder of Hae Min Lee. It was directed by Amy J. Berg and produced by Working Title Television, among others. The first episode of the four-part series premiered March 10, 2019, on HBO.



After the success of Serial Season 1, HBO green-lit a documentary series to recap the case along with new information about Syed's appeal process. The documentary was released in four parts and reviewed the case leading up to Syed's then-current status as of 2018. [1] The HBO documentary revealed that Syed turned down a plea bargain in 2018 that would have required him to plead guilty in exchange to a reduced his sentence. Subsequently, Syed's mother told him that she had leukemia. [2]


Critics have argued that the docuseries has a "pro-Syed bias" and is "armed with an agenda", though its creators billed it as an objective view of the case. [3] On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 82% with an average rating of 7 out of 10, based on 33 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "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." [4] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 66 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [5]

The series was nominated for a 2019 Primetime Emmy Award in Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program for the episode "Forbidden Love". It was also a nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Series for Broadcast by Cinema Eye Honors. [6] [7]

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