Based on the true story of John Demjanjuk, a Cleveland car worker, who has been brought to Israel, accused of serving as Nazi death camp guard during the Second World War, through making interviews with his family and friends.
That said, it's a chilling, often intriguing survey of an event that many of us may remember, but in our current political landscape is worth revisiting. This documentary - like history - should be deeply considered despite its imperfections.
The series is helped greatly by the participation of O'Connor and Sheftel, both of whom are candid and frank - almost to a fault - about the trial and their roles in it, as well in understanding the media scrutiny they both came under.
The Devil Next Door is a good revisiting of a case that has faded from a lot of people's minds. But to those who remember it, or even those who weren't around back then, it'll bring this important case back to life.
This saga of multiple legal battles, alive with passion and uncertainty, is filled with proofs leading here, twists leading there, until finally there are facts. That journey never loses an iota of its riveting force.
It largely stuck to the relatively straightforward task of delineating events as they unfolded, although even here there were leaps and gaps in the telling I needed to fill in for myself via the internet after it was all over.
It was a lot to fit into 5 episodes and could have benefitted with one or two additional eps in order to flesh out more of what was happening around the trial, instead of in it. Despite this, [it] is still worth your time.