Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story garners Netflix its biggest ratings since Stranger Things despite disgusted feedback
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has been a ratings hit for Netflix, in spite of the controversy over the project.
The series debuted September 21 to an audience of 196.2 million, garnering the streaming service its best ratings since Stranger Things’ season four amid Netflix’s switch in reporting ratings since June of 2021, Deadline reported.
With its large total, the limited series starring Evan Peters in the title role eclipsed the numbers amassed by shows such as Inventing Anna (195.97 million) and You’s third season (179 million).
The latest: Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has been a ratings hit for Netflix, in spite of the controversy over the project. The series stars Evan Peters as Dahmer
The ten-part series retells the story of Dahmer from the perspective of his victims, and explores major mistakes Wisconsin police made in handling the probe of the notorious mass murderer, who made national headlines for acts of cannibalism and necrophilia.
The show features at least 10 incidents in which authorities nearly took Dahmer into custody, but didn’t, extending the twisted crime spree.
The show also features actors Niecy Nash, Penelope Ann Miller, Shaun J. Brown, Colin Ford, and Richard Jenkins, with directors Paris Barclay, Carl Franklin, and Janet Mock.
Miller and Jenkins play the roles of Dahmer’s parents, while Nash portrays Dahmer’s neighbor Glenda Cleveland, who tried in vain to report his bizarre behavior to authorities.
Glare: Peters is glaring forward in the promotional images as he’s playing Dahmer, who worked at a Milwaukee chocolate factory
The success of the series has not come without its share of criticism, as many people took to Twitter expressing disgust over the continued commercial success of the true crime genre, and the traumatic impact it might have on survivors
Dahmer in 1992 was convicted of 16 murders he’d been charged with, and sentenced to 16 life sentences in prison.
He was bludgeoned to death with a metal bar in November of 1994 by Christopher Scarver, another inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin. The infamous Milwaukee serial killer – who murdered 17 people between 1978 and 1991.
The success of the series has not come without its share of criticism, as many people took to Twitter expressing disgust over the continued commercial success of the true crime genre, and the traumatic impact it might have on survivors.
One user questioned why Netflix continues to capitalize on the true crime genre
One user said that the streaming service should receive permission from survivors of the tragedies
One user took to Twitter to remember Dahmer’s victims amid the renewed interest in the case
A user called out Netflix for using a graphic scene in an ad for the miniseries
A person who said they were related to a victim of Dahmer’s said that the miniseries was ‘retraumatizing’
The sister of Errol Lindsey, Rita Isbell, speaking with Insider Sunday, said that Netflix never reached out to her about the series, calling it harsh and careless.
‘I feel like Netflix should’ve asked if we mind or how we felt about making it,’ she said. ‘They didn’t ask me anything. They just did it. But I’m not money hungry, and that’s what this show is about, Netflix trying to get paid.’
She said that ‘if the show benefited [the survivors] in some way, it wouldn’t feel so harsh and careless. It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed.’
One user wrote: ‘Wait?? why Netflix remade a documentary over Jeffrey Dahmer as if theres not already 3 previous documentaries over it? Capitalism is sick and this really disturbing to the victims.’
Teaser: Netflix last month released a back head shot of Peters in the role of the murderer
Crime: Dahmer in 1992 was convicted of 16 murders he’d been charged with, and sentenced to 16 life sentences in prison. He was beaten to death by another inmate in November of 1994 at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin
Peters is seen playing Dahmer in a courtroom scene from the 10-part series
Flashback: Dahmer was seen in court during his trial
Another pointed to a scene tweeted by the streaming service, asking, ‘It’s bad enough that this revolting @ryanmurphyprod show was made in the first place, but now @netflix is advertising it by dramatizing the violent rape and murder of a 14 year old boy?’
Said another user: ‘I’m nearly done with the Jeffrey Dahmer doc on Netflix and I just need to know why they continue to humanise and even victimise these murderers, every single time???’
One person who said that event as someone who has interest in the true crime genre, the Dahmer mini-series came off as despicable: ‘Movies/docs should never be made about real life killers/victims unless they have explicit permission from the victims families and those families give permission to everything that’s included. And one is enough.’
The gruesome story of Dahmer has past been chronicled in the 2002 movie Dahmer, in which Jeremy Renner played the titular role; as well as 2017’s My Friend Dahmer, in which Ross Lynch played a teen version of the nascent serial killer.
Murphy has past created 1990s true crime sagas with American Crime Story projects including 2018’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace and 2016’s The People Vs. OJ Simpson.
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