Netflix was the most talked about streaming service for the week of Sept. 19 to 25 thanks to the debut of “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” The Ryan Murphy-created series rose to the top of Variety’s Trending TV chart following its full season debut on Sept. 23 with more than 918,000 engagements on Twitter.
Netflix will showcase plenty of big-name stars in the weeks ahead as the streaming service begins its buildup toward awards season. But its current leading man, its MVP for the month, is Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer who died in 1994.
The true-crime cottage industry that exploded in the years following “Serial,” the podcast that became a cultural phenomenon in 2014, is inherently exploitative — even when the work in question has an ostensibly noble mission. In the case of “Serial,” the mission was to find out whether an innocent man had been convicted of a murder he long maintained he did not commit. But even as the “This American Life” spinoff inspired fervent interest in Adnan Syed’s 2000 conviction for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, it has also received criticism for what — and whom — it left out.
The limited series also stars Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald and Dyllón Burnside. It is now streaming on Netflix.