Dahmer is now the second most popular English-language Netflix series of all time.
By Charlene Badasie | Published
Dahmer: Monster – The Jeffrey Dahmer Story it’s still killing it in the ratings. The true crime drama topped the broadcaster’s English-language TV chart for the third week in a row, with more than 205 million hours watched. Since its debut on September 21, the show’s collective total of 701 million hours viewed makes it Netflix’s second most popular English-language series of all time.
The fourth season of Strange things It remains the most-watched English-language series ever with 1.35 billion hours watched in its first 28 days, Deadline reports. Netflix’s all-time leader in the first four weeks of release remains squid gamethe surprise hit from South Korea that racked up 1.65 billion hours watched in its first 28 days on the service. Dahmer meanwhile, it has gained more viewing time than the first two seasons of Bridgerton in its first four weeks on the platform.
Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, Dahmer: Monster – The Jeffrey Dahmer Story tells the real life story of Jeffrey Dahmer. The infamous Milwaukee serial killer and necrophiliac cannibalized many victims during a reign of terror that lasted from 1978 to 1991. The 10-episode Netflix series is told primarily from the perspective of its victims. It also explores the systemic racism and failures of the Wisconsin police force that allowed them to continue their killing spree for over a decade.
not only does Dahmer it provides a closer look at his victims, but also introduces the one person who escaped and became instrumental in their eventual arrest. Dahmer was sentenced to 15 life sentences on February 15, 1992. Following his arrest, the serial killer made a detailed confession to police, admitting to a total of 17 murders, according to The Associated Press. He was charged with four counts of first degree intentional homicide on July 25, followed by eight more counts of murder on August 6 and three more on August 22.
Dhamer has been a hit with Netflix viewers, but the series received mixed reviews. While they praised the performance, most found it exploitative. As a result, the show only has a 52% critics score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes despite its popularity. The site’s critical consensus says that while the series is aware of the danger of glorifying the serial killer, creator Ryan Murphy’s lewd style still tilts the horror story into the realm of dizzying exploitation.
The limited biographical crime drama benefited greatly from its release at a time when true crime shows are wildly popular. So it’s no surprise that Netflix explores history more with docuseries. Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes hitting the streaming platform later this year. follow the conversations with a killer series about Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. Netflix also aired the 2019 film, Extremely Evil, Shockingly Evil and Vile with Zac Efron as Bundy.
Curiously, Dahmer: Monster – The Jeffrey Dahmer Story was more engaging than any of the previous true crime offerings on Netflix. Evan Peters’ incredible performance in the title role is probably one of the reasons people have been tuning in. There has also been a lot of publicity surrounding the series, though most of it has been due to controversy over its exploitative nature.