Dahmer Becomes Netflix’s Second Most-Watched English-Language Series After Stranger Things 4


Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now the second most watched English series on Netflix. Streamers’ rankings for the October 3-9 period reveal that the limited series True Crime has racked up 205.33 million hours of viewing, bringing the total to 701.37 million hours, since its premiere on September 21. Netflix’s Dahmer series currently ranks behind Stranger Things 4, which racked up 1.35 billion hours in its first 28-day run, thanks in part to a two-part release. With just last week’s numbers, the Ewan Peters-led series managed to steal Bridgerton’s Season 2 spot.

As for international rankings, Dahmer sits comfortably in fourth place, behind #1 Squid Game, which racked up 1.5 billion hours in its first four weeks on Netflix. Stranger Things 4 retains second place, while Money Heist season 5 takes third place with 792.2 million hours watched. Squid Game and Stranger Things are set to return for new seasons, while Money Heist has a spinoff show slated for 2023 based on the jewel thief Berlin.

Dahmer, however, hasn’t been without controversy, with people online claiming the show is making money off the tragedy. Created by Ryan Murphy, the 10-episode series tells the story of the life and events of true Milwaukie serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, known for murdering 17 men and boys, between 1978 and 1991. While the story was supposed to be transmitted through the victim. and perspectives of survivors, it quickly evolved into a predictable and dramatized narrative.

To capitalize on growing “Dahmer” metrics, on October 7, Netflix also dropped a docuseries based on the serial killer – Conversations With a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes. It currently stands at 31.4 million hours watched. A similar strategy was seen in 2019, when the streamer released Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, only to follow it two days later with a Zack Efron-directed dramatized tale, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” .

To the uninitiated, Dahmer was known for cannibalism, necrophilia, and permanent preservation of the body parts of victims he lured into his home. It turns out that Netflix took the serial killer’s homosexuality into account and tagged LGBTQ on the show. This caused an uproar online, as community members – understandably – did not want the association. Following the backlash, the streamer removed the tag, roughly a week after its debut.

Additionally, netizens have mentioned how much Netflix Dahmer Rarely “justifies” its existence and falls into the trope of all other true crime shows, glorifying murder. A good contrast to this would be David Fincher’s Mindhunter, which relied on known facts and research, based on retired FBI agent John E. Douglas and co-author Mark Olshaker’s book, “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit”. There was no speculation about the killer’s mood or actions at the time of the murders, and it relied only on directly told accounts.

All 10 episodes of Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story are now available on Netflix worldwide.


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