Ryan Murphy’s newest Netflix venture, the confoundingly titled Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, has polarized audiences and critics, however proved a large enough hit that the streaming service introduced they are going to be shifting forward with two extra seasons. The upcoming seasons will deal with the lives and crimes of different serial killers, successfully turning Monster into its personal anthology collection much like American Crime Story. And in the identical announcement, Netflix additionally declared that they’d make a second season to Ryan Murphy’s much more divisive collection, The Watcher.
The Jeffrey Dahmer Story grew to become a much-needed hit for Netflix at a time of main upheaval within the streaming trade. In response to Selection, it grew to become the streamer’s second most-watched English-speaking collection of all time, trailing solely the fourth season of Stranger Issues.
Although Niecy Nash and Evan Peters’ performances have been praised, the general Dahmer collection acquired combined opinions, scoring solely a 46 on Metacritic. The Hollywood Reporter referred to as it “an infuriating hodgepodge,” criticizing the repetitive first half of the season, whereas British GQ referred to as the collection “the nadir of Netflix’s true crime shamelessness.” There was additionally robust response from viewers, together with a controversy centered round the present being tagged on Netflix as an LGBTQ program, since Dahmer and lots of of his victims have been queer. Netflix eliminated the tag, a lot to Murphy’s disappointment.
“There was a second on Netflix the place they eliminated the L.G.B.T.Q. tag from ‘Dahmer,’ and I didn’t prefer it and I requested why they did that and so they mentioned as a result of folks have been upset as a result of it was an upsetting story. I used to be, like, ‘Nicely, yeah.’ But it surely was a narrative of a homosexual man and extra importantly, his homosexual victims,” Murphy instructed The New York Instances.
One of many intentions of Monster was to deal with the tales of the victims as an alternative of simply the killer, and the societal failings that allowed Dahmer to get away with these killings for thus lengthy. Presumably, the next seasons will try for the same steadiness, significantly in a local weather the place true crime is being extra overtly criticized for sensationalism and insensitivity to victims and their households.
Netflix paired the Monster renewal information with the announcement that The Watcher, would even be returning for a second season. Impressed by a 2018 New York journal article, the collection stars Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale as a pair who’re harassed by an unknown assailant shortly after shifting into an expensive New Jersey house. The Watcher acquired solely barely higher opinions (a 54 on Metacritic), and many viewer have been upset in regards to the present’s inconclusive ending.
In 2018, Murphy, coming off the success of Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story (significantly the OJ season), signed an incredible total deal price $300 million with Netflix. However his first handful of initiatives, together with the bold Nineteen Forties showbiz drama Hollywood and the eerie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest origin story Ratched, left viewers and critics chilly. The success—in viewers, if not critics—of Monster and The Watcher was sorely wanted in a 12 months the place Netflix is actively downsizing and lots of of their streaming opponents are struggling to remain afloat.