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By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Drug epidemic drama has language, mature subject matter.

TV Hulu Drama 2021
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If you're craving a fun, lighthearted binge, this deep, layered look into America's opioid crisis certainly isn't it. While Dopesick isn't an easy watch, though, it's a wholly engrossing one you'll be compelled to stick with from start to finish.

It helps that the heavy subject matter isn't hoisted upon a single character or storyline, but rather spread across a number of narrative perspectives. An absolutely stellar cast digs into every angle of the epidemic, from OxyContin's ground zero victim and the doctor who's willingly entwined in her struggle to the crusading, do-gooding attorneys and the evil big pharma family they're trying to take down. The series' timeline can get a bit jumbled, as it hops from 1986 to 2005 -- with plenty of stops in the intervening years -- to cover everything from the drug's creation to the ultimate judgment of its makers. But if you can keep up with its constantly moving calendar, and are prepared for some very serious, often sad drama, Dopesick is a must-watch that's worth the tears.

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