A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Justice for victims is important and valuable.
Positive Role Models
The police and detectives search for the truth and try to get justice for the victims and their families.
This series makes more of an effort to focus on Dahmer's victims, who were primarily Black and other people of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Frequent footage of disturbing murders and aftermath, including vats of decomposed bodies, drilling into skulls and other body parts. Guns and knives are also present. Sexual violence was Dahmer's MO. Expect storylines around cannibalism and necrophilia.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are shown nude from the back. Sexual violence is the crux of the series.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Dahmer was an alcoholic who primarily drank beer; his home is strewn with beer cans. He also plies underage victims with alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a series about the serial killer who killed at least 17 people. The series examines Dahmer's troubled childhood as well as the time in the early '90s when he's being held for murder. He's shown as a child torturing animals, including tadpoles and opossums. Abuse between Dahmer's parents plays a large role, with yelling and hitting, and a suicide attempt is shown. Decomposed bodies are shown, and Dahmer's crimes are described in detail. Expect storylines around cannibalism and necrophilia. Language includes "f--k," "s--t." Sexual violence is the crux of the series; a character is shown masturbating and many sexual encounters are shown (bare buttocks).
Is It Any Good?
This salacious series is both hard to watch and hard to take your eyes off of. Very little time is given to the victims and their families in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story -- instead the series goes into great detail about Dahmer's family life, state of mind, and choices. While not quite campy, it treats the real-life (and really horrible) subject somewhat lightly, not unlike Ryan Murphy's previous series about a murderer, The Assassination of Gianni Versace. This particular crime story, while enjoyable as a drama, ultimately feels empty and uncomfortable.
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