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Waco: American Apocalypse

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dense, dark docuseries tells violent story.

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This straightforward, detailed docuseries should satisfy those curious about the actual events of the Waco siege. Waco: American Apocalypse focuses heavily on the days of the standoff, so if you're looking for a cult origin story, this isn't it. However, if you're interested in the particulars of what went on during the 51 days between the first attack and the final massacre in Waco, they are explored here. Most compelling are the interviews with former cult members, some of whom were involved in the attacks; their words accentuate the human side of one of America's greatest (and most preventable) tragedies.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 21, 2023
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Topics: History
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: March 23, 2023

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