Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story skyrocketed as the second most-viewed show on the platform. Viewers continue to binge the Dahmer series, the unsettling story of a serial killer, starring Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer. The cast also includes Niecy Nash, Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, and Michael Learned.
The Dahmer series, directed by Ryan Murphy, reached the Top 10 list for the third week with about 701 million hours of viewership, just behind Stranger Things Season 4’s 1.35 billion hours (via Variety).
Dahmer Series Hits The Second Spot For The Most-Watched Show On Netflix
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story follows the chilling narrative of a real-life murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. The show is told from the perspective of the victims, and it is said to investigate the “systematic racism and institutional failures” of the Wisconsin police.
Netflix’s description wrote how the authorities just let a notorious serial killer freely walk while going on a killing spree for over a decade. Dahmer’s victims were black and brown men.
Fans Are Outraged Over Dahmer Series High Viewership
While the series garnered high viewership, many critics gave it low ratings, with a 52% score on Rotten Tomatoes, as of this writing. Fans are not entirely happy with the attention given to the show. For them, this is one of the ways to exploit the families of the victims, tormenting them all over again while the creators gain their fees. Many expressed their anger on Twitter:
everyone that contributed to this is going to heII https://t.co/23KgbT1uEO
— kira 👾 (@kirawontmiss) October 11, 2022
Considering what endless exploitation like this means to the families of his victims, I don’t see how anybody can watch that Dahmer series in good conscience. You’re just incentivizing studios to keep tormenting people who’ve lost loved ones in the most horrific ways.
— HBCU Supremacist: The Negro Subversive (@negrosubversive) September 26, 2022
Tfw you white people obsessing over the Jeffrey Dahmer series?? Its now one of Netflix’s most watched series of ALL TIME. How do yall just go “Ah yes today I will watch a series that romanticizes a white guy who sexually assaulted and mutilated people 😀”
— garquo // grant (@GuttermanGrant) October 7, 2022
If you binge watch the Jeffrey Dahmer show in one sitting you need to be on the FBI most wanted list.
— Ahmed/The Ears🇸🇴 (@big_business_) September 23, 2022
"This Jeffrey Dahmer shit is difficult to watch."
No fucking shit, that monster did the most heinous shit to Black & Brown people, and these kum kricket kops let him get away with it because they didn't care.
It's difficult to watch because it never should've happened, log off!
— Keshav Kant (@MxKantEven) September 27, 2022
The series started getting controversial reactions after one of the victims’ families revealed that the production team never asked for their permission to adapt the case into a TV series. In a post by Insider, Rita Isbell said that Netflix should have asked how they feel about this move.
Clearly, the studio has profited so much from this, and Isbell said, “If the show benefited them in some way, it wouldn’t feel so harsh and careless. It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed.”
Netflix initially did not advertise the Dahmer series, but it surprisingly just blew up and, in a week, viewers flocked to the platform to witness the story of a real-life serial killer. Disturbing, mentally draining, and disgusting – these are some of the reactions from fans who have seen it.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is available to stream via Netflix.