Dirty John: Season 1 (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Dirty John might not live up to the thrills of its source material, but Connie Britton puts on a clinic with her interpretation of true crime treachery.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 25, 2018
2
Air date: Dec 2, 2018
3
Air date: Dec 9, 2018
4
Air date: Dec 16, 2018
5
Air date: Dec 23, 2018
6
Air date: Dec 30, 2018
7
Air date: Jan 6, 2019
8
Air date: Jan 13, 2019

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Debra Newell (Connie Britton) is a successful and wealthy interior designer. She is also a single mom to son Trey (Jake Abel) and daughters Veronica (Juno Temple) and Terra (Julia Garner). Despite four failed marriages, Debra remains on the lookout for love using various dating apps. Through these apps, she meets and falls in love with a doctor, John Meehan (Eric Bana). John has secrets, however, and Debra's life threatens to unravel once she starts finding out about them. Season 1 of "Dirty John" also stars Jean Smart as Arlana Hart, Joelle Carter as Denise Meehan-Shepard, and Sprague Grayden as Tonia.

Cast

Connie Britton
as Debra Newell
Eric Bana
as John Meehan
Jean Smart
as Arlane
Julia Garner
as Terra Newell
Juno Temple
as Veronica Newell

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Critic Reviews for Dirty John Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

Eric Bana is terrific as Dirty John, so sexy and appealing yet creepy too. He combines those qualities perfectly: you really can believe that when he focuses attention on you, you can hardly resist.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Temple's choice to play her as stuck-up and righteous makes the circumstances of the show both more believable and more interesting.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…
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Viewers might be suckered into wanting to know exactly who this guy is, but the vanilla, passive depiction of his primary victim dulls any empathy for her struggle.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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There is some pleasure in watching the inevitable unfold, particularly since the cast is solid. Britton is, as usual, a sympathetic lead, even if her character is written to be shallow.

Nov 21, 2018 | Full Review…

This might only be something that audiences who followed the podcast or were aware of the story Dirty John is based on can fully enjoy. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Dirty John may not be quite as gripping as the LA Times podcast, but it's another step in the validation of a medium that is witnessing a golden age.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Not bad for a pulpy true-crime yarn.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For a series rooted in fact, Dirty John is strangely flat and artificial. It resembles a cheesy Hallmark Movie of the Week, dragged out to eight hours.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Where Dirty John is perhaps most revealing is in its understanding of how people's pasts, their traumas, their beliefs and their desires cause them to behave in the strangest ways.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It has the feeling of a photocopy of a photocopy, or a shot-for-shot remake. Fascinating, but hamstrung by our changing relationship with truth and fiction.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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