Love Fraud: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Love Fraud

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Explosive, but never exploitive, Love Fraud tells a thrilling tale of online dating gone terribly wrong with expert precision and a welcome dose of empathy.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 13

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Air date: Aug 30, 2020

Online dating had been a disappointment to Tracy, but the day she met Mickey it all felt different. Their courtship is a dizzying ride that ends with a beautiful engagement ring. But Tracy's daughters think it's all moving too fast and break into Mickey's truck to find out the truth. They are shocked at what they learn and it's up to them to spill the beans. "Mom, you need to come home. Mickey is not who he says he is."

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Air date: Sep 6, 2020

Carla the bounty hunter is in search of con man Richard Scott Smith. Using tips from a blog created by his victims, Carla stumbles on a lead. Could Smith really be posing as a restaurateur right there in Kansas? Turns out Carla is not the only person keen to find Smith. Enter Jim, who's wife has emptied his 401k and run off with Smith to chase her dreams of owning a seafood empire. Throw in a lone local PI and some filmmakers and it's a race to the Krab Kings in Wichita, where it really gets weird.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2020

The pursuit for Richard Scott Smith continues. Has he really fled to Belize? Is he conning a new woman while the search is on? The "revenge squad" in Kansas City receives a disturbing tip that one of his exes in the south is hiding him at her place. The clue takes the story to Knoxville, Tennessee, where a new cast of surprising characters emerges and thickens the plot.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2020

How many others are there? Richard Scott Smith's secrets seem endless. His past is continuing to unravel and may finally be catching up with him. With the help of Carla the bounty hunter and a team of savvy local private investigators, Smith's victims decide it's time to take a road trip and stop Rick once and for all. They've finally got him cornered. Is Richard Scott Smith's trail of deceit and heartbreak finally over?

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Critic Reviews for Love Fraud Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

Sometimes you don't have to meet a genius to feel taken advantage of; just a person who knows how to recognize what you want and haven't ever had.

Sep 4, 2020 | Full Review…
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"Love Fraud" is a fantastic series built for anyone who has survived the last three years on social media.

Aug 25, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This is one of the fastest 200 minutes you'll see all year.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a ripping ride but it's the final episode in which, among other things, we come face to face with the hunted man, that Love Fraud really delivers its sucker punch.

Sep 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Love Fraud finds triumph in women's collective strength. It's a vital corrective for a genre that often underestimates its biggest fans, as well as an extremely fun ride.

Sep 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Love Fraud does certainly have thrilling moments, but to frame the four hours as women banding together and hunting down a man who's conned them and worse-well, that's not exactly it.

Sep 27, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The lesson to be learned here is that if a person claims to be either a professional water-skier, pilot or successful entrepreneur, you really should swipe left.

Sep 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing bring a real-time urgency to this compact and addictive four-part docuseries that's packed with nifty twists. A true story as bizarre as Tiger King, only more satisfying.

Sep 4, 2020 | Full Review…

The show feels like it's got one episode too many in the middle, but overall, it's a compelling glimpse into a bizarre long game from a predator.

Sep 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Love Fraud gets off to an interesting start, and only promises to get weirder and more interesting from there.

Sep 4, 2020 | Full Review…

With this foray into a multi-episodic format, they prove the extra time isn't just for indulgence's sake; they skillfully use the structure to draw an audience in, create connections to their subjects and ensure every moment of drama gets its due.

Sep 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Love Fraud is ultimately an immensely satisfying documentary series, but it's also addictively entertaining.

Sep 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Fraud: Season 1

  • Sep 23, 2020
    This could have been presented in 2 episodes. Very slow.
  • Sep 22, 2020
    The con man and the producers deserve each other: The con man for being such a loathsome creep who gives MANkind a bad name and the producers for giving him a platform to get his message out to the masses.
  • Sep 19, 2020
    So far this is a great series. I don't get the bad reviews about the animations; their kind of annoying but they are not intrusive at all. I find it fascinating how anyone defends this guy but watch the series and you'll see why one woman does.
  • Sep 16, 2020
    This Showtime doc was advertised as being binge worthy like the Tiger King. However, it fell completely flat. It was poorly directed and produced. There were a lot of characters and even more drama to work with, that was put together like absolute crap. Save your time, and read a well written article for the full story. I wish someone would have saved me the time!

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