McMillion$: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
McMillion$

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Like something out of a movie, McMillions effectively -- if not always artfully -- captures the chaos of this once-in-a-lifetime, very real con and the colorful cast of characters at its center.

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Critic Ratings: 36

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Air date: Feb 3, 2020

An anonymous tip to FBI agent Doug Mathews speaks of a con surrounding the much-beloved McDonald's Monopoly game and its mysterious mastermind, a man going by the moniker of "Uncle Jerry."

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Air date: Feb 10, 2020

Hoping to unmask "Uncle Jerry," the FBI investigates two prominent figures they believe are connected to the scam; Agent Mathews and McDonald's employee Amy Murray pay a visit to a prior winner, who sweats and mumbles as their cameras roll.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2020

Frank Colombo reveals how "Uncle Jerry" would sell the winning tickets to his brother, Gennaro "Jerry" Colombo, for a premium; the undercover FBI video crew interviews a winner who tries to obscure the origins of her million-dollar game ticket.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2020

Gennaro "Jerry" Colombo lands in the ICU, leading Jerome "Jerry" Jacobson to scout for new recruiters; Dwight Baker and others join the operation; the FBI gathers intel on "Uncle Jerry's" middlemen and ends up tailing Dwight to the airport.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2020

Focusing their attention on Dwight Baker, the FBI intercepts a call with "Uncle Jerry" that leads them to capture evidence of a game piece exchange; the FBI works overtime to launch a coordinated cross-country day of indictments.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2020

As the trial nears, any of the defendants take plea deals, but George Chandler and others decide to fight to prove their innocence; when Jerome "Jerry" Jacobson takes the stand, the remaining details of how he pulled off his scheme are disclosed.

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Cast & Crew

Daniel Peera
Doug Astralaga

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Michael C. Pizzuto
Jerry Columbo

Actor
Alistair David Herz
Executive Jeff Jones

Actor
Nicholas Adam Clark
Brian Leroux

Actor
William "Will" Daubert
Miami Dade Police Officer

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Kelly Donahue
Marsha Derbashire

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Brock Everett
Newspaper Editor

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Michael Gitomer
Marvin Braun

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Derrick Hunter
George Chandler

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Amber Jenkins
Country Club Girl

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Lauren Knutti
Amy Murray

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Kate McIntyre
Hilda Bennett

Actor
Michael A. Pina
Jerry Jacobson

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Jason Ponder
Michael Hoover

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Beatrice Ring
Special Investigations Agent Patricia Horns

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Mia Rivera
Linda Baker

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Mark Wahlberg
Executive Producer
Stephen Levinson
Executive Producer
Archie Gips
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  • Apr 25, 2022
    The story itself is very interesting but boy, oh boy did they drag it out. Like any story, you can dissect every single little piece of it and amplify it into its own story but ultimately this one ended up with too many facets and the pacing suffered as a result. And I have to be honest here: this story made the FBI look like clowns. I guess you grow up in America with this idea of J Edgar Hoover and very staunch, serious police types running investigations at the FBI. And I know Hoover was a clown in his own right but at least he put forward an image of being professional and serious. The work they do is some of the most important in terms of the DOJ and national security and these guys (specifically) make the place look like Romper Room. The main clown (gold suit guy) was just hard to listen to to be frank. So you've got this very serious story and situation (in my eyes) and the directors are taking this very light hearted, almost comic angle to how they present it. Which is kind of puzzling. Is this thing a comedy or a documentary? Again, I realize you can look at every story from different angles but this isn't a funny story. It's a tragedy to those who got sucked into it no matter what angle you view it from. So that's a problem: tone. It didn't know what it wanted to be. And in fact, some of the stories are treated very heavily and then it shifts gears back into the comedy angle. So the story itself loses focus and, again, the pacing makes it very slow and boring at times. Without question, this should have been a 90-minute documentary and nothing more. Done with the right director and editor, it could've been a masterpiece…like once in a lifetime story…but as a "series" it is soft and slow and unfocused and kinda hard to set through. The irony of it all? Only the guy at the top (who stole $23 million in money and prizes) did any kind of jail time. So the FBI and DOJ spent what? $20 million on the investigation that lasted years and had a dedicated team of full time agents focused on it. McDobalds launched an entire new game to catch the people and they spent well over $30 million on trying to catch the perps and in the end, thousands of people lost their jobs (at the marketing and printing companies that went out of business) and again, the guy who organized and did it spent 3 years behind bars and pays a little over $300 per month in "restitution." Talk about laugh out loud. This isn't a series about McDonalds, it's literally a docu-series about how white collar crime in America pays and pays well. Anyone who thinks the guy at the top didn't hide probably $5 million of that money doesn't know how it works. I'm the end, if you're not going to punish the people involved (and make no mistake, even the higher level recruiters were laughing in the final episode and having a good old time reminiscing about how they ripped off millions) why spend millions and millions of taxpayer dollars to investigate it all? That's not Justice, no matter how much the FBI thinks it is, if that's justice, just eliminate the white collar crime division for investigations. Seriously. Just let them steal and rob people blind because there ain't an iota of a reason for those people to not do it because there aren't any consequences and no reason for them to even fear being caught. Oh, yeah…back to the series itself: hopefully someone will tell this story in a 90-minute format. At that point, I'll recommend it.
  • Jan 17, 2022
    Fascinating! I hadn't heard anything about this scandal.
  • Jul 23, 2021
    Brilliant. Should have one the Emmy for best doc series.
  • Mar 16, 2021
    It's too long. Sadly you get paid more money for having a longer documentary, so we get something like this. They let many of interviewees babble about themselves and what they thought of other participants in the scheme. Anyone with any sense cares only about a few things: How the scheme went down? How the investigation went down? How everything turned out? A little extra here and there is acceptable, but this was way too much.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    Entertaining show, but could have made the same impact with half the episodes
  • Aug 08, 2020
    Could have been one or two episodes. 6 seemed like wayyyyy too long.
  • Aug 02, 2020
    Interesting combo meal of a story that includes McDonalds, Monopoly, the Mafia, fraud and the FBI. Super-sized into 6 slow episodes, when same story could've more tightly been told in 3 or 4.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    An interesting look a major criminal operation that had McDonalds and North America fooled
  • Jul 13, 2020
    Felt it was dragged out too far, but still enjoyable. Absolutely loved that last scene 😂
  • Jun 10, 2020
    Should have been half the length.

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