McMillions: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
McMillions

Critics Consensus

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.

85%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 26

71%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 31
User image

Tap to review this movie

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)



  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you get your ticket?

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • How did you get your ticket?

Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 3, 2020
2
Air date: Feb 10, 2020
3
Air date: Feb 17, 2020
4
Air date: Feb 24, 2020
5
Air date: Mar 2, 2020
6
Air date: Mar 9, 2020

Tv Season Info

News & Interviews for McMillions: Season 1

Critic Reviews for McMillions Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

As the series goes on, it changes shape, which is one of the reasons I wish the whole thing had been available to preview. I'm curious about the ultimate structure of these six episodes, but the first three had my full attention.

Feb 4, 2020 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

The story behind McMillions is as delicious as a thick juicy burger. Yet like the criminal scheme at its core, the HBO documentary inspired by it proves a little too cute and clever for its own good.

Feb 3, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Compassion, not chaos, is the key to "McMillions" success. The mindful storytellers carefully shift tones, sucking viewers into an outlandish story before driving home its substantive impact.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

McMillion$ is filled with characters with a capital C, the kind who can recall specific decisions and moments with brutally funny frankness.

Feb 4, 2020 | Full Review…

With the exception of actual footage from an undercover investigation, you could close your eyes, pretend this is a podcast, and it would be just as satisfying an experience. But what it lacks in aesthetics, McMillions makes up for in personality.

Feb 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Unpacks the incredible story of the McDonald's Monopoly scam with flair, even if the shape and contours of the series are familiar.

Feb 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While McMillions is a surprisingly fun examination of the con and the con men, it's also a worthy portrayal of the toll that predatory offers take on those most vulnerable to their poisoned charms.

Feb 3, 2020 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

More entertaining and moving than much of the scripted fare across the broad spectrum of entertainment, McMillions is reality television at its finest.

Feb 4, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

If you've ever wondered why you never won more than free french fries while playing Monopoly, you'll want to watch this docuseries.

Feb 3, 2020 | Full Review…

McMillions is more like Dear Zachary if all the revelations were fun instead of soul-destroying.

Feb 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Unlike the usual True Crime fare which makes entertainment out of the horrific, McMillions is flashy and trashy and just satisfying enough to leave you wanting more. Much like a McDonald's burger then.

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Beyond this universe of charismatic and characteristic characters, in 'McMillions' they also know how to show the less "glamorous" face of this crime. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 4, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for McMillions: Season 1

  • 10h ago
    Very interesting story. Very surprised about what happened, which I won't spoil here. Worth a look.
  • 1d ago
    Waste of time. I have better things to do.
  • Feb 13, 2020
    Great so far! Fun and interesting! Can't wait to see where Uncle Jerry goes next. Note: I might update my score later as the series releases.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Great cast of characters. Doug and Amy are so great. Old footage mixed with re-enactments and current day interviews keep the story moving. I'm lovin it.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Standing apart from an overwhelmingly dark landscape of true crime docs, MCMILLIONS is a sharp, witty, and fun docuseries that uncovers the unknown crimes associated with a nationally beloved game.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Thoroughly enjoying this series! Can't remember the last time a show contained this many compelling characters. I appreciate how the filmmakers mix absurdity and suspense so seamlessly. Counting down the days to episode 3!
  • Feb 11, 2020
    it's a great story, but the direction is really rough. All the cheeseball re-enactments REALLY take away from it being a respectable documentary. A swing and a miss on a pitch right down the middle of the plate.
  • Feb 09, 2020
    I know the story from reading about it in the papers and online, I wanted this to be a Drama like Chernobyl or Escape at Dannemora, that would have been great but I guess McDonalds only wanted the facts of the case and nothing overly dramatic that might make the company look bad
  • Feb 04, 2020
    So far so good. I was expecting that the company was screwing the customers but the company was actually getting screwed
  • Feb 04, 2020
    Starts off very slow, doesnt get interesting until about 2/3's of the way into the show. First half is all about the Monopoly game and showboating about the FBI agents that were investigating the fraud. Was very boaring until they started talking about "Uncle Jerry"!

News & Features