McMillions: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
McMillions

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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: 35

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User Ratings: 143

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Air date: Feb 3, 2020

In 2001, FBI Agent Doug Mathews of the Jacksonville, FL branch clocks an intriguing post-it note that piques his interest. The anonymous tip speaks of a con surrounding the much-beloved McDonald's Monopoly game and a mysterious mastermind behind it all: a man going by the moniker of "Uncle Jerry." With the help of McDonald's employee Amy Murray, the investigation, codenamed "Operation Final Answer," prompts Agent Mathews to propose an unorthodox undercover sting involving a video production crew. The operation tests nerves but leads to an early breakthrough in what promises to be a bizarre but unforgettable case.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2020

Hoping to unmask the mysterious "Uncle Jerry," the FBI investigates two prominent figures they believe are connected to the scam. The first, Jerome "Jerry" Jacobson, is a former cop who left the force on disability and started working security for Simon Marketing, the company hired to run the McDonald's Monopoly game. The second, Gennaro "Jerry" Colombo, hails from a notorious East Coast mob family and is no stranger to unsavory activities.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2020

Frank Colombo, the brother of Gennaro "Jerry" Colombo, reveals the inner workings of the scam whereby "Uncle Jerry" would sell the winning tickets to Colombo for a premium. He would then find willing takers for the game tickets in exchange for a cut of the prize money. Under the pretense of organizing a reunion for past winners, the FBI video crew interviews Gloria Brown, a million-dollar "winner" in South Carolina, who tries to obscure her past in Jacksonville and the origins of her ticket.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2020

In 1998, a car accident lands Gennaro "Jerry" Colombo in the ICU, leading Jerome "Jerry" Jacobson to scout for new recruiters. Among those who join the scam are ex-con Andrew Glomb and Mormon real-estate developer Dwight Baker, who convinces his foster son George Chandler to redeem a winning ticket. With "Operation: Final Answer" gaining speed, the FBI gathers intel on "Uncle Jerry's" middlemen and ends up tailing Dwight to the airport, where they worry a family confrontation may turn violent.

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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 crucial evidence of a game piece exchange. With the latest Monopoly game drawing to an end, the FBI works overtime to launch a coordinated cross-country day of indictments, though a last-minute technical error threatens to upend their carefully-laid plans.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2020

Series finale. As the trial nears, many of the defendants take plea deals and cooperate with the government, but George Chandler and others decide to fight to prove their innocence. When a previously uncooperative Jerome "Jerry" Jacobson takes the stand, the remaining details of how he pulled off his scheme are disclosed. Almost 20 years later, new information is revealed, and those involved reflect on what they learned, their regrets and the effects that one man's greed had on so many people.

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Cast & Crew

Brock Everett
Newspaper Editor
Kelly Donahue
Marsha Derbashire
Beatrice Ring
Special Investigations Agent Patricia Horns
Kate McIntyre
Hilda Bennett
Alistair David Herz
Executive Jeff Jones
Jason Ponder
Michael Hoover
Daniel Peera
Doug Astralaga
William Daubert
Miami Dade Police Officer
Michael C. Pizzuto
Jerry Columbo
Michael A. Pina
Jerry Jacobson
Mia Rivera
Linda Baker
Derrick Hunter
George Chandler
Michael Gitomer
Marvin Braun
Lauren Knutti
Amy Murray
Amber Jenkins
Country Club Girl
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Critic Reviews for McMillions Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14)

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…

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…

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…

This docu-series is fantastically gripping, enjoys incredible access and has everything: FBI agents, undercover stings, mob connections, wire taps, winners who turn out to be victims themselves.

Jun 1, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It is the characters who carry the series, which is remarkably unstylish in execution and rushes through parts of the investigation where you might have preferred it to linger.

May 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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…

Arguably about one episode too long, it nonetheless drilled down with panache into the semi-fascinating lives of a staple of American fiction.

Jun 15, 2020 | Full Review…

"McMillions" is a true-crime story that feels like a scintillating work of fiction.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

McMillion$ is absolutely true, and as this six-part docuseries vividly unravels a multi-million-dollar fraud targeting the popular McDonald's Monopoly promotional game from 1989 to 2001, you soon realize there's no improving on these real-life characters.

Feb 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The series has left me feeling excited, sad, amazed, incredulous, and heartbroken.

Jan 31, 2020 | Full Review…

While it's not entirely successful, the directing team's approach is certainly skillful, and McMillions is definitely a fun watch.

Jan 30, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

McMillions tells this story with all the energy of a Hollywood comedy - before it starts going to darker places.

Jan 29, 2020 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for McMillions: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jun 07, 2020
    Mc3hourstoolong Peely peely! For me, McDonalds Monopoly is the last bastion of the true heart of marketing. Philanthropy. For me, the real joy of Christmas morning is that it marks exactly three months until my trips through the Golden Arches increase threefold. I think the tragedy here is that the twenty nugget Sharebox has historically been neglected by the big cats at burger town. In lieu of this years event, HBOs McMillions has appeared. Doug Matthews, is a triumphant maverick. His endeavours to bring to justice the wicked rabble duping a benevolent Ronald McDonald are inspiring, particularly the moment he tackles a beach bum who fled with a five foot tall winners cheque. But six hours is a very long time. Long enough to ponder the value of several dozen FBI agents spending months investigating a white-collar fraud against the architects of childhood obesity, only for Chief Peeler Jerry to receive 36 months and a $370 dollar a month repayment plan. Ex con AJ Glomb is notorious peeler dealer. He says he would do it again. Glombie, count me in. The most I've peeled is a free apple strudel, and im about ready to pass go. Last night I had my first post-cOvid box of nuggets. March 2021 can't come soon enough.
  • May 30, 2020
    This series could've been told in 4 episodes. 6 episodes was a slow burn that got painful after episode 4. It was interesting, but the FBI is a disgrace to allow the case to carry on for a dozen years. This could have been solved in 3 years and it wouldn't have branched out like it did. But no, the FBI wants to sit back to see how far it will go, then finally make a big bust for all their glory. Many lives were ruined and thousands of unsuspecting victims who took part in the Monopoly game thinking it was legit. I just can't believe McDonald's and the FBI let it carry on for so long letting people get screwed.
  • May 27, 2020
    Was good for the first couple episodes. Fell asleep after that.
  • May 13, 2020
    The staged retelling scenes really took me out of the movie. It was cheesy.

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