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.

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Critic Ratings: 26

73%

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User Ratings: 41
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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

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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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

  • 1d ago
    So good! I certainly love a good scam story & this series keeps my attention, is suspenseful & engaging.
  • 1d ago
    Interesting, but you have to wait each week to watch an episode. (It's quite addicting.)
  • 3d ago
    Surprisingly riveting documentary series that I only initially watched due to the vague recollection of shady rumors about the contest. So much is covered in the first episode that I thought it was a one shot rather than a season. It gets increasingly bonkers with a cast of character and plot twists that begs for this story to be dramatized at some point. This one is a great example of truth being stranger than fiction & at the time of writing this it is only up to episode three.
  • 3d ago
    A highly entertaining, lively look at the scandal behind one of America's favorite sweepstakes and the gaggle of odd ducks who made it happen. This affected millions of Americans - I can remember my wife and kids pursuing the winning pieces by greatly increasing their visits to McDonalds, one of my least favorite restaurants. We had no idea they were wasting their time. The only "winners" were those who received winning tickets. Almost all of the winners paid for the privilege, many of them poorer people who had to borrow to fund the upfront payoffs needed to get their hands on the valuable prize pieces. It's interesting to see how greed draws relatively normal people into the scam, backfires on them, and how, ultimately, brings down the perpetrator who brought far too many people into the scheme. Might spend a little too much time playing up big-talking Jerry Colombo as a mafioso. All indications are he wasn't in the least "connected" but was instead just an attention-seeking, somewhat unethical operator who yearned to be seen as a mobster. Having read a couple negative reviews prior to watching the first few episodes, I had my expectations set low. That's the best place for them, IMO, especially when the filmmakers have such entertaining people and such good material to work with. Three episodes in and not a word on the injustice of misleading millions of people into wasting their time collecting worthless game pieces, but there's more to be seen.
  • 3d ago
    The only thing stopping five stars is the fact some of these families seem to take pride their family is contract killers and criminals. They find it humorous and appear to Relish in this horrible fact. This is a very interesting documentary and I will watch it in its entirety, but just shake my head at some of these people that provided the winning tickets.
  • 5d ago
    Very interesting story. Very surprised about what happened, which I won't spoil here. Worth a look.
  • 6d 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.

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