LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Ryan Murphy, Evan Peters, Niecy Nash, Rodney Burford and Paris Barclay speak onstage during attends Netflix's 'Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story' Guild Event at Directors Guild Of America on October 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Netflix)
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Netflix Knows You Sickos Like True Crime, Orders More Monster and The Watcher Season 2
For the most part, people should be able to watch what they enjoy, with the caveat that what they’re watching doesn’t hurt others. This dynamic is strained at best when it comes to Netflix’s recent shows, “Monster” and “The Watcher” which turn real-life tragedies into mass entertainment, and unfortunately, both shows have been renewed for new seasons.
“Monster” — a true-crime anthology series which centered on Jeffrey Dahmer — and “The Watcher” — about a real-life family plagued by threatening letters — will both be returning for further seasons. Netflix announced, “Audiences can’t take their eyes off ‘Monster’ and ‘The Watcher’ … and we are thrilled to continue telling stories in the ‘Monster’ and ‘Watcher’ universes.”
The sickening use of the term “universes” to apply to these shows — which are both based on true stories — signifies how disconnected they are from reality, particularly in the case of “Monster.” No longer do these shows even attempt to center victims and educate audiences, but instead, they are designed to elicit powerful reactions to keep audiences watching.