After watching Michael Keaton in Hulu’s Dopesick, many viewers want to know if more shows like it delve into the opioid epidemic in America. It turns out there’s a whole realm of documentaries and TV shows about Purdue Pharma, OxyContin, and the opioid crisis. Here are several ideas for viewers to watch next while awaiting a potential Dopesick Season 2 on Hulu.
‘The Crime of the Century’ on HBO
The documentary The Crime of the Century on HBO is a two-part film similar to Dopesick on Hulu. It was directed, produced, and written by Alex Gibney. The HBO documentary closely follows the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma like Dopesick. However, it’s not a dramatization but instead provides the facts via interviews and commentary. Doctor Art Van Zee appears as a commentator in the film; whereas, an actor plays the doctor in the Hulu series.
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For viewers who want more insight into the opioid crisis or even to fact-check Dopesick, The Crime of the Century on HBO is a must-watch. A deep dive into other documentaries and shows like Dopesick will prove the accuracy of the new Hulu series by Danny Strong. Crime of the Century premiered on HBO in May 2021 and is currently available for streaming on HBO Max.
For viewers who want to dive deeper than Dopesick, the Viceland documentary series, Dopesick Nation, is also like the Hulu series. The documentary series premiered in September 2018 and followed two recovering addicts, Allie Severino and Frankie Holmes. They attempt to help others like them who became sucked into opioid abuse. However, the series also shows the corruption and exploitation in the rehab industry in Delray Beach, Florida. The 10-episode documentary is available to rent or buy on Vudu, Google Play, Amazon, or iTunes.
‘Hightown’ on Starz
The crime drama, Hightown, is also very similar to Hulu’s Dopesick. The series, which is in its second season, takes place in Cape Cod, another area of the country hit very hard by the opioid epidemic. Also, like Dopesick, the characters (like Samuel Finnix and Betsy Mallum) are not real, but they could be.
“I’ve never seen a show that’s this brutally honest with these types of characters,” executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer told the Belmont Citizen-Herald. “It really gives the inside look of what this world is really like and what people go through, and the trouble you have with addiction and recovery and redemption. It’s really a powerful, powerful series.”
‘The Conners’ is a lighter series like ‘Dopesick’
The Conners is a sitcom spinoff of the original series Roseanne, so you might be shocked to find out that the continuation series began with an opioid overdose. Although the show is a comedy, it opens with a tragedy. Roseanne died following knee surgery; however, the family found out later that her cause of death was an opioid overdose. The family then found out she was addicted to opioids for her chronic pain, finding pills from various sources. For viewers looking for something a little lighter but still surrounding the opioid crisis, The Conners might be a good fit. New episodes of The Conners air on Wednesdays on ABC and the next day on Hulu.
How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.
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