Dirty John: Season 1

Poster for Dirty John: Season 1

Based on the podcast of the same name, this anthology series dedicates every season to a different true crime story... More

Where to watch Dirty John: Season 1

Dirty John: Season 1 is available to stream in New... More Zealand now on Netflix.

Dirty John: Season 1 episodes

Episode 1.1

Approachable Dreams

Debra Newell has a seemingly perfect life: she’s successful, beautiful... More and lives in one of California’s most desirable coastal cities, Newport Beach. The only thing missing is love. So when Debra finally meets charming and handsome doctor John Meehan, she’s quickly swept into a whirlwind romance, much to her daughters’ dismay.

Episode 1.2

Red Flags and Parades

Debra and John revel secretly in their newlywed bliss, as... More Veronica, Terra, and Toby hatch a plan to prove their suspicions about their mother’s new man.

Episode 1.3

Remember It Was Me

Debra discovers John’s criminal record. In the past, John starts... More his first family.

Episode 1.4


Debra confronts John in the present, while we learn more... More about Arlane’s past.


Lord High Executioner

John gets clean for Debra. Terra learns John’s back. John... More puts his sister through the ringer.


One Shoe

Debra makes a decision about John. In Ohio, John captures... More the attention of Detective Dennis Luken.



A look at how John operates while Debra tries to... More move forward.


This Young Woman Fought Like Hell

John and Debra's relationship comes to a head in an... More unexpected way.

Dirty John: Season 1 | Ratings & Reviews

"Viewers might be suckered into wanting to know exactly who this guy is, but the vanilla, passive depiction of his primary victim dulls any empathy for her struggle to the point where your only motivation to continue is to see how dark this story might get."


"There are so many opportunities to flesh out both John’s story and the complicated and tragic Newell family history, and so far, the show eschews them in order to keep plugging away at the story as once written."


"Some of the essential vitality and veracity of the material has been lost. In its place, I can't point to much insight or advantage added by the new medium."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"It’s not nearly as compelling, and its continual efforts to make the characters and situations more palatable grow wearying."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"The main problem with Dirty John, though -- both the character, and the series -- is that as structured here, his web of lies begin unraveling pretty quickly."


"Dirty John is very entertaining, though it’s not without faults. It doesn’t dig very deep, or present Debra’s daughters as full characters, and its storytelling can be a little convoluted. But it never claims to be high art."


"It has all the makings of a frivolous, ephemeral good time, a spiky bauble made to stand out among television's soft December offerings."


"Glossy and well-acted, its transfer from your daily commute’s most suspenseful listening stretch ever to serviceable wine-and-laundry-folding companion show feels, all in all, a smooth one."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"A dazzling matchup of pulp and prestige. ... Britton is perfectly cast as Debra. ... As Meehan, the actor [Eric Bana] pivots from charming to chilling and back with astonishing ease."

Entertainment WeeklyEntertainment Weekly

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