Dopesick: Season 1

Dopesick: Season 1

Dopesick: Season 1

Oscar nominee Michael Keaton leads this Big Pharma drama inspired by the true story of the one company that triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. Co-stars Peter Sarsgaard (Jackie), Will Poulter (Midsommar), Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart) and Rosario Dawson (Luke Cage).

2021Rating: TV-14USA
DramaTrue Story & Biography

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
12 November 2021

First Bottle

Richard Sackler begins to launch a powerful new painkiller, a rural doctor is introduced to the drug, a coal miner plans her future, a DEA Agent learns of blackmarket pills, and federal prosecutors decide to... MORE open a case into OxyContin.

EPISODE 1.2
12 November 2021

Breakthrough Pain

OxyContin is on the market but faces a potential threat, Purdue’s vast influence reaches the town of Finch Creek, Bridget steps outside her DEA authority, and the criminal investigation of OxyContin begins.

EPISODE 1.3
19 November 2021

The 5th Vital Sign

Doctor Finnix begins to taper Betsy off OxyContin, Bridget sees the toll the drug is taking on communities, Rick and Randy investigate the world of “pain societies”, and with sales climbing, Richard Sackler makes bigger... MORE plans for his new drug.

EPISODE 1.4
26 November 2021

Pseudo-Addiction

Sky-high OxyContin sales are threatened by reports of abuse, prosecutors investigate a claim central to OxyContin marketing, and Finnix begins to question the safety of the drug.

EPISODE 1.5
3 December 2021

The Whistleblower

With OxyContin abuse spreading across the country, Bridget brings the fight to Purdue while Rick and Randy seek to find a whistleblower within Purdue to tie their case together.

EPISODE 1.6

Hammer the Abusers

Expected arrival: 10 December 2021 

Richard Sackler faces a catastrophic challenge to Purdue’s bottom line, Bridget takes her fight to the FDA, Finnix reassesses his life as Betsy struggles to kick her addiction, and Rick and Randy find a bombshell piece of evidence.

EPISODE 1.7

Black Box Warning

Expected arrival: 17 December 2021 

Richard Sackler and Purdue work the system to prevent their drug from being reigned in, Bridget has a breakthrough in her mission, Betsy has hit rock-bottom while Finnix explores new avenues, and Rick and Randy ready their criminal case.

EPISODE 1.8

The People vs. Purdue Pharma

Expected arrival: 24 December 2021 

Rick and Randy’s criminal investigation now threatens Richard Sackler’s empire, activists take action against Purdue, and Finnix tries to heal his beloved community that’s been ravaged by addiction.

Dopesick: Season 1 / Reviews

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Too often, the good parts of the Dopesick ensemble get caught up in the intercutting with the generic parts, or drowned in the cliches of their ill-fated situations.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The approach here somehow leaves the tale feeling both too sprawling to be contained within only eight hours and too self-explanatory to require such a heavy course of treatment.

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Vulture

Vulture

When the series breaks your heart, it really shatters it.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Hulu's valiant endeavor just keeps hammering home a point it made straight from the jump.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

When it does choose substance over gimmicky style, you won't be able to look away.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A (mostly) sober, compelling and clear dramatisation of one of the most shameful examples of big pharma wrongdoing in recent history, which will have you recoiling in fury.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The show is uneven and at times almost too harrowing to watch, but in its best moments it conveys the pain and the havoc wrought by corporate recklessness and greed.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The more familiar you already are with the Sackler story and the opioid crisis, the more you will get out of it, which is not the dramatic ideal.

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The Times

The Times

What Dopesick does very well... is chart how opioid abuse boomed.

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Independent

Independent

Given the size of its canvas, Dopesick is a remarkable achievement...

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Attracted by its cast and pedigree, serious-minded viewers should tune in to this rare gritty original adult drama on Disney's streaming network...

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