Dirty John on Netflix – A Harrowing Real-Life Thriller

Online daters, beware. Netflix’s Dirty John will give you nightmares and could quite possibly contribute to an online dating activity plunge once the show gains traction.

Eric Bana plays “Dirty John” Meehan in this eight-part true crime anthology series. It’s based on the Los Angeles Times podcast of the same name. John is a seemingly charming man who turns out to be dirty in every sense of the word. He preys on vulnerable women through dating sites and wreaks havoc in their lives, stopping at nothing to extort money from them.

He meets cashed up interior designer, Debra Newell (Connie Britton), and within weeks has intertwined himself in her life and driven a wedge between her and her family. What unfolds is horrific.

Eric Bana and Connie Britton are superbly cast and the terror is unrelenting.

Watch the trailer.

Watch Dirty John on Netflix.

Modern Love Podcast

The Modern Love podcast is derived from the weekly reader-submitted essays in the New York Times that explore the joys and tribulations of love. Each episode is read by a familiar voice including Judd Apatow, Colin Farrell, and January Jones. It’s followed by a conversation with the essayist about what’s happened since and how the writer feels about the story now. The episode I found simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting was My First Lesson in Motherhood read by Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights). Her voice was the perfect fit for this story. Most of them are around 20 minutes. Listen to Modern Love at iTunes, Stitcherwbur.org, NYTimes.com or the podcast app of your choice. Read the essays here.

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