A collection of enthralling stories that prove the truth is always full of surprises
The final episode of Hulu’s original The Dropout is set to air on April 7, 2022, with episode eight titled “Lizzy.” The 8-episode mini-series has garnered massive applause from the viewers and critics. Amanda Seyfried plays Elizabeth Holmes, C.E.O of Theranos. She has transformed herself into the mannerisms and appearance of the character, including the unusual deep baritone voice which Elizabeth Holmes is accused of faking.
The plot of the series is captivating and makes you want to know what else they will cover in the upcoming episodes. People like to engage and learn more about such incidents based on a true-crime story. With only two episodes remaining, the series comes to an end, and if you want to watch more content found in a similar tone.
Then we have picked some of the best television shows that have recently debuted on various streaming platforms. These shows are not only binge-worthy, but they also open your eyes to what lies beyond what you see and what you’re being told. It causes you to question everything and raises the issue of deception that some people are prone to.
The Act (2019)
- Genre: Crime | Network: Hulu
It’s one of the most sadly disturbing real-life-based TV series on actual events from the case of the 2015 murder of Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard. The plot follows Blanchard (Arquette) as she moves into a pink house built for her by Habitat for Humanity in Springfield. Everyone knows her as the selfless mother of Gypsy Rose (Joey King), a cheerful, chronically ill child who enjoys dressing up as Disney princesses and requires a wheelchair and a feeding tube due to her chronic conditions.
As the show uses the tagline, “Seeing is deceiving,” the truth about this mother-daughter duo starts to unveil, exposing that everything is just a charade. The truth behind those closed doors is that Dee Dee has a factitious disorder imposed on another, also known as Munchausen by proxy.
She is only using her daughter to get attention and the money she needs to survive. The entire plot follows the life of Gypsy Rose, who is kept in the dark by her mother, who makes her believe all the made-up lies about her health conditions. She grows resentful of her mother’s restrictions and two-faced behavior, which eventually leads to something horrendous when she learns about her mother’s plan, leading to Dee Dee’s death.
- Genre: Drama | Network: Hulu
Dopesick is a must-watch limited mini-series that talks about addiction. The episodes were able to deliver and humanize the opioid epidemic in a way that we never thought could be possible. If you liked how The Dropout told the story of how these influential people led to their downfall by hurting people around them knowingly or not knowingly, you should check out this show.
This tale revolves around the story of Richard Sackler, an American businessman. He founded his own pharmaceutical company, Pharma Purdue, and rose to prominence after falsely commercializing the OxyContin drug, resulting in an addiction crisis among America’s young adults. Danny Strong created the plot based on a book by Beth Macy. Michael Keaton and Kaitlyn Dever’s performances are the powerhouses of this series, making it a great binge watch.
- Genre: Comedy | Network: HBO
It’s been 8 years since Silicon Valley first premiered. The show provided an offbeat comedy that depicted the highs and lows of building a startup, providing enough entertaining moments while also proving how difficult it is to maneuver in the tech world. The show has been a hit and one of the top-rated series for the network.
Keeping in mind the actual reality behind The Dropout was scary where the startup Theranos only wanted to be as successful as Apple and copy the ideal image and vision of Steve Jobs. It ended up hurting many people who trusted Elizabeth Holmes to be an individual so great that she was a genius ready to revolutionize the healthcare system around the world.
We know the reality. Silicon Valley can portray that culture in sardonic humor. It’s a great watch if you want to compare the plot of The Dropout with this series as an emerging startup by Richard Hendricks, a programmer who funds a startup but finds it challenging to keep up with the technology sector. Similar in a way to Elizabeth as she was not able to keep up with the technology of her blood-testing device, Edison.
Bad Vegan Fame. Fraud. Fugitives (2022)
- Genre: Documentary | Network: Netflix
A bizarre story about an entrepreneur who faces her downfall as a Manhattan food star draws on our enduring fascination with con artists. The four-part limited series directed by Chris Smith debuted on March 16, 2022, on Netflix.
The documentary is about Sarma Melngailis, a beautiful Ivy League graduate. The docuseries follows her journey from an up-and-coming vegan restaurant owner in New York City to a fugitive on the run. Are you stunned by reading just a line about this docu-series? It’s just the beginning, as I have only stated a small part of this story.
Like several other Netflix documentaries, we want to highlight that Bad Vegan reveals the story episode by episode. There is always something more strange to add in each episode to unveil the complete picture. The show’s most significant accomplishment may be how it pushes the limits of nonfiction movie-making.
By the end of the part, things get more interesting as the documentary conveys that you should not believe everything you have just seen and heard. What’s also noteworthy about Bad Vegan is that it never glorifies the con artist or the scams. It would be ideal if you watch the drama unfold yourself to understand the depth of this story because it will cause you to ask questions that may never be answered.