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Dahmer Is Second-Most Watched English Series In Netflix’s History

Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story broke records since its premiere on September 21, 2022. The limited series provided a closer look at the horrific crimes committed by the “Milwaukee Cannibal” who sexually abused, murdered and dismembered 17 innocent men and boys, mostly people of color. Despite being condemned by the families of victims, “Monster” has become the second-most watched series on Netflix after Stranger Things.

Dahmer Crosses Half A Billion Hours Viewed…

Netflix’s new ten-episode series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” refreshed the memories of viewers as it provided a closer look at Jeffrey Dahmer’s horrific crimes. Despite facing criticism from many families of the victims who were brutally murdered and dismembered by the “Milwaukee Monster”, Dahmer managed to secure the #1 spot on Netflix for weeks.

Netflix’s latest data reveals that the limited series has secured 701.37 million hours viewed, making it the “second most-watched English Netflix series of all time, and the fourth highest across any language.” Per the data measured within the first 28 days since its release on September 21, 2022, here is what the numbers suggest when compared to shows across any language:

  1. Squid Game season 1 – 1.65 billion hours
  2. Stranger Things season 4 – 1.35 billion hours
  3. Money Heist Season 5 – 792.23 million hours
  4. Dahmer – 701.37 million hours
  5. Bridgerton season 2 – 656.25 million hours

The Ryan Murphy-produced series brought in 205.33 million hours of views in its third week of availability. However, the latest data suggest the numbers jumped to 701.37 million hours viewed. FYI, Stranger Thing Season 4 brought 1.35 billion hours of views in its very first months. So yea, it still continues to secure the first position followed by Dahmer.

The series wherein Evan Peters portrayed Jeffrey Dahmer, reveals the brutal crimes of the serial killer, and his conviction in 1992 after he sexually assaulted, murdered and killed around 17 innocent men and boys. Before his arrest, investigators found a total of seven skulls (painted and bleached), two human hearts, a portion of arm muscles, an entire torso, and several human organs which he preserved meticulously by using his experience as a medical specialist.

Jeffrey, however, managed to serve only three years in prison because he was killed in the prison in 1994 by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver. After his death, Jeffrey’s mother Joyce Flint wanted to donate the serial killer’s brain to science because she wanted it to be studied to assess if there was a medical condition for his behaviour. On the other hand, Lionel wanted it to be cremated with the rest of his remains.

All About The Criticism Against Dahmer…

“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” may have been a huge success, but the limited -series has been condemned by most families of the victims who died a brutal death at the hands of Jeffrey.

For instance, Shirley Hughes,  mother of Tony Hughes, one of Dahmer’s victims, recently criticized the show for its exploitative approach to Dahmer’s murders: “I don’t see how they can do that. “I don’t see how they can use our names and put stuff out like that out there.” However, she also narrated that her son’s murder didn’t happen the same way it has been depicted in the series.

After the series was released,  a Twitter user named Eric, a cousin of Rita Isbell, tweeted a response to the show, stating: “I’m not telling anyone what to watch, I know true crime media is huge [right now], but if you’re actually curious about the victims, my family is pissed about this show. It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what? How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”

He added that his cousin wakes up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.” Apart from this, Rita Isbell, who is the sister of Jeffrey Dahmer’s 11th victim, Errol Lindsey, referred to Netflix as “greedy”. She even revealed that she doesn’t have to watch the show because she has actually lived all of it. But again, the show has been a massive success and continues to climb the chart in terms of views. Did you watch it?

I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.


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