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In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.
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Series cast summary:
Peter Sarsgaard ...  Frank Olson 6 episodes, 2017
Christian Camargo ...  Dr. Robert Lashbrook 6 episodes, 2017
Eric Olson ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2017
Scott Shepherd ...  Vincent Ruwet 5 episodes, 2017
Bob Balaban ...  Dr. Harold A. Abramson 5 episodes, 2017
Tim Blake Nelson ...  Sidney Gottlieb 5 episodes, 2017
Jack Michael Doke ...  Young Eric Olson 5 episodes, 2017
Molly Parker ...  Alice Olson 4 episodes, 2017
Jimmi Simpson ...  CIA Agent 3 episodes, 2017
Michael Chernus ...  Mal 3 episodes, 2017
Callie La Personerie Callie La Personerie ...  Lisa Olson 3 episodes, 2017


This six-part series explores the limits of our knowledge about the past and the lengths we'll go in our search for the truth. A family story of one man's sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death. A quest which brings him face-to-face with some of the darkest secrets of the United States. Written by Official Synopsis

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The Untold True Story of the CIA, LSD Experiments, and the Death of a Family Man See more »


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Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wormwood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Great Story but Badly Executed
17 December 2017 | by sareed1971See all my reviews

I only started watching Wormwoood because NetflixLife posted a tweet asking if anyone was getting into it. No one responded which truly surprised me, so I advised Netflix I'd give it a try.

The story is definitely worth telling. It has all the elements to create a decent docudrama. I always enjoy Peter Skarsgård, but the poor guy was so limited by the material. I'll will admit though, that the first episode was interesting enough for me to keep going.

But sadly, as early as episode 2, I realized 6 episodes were unnecessary. It could have been condensed to 2-3 episodes at the most. The pace is stultifying slow. I think this show might have been markedly better and perhaps more cohesive if they simply used the recorded interviews with the key characters.

I thought I'd try one more episode, but early into episode 3, Id had enough. I wasn't going to watch 3 more hours for any momentum or improved pacing.

I rarely review a show where I feel compelled to write a review. Wormwood is the exception. I simply had to express my disappointment in what could have been, with a different director perhaps, a terrific exposé on devious real life doings of the CIA in the late 40's through the early 70's.

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