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Dirty John 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Series (2018– )
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Debra's seemingly perfect life is disrupted as she falls for a handsome doctor who sweeps her into a whirlwind romance. But her handsome new beau pulls Debra into a sinister game of psychological manipulation.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Connie Britton ...  Debra Newell 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Eric Bana ...  John Meehan 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Juno Temple ...  Veronica Newell 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Julia Garner ...  Terra Newell 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Jean Smart ...  Arlane Hart 5 episodes, 2018-2019
Keiko Agena ...  Nancy 4 episodes, 2018-2019
Jeff Perry ...  Michael O'Neil 3 episodes, 2018-2019
Kevin Zegers ...  Toby 3 episodes, 2018-2019
Jake Abel ...  Trey 3 episodes, 2018
Judy Reyes 2 episodes, 2018
Sprague Grayden ...  Tonia Sells 2 episodes, 2018
Joelle Carter ...  Denise Meehan-Shepard 2 episodes, 2018-2019
John Getz 2 episodes, 2018-2019
Joe Tippett ...  Bobby 2 episodes, 2018
Lindsey Kraft ...  Ruth 2 episodes, 2018-2019
Julie Dretzin 2 episodes, 2018
Vanessa Martinez ...  Celia 2 episodes, 2018
Brent Anderson ...  Detective Marco Layton 2 episodes, 2018-2019
Tiffany Splettstoeszer Tiffany Splettstoeszer ...  Danielle 2 episodes, 2018


Debra Newell (Connie Britton) has a seemingly perfect life: she's successful, beautiful and lives in one of California's most desirable coastal cities, Newport Beach. The only thing missing is love. So when she finally meets charming and handsome doctor John Meehan (Eric Bana), she's quickly swept into a whirlwind romance, much to the dismay of her daughters Terra (Julia Garner) and Veronica (Juno Temple). Their fast-tracked relationship creates tension between Debra and the girls, leaving them no choice but to investigate the stranger who has swept their mother off her feet. And with a fraught family history, the backstory of Debra and her mother Arlane (Jean Smart) provides insight into why she may have been so vulnerable to John in the first place. As Debra gets drawn deeper into his lies and sinister game of psychological manipulation, it results in horrific consequences for an entire family. Written by Bravo

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25 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Based on a Los Angeles Times report and podcast by Christopher Goffard. See more »


Referenced in Dirty John, The Dirty Truth (2019) See more »

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Very entertaining, but extremely alarming depiction of real events.
2 January 2019 | by wlwise1See all my reviews

First, anyone giving this miniseries a low rating and calling Connie Britton's character "dumb" or "stupid" has obviously never been in or been close to anyone in an emotionally/physically/psychologically abusive relationship. If they had, they would understand that, unfortunately, situations like this do happen, and much more frequently than would be expected. They also would understand how difficult it can be to extract yourself from abusive relationships, even if the abused realizes how bad the relationship/situation is. While I read the published story, I have not heard the podcast, which is supposed to be fantastic. The tv show is pretty faithful to the published story, although some of the characters (primarily her two daughters) are a little exaggerated for tv purposes. While I, like most viewers, feel frustrated with Connie Britton's character due to her repeated poor choices, I easily can see that she is a very sweet, giving, compassionate person who is naive and too trusting of others due to the way she was raised and her own honesty - she simply can't fathom that anyone could be so malicious and dishonest because it isn't in her character makeup. If you've been "around" in the real world at all, you'll quickly realize that most people highly suspicious of others tend to disbelieve so easily due to their own tendency towards dishonesty and deception, as well as low self esteem.

After saying all of that, we (my husband and I) find this show very entertaining and extremely well done. Both Eric Bana and Connie Britton are excellent in their portrayals of their characters, and I would figuratively "kill" to have Connie's character decorate our house - she has exceptional (decorating) taste!

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