TF1 is broadcasting this Tuesday evening the first 3 episodes of season 1 of “Dirty John”, a gripping thriller adapted from a true story with Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Is the series worth a look?
What is it about ?
Do you really know the person you love? Conquered by John, Debra ends up marrying him. Is their happiness real? Isn’t the charming doctor playing a double game? Terra and Veronica, worried for their mother, seek to unmask this stranger who has interfered in their family.
Dirty John is broadcast from Tuesday, June 1 from 9:05 p.m. on TF1. Episodes seen: 8/8
Who is it with?
To play the character of Debra, a scorned woman who will discover that the man she loves may not be who he claims to be, Alexandra Cunningham, creator of the series, called on Connie Britton, an iconic actress seen in Friday Night Lights, season 1 of American Horror Story or Nashville.
At his side, it’s Eric Bana (Star Trek, Hulk) who plays the charming doctor John Meehan. The two daughters of the main character are embodied by the excellent Juno Temple (Wonder Wheel) and Julia Garner, haloed with two Emmys for her role in the Netflix series Ozark.
Well worth a look ?
News items have been on the rise for several years, whether in documentary form (Les fils de Sam, Making a murderer, Gregory) or series (American Crime Story, Mindhunter and many others). Dirty John is no exception to this trend.
Broadcast in November 2018 on the American channel Bravo, then put online a few months later internationally on Netflix, this drama series adapted from a famous eponymous podcast (which has recorded nearly 30 million listenings in the United States ) tells us the story of John Meehan, a top-flight scam con artist.
Claiming to be a doctor and war veteran, John courted Debra, a successful interior designer from Newport Beach, and within months managed to convince her to marry him, much to the chagrin of his two daughters Veronica (Juno Temple) and Terra (Julia Garner). But the doctor, apparently good in every respect, turns out to be hiding heavy secrets.
Adapted in series by Alexandra Cunningham, screenwriter on Desperate Housewives, Dirty John, whose synopsis resembles any TV movie that can spend the afternoon on the One or M6, thanks to its impeccable cast to stand out.
Connie Britton is perfect in the role of this unlucky woman in love after four failed marriages, who will unwittingly fall into the trap set by her lover. The actress, whose career is well established, carries the series by managing to bring a new dimension to this somewhat gullible character who would have quickly annoyed viewers.
Eric Bana, who has experienced a slump in recent years, also shines in his role and manages, without difficulty, to go from the charming man to the psychopath.
Despite some lengths, Dirty John is a gripping series that is all the more believable because it is adapted from an incredible true story. It is this element that allows the series to gain in depth: everything that is told, with the exception of a few minor elements, is true.
In short, if you are a fan of thrillers and news items, Dirty John is for you.