Dirty John: Season 2 - The Betty Broderick Story

Dirty John: Season 2 - The Betty Broderick Story

Dirty John: Season 2 - The Betty Broderick Story

Based on the podcast of the same name, this anthology series dedicates every season to a different true crime story centred on love gone horribly wrong. Set in the 1980s, season two follows a nasty divorce faced by Betty Broderick (Amanda Peet, Togetherness) who discovers her rich lawyer husband Dan (Christian Slater, Mr Robot) can legally break things off in almost any manner he wants without her consent. To level the playing field, Betty has to think outside the courtroom.

2020USA
CrimeDramaTrue Story & Biography

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 2.1
14 August 2020

No Fault

Betty thinks she can't be divorced by her rich lawyer husband without her consent.

EPISODE 2.2
14 August 2020

The Turtle and the Alligator

Through medical school, law school and many pregnancies, Betty supports Dan until he hits it big.

EPISODE 2.3
14 August 2020

Marriage Encounter

A worried Betty takes a desperate step to save her marriage, and it works. Until it doesn’t.

EPISODE 2.4
14 August 2020

More to It Than Fun

Betty sees her life has been a sham for years.

EPISODE 2.5
14 August 2020

Scream Therapy

Fighting her new reality, Betty goes on the offense.

EPISODE 2.6
14 August 2020

The Twelfth of Never

Betty faces Dan in divorce court, and it sends her past a point of no return.

EPISODE 2.7
14 August 2020

The Shillelagh

Having lost her sense of identity, Betty can only see her own pain and turn it outward.

EPISODE 2.8
14 August 2020

Perception is Reality

Empathy from strangers allows Betty to avoid facing what she's done, until she can't any more.

Dirty John: Season 2 - The Betty Broderick Story / Reviews

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It is [good]... and then it isn't. You sense lawsuits being avoided in the flat portrayals of the Broderick children. ... Peet plays confused desperation to the hilt, but the awkward structure of this eight-part saga turns her rage repetitive.

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Variety

Variety

Peet gives her all to a role that doesn’t respond in kind. The problem, here, may be that the Betty Broderick story — previously brought to TV in “A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story,” which got Meredith Baxter an Emmy nomination in 1992 — is both outsized and small.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

If there's any real reason to recommend Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, it's to appreciate the sheer range and volume of characterizations Peet gets to offer.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

Peet's career-best performance is perfectly paired with Slater's appropriately stoic and conniving portrayal, effortlessly delivering a grade-A depiction of gaslighting, sometimes to the beat of a fun Neil Diamond song.

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Vulture

Vulture

What this scripted true-crime story may lack in surprise, it makes up for in its nuance, especially in the latter half of the season, as well as in its go-for-beyond-broke performance by Amanda Peet as Betty.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

While Betty’s performance gets much less convincing, Peet’s just keeps getting better and better. There is not a moment wasted, not a single line or non-verbal reaction not fully explored for all its potential. It is, and in this case this is a compliment, utterly exhausting to watch.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The tragic consequences of Betty and Dan’s story hangs over Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story from the beginning, elevating the series from a possible Lifetime knockoff to a realistic and unforgettable portrayal of mental breakdown, casting Amanda Peet in a new dramatic light.

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