Created by
Based onJune 13 1980 Axe Murders
ComposerAriel Marx
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes5
Executive producers
ProducerMitch Engel
CinematographySimon Dennis
  • Tom Wilson
  • Ryan Jones
Running time46–55 minutes
Production companies
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution (International)
NBCUniversal Syndication Studios
Original networkHulu
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseMay 9 (2022-05-09) –
May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)

Candy (released internationally as Candy: A Death In Texas) is an American true crime drama streaming television limited series created by Nick Antosca and Robin Veith.[1] The series stars Jessica Biel as the real-life Candy Montgomery, who was accused of the axe murder of her neighbor, Betty Gore (played by Melanie Lynskey) in 1980, in Texas.[2] It premiered on May 9, 2022, on Hulu, with a new episode for five nights until May 13.[3]


In Wylie, Texas, in 1980 suburban housewife Candy Montgomery is accused of murdering her neighbor Betty Gore, after having an affair with Gore's husband Allan.


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No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Friday the 13th"Michael UppendahlStory by : Nick Antosca & Robin Veith
Teleplay by : Robin Veith
May 9, 2022 (2022-05-09)
Candy Montgomery goes about her day while Allan Gore tries to get a hold of his wife, Betty, on the phone.
2"Happy Wife, Happy Life"Jennifer GetzingerDavid MatthewsMay 10, 2022 (2022-05-10)
Candy and Betty try to fill the voids in their lives.
3"Overkill"Ben SemanoffBrett JohnsonMay 11, 2022 (2022-05-11)
Candy and Betty revel in new friendships.
4"Cover Girl"Tara Nicole WeyrElise BrownMay 12, 2022 (2022-05-12)
The truth closes in on the Montgomerys.
5"The Fight"Michael UppendahlBrett Johnson & David Matthews and Robin VeithMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
Candy tells her story.



In July 2020, it was announced UCP was developing a series revolving around Candy Montgomery, with Robin Veith writing the pilot for the series, and Nick Antosca set to executive produce under his Eat the Cat banner, with no network attached.[2] In December 2020, it was announced Hulu had landed the series.[4] In October 2021, it was announced Elisabeth Moss, who was originally set to star as Candy, had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts and would be replaced by Jessica Biel.[5]


Principal photography began in December 2021[6] and continued through February 2022,[7] and took place in Austell, Georgia.[8]


Candy premiered on the streaming service Hulu in the United States on May 9, 2022, with new episodes airing for five subsequent nights until May 13.[3] Hulu majority-owner Disney has also confirmed that Candy will be coming to its Disney+ Hotstar service in India on July 15.[9]

Candy was released on Disney+ in Canada, Australia and New Zealand on July 27 and for Singapore on August 10 and in the UK and Ireland on October 12 as a Star Original.[10][11] On Latin America, the series debuted on July 27, 2022, on Star+.[citation needed]

Internationally, the show's main title is Candy: A Death In Texas despite the thumbnail on Disney+ simply listing it as Candy.[citation needed]


Audience viewership

According to Whip Media's viewership tracking app TV Time, Candy was the 5th most anticipated new television series of May 2022.[12] According to the streaming aggregator JustWatch, Candy was the most streamed television series across all platforms in the U.S., during the week of May 9, 2022 to May 15, 2022.[13] According to the streaming aggregator Reelgood, Candy was the 8th most streamed television series across all platforms, during the week of May 14, 2022,[14] and the 3rd during the week of May 21, 2022.[15] Media play news

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the limited series holds a 71% approval rating based on 34 critic reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Candy's sour aftertaste is counterbalanced by uniformly terrific performances, but it only takes a couple licks before this true crime drama loses its flavor."[16] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[17]

Josh Bell of stated that the series manages to provide a late 1970s aesthetic through its decor and costumes, complimented how the miniseries succeeds to depict the struggles of the main characters through its dark tone, and praised Biel's performance as Candy Montgomery, while complimenting the rest of the supporting actors.[18] Brian Lowry of CNN found that Candy manages to be more effective than most true crime drama series, stating that Biel and Lynskey's performances are convincing and well-rendered, while complimenting how the miniseries manages to provide solid additional scripted elements compared to other contemporary series of the same genre.[19]

Joel Keller of Decider praised the performances of the cast, especially Biel and Lynskey's, and found interesting the choice to start the miniseries with Betty Gore's death, followed by the reconstitution of what has occurred between the characters in the later episodes.[20] Matt Fowler of IGN rated the miniseries 7 out of 10 and complimented the performances of the cast members, while praising how the show manages to keep an atmosphere of tension without providing too much information during its first episodes.[21] Maggie Boccella of Collider gave the miniseries a C+ rating and claimed that the show manages to be a satisfactory true crime drama, while praising the performances of the actors, but criticized the lack of development of the characters.[22]


Accolades received by Candy
Award Year Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Critics' Choice Television Awards 2023 Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Melanie Lynskey Nominated [23]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards 2022 Best Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Jessica Biel Nominated [24]
Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Melanie Lynskey Nominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2022 Outstanding Main Title Design Ronnie Koff, Peter Frankfurt, Lexi Gunvaldson, Rob Slychuk, Nader Husseini, and Elizabeth Steinberg Nominated [25]
Satellite Awards 2023 Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Jessica Biel Pending [26]
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Melanie Lynskey Pending

See also


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  2. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (July 7, 2020). "Elisabeth Moss to Play Killer Candy Montgomery in Limited Series for UCP". Variety. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Grobar, Matt (March 17, 2022). "'Candy' Teaser, First-Look Photos: Jessica Biel Stars As Housewife Turned Murderess Candy Montgomery In Hulu Limited Series From 'The Act' EPs". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  4. ^ White, Peter (December 2, 2020). "Hulu Lands Elisabeth Moss True Crime Drama Series 'Candy' From UCP". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (2021-10-05). "Jessica Biel Replaces Elisabeth Moss in Hulu True-Crime Drama 'Candy'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  6. ^ Ho, Rodney (January 15, 2022). "What's filming in Georgia in January 2022?". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
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  8. ^ Singer, Dan (February 24, 2022). "Here's where two shows about D-FW ax killer Candy Montgomery are filming". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on February 25, 2022. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
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  11. ^ "'Candy' Disney+ Release Date Announced (Australia/New Zealand)". Disney Plus Informer. 2022-07-07. Retrieved 2022-07-07.
  12. ^ Prange, Stephanie (2022-04-28). "Disney+'s 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Top New Show, Netflix's 'Stranger Things' Top Returning Show Anticipated in May". Media Play News. Retrieved 2022-10-29.
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  19. ^ Lowry, Brian (May 9, 2022). "'Candy' turns infidelity and death into an old-fashioned true crime treat". CNN. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  20. ^ Keller, Joel (May 9, 2022). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Candy' On Hulu, Where Jessica Biel And Melanie Lynskey Star In A Dramatization Of The Candy Montgomery Case". Decider. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  21. ^ Fowler, Matt (May 9, 2022). "Hulu's Candy Premiere Review - "Friday the 13th"". IGN. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  22. ^ Boccella, Maggie (May 4, 2022). "'Candy': Hulu's True Crime Drama Is Bittersweet at Best | Review". Collider. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
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  24. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 14, 2022). "HCA TV Awards: 'Severance,' 'Ted Lasso,' 'Dopesick' Win Top Streaming Awards on Night 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 15, 2022. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
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