Dopesick
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Genre
Created byDanny Strong
Based onDopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America
by Beth Macy
Starring
ComposerLorne Balfe
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
CinematographyChecco Varese
Editors
Running time57–65 minutes
Production companies
  • Danny Strong Productions
  • John Goldwyn Productions
  • The Littlefield Company
  • 20th Television
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Release
Original networkHulu
Original releaseOctober 13 (2021-10-13) –
November 17, 2021 (2021-11-17)

Dopesick is an American drama miniseries created by Danny Strong based on the nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. The first three episodes of the eight-episode series were released on October 13, 2021, on Hulu.[1][2]

Premise

Dopesick focuses on "the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction" across the U.S.,[3] on how individuals and families affected by it, on the alleged conflicts of interest between various government agencies like the FDA and DOJ and the Purdue Pharma, and finally, on the legal case against Purdue Pharma and their development, testing and marketing of the drug OxyContin.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [4]Directed byWritten byOriginal release date [4]Prod.
code
1"First Bottle"Barry LevinsonDanny StrongOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)1DJE01
2"Breakthrough Pain"Barry LevinsonDanny StrongOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)1DJE02
3"The 5th Vital Sign"Michael CuestaDanny Strong & Beth MacyOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)1DJE03
4"Pseudo-Addiction"Michael CuestaJessica MecklenburgOctober 20, 2021 (2021-10-20)1DJE04
5"The Whistleblower"Patricia RiggenDanny Strong & Benjamin RubinOctober 27, 2021 (2021-10-27)1DJE05
6"Hammer the Abusers"Patricia RiggenDanny Strong & Eoghan O'DonnellNovember 3, 2021 (2021-11-03)1DJE06
7"Black Box Warning"Danny StrongDanny Strong & Beth MacyNovember 10, 2021 (2021-11-10)1DJE07
8"The People vs. Purdue Pharma"Danny StrongDanny StrongNovember 17, 2021 (2021-11-17)1DJE08

Production

Development

On June 17, 2020, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a limited series order consisting of eight episodes based on the book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. The series was created by Danny Strong who also serves as executive producer alongside Michael Keaton, Warren Littlefield, John Goldwyn, Beth Macy, Karen Rosenfelt, and Barry Levinson who directed the limited series. Production companies involved with the series are 20th Television (replacing the initially announced Fox 21 Television Studios), John Goldwyn Productions and The Littlefield Company.[1][5][6]

Casting

Alongside the miniseries announcement, Michael Keaton was also cast in a starring role.[7] In September 2020, Peter Sarsgaard, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, and John Hoogenakker joined the main cast, with Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorman joining in recurring roles.[8][9][10][11][12] In October 2020, Rosario Dawson was cast as a series regular while Ray McKinnon was cast in a recurring role.[13][14] In November 2020, Cleopatra Coleman joined the cast in a recurring role.[15] In December 2020, Michael Stuhlbarg was cast as a series regular.[16] In January 2021, Jaime Ray Newman, Andrea Frankle and Will Chase joined the cast in recurring roles.[17] In March 2021, Rebecca Wisocky and Meagen Fay were cast in recurring capacities.[18] In April 2021, Trevor Long joined the cast of the series in a recurring capacity.[19]

Filming

Principal photography began in December 2020 in Richmond, Virginia and Clifton Forge, Virginia and continued through May 2021.[20] North Carolina and Georgia were in contention, but Virginia was selected for its tax incentives and locations.[21]

Release

Dopesick was released on Hulu on October 13, 2021.[2] The first episode screened at the Virginia Film Festival on October 30, 2021, followed by a discussion with Danny Strong and Beth Macy.[22] Internationally, the series premiered on the Star content hub of Disney+, Disney+ Hotstar and Star+ on November 12, 2021,[23] The first two episodes airing that day with subsequent episodes released on Wednesdays.

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 88% approval rating with an average rating of 7.4/10, based on 64 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Dopesick at times sinks under the weight of its subject matter, but strong performances from Michael Keaton and Kaitlyn Dever and an empathetic approach to the very real people impacted by the opioid crisis make for harrowing drama."[24] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 68 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]

Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the series an A- and said, "Dopesick deftly corrals the vast addiction epidemic through intimate, deeply engrossing stories of human devastation."[26] Reviewing the series for USA Today, Kelly Lawler gave a rating of 3 out of 4 stars and described the cast as "excellent and empathetic, helping ground the series. Keaton is at his best, mastering a character who's a mess of contradictions and transformation."[27]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2021 USC Scripter Award Best Adapted TV Screenplay Danny Strong Won [28]
2022 12th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Limited Series Dopesick Nominated [29]
Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Michael Keaton Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Kaitlyn Dever Nominated
79th Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Dopesick Nominated
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Michael Keaton Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film Kaitlyn Dever Nominated
28th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Michael Keaton Won
74th Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film Barry Levinson for "First Bottle" Nominated
Danny Strong for "The People vs. Purdue Pharma" Nominated
33rd GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series Dopesick Nominated [33]
Peabody Awards Entertainment Dopesick Nominated [34]

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