The Dropout
The Dropout (miniseries).jpg
Created byElizabeth Meriwether
Based onthe ABC News Podcast The Dropout
ComposerAnne Nikitin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
  • Michelle Lawler
  • Jonathan Furmanski
  • Blake McClure
  • David Berman
  • Steve Welch
  • Susana Benaim
Running time45–55 minutes
Production companies
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Original networkHulu
Original releaseMarch 3 (2022-03-03) –
April 7, 2022 (2022-04-07)

The Dropout is an American biographical crime drama miniseries created by Elizabeth Meriwether, based on the podcast of the same name hosted by Rebecca Jarvis and produced by ABC News. The series documents the disgraced biotechnology company Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes, played by Amanda Seyfried.[1]

It is the first television production to be produced by Searchlight Television. The Dropout premiered on the streaming service Hulu on March 3, 2022.[2] It received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the writing and the performances of the cast. The series was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for Seyfried, winning the latter.


The Dropout, based on the ABC Audio podcast of the same name, is a series about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.[3] The show touches on experiences that likely motivated Holmes's deceptions and lies in a linear fashion, starting from her preteens and all the way to her exposure as a fraud.[4]

Cast and characters




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
1"I'm In a Hurry"Michael ShowalterElizabeth MeriwetherMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
2"Satori"Michael ShowalterMatt LutskyMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
3"Green Juice"Michael ShowalterHilary BettisMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
4"Old White Men"Michael ShowalterDan LeFrancMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)
5"Flower of Life"Francesca GregoriniLiz HannahMarch 17, 2022 (2022-03-17)
6"Iron Sisters"Francesca GregoriniWei-Ning YuMarch 24, 2022 (2022-03-24)
7"Heroes"Erica WatsonLiz HeldensMarch 31, 2022 (2022-03-31)
8"Lizzy"Erica WatsonTeleplay by : Elizabeth Meriwether
Story by : Elizabeth Meriwether & Sofya Levitsky-Weitz
April 7, 2022 (2022-04-07)



On April 10, 2019, Deadline Hollywood reported that Hulu had given the production a series order for 6 to 10 episodes. The series would be executive produced by Kate McKinnon, the host of The Dropout, Rebecca Jarvis, and its producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson. The production company involved with this series is Searchlight Television, making this its inaugural production.[3] Upon the casting of Amanda Seyfried, she also joined the miniseries as a producer while Elizabeth Meriwether, Liz Heldens, Liz Hannah, and Katherine Pope joined Dunn and Thompson as executive producers.[1] On March 31, 2021, Michael Showalter and Jordana Mollick joined the limited series as executive producers. Showalter was also expected to direct several episodes.[6]


Kate McKinnon was originally cast to star as Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of Theranos.[7] On February 18, 2021, McKinnon dropped out of the project. Though her departure did not come with an explanation, production moved forward without McKinnon.[8] On March 29, 2021, Amanda Seyfried was cast to replace McKinnon.[1] A day later, Naveen Andrews joined the main cast.[9] On June 10, 2021, William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin, and Josh Pais were cast in recurring roles.[10] On August 3, 2021, Dylan Minnette, Alan Ruck, Bashir Salahuddin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Hart Bochner, James Hiroyuki Liao, Nicky Endres, Camryn Mi-Young Kim, and Andrew Leeds were cast in recurring roles.[11] On August 5, 2021, Sam Waterston, Kurtwood Smith and Anne Archer were cast in recurring roles.[12] On September 14, 2021, LisaGay Hamilton, Michaela Watkins, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Kevin Sussman, Sam Straley, and Shaun Brown joined the cast in recurring capacities.[13]


The series premiered on March 3, 2022, with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest debuting on a weekly basis on Hulu.[2] In international markets, it was released simultaneously via Star content hub on Disney+, on Star+ in Latín America,[14] and on Disney+ Hotstar in India and Southeast Asia.[15]


Audience viewership

According to Parrot Analytics, which looks at consumer engagement in consumer research, streaming, downloads, and on social media,The Dropout was the 9th most in-demand new show, during the week of March 12, 2022 to March 18, 2022.[16][17] According to data from Samba TV, 499,000 US households watched The Dropout in its first 4 days of streaming.[18] According to Nielsen Holdings, The Dropout spent one week in the top ten streaming programs, during the week of March 7, 2022 to March 13, 2022.[19][20] According to the streaming aggregator Reelgood, The Dropout was the 3rd most watched program across all platforms, during the week of March 24, 2022,[21] and was the most watched tv show during the week of March 31, 2022.[22] According to the streaming aggregator JustWatch, The Dropout was the 9th most streamed television series across all platforms in the U.S., during the week ending April 3, 2022.[23]

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the limited series holds an 89% approval rating based on 88 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "The Dropout succeeds more as a docudrama than a dark comedy, but Amanda Seyfried's disquieting portrayal of Elizabeth Holmes brings fresh blood to this retelling of recent history."[24] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]

Caroline Framke of Variety found the miniseries very impressive for its genuine portrait of Elizabeth Holmes, acclaimed the performances of the actors, especially Amanda Seyfried and Naveen Andrews, and said that the show skillfully manages to cover Holmes' life throughout the years flawlessly with its edits.[26] Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter acclaimed Seyfried for her performance, while praising the supporting cast, complimented how the miniseries manages to depict Holmes and the different aspects of her personality, and found the characterization of Holmes' entourage the show's best feature.[27] Reviewing the series for Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall gave a rating of 5 out of 5 stars and described it as, "a maddening, gripping, and at times startlingly funny recreation of a story that would feel too absurd to be true if we didn't already know otherwise."[28] Beth Webb of Empire rated the series 4 out of 5 stars, praised the performance of Seyfried and Andrews, and found the show cohesive and entrancing.[29] Joyce Slaton of Common Sense Media rated the miniseries 4 out of 5 stars, praised the performances of the actors, and stated that the show illustrates Holmes went too far to make a positive impact on the world.[30] Lucy Mangan of The Guardian rated the miniseries 3 out of 5 stars, praised the performances of the actors and the story, writing, "it's clunky at points, but Amanda Seyfried excels as one-time billionaire grifter Elizabeth Holmes – and the story is simply too jaw-dropping to pass up."[31]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Dorian TV Awards Best TV Movie or Miniseries The Dropout Pending [32]
Best TV Performance Amanda Seyfried Pending
Gold Derby TV Awards Best Limited/Movie Actress Won [33]
Best Limited/Movie Supporting Actor Naveen Andrews Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Streaming Limited or Anthology Series The Dropout Nominated [34]
Best Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Amanda Seyfried Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Naveen Andrews Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Laurie Metcalf Nominated
Best Directing in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Michael Showalter (for "Green Juice") Nominated
Best Writing in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Elizabeth Meriwether (for "I'm In a Hurry") Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Show Amanda Seyfried Nominated [35]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series Elizabeth Meriwether, Katherine Pope, Michael Showalter,
Jordana Mollick, Rebecca Jarvis, Taylor Dunn, Victoria Thompson,
Liz Heldens, Liz Hannah, Hilton Smith, Dan LeFranc, Amanda Seyfried,
Hilary Bettis, and Megan Mascena
Nominated [36]
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Amanda Seyfried Won
Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Francesca Gregorini (for "Iron Sisters") Nominated
Michael Showalter (for "Green Juice") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Elizabeth Meriwether (for "I'm in a Hurry") Nominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Jeanie Bacharach, Mark Rutman, and Alison Goodman Nominated
ReFrame Stamp IMDbPro Top 200 Scripted TV Recipients The Dropout Won [37]
Set Decorators Society of America Awards Best Achievement in Décor/Design of a Television Movie or Limited Series Kimberly Leonard and Cat Smith Nominated [38]
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries or Specials The Dropout Nominated [39]
Individual Achievement in Drama Amanda Seyfried Nominated

See also


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