Dopesick (2021– )

TVSeries


Dopesick (TV Series 2021– )

The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Purdue Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA.
USA
IMDb   N/A
Metacritic   67 %
TheMovieDb    7.8 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   7.1 /10
Creators
Creator Danny Strong
Information
Release Date2021-10-13
Runtime
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards
Company20th Television, Fox 21 Television Studios, Littlefield Company
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Dr. Samuel Finnixas Dr. Samuel Finnix
Rick Mountcastleas Rick Mountcastle
Billy Cutleras Billy Cutler
Randy Ramseyeras Randy Ramseyer
Betsy Mallumas Betsy Mallum
Bridget Meyeras Bridget Meyer
Richard Sackleras Richard Sackler
Michael Friedmanas Michael Friedman
John Brownleeas John Brownlee
Amberas Amber
Arischa Conner
Arischa Conner
Leah Turneras Leah Turner
Beth Sackleras Beth Sackler
Jonathan Sackleras Jonathan Sackler
Raymond Sackleras Raymond Sackler
Martin Willisas Martin Willis
Kathe Sackleras Kathe Sackler
William Flaman
William Flaman
Loganas Logan
Stephanie Mountcastleas Stephanie Mountcastle

Dopesick (miniseries)

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.


Premise

Dopesick focuses on "the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction" across the U.S., and specifically the drug OxyContin.


Cast and characters

Main

  • Michael Keaton as Dr. Samuel Finnix
  • Peter Sarsgaard as Rick Mountcastle
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as Richard Sackler
  • Will Poulter as Billy Cutler
  • John Hoogenakker as Randy Ramseyer
  • Kaitlyn Dever as Betsy Mallum
  • Rosario Dawson as Bridget Meyer

Recurring

  • Jake McDorman as John Brownlee
  • Ray McKinnon as Jerry Mallum
  • Cleopatra Coleman as Grace Pell
  • Raúl Esparza as Paul Mendelson
  • Will Chase as Michael Friedman
  • Phillipa Soo as Amber Collins
  • Mare Winningham as Diane Mallum
  • Lawrence Arancio as Raymond Sackler
  • Jaime Ray Newman as Kathe Sackler
  • Arischa Conner as Leah Turner
  • Ian Unterman as Jonathan Sackler
  • Brendan Patrick Connor as Howard Udell
  • Andrea Frankle as Beth Sackler
  • Winsome Brown as Theresa Sackler
  • Alan Campbell as Dr. Paul Goldenheim
  • Rebecca Wisocky as Cynthia McCormick
  • Meagen Fay as Sister Beth Davies
  • Trevor Long as Rudy Giuliani

Episodes

No.Title Directed byWritten byOriginal release date Prod.
code
1"First Bottle"Barry LevinsonDanny StrongOctober 13, 20211DJE01
2"Breakthrough Pain"Barry LevinsonDanny StrongOctober 13, 20211DJE02
3"The 5th Vital Sign"Michael CuestaDanny Strong & Beth MacyOctober 13, 20211DJE03
4"Pseudo-Addiction"Michael CuestaJessica MecklenburgOctober 20, 20211DJE04
5"The Whistleblower"Patricia RiggenDanny Strong & Benjamin RubinOctober 27, 20211DJE05
6"Hammer the Abusers"Patricia RiggenDanny Strong & Eoghan O'DonnellNovember 3, 20211DJE06
7"Black Box Warning"Danny StrongDanny Strong & Beth MacyNovember 10, 20211DJE07
8"The People vs. Purdue Pharma"Danny StrongDanny StrongNovember 17, 20211DJE08

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.

Casting

Alongside the miniseries announcement, Michael Keaton was also cast in a starring role. 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. In October 2020, Rosario Dawson was cast as a series regular while Ray McKinnon was cast in a recurring role. In November 2020, Cleopatra Coleman joined the cast in a recurring role. In December 2020, Michael Stuhlbarg was cast as a series regular. In January 2021, Jaime Ray Newman, Andrea Frankle and Will Chase joined the cast in recurring roles. In March 2021, Rebecca Wisocky and Meagen Fay were cast in recurring capacities. In April 2021, Trevor Long joined the cast of the series in a recurring capacity.

Filming

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


Release

Dopesick was released on Hulu on October 13, 2021. The first episode screened at the Virginia Film Festival on October 30, 2021, followed by a discussion with Danny Strong and Beth Macy. Internationally, the series will premiere on the Star content hub of Disney+, Disney+ Hotstar and Star+ on November 12, 2021.


Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 84% approval rating with an average rating of 7.3/10, based on 51 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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 68 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

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." 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."