The opioid epidemic that has been ravaging the U.S. for the last 20 years has been the subject of many documentaries, including Alex Gibney’s two-part HBO documentary, The Crime of the Century. Now, Hulu’s new miniseries, Dopesick, will tell the story in a dramatic way.
Strong has created an eight-episode miniseries based on journalist Beth Macy’s book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug That Addicted America, enlisting an all-star ensemble to tell the story. The series was directed by a quartet of directors, including Oscar winner Barry Levinson; Michael Cuesta; Patricia Riggen; and Strong.
What is the story of “Dopesick” about?
Dopesick examines the far-reaching consequences of the opioid epidemic. The miniseries will be about Richard Sackler, who was the head of Purdue Pharma when OxyContin was made, a rural doctor who learns about the drug and starts giving it to coal miners in his town, including a young woman, and a DEA agent and prosecutor who tries to get justice for those who made the drug.
The following is the official synopsis for the first episode of Dopesick, titled “First Bottle”:
A rural doctor is introduced to the drug, a coal miner plans her future, a DEA agent learns of black market pills, and federal prosecutors decide to open an OxyContin case, says Richard Sackler.
Who is in the cast of Dopesick?
Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, and Peter Sarsgaard lead a strong cast in Dopesick, which tells an epic story.
Dr. Samuel Finnix, played by Keaton, is a fictional character who represents many doctors who began prescribing OxyContin to their patients because they believed it was a less addictive painkiller. Finnix is a doctor in the series’ setting of a small Virginia mining town. He is a respected member of the community, which makes the drug’s impending harm all the more painful for him.
Betsy Mallum, played by Kaitlyn Dever, is another member of the community who is prescribed OxyContin by Dr. Finnix. Betsy will show viewers what it’s like to be addicted to OxyContin firsthand.
Richard Sackler, the former CEO of Purdue Pharma, is played by Michael Stuhlbarg. Meanwhile, Will Poulter and Phillipa Soo play Purdue reps in charge of selling the drug.
Rosario Dawson plays DEA agent Bridget Meyer, and Peter Sarsgaard and John Hoogenakker play U.S. Attorneys Rick Mountcastle and Randy Ramseyer, who are on a mission to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the opioid epidemic. Jake McDorman as John Brownlee and Will Chase as Michael Friedman also appear in all episodes of Dopesick.
Dopesick Episodes Release Date?
Dopesick premieres on Hulu on Wednesday, October 13. On October 13, the streaming service will release the first three episodes of Dopesick, titled “First Bottle,” “Breakthrough Pain,” and “The 5th Vital Sign.”
After this initial three-episode binge, Hulu will release a single episode every Wednesday for the next five episodes. The final episode of Dopesick will be available on November 17th.
Dopesick will premiere on Star on Disney Plus on November 12 in the United Kingdom.
Is there a trailer for ‘Dopesick’?
A few weeks ago, Hulu released the official trailer for Dopesick. Check it out in its entirety below.
How To Watch Dopesick On Hulu
Dopesick is a Hulu series (in the United States, it premieres on Disney Plus in the United Kingdom), so you’ll need a subscription to the streaming service to watch it.
There are a few options for obtaining a Hulu subscription. The first option is to simply subscribe to the standalone Hulu service. This comes in two flavours: a $6.99 ad-supported Hulu subscription and a $12.99 ad-free subscription. Additional add-ons (such as premium channels like HBO or Showtime, unlimited screens, and DVR capacity) are available with either of these subscriptions, but you won’t need any of them to watch Dopesick.
Hulu with Live TV is another option. This plan not only includes all of the original and archival content available on Hulu’s standalone service, but it also allows customers to watch live TV from local and cable channels, including live sports. Hulu with Live TV costs $64.99 per month.
The third option is a bundle provided by Disney, which owns Hulu. For a single monthly fee of $13.99, the bundle combines Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus.
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