DARK SIDE OF THE RING: SEASON FOUR
Starring: Chris Jericho
Creators: Evan Husney and Jason Eisener
Now in its fourth season, Dark Side of the Ring is - for my money - the best docuseries running. Vice acknowledged this by expanding into other "Dark Sides," but without the passion that creators Jason Eisener and Evan Husney have for pro-wrestling, they just lack something. Although this season may be its weakest, it's clear the well hasn't run dry as each Dark Side episode is engaging. *Stefon voice* This season has everything: sex, drugs, clowns, grave robbing, contract disputes, murder confessions, car crashes, and Bam Bam Bigelow. I can't stress this enough... DON'T BYPASS THIS SERIES BECAUSE YOU AREN'T A WRESTLING FAN.
It’s hard for me to review episodic anthologies because I tend to say the same thing over and over, “some episodes were good, some were bad.” That said, as a guy who was a diehard wrestling fan in the 80s and 90s (R.I.P. Razor Ramon), Dark Side of the Ring knows the way to Q’s heart, using nostalgia to teach him something. And even for those who don’t have the foundational knowledge of, say, The Rockers, the episode “The World According to Marty Jannetty” is just wild. After four seasons, this series continues to provide behind-the-scenes history as colorful as the personalities in the squared circle.