Starring: Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosario Dawson, and Jake McDorman
Creator: Danny Strong
While Dopesick features top-notch acting and a compelling story, its approach could have been better. It attempts to discuss the opioid crisis from every viewpoint, including that of big pharma, the oblivious doctors prescribing OxyContin, the low-income communities hit hardest by addiction, and the government’s investigation into all the above. In doing so, the series is so sprawling that some storylines don’t get the attention they deserve or they splinter off in random directions for unnecessary “character development.” Add in constant and confusing time jumps, and you get a decent show that, with a tighter focus, could have been great.