Five Reasons You Should Watch Dope On Netflix

2023 has seen a huge number of brilliant Netflix TV Series that have really captured the imagination of its subscribers. From The Crown to the likes of Painkiller, which has thrown up a new look into the fentanyl crisis that’s blighting the USA.

Alongside Painkiller is Dope, a documentary series that offers a three season look into the same crisis. While a few years old, it’s found a number of new viewers this year as the crisis continues to grow and more and more people are finding themselves in drug rehab as a result.

It’s not an easy watch, but it is a crucial one. And here are five reasons you should watch it… 

Raw and Realistic Storytelling

The show really distinguishes itself with its raw and realistic portrayal of the drug trade and its impact on communities. The show doesn’t shy away from depicting the complexities and harsh realities of the world it explores. From the perspectives of both law enforcement and those involved in the drug trade, Dope provides a harrowing look into the lives of individuals affected by this high-stakes industry.

It’s an incredibly interesting take and really does provide insight into where the lines between right and wrong really do blur, particularly as many of those suffering became addicted through prescription painkillers in the first place.

Complex Characters and Moral Ambiguity

What’s interesting is that the docuseries doesn’t shy away from baring all with those that feature in it. It’s not black and white, it delves into the details on both sides of the law and tries to show understanding and empathy to all that are struggling with the drug problem. It’s a really compelling watch and the moral ambiguity within it tells a much truer story than the dozens of news reports around the crisis that are broadcast on our TVs each day.

Global Perspective on the Drug Trade

Dope offers a global perspective on the drug trade, exploring its impact on various regions and communities. While the crisis is largely affecting the USA, the series takes viewers on a journey from urban landscapes to remote areas, highlighting the sheer scale of criminal activity that is going on.

This creates a much bigger picture of the crisis, and just how diverse the motivations and circumstances of people are who are connected to the drug trade. It offers a far more fascinating take than simply following the people on the street.

Intense Action and Suspense

Actually, despite being a docuseries, there’s an awful lot of action and suspense within Dope. From high-stakes undercover operations to the tense negotiations within the drug underworld, the series keeps you on the edge of your seat.

There are nailbiting moments throughout and it is something you really can binge watch, if that’s a suitable term for a programme about the drugs trade.

Social Commentary and Thought-Provoking Themes

Finally, it is an incredibly important watch right now, with the country undergoing a huge opioid crisis. It shows a true picture of why this is happening and how it’s happening, and that’s important to understand as we all look to navigate society at present.

There’s social commentary throughout the documentary which adds further context, and for anyone wanting to further educate themselves on the crisis, it really is a must watch.

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