It may not have had the most succinct title, but DAHMER: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story became a massive hit on Netflix. In its first 28 days on the streaming service, subscribers watched 856 million hours of the series, which starred Evan Peters as the notorious serial killer. It’s the second-biggest season of a show in Netflix history – behind only stranger things 4 and ahead of other mega-hits like Bridgerton Seasons 1 and 2, stranger things 3and the witcher Season 1. Netflix estimates that in the coming weeks, DAHMER will cross 1 billion hours seen.
Dahmer’s story doesn’t necessarily lend itself to more seasons, but the concept of shows about terrible people does. Today Netflix announced that they are ordering two more seasons of what they are now calling Freak, from creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. These seasons, the claim says, “will tell the stories of other monstrous characters who have impacted society.” They have yet to reveal who these monsters will be. At the same time, they also renewed Murphy and Brennan’s other recent Netflix series, The Observer.
Here’s Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s Head of Global Television, on the news:
The audience can’t take their eyes off Monster and The Watcher. The creative team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan on Monster and Eric Newman on The Watcher are masterful storytellers who have captivated audiences around the world. The back-to-back strength of these two series is due to Ryan’s distinct original voice that has created cultural sensations and we are excited to continue telling stories in the Monster and Watcher universes.
So what made DAHMER such a hit with viewers? Was it Dahmer himself? If that is the case, Freak might not last longer than those two extra seasons. Of course, there’s seemingly no end to the monsters in our world, so this could be a franchise on Netflix for a very long time.