The incredible success of the series “Dahmer – Monster” on Netflix

November 15, 202223329 min

The second season of “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” the Netflix biographical drama so afraid of viewers misinterpreting the concept that it crammed the name of a serial killer into the title TWICE, will air in 2019. As published by Variety, Netflix concurrently renewed “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” for a second and third season. Monster is changing its name to reflect its new status as an anthology series, and the new moniker will go into effect in Season 4. The streaming juggernaut vowed that “other horrific people who have touched society” will be the focus of the following seasons.

At least the relatives of Dahmer’s actual victims, who have been quite public about their disapproval of Netflix’s decision to capitalize on their tragedy (via The Guardian), can breathe a sigh of relief now that “Monster” has finished focusing on his crimes.

Since this is the case, we need to know for sure what the following seasons of “Monster” will bring into the open. Furthermore, there is currently no data available about prospective casting choices. Regardless, here is all we know about Season 2 of “Monster.”

When will the second season of Monster be available?

There is no official release date for “Monster” Season 2. It’s far too early to see any significant signs of success. Assuming Netflix continues to streamline production, “Monster” Season 2 may premiere as soon as September of next year.

This is guesswork, of course, but Netflix will likely do that same thing – “Monster” was, while contentious, inarguably a triumph. According to Variety, the Nielsen rating firm found that “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” ranked as the tenth most streamed program in a single week in the history of ratings tracking.

Furthermore, “Monster” is more straightforward to produce for Netflix than “Stranger Things,” which is just as popular but more reliant on CGI and special effects to draw in viewers.

The second season of Monster, who is producing it?

“Monster” is the brainchild of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, both of whom will continue to executive produce the series. Murphy’s attachment explains why “Monster” has switched to an anthology series, as he also created and produced the ongoing anthology horror series “American Horror Story.” It also explains the controversial heft of the production, as Murphy tends to ruffle the feathers of anyone within a 10,000-mile radius. When conducting research for “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” he famously lamented that no one connected to Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims had answered his calls (via Vanity Fair). There were better looks for the celebrity creator.

In addition, and offered without comment, Murphy also created “Glee,” the musical series that started the celebrity career of Lea Michelle. Although it is difficult to refrain from commenting here, the embedded links provide all the necessary context. It’s unlikely that future seasons of “Monster,” which needs a nuanced approach owing to its subject, will do anything to modify Murphy’s mixed legacy.

Season 1 of Monster: Where Can I Find It?

The Netflix original “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” follows the life of the notorious serial killer. Since the production company controls the exclusive streaming rights, the show will never appear on services like Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, or cable television. Why would Netflix want to give up control of a moneymaker? Again, as contentious as Ryan Murphy’s work is, serial killers, sell, especially those portrayed by the noticeably ripped Evan Peters. If you recall, we stated that this series ranked as the tenth most streamed show ever in a week. In terms of watch time, that amounts to 3.7 billion minutes of streamed programming. That’s a whole lot of 0s.

With such a high bar set after only one season, it’s safe to assume that Netflix will renew “Monster” for numerous more seasons, giving them a stranglehold on the market for the morbidly curious with its supply of serial killer entertainment.

How high or low do you think Season 2 of Monster will go?

The first season of “Monster” in the United States had a TV-MA rating due to drug use, strong language, sexual content, smoking, and graphic violence. Without sounding too flip, given that Jeffrey Dahmer is the subject of the show, what did viewers expect? We won’t go into detail about what each of those rating categories involves but we would like to assure you that they are all gratuitous and graphic. Given that upcoming story arcs will deal with historical monsters, expect the same level of serious content.


In an impassioned defence of the final cut, “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” Ryan Murphy argued that the film should remain exactly as it was upon its initial release. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy insisted his story needed to be told and that he was helping shed awareness on the problem of dangerous males enjoying special privileges. Inquiring, “What are the rules now?” Murphy finally spoke up. Should films never be made about tyrants, you ask?

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