New American drama Dopesick is being lauded by fans as the ‘best drama of the year’ after the first two episodes dropped on Disney Plus.
The highly anticipated drama, starring Michael Keaton, Will Poulter, and Kaitlyn Dever, tells the story of the American opioid crisis in the 1990s, which left thousands addicted to prescription painkiller OxyContin.
Based on the non-fiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, by Beth Macy, the series has garnered a huge reaction since it was released on the streaming site.
Fans have been flocking to social media to share their thoughts on the programme, which has already gained a large fanbase in the UK despite just two episodes currently being available.
The episodes were added to the platform yesterday to celebrate Disney Plus day, marking two years since the site was launched.
Many voiced their disbelief at the sheer scale of the addiction tragedy and the wide-ranging consequences of the introduction of prescription drugs to the market – and declared that it’s a show everyone should watch.
One person said that no TV show ‘has made me feel so deeply in years’, describing it as a ‘harrowing, dark, twisted masterpiece.
‘Such good television, and so devastating.’
Another described the first two episodes as ‘extraordinarily good’ and said it was ‘definitely worth adding to your weekend viewing’.
A new fan urged people on Twitter: ‘If we’re talking about the best additions on Disney+ today you HAVE to watch Dopesick’.
Meanwhile, a Twitter user made a light-hearted joke about the series, telling followers: ‘I was just checking out #Dopesick on Disney+ before bed. Ironically, it is highly addictive.’
Another confirmed the show is ‘both dope AND sick’, adding: ‘Nice to see Disney putting good money behind a mature, high quality drama’.
The programme is ‘gripping and disturbing from the get go’, an impressed viewer said, while another described it as simply ‘fantastic’.
As a fan declared Dopesick to be ‘the best drama this year’.
Showrunner Danny Strong used reports from the original Dopesick book to create his cast of characters with some, such as Michael Stuhlbarg as Purdue Pharma president Richard Sackler, and the other Sackler family members, based on real people.
Other characters in the show are not based on real-life people but created from the stories that author Beth was told through writing the book.
Keaton’s character, Dr Samuel Finnix was not based on a specific doctor but the product of Beth’s discussions with various medical experts about their experiences.
Dopesick is available to stream on Disney Plus now, with the next episode dropping on November 19.