Dahmers reign as the no. 1 Netflix TV show is over (for now at least) as a new thriller series The Watcher has climbed straight to the top spot less than a week after it was released on the streaming service.
Given Dahmer''s death toll from his English language streaming service last week, it''s no surprising feat.
The two shows are linked, as both Dahmer and The Watcher were created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. While Falchuk wasn''t involved in Dahmer or The Watcher, he did work with Murphy to co-create an American Horror Story. Clearly, this trio knows how to create a very compelling horror/thriller series. And also one concerning show choirs.
What is The Watcher about?
The Watcher is based on a real story. In response to an article (opens in a new tab) published in New York Magazine in 2018, it chronicled the mysterious events that stutter a New Jersey family after moving into their dream home.
Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale are married and moved to a new home as a living nightmare when they get threatened by frightening letters from an unknown stalker," according to the Watcher.
As if threatening unolicited mail was sufficient for the couple to begin second-guessing their living situation, matters are worsened by strange neighbors and several sinister sequences that have the pair convinced they''re being watched.
What do critics say about The Watcher?
The Watcher may have reached the top of the Netflix Top 10, but its critical reception has been awsome. The show currently has just 38 percent of Rotten Tomatoes (opens in a new tab), and its audience score isn''t much better at 44%, compared to Dahmers''s 84% rating.
Angie Han of the Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) was somewhat reimagining, declaring it an unforgettable true story but a dull miniseries. According to Stephan Lee, The Wrap (opens in new tab)s, If you are feeling the same mood, The Watcher will entertain you for an hour or so before you''re yelling at it to protect your lawn.
Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com wrote another negative post-up: [Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan] might be helpful to you, but they didnt take the time to make something worthwhile to remember. And Variety (opens in new tab)s Daniel DAddario criticized the show for coming up short in the surprises department.
Stuart Heritage of the The Guardian (opens in a new tab) compared the show favorably to Dahmer and suggested that fans of Murphys previous works will probably enjoy The Watcher. If you like [Murphy''s] shows, you will probably enjoy this. If you don''t, please share your opinion. If you don''t, please share it with me.
Should you stream The Watcher?
Despite his disappointing reviews, Ryan Murphy has a solid record for producing highly bingeable TV shows. Despite His Watcher''s recognition record to date, it suggests that viewers are plummeting about the series.
The Watcher is a show that you may probably consume over a single weekend with just seven episodes, but it isn''t a particularly significant time investment, and it may be able to twist and turn you through the final episode.
If you''ve ever been searching for something with a sinister edge then The Watcher might be exactly what you have been looking for. Certainly, If you have had your Murphys filling, then you''ll likely want to steer clear. Because The Watcher certainly isn''t attempting to reinvent the mystery thriller genre.