Dirty John: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
Dirty John

Critics Consensus

Dirty John might not live up to the thrills of its source material, but Connie Britton puts on a clinic with her interpretation of true crime treachery.



Critic Ratings: 34


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User Ratings: 127
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Debra Newell (Connie Britton) is a successful and wealthy interior designer. She is also a single mom to son Trey (Jake Abel) and daughters Veronica (Juno Temple) and Terra (Julia Garner). Despite four failed marriages, Debra remains on the lookout for love using various dating apps. Through these apps, she meets and falls in love with a doctor, John Meehan (Eric Bana). John has secrets, however, and Debra's life threatens to unravel once she starts finding out about them. Season 1 of "Dirty John" also stars Jean Smart as Arlana Hart, Joelle Carter as Denise Meehan-Shepard, and Sprague Grayden as Tonia.


Connie Britton
as Debra Newell
Eric Bana
as John Meehan
Jean Smart
as Arlane
Julia Garner
as Terra Newell
Juno Temple
as Veronica Newell

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Critic Reviews for Dirty John Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

Eric Bana is terrific as Dirty John, so sexy and appealing yet creepy too. He combines those qualities perfectly: you really can believe that when he focuses attention on you, you can hardly resist.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Viewers might be suckered into wanting to know exactly who this guy is, but the vanilla, passive depiction of his primary victim dulls any empathy for her struggle.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is some pleasure in watching the inevitable unfold, particularly since the cast is solid. Britton is, as usual, a sympathetic lead, even if her character is written to be shallow.

Nov 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Temple's choice to play her as stuck-up and righteous makes the circumstances of the show both more believable and more interesting.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…
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Where Dirty John is perhaps most revealing is in its understanding of how people's pasts, their traumas, their beliefs and their desires cause them to behave in the strangest ways.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Dirty John may not be quite as gripping as the LA Times podcast, but it's another step in the validation of a medium that is witnessing a golden age.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What's also scary is the paradox that Bravo's extended narrative presents.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

For a series rooted in fact, Dirty John is strangely flat and artificial. It resembles a cheesy Hallmark Movie of the Week, dragged out to eight hours.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It has the feeling of a photocopy of a photocopy, or a shot-for-shot remake. Fascinating, but hamstrung by our changing relationship with truth and fiction.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

For all the sensational elements of this story, it's a realistic and empathetic look at abuse, manipulation, and courage.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This might only be something that audiences who followed the podcast or were aware of the story Dirty John is based on can fully enjoy. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Not bad for a pulpy true-crime yarn.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirty John: Season 1

  • Aug 10, 2019
    Disappointing, not much pertinent, not much original… I love to watch every Connie Britton's character development, but this one was frustrating. It really doesn't seem a character that Britton used to play. If you will watch this series because of her, watch instead Nashville, Friday Night Lights or American Horror Story season 1. 9-1-1 was not good also.
  • Jul 24, 2019
    Stupid rich bitch whom married 5 times with itchy vagina who cost trouble to her family. Next time buy a dildo. Safer and save a tons of money. I can't believe this kind of family still exist in the year of 2018
  • Jun 01, 2019
    Ok Eric band's performance was extremely disturbing, in the best way. BUT, what I couldn't wrap my head around, was the NUMEROUS red flags that Debra ignored. Not relatable at all.
  • Apr 24, 2019
    What a crazy rollercoaster ride. I knew about this story from the documentary but it was still a fascinating tale of struggle and survival. There any events/decisions that are infuriating, bc they seem so obvious to be horrific choices, but I guess it's easier to say that when the shoe is on the other foot. The actors in this series do a great (even though they're over the top) job of bringing the story to life. I highly recommend this to fans of true crime dramas and thrillers. But don't watch the documentary first, it totally takes away from the suspense/drama.
  • Mar 21, 2019
    I couldn���t stop watching. I was hooked after 5 min.
  • Mar 20, 2019
    This was a hard one to rate for a few reasons. I cant tell if Connie Britton as Debra Newell is a bad actress, or just an annoying character. She is so naive, stupid, and such a bad mother that I found it hard to feel bad for her. Honestly, I didnt feel bad at all for her because I just remember all the bad decisions that got her in this mess. Eric Bana as John Meehan is amazing on the other hand. Such a well played, creepy yet enticing character. I just wish the main character was done as well, or at least make me feel bad for her.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    This show was facinating, particularly since it was based on a true story and in southern California.
  • Mar 09, 2019
    A well done series on stalker John Meehan. Decisions made by Debra are absolutely infuriating throughout, and its staggering to know it is based on actual events.
  • Mar 01, 2019
    The story line is very interesting, but as for the acting...very unbelievable.
  • Feb 26, 2019
    What a pathetic voice / and the acting she puts on !

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