Filthy Rich is one of Netflix’s most-watched titles this weekend. Here are 5 more harrowing but necessary expose docuseries to watch next.
This weekend, one of Netflix’s Top 10 in the U.S. titles was Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, a four-part limited series about the shadowy and powerful alleged (do we still need to say alleged?) pedophile and pimp. (Its salacious and tonally strange name comes from the James Patterson book on which it’s based. Patterson is an executive producer, one-time Epstein neighbor and a questionable man we can talk about some other time.)
Filthy Rich is a straightforward docuseries in which the survivors of Epstein’s abuse are given the floor to tell their stories, with supplemental talking head interviews from journalists, lawyers and other people in the story’s orbit. It’s notable and refreshing that the series is so thoroughly told in their voices, but it consequently doesn’t add much to what we already know.
In any case, it may nonetheless spur your interest in further docuseries, particularly those about the rich and powerful whose crimes have gone unaddressed for too long. Out of respect to the subject matter, we’re going to do something a little differently this time. For starters, we’ve forgone the “must-be on Netflix” restriction in order to include some of the most essentially similar docuseries that happen to be currently streaming on HBO or Hulu. And more importantly, we’ve skipped the pitch on why you should watch for hopefully obvious reasons.
5 docuseries like Netflix’s Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
5. The Keepers
Length: 1 hour 25 minutes
Netflix’s latest docuseries tackles the unsolved murder of Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore. After disappearing on Nov. 7, 1969, Cesnik’s body was found nearly two months later — but to this day, the killer remains unnamed. In the ’90s, the case returned to the spotlight after one of Cesnik’s former students accused the high school’s chaplain of sexual abuse, and claims that she was taken to Cesnik’s then undiscovered corpse and threatened. Director Ryan White pieces together the story through conversations with friends, relatives, journalists, government officials and Baltimore citizens, hoping to uncover the truth.