Netflix’s latest series, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” is getting a ton of buzz right now. Some are are criticizing the show for being exploitive — The Guardian called it “an almost unwatchably queasy show.”

Even though “Monster” might not be on your radar, your kids have probably heard of it by now. Here’s everything you need to know about the show.

The breakdown

  • “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” follows serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and his victims.
  • The show stars Emmy-awarding winner actor Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • It has 10 episodes.
  • The show is rated TV-MA for violence, sexual content and more. 

Why you should know about ‘Monster’

Unless you haven’t checked your Netflix account recently, you’ve probably seen “Monster” everywhere. It’s been widely covered by publications like Vulture, Variety, Rolling Stone and more.

As a society, we’re majorly obsessed with true crime at the moment. So don’t be surprised if you hear your co-workers discussing “Monster” at the office. Plus it’s been a recent discussion point on TikTok, so your kids might be curious about the show, too.

What’s ‘Monster’ about? 

“Monster” is Ryan Murphy’s — the creator of “American Horror Story” — latest deep-dive into the life and story of a killer. The show follows Jeffrey Dahmer, a serial killer who murdered and dismembered 17 boys and men between 1978 and 1991, according to Biography.com.

What’s ‘Monster’ rated and why?

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“Monster” is rated TV-MA. There’s plenty of profanity — over 10 F-words per episode, plus an endless stream of all the usual suspects. There are a few dozen scenes with sexual assault and over 100 instances of disturbing images and violence, most of it graphic. 

Similar shows to ‘Monster’

If you’re still interested in true crime-related shows, but are looking for something milder, here are some shows you might want to check out:

  • “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” (Netflix): This docuseries covers the infamous disappearance of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007.
  • American Murder: The Family Next Door” (Netflix): This 2020 documentary covers the 2018 slaying of the Watts family by Chris Watts, husband to Shanann Watts and father to Bella and Celeste.
  • “Sasquatch” (Hulu): In this Hulu docuseries, investigative journalist David Holthouse delves into a 1993 triple homicide. The twist? Some believe that the attacker was Bigfoot.
  • “Mommy Dead and Dearest” (HBO): This documentary covers the explosive Gypsy Rose Blanchard case. The documentary explores Munchausen syndrome by proxy — also called factitious disorder imposed on another, Dee Dee Blanchard’s murder and more.