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Netflix's 'Dahmer' Becomes Third Show To Reach 1 Billion Viewing Hours After 'Squid Game' And 'Stranger Things 4'

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By Jeffrey Harris on December 6, 2022 at 12:30 PM EST

Netflix's "Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" has just hit a major milestone for the streaming service. Deadline reports that the true crime anthology series has now reached 1 billion viewing hours in the first 60 days of its launch.

"Dahmer" is now only the third series to do so on Netflix following the smash-hits "Squid Game" and "Stranger Things 4."

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'Dahmer' Crossed Over 1 Billion Viewing Hours On Netflix

The series, created by Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story"), was on Netflix's Global Top 10 chart for seven weeks in 92 countries. Deadline also noted that the series is now Netflix's second-most popular English-language TV show of all time, behind only "Stranger Things 4." "Squid Game" remains the king as the most popular TV show of all time on the streaming service.

For comparison, "Stranger Things 4" reached 1.35 billion viewing hours in its first month of release. "Squid Game" was even higher at 1.65 billion viewing hours for its first month.

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Evan Peters
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Netflix has already picked up two more installments of Murphy's "Monster" franchise due to the overwhelming success of "Dahmer." It's unknown which subjects the upcoming installments will discover. However, they will reportedly feature "the stories of other monstrous figures who have impacted society."

The Netflix series stars Evan Peters ("X-Men: Days of Future Past," "X-Men: Apocalypse") as the infamous, real-life serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. The series is mainly shown from the perspective of Dahmer's victims, along with the incompetence of the authorities that enabled Dahmer to enact a multiyear killing spree. Over the course of the series, there are dramatizations of 10 instances where Dahmer was nearly apprehended but ultimately released.

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As reported by The Blast, the show received some backlash for having a tag as an LGBTQ series for the service. The tag was later removed from the series following intense backlash on social media.

Murphy himself did not support Netflix's removal of the tag. Speaking to The New York Times, Murphy commented on the tag removed from the series, stating, "There was a moment on Netflix where they removed the LGBTQ tag from Dahmer and I didn't like it, and I asked why they did that and they said because people were upset because it was an upsetting story."

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Ryan Murphy

Murphy continued, "I was, like, 'Well, yeah.' But it was a story of a gay man and more importantly, his gay victims." The writer also added his belief that not "all gay stories have to be happy stories."

The show also stars Niecy Nash, Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, and Michael Learned. It is created and executive produced by Murphy and Ian Brennan. Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Peters, Janet Mock, and Carl Franklin are also attached as executive producers.

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Evan Peters in "Dahmer- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story"
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Murphy has done very well for himself in the true crime space. His other hit true crime anthology show, "American Crime Story," debuting in 2016 was also a breakout success. The first season, documenting the O.J. Simpson trial, was nominated for 22 Primetime Emmy Awards. It won nine, including Outstanding Limited Series for 2016.

"American Crime Story" currently has a fourth season in the works that will showcase the rise and fall of Studio 54 and owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager.

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