Dopesick (2021): About Scary Opioid Crisis In USA

Dopesick is a mini-series inspired by real-life stories from the USA. This TV show is based on the nonfiction book of the same name written by Beth Macy. And it depicts the sad consequences of drug addiction.

Dictated by the unbridled greed of capitalism and the indifferent systems – the ongoing opioid crisis has wreaked havoc in the USA. This opioid crisis has taken a horrid turn and many American families have become unwilling victims of this kind of drug addiction in society.

Dopesick (2021) mini-series:- synopsis

Dopesick mini-series examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history.

The series takes viewers to the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behind this national crisis and their allies. The limited series is inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy.

Dopesick (2021) mini-series:- review

Watch Dopesick ( or you can read the said book by Beth Macy) to find out how one pharmaceutical company and its corporate greed can cause one of the worst opioid drug epidemics in the history of the USA. Dopesick is based on a non-fiction book, it’s a grim series with a complex and layered storyline about the ongoing opioid crisis in America.

In addition, there are personal stories of different families adversely affected by the ongoing drug crisis. So, in this heart-breaking contemporary tale about the people adversely affected by the man-made Opioid challenge, the ensemble cast of this show has done praiseworthy acting performances. Their stories touch your hearts. It makes you feel their pain and suffering.

The system to regulate and monitor corporate affairs seems to be broken in favour of the rich and powerful people. And this is so dope. It is a very bad situation. This discriminatory system has ruined many people.

Food for thought perhaps, on a lighter serious note, “Why become an illegal underworld drug kingpin, when you can sell opium tablets in a mass market as a legal pharmaceutical company and earn billions of dollars?” Really, one should really think hard about smart career choices and the legal plunder. What was Pablo Escobar thinking? Seriously, no pun intended here too!

We believe it is a must-watch show because it tells an important contemporary tale to warn us about corporate greed. With only eight episodes, this show is a good choice for binge-watch on weekends.

Dopesick (2021) mini-series:- details

CreatorDanny Strong
ReleasedOctober 2021
EpisodesEight (8)
Age-restrictionsA (18+)
CastMichael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kaitlyn Dever, Mare Winningham, etc.
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Awards 2022 – Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
Primetime Emmy Awards 2022 – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series – Michael Keaton
Primetime Emmy Awards 2022 – Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series – Danny Strong
Primetime Emmy Awards 2022 – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series – Mare Winningham
Primetime Emmy Awards 2022 – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series – Kaitlyn Dever
Primetime Emmy Awards 2022 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series – Will Poulter
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2022 – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series – Michael Keaton
Golden Globes, USA 2022 – Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Michael Keaton
TaglineInspired by the true story of how America got hooked on a lie.
About – Dopesick show.

Dopesick (2021) mini-series:- poster

Dopesick show – poster.

Dopesick (2021) mini-series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.35/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.60/10
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date89% Tomatometer & 93% Audience Score
FM, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Dopesick show.


Critics Consensus: This show at times sinks under the weight of its subject matter, but strong performances from Michael Keaton and Kaitlyn Dever (her pic.) and an empathetic approach to the very real people impacted by the opioid crisis make for harrowing drama. (~Rotten Tomatoes)

Dopesick (2021) mini-series:- trailer

Trailer – Dopesick show | YouTube.

Focus:- actor Michael Keaton

Versatile actor Michael Keaton has been acting for more than four decades in movies as well as TV series. He has been recognized and awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Motion Picture) in 2016.

His body of works includes:

MoviesNight Shift (1982), Mr Mom (1983), Johnny Dangerously (1984), Gung Ho (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), The Dream Team (1989), Batman (1989), Pacific Heights )1990), Batman Returns (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), My Life (1993), The Paper (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Live from Baghdad (2002), The Other Guys (2010), Birdman (2014), Spotlight (2015), The Founder (2016), etc.
AwardsGolden Globes, USA – 2015 Winner Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
TV – Series/MoviesAll’s Fair (1977), Working Stiffs (1979), Report to Murphy (1982), The Company (2007), Dopesick (2021), etc.
AwardsGolden Globes, USA – 2022 Winner Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Dopesick
Primetime Emmy Awards – 2022 Winner Primetime Emmy – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – Dopesick
Screen Actors Guild Awards – 2022 Winner Actor – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series – Dopesick
Body of works – Michael Keaton.

Focus:- when Michael Keaton won the SAG

Michael Keaton – the lead actor in this limited series won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in 2022. In his award acceptance speech, he dedicated this award to his Nephew who had died from drug addiction.

Michael Keaton | SAG Awards.

Given the subject matter (in Dopesick), this (SAG best actor award) is for my nephew Michael and my sister Pam, I lost Michael, lost my nephew to drugs and it hurts.

~ Michael Keaton

If you like to explore the business of Opium in the American continent, then go ahead and check out our FM articles about the Narcos series, too.

Featured & Other Images: Dopesick | Hulu.