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Dirty John

Dirty John

Photo Credit:  Frank Ockenfels/Bravo
  • Premiered: 
    November 25, 2018
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  • Network: Bravo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Anthology
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the podcast (Dirty John) by Christopher Goffard 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Based on the true-crime podcast of the same name from "Los Angeles Times" reporter Christopher Goffard, DIRTY JOHN is an anthology series, with each season focusing on a different story.

The eight-episode first season tells the cautionary tale of how a whirlwind romance between Debra Newell and the charismatic con-man John Meehan spiraled into a frightening web of deception, denial and mental terror that nearly tore a family apart. Debra has a seemingly perfect life: she's successful, beautiful and lives in one of California's most desirable coastal cities, Newport Beach. The only thing missing is love. So when she finally meets charming and handsome doctor John, she's quickly swept into a whirlwind romance, much to the dismay of her daughters Terra and Veronica. Their fast-tracked relationship creates tension between Debra and the girls, leaving them no choice but to investigate the stranger who has swept their mother off her feet. And with a fraught family history, the backstory of Debra and her mother Arlane provides insight into why she may have been so vulnerable to John in the first place. As Debra gets drawn deeper into his lies and sinister game of psychological manipulation, it results in horrific consequences for an entire family.
On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT, Bravo premiered the Season 1 finale of DIRTY JOHN. In the season ender, "This Young Woman Fought Like Hell," John and Debra's relationship comes to a head in an unexpected way. DIRTY JOHN received a two-season, straight-to-series order from Bravo Media in January 2018, with Season 2 based on an all-new story.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Universal Cable Productions
  • In association with Los Angeles Times (as Los Angeles Times Studios)
  • In association with Atlas Entertainment