Netflix has ordered more Monster.
Ryan Murphy's Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story was such a massive hit for the streamer that it has renewed the series for two more seasons. The next installments won't follow Dahmer, instead, it will be an anthology series focusing on “other monstrous figures who have impacted society."
According to Netflix, Monster is "the streamer’s second most popular English TV season ever" with the series topping the Nielsen chart for three straight weeks earlier this fall. But the Ryan Murphy production didn't debut without some drama.
When Monster premiered on Netflix back in September it was categorized under LGBTQ content, but two days after its debut the tag was removed due to viewer backlash, a decision Murphy disagreed with:
“I also don’t think that all gay stories have to be happy stories,” he told The New York Times. “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. I was, like, ‘Well, yeah.’ But it was a story of a gay man and more importantly, his gay victims.”
Dahmer killed at least 17 men, most of them young men of color, between 1978 and 1991.
There were also questions about the accuracy of the depiction of the events shown, with multiple victims' families coming out and saying that things did not happen as they are shown in the series.
"Over the course of the three, three and a half years when we were really writing it, working on it — we reached out to 20, around 20, of the victims’ families and friends trying to get input, trying to talk to people," Murphy recently said at an event for the series. "And not a single person responded to us in that process. So we relied very, very heavily on our incredible group of researchers who — I don’t even know how they found a lot of this stuff. But it was just like a night and day effort to us trying to uncover the truth of these people.”
In addition to Monster being renewed, Murphy's latest Netflix series, The Watcher, also got the greenlight for another season.
“Audiences can’t take their eyes off Monster and The Watcher,” said Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s head of global TV. “The creative team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan on Monster along with Eric Newman on The Watcher are masterful storytellers who captivated audiences all over the world. The back-to-back force of these two series is due to Ryan’s distinct original voice which created cultural sensations and we are thrilled to continue telling stories in the Monster and Watcher universes.”