WORST ROOMMATE EVER on Netflix is a new documentary series with five episodes in the season. It’s a very well-produced true-crime series with a strong focus on the victims. Read our full Worst Roommate Ever docu-series review here!
WORST ROOMMATE EVER is a new Netflix true-crime documentary series. I love documentaries but have also seen my share of productions that seemed to exploit more than inform. This docu-series is not one of those! It’s extremely well produced and with a strong focus on telling the stories of the victims.
Season 1 has five episodes that cover four different perpetrators. The final two episodes are about the same criminal since one episode wasn’t enough to tell that particular story. Much like the Catching Killers docu-series which is also on Netflix.
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Five episodes to cover four perpetrators
The five episodes in Worst Roommate Ever each have a runtime of around 45-60 minutes. The first three episodes are completely separate stories while the final two cover the same perpetrator. Most of these true-crime stories have to do with murder and the opening episode is ultimately about a serial killer.
To tell these stories, both police officers, prosecutors, as well as friends and family of the victims are interviewed. This ensures a focus on the victims that is very rare. Definitely a shining example of how true-crime documentaries should be done.
Below, we’ll go through the cases of all five episodes in a quick rundown.
Call Me Grandma is episode 1
The Call Me Grandma case: Roommates disappear when they move into an elderly woman’s house.
When you see the mugshots of this lady, it’s hard to think that she was ever viewed as a nice grandma type. However, then you hear the story and it seems like anyone and everyone could easily be fooled. For this case, remember that it took place in the 1980s, so you couldn’t just look someone up on a computer real quick.
Be Careful of the Quiet Ones is episode 2
The Be Careful of the Quiet Ones case: A quiet loner moves in with a college student and soon after she disappears.
Opening with the 9-1-1 call from the victim, who has become afraid of her roommate, you just know this won’t end well. Interestingly, the call to 9-1-1 turned out to be more about protecting herself in the case of having to dramatically defend herself.
Marathon Man is episode 3
The Marathon Man case: Lies, mystery, and violence lurk behind a friendly athlete who takes extreme measures to hide his true self.
If there is one thing we can learn from this Netflix docu-series, it’s that appearance can be dangerously deceiving. Once you see the true face of someone, it’s difficult to understand why you were ever fooled.
Roommate Wanted Part 1 and Part 2 are episodes 4 and 5
The Roommate Wanted case: A mysterious man terrorizes a string of roommates, destroying lives along the way.
This case – or rather, the many cases of this same perpetrator – needed two episodes to be told. That should tell you that we’re dealing with someone who managed to hurt many people along the way.
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There is the use of dramatization, which is something I tend to dislike because actors are used and they often don’t even look like the people involved with the case. Plus, it tends to get a “soapy”-feel that takes away from the very serious issues.
However, for Worst Roommate Ever animation is used for dramatization and it works perfectly. Especially because it’s never over-utilized. If you’re curious about true-crime cases and enjoy well-produced documentaries that respect the victims, then be sure to check out Worst Roommate Ever on Netflix.
Hopefully, we’ll get a season 2 of Worst Roommate Ever in the near future. I certainly hope so – as long as they continue in this exact same style!
Worst Roommate Ever season 1 is out on Netflix from March 1, 2022.
From Blumhouse Television, the new five-part documentary series Worst Roommate Ever highlights four harrowing tales of seemingly harmless roommates turning into real-life nightmares for their unsuspecting victims when their malevolent and sometimes violent intentions are revealed. These unsettling true stories chronicle the masked menace that can be lurking right down the hall.