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Dopesick: 5 things you need to know about Hulu show starring Michael Keaton

The miniseries is based on the non-fiction book 'Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America' by Beth Macy
UPDATED OCT 12, 2021
Michael Keaton as Dr Finnix in 'Dopesick' (Hulu)
Michael Keaton as Dr Finnix in 'Dopesick' (Hulu)

'Dopesick' raised eyebrows for the theme it dealt with. The star cast further heightened the expectations of what the Hulu series would present. The miniseries is based on the non-fiction book, 'Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America' by Beth Macy follows the opioid epidemic in the US.

Following the book, the series offers a look at the drug war in the country and takes a look at Michael Keaton himself as Dr Finnix, a small-town Virginia doctor who's brought a novel, apparently non-addictive drug to help his patients called OxyContin. The series follows the medicine's making and its impact. And while we wait for the much-anticipated Hulu show to drop in, here are some of the shows that can be looked at in the meantime: 'The Resident', 'Castle Rock' and 'Wu-Tang: An American Saga'.


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When does 'Dopesick' release and where can you watch it

'Dopesick' premieres October 13 on Hulu.

What is 'Dopesick' all about

The miniseries sheds light on how one company launched the worst drug epidemic in American history. The official synopsis reads: "Dopesick examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter 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 critic views have been largely mixed with Entertainment Weekly calling it an "American Horror Story" and a must-watch harrowing drama. 

Who stars in the Hulu miniseries

Michael Keaton arrives to the screening of CBS Films And Lionsgate's "American Assassin" at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

'Dopesick brags of a star-studded ensemble cast which includes Michael Keaton ('Worth'), Peter Sarsgaard ('It'), Michael Stuhlbarg ('A Serious Man'), Will Poulter ('We're the Millers), John Hoogenakker ('Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan'), Kaitlyn Dever ('Unbelievable') and Rosario Dawson ('The Mandalorian'). Philipa Soo appears in a guest role. Keaton plays Dr Samuel Finnix and also serves as one of the Executive producers.


Danny Strong serves as the writer with Barry Levinson directing the series. The duo is joined by Keaton, Macy, John Goldwyn, Warren Littlefield and Karen Rosenfelt as EPs. 


Here's a quick look at what 'Dopesick' has to offer.