In general, hearing both sides of the story is a good idea. Casey Anthony’s story is an exception. At least that’s what many online are saying about the new three-part Peacock docu-series Casey Anthony: There’s a Truth.
For those who managed to miss his time in the national media spotlight, Casey Anthony was brought before a court on charges of murdering his two-year-old daughter Caylee Marie Anthony. Although he was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter and child abuse, Anthony was convicted of giving false information to the police. He had already spent three years in prison before the sentences were handed down, he only served another ten days in prison, with “good behavior” which is said to be the reason why he did not serve his full four-year sentence.
In the days following its Tuesday (Nov. 29) release, Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies has proven to be a lightning rod online. Although critics did not evaluate the program enough to get a Rotten Tomatoes critics score, the audience did, and it dropped 40%. Here is the full story about this docu-series.
What is Casey Anthony: Where’s the Truth?
The series, as you might have guessed based on its title and poster art, is about giving Anthony time to tell his side of the story. And since this is a situation where many believed he was the villain, it’s not surprising that such a show was lit — even though cable news has often been accused of being an echo chamber for showing us only what we want to see.
As reported by Today (opens in a new tab), the series shows Anthony repeating what he said about his father covering up Caylee’s death and raping Casey. She also says that Cayley was the child of a rape that happened when Anthony was a teenager, causing her to become pregnant at the age of 18.
He also tries to explain the timing of Caylee’s death and those who will follow. According to Anthony, once Caylee was found, Casey’s father was “standing there with her in his arms and handing her to me and telling me it’s my fault. That I did that. That I caused that.” He also says he didn’t call 911 because he thought Caylee was going to be okay.
Anthony’s goal of gaining sympathy here seems to be based on redressing the crime against his father. He ends up painting himself as something of an unreliable narrator, saying that he “doesn’t know what the truth is.”
Casey Anthony docuseries reviews: What critics say
There are few reviews for Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies Revealed, but we’ve got two. Alessa Dominguez from BuzzFeed News (opens in a new tab) describes the documentary as “a sometimes painful journey through Anthony’s psyche and the public and media’s attention to the social media trial of the century.” Dominguez does not judge in one way or another about the quality of the series, but also says that it works “post-#MeToo understanding that the judicial system and the media have misunderstood the trauma.”
Mara Kleinberg at Decider (opens in a new tab) writes “the narrative and the structure of the program feel confused and the movement of some parts feels fast. When a reporter or a friend says what they think about the story, it feels rushed and without a clear reason. The producers seem to be trying to justify why these docuseries are needed by different professionals but when they just share their cents two, the show is fast. The editing feels fast and therefore, the viewer may struggle to find a way to hold on to what is being said. .”
Casey Anthony: The Truth Is Out there style: What people are saying
Much of the reaction on Twitter comes from people who are convinced that Anthony should have been found guilty of Caylee’s murder, and are angry at Peacock for giving him a platform and helping him make money.
For example, a Twitter user @Pete_Chi_Fan (opens in a new tab) he wrote “Just a reminder that NO ONE wants to see that Casey Anthony documentary. Don’t let this killer get rich off of this.” While most of the responses to his tweet agreed with him, a user named Chugs wrote “I saw it, good tbh.”
Twitter user @theashleyray he’s laughing at every exception online, tweeting “Imagine making a 6 hour article that everyone casey anthony is innocent and instead it makes everyone go” oh i believe he did it so much now.
Looking through Rotten Tomatoes audience analysis (opens in a new tab) episode of Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Is, you’ll find a lot of people are screening-bombing it, pretending not to see it. So, we will only focus on those who actually say they have watched the docu-series.
Pat M, who gave it one and a half stars, wrote “Very boring and boring. No judgment of Casey Anthony. Not sure if he’s telling the truth. Just putting it together badly. Not a very good interview.”
User Allie B, however, gave it five stars and wrote “Please watch all 3 episodes before I review, during both 1 and 2 I still think, no way, I will never change my mind on this! … Whether it changes your mind or not- the The documentary made a wonderful way of telling the story, repeating it, not leaving out the big questions we were all thinking, and showing us what we missed or might have missed at that time.”
Outlook: Should you watch Casey Anthony’s notes tonight?
I’m not one to tell people not to be upset, but it seems that many who have already made up their minds will not go back, and this series may just be something to raise blood pressure. Those who do not even listen to the advice to watch it may not have gotten far in the story, so I would say that curious people want to hear more from Mrs. Anthony, in a less hostile environment than a. living room, it should be heard.
However, very few people seem to have good things to say about the quality of this series, so this feels like you can skip it. Looking for something? Read our list of what’s new on Netflix for this week’s shows, and you’ll see that the big red advertising machine has a new reality this week.
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