13 episodes

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

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    • 4.6, 33.2K Ratings

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
33.2K Ratings

33.2K Ratings

Angie216 ,

So great

What a great show!

lululukuku123435 ,

Interesting enough story but cheesy

I enjoyed most of the story but I’m sorry, Deborah is not the brightest bulb. This was all totally unavoidable if desperation and low self esteem didn’t win. Deborah is irritating enough but her mom is off her rocker.

I liked the story but it was definitely overdramatized

KC Idaho ,

Coersive Control

Thank you for putting a label on the torment I endured from my ex-husband. Without visible signs of abuse people in your life just don’t get it. Your abuser can be fake-nice and no body will believe you. With Debra’s story and others like it, and the defining words “coercive control”, we now have something to point to and something to relate to. It kind of made me feel sick to hear those words and and say out loud “OH MY GOD! that’s what he did to me”! But I am finally able to say something besides “it was abuse, but not physical”. I actually used to wish that he would hit me so people could see and understand that it wasn’t all in my mind.

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