13 episodes

Over two decades, Dr. Fredric Brandt went from a small dermatology practice in Miami to being Madonna's personal skincare consultant and the go-to for public figures desperate to stave off aging. His clients loved him. Fashion magazines profiled him. But as Brandt continued to build his empire—a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. Popular speculation has it that it was Martin Short's scathing portrayal of a clearly-based-on-Brandt character in the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' that pushed him to his death, but the truth is far more complicated. From Justine Harman and the team behind 'Broken Harts.'

The Baron of Botox Imperative

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 1.4K Ratings

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Over two decades, Dr. Fredric Brandt went from a small dermatology practice in Miami to being Madonna's personal skincare consultant and the go-to for public figures desperate to stave off aging. His clients loved him. Fashion magazines profiled him. But as Brandt continued to build his empire—a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. Popular speculation has it that it was Martin Short's scathing portrayal of a clearly-based-on-Brandt character in the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' that pushed him to his death, but the truth is far more complicated. From Justine Harman and the team behind 'Broken Harts.'

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    Easter Sunday | Chapter 1

    Easter Sunday | Chapter 1

    On April 5, 2015, cosmetic dermatologist to the stars Dr. Fredric Brandt is found hanging from an electrical cord at his home in Coconut Grove, Florida. Who or what led to his untimely demise?

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    • 33 min
    Origin Story | Chapter 2

    Origin Story | Chapter 2

    A peek behind the curtain and into Fredric Sheldon Brandt's challenging and formative years in post-World-War-II Newark, where his parents run a candy shop. Young Fred is exceptionally bright, but...different.

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    • 33 min
    Spin Doctor | Chapter 3

    Spin Doctor | Chapter 3

    After graduating from medical school, Brandt relocates to Miami, where he opens up a humble practice next to a Publix supermarket and invents new ways to use off-label pharmaceuticals.
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    • 31 min
    Heart and Commerce | Chapter 4

    Heart and Commerce | Chapter 4

    The practice expands to Manhattan, where Brandt becomes a darling. He dazzles beauty insiders with his unconventional technique, but what makes him stand out is something much harder to define.
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    • 29 min
    Fame Game | Chapter 5

    Fame Game | Chapter 5

    As Dr. Brandt's influence and fortune continues to grow, the narrative around the man with the golden hand gets taken over by professional storytellers.

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    • 31 min
    Perfection | Chapter 6

    Perfection | Chapter 6

    The injectables market is crowded with competition, but Dr. Brandt refuses to give up his hard-earned crown.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Cow puppy gonzo ,

Good not great

This series is more like a long tribute… I liked it, but it dragged on

yoga.aha ,

A touching story

This is well done and a touching story.

eg portland ,

Fake depth by unethical person who has no story

A very slim story, would have been an okay 1 or 2 part series. Dr Brandt was a kind and sensitive person who committed suicide due to depression. This very rude so called reporter tries to out someone based on rumor and speculation for nothing to do with the story. I’m not even sure why she would do something so obnoxious.there is no smoking gun and really, there isn’t much of a story either because the people closest to the Dr won’t talk to her. I’m giving it 2stars for pointing out that despite his celebrity he was a caring person. I’m shocked that people consider this real reporting, I guess when your idea of news are Buzzfeed and Instagram your views on journalism are shallow. Is it really ethical to get free Botox when your allegedly reporting a story but oh yeah, she also tries to out someone so clearly ethics aren’t an issue.

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