Bravo’s anthology series Dirty John is your worst online dating nightmare, realized. It’s also a (mostly) true story.
Based on Christopher Goffard’s popular Los Angeles Times podcast of the same name, Dirty John tells the story Debra Newell, a successful Orange County interior designer who seeks love on the internet. She finds John Meehan, a man who purports to be a doctor. More importantly, Meehan claims that he is a decent man — which Newell finds quite rare. Unfortunately for the businesswoman and mother, Meehan is not what he claims to be. Newell realizes this much too late.
Dirty John is now streaming on Netflix, which means now is the perfect time to get caught up on the real story behind the fictionalized version. Take a look at who is playing the con artist, the skeptics, and the victims within this story.
(Warning: Spoilers for Dirty John follow!)