Netflix Orders 2 New Installments of Ryan Murphy’s Monster, Renews The Watcher

By Jessica Lerner 

Netflix is continuing its relationship with Ryan Murphy in a big way.

Following the popularity of Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Murphy and Ian Brennan‘s popular Monster anthology series has been picked up by Netflix for two more seasons.

The two new installments will tell stories of other monstrous figures who have had a significant impact on society.


Netflix has also ordered a second season of The Watcher, the true-crime suburban real estate thriller from Eric Newman, Murphy and Brennan.

“Audiences can’t take their eyes off Monster and The Watcher. The creative team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan on Monster along with Eric Newman on The Watcher are masterful storytellers who captivated audiences all over the world,” said Bela Bajaria, head of Global TV at Netflix, in a statement. “The back-to-back force of these two series is due to Ryan’s distinct original voice which created cultural sensations and we are thrilled to continue telling stories in the Monster and Watcher universes.”

Dahmer has attracted over 934 million view hours, as of Nov. 1, with a projected 1 billion hours of viewing in the upcoming weeks. On Netflix, it is the second-most watched English TV season.

However, the show’s meteoric success has been met with controversy, including backlash from the victims’ families, some of whom alleged Netflix nor Murphy had not reached out to them. Murphy, though, has said he reached out to 20 relatives and friends of the titular serial killer’s victims, none of whom were allegedly interested in talking.

The show also came under fire for its initial inclusion in the LGBTQ content category. Following an outcry from viewers, Netflix removed the LGBTQ tag.