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Air Date: December 15th, 2017

Network: NETFLIX

Series Summary
Filmmaker Errol Morris documents a man's 60-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death as he uncovers some of the United States' darkest secrets.

Rating: TV14

Genres: Docudrama


  • Season 1 - Episode 6 : Chapter 6: Remember Me Dec 15, 2017

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    Thanks to Seymour Hersh, Eric finally learns the truth -- but it comes at a maddening cost; in room 1018A, Frank faces off with two mysterious men.

  • Season 1 - Episode 5 : Chapter 5: Honorable Men Dec 15, 2017

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    Frank's growing concerns about Cold War activities raise alarm bells at the CIA; frustrated Eric launches a last-ditch bid for closure.

  • Season 1 - Episode 4 : Chapter 4: Opening the Lid Dec 15, 2017

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    A hotel worker overhears a curious phone call the night of Frank's dearth; in 1994, a forensics expert exhumes the body to find compelling new clues.

  • Season 1 - Episode 3 : Chapter 3: The Forbidden Threshold Dec 15, 2017

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    One trip to New York morphs into two when Frank suffers a setback on the way home; decades later, an apprehensive Eric checks into room 1018A.

  • Season 1 - Episode 2 : Chapter 2: A Terrible Mistake Dec 15, 2017

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    Amid a wave of media attention, the government races to placate the family; in New York, Frank visits a doctor known for his unconventional methods.

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  • On a purely narrative level, Wormwood is consistently gripping and eye-opening, but what truly elevates it to the realm of greatness is Morris’ boundary-pushing storytelling approach. ... Redefining what a documentary can do and be. Show More

  • As the vice tightens through the elder Olson’s death and the aftermath, both the narrative drama and, even more, the story of the survivors’ quest for the truth accelerate, making the power of Morris’ distinctive approach fully felt; having come this far, it will be hard for viewers to pull themselves away during the second half of this epic. Show More

  • If it were a two-hour film, Wormwood might be a brilliant, uneasy dive into dark CIA history, and its long-term ramifications for family members whose loved ones were sacrificed for the nebulous cause of “national security.” Running twice that long, it loses all energy and dramatic propulsion. Still, Morris makes a persuasive case that there’s sinister stuff to be unraveled here. Show More

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