A new Netflix limited documentary series has gained massive traction in the seven days since it launched on the streaming platform. Could this be the new Tinder Swindler?
Bad Vegan (also known as Bad Vegan. Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.), is the new four-part true crime Netflix docuseries that delves into the story of Sarma Meingallis, the former celebrity owner of a popular vegan restaurant, Pure Food and Wine, in New York City. She then begins to date Shane Fox (real name Anthony Strangis), a conman who claims that he can make Meingallis and her dog immortal – and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Directed by Chris Smith, best known for Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and for being the executive producer on Tiger King: Murder Mayhem, and Madness, Bad Vegan is already tearing up the Netflix charts in both the UK and US. In its first five days, 27 million hours of the show was watched.
For the last week, it has been jostling for the number one spot with Ryan Reynolds' new film, The Adam Project, and Is it Cake?, a reality TV show about contestants guessing whether (yes, you guessed it) is it cake or not. I think it's fair to say Bad Vegan has a bit more depth to it.
The trailer for Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. is a rollercoaster in itself with an amazing cliffhanger to tempt you into watching the series. It's clear how it's accumulated more than 1.3 million views.
You see we get the normal schtick from those that worked at the restaurant and the numerous rumours of what was going on behind the scenes from those in the area – but then Netflix one-ups itself, unveiling that they actually got Meingallis to take part in the documentary. Just a single shot with the words: "what happened to you". And trailer close.
Whether or not the show has lived up to the hype is very much up to debate, yet whoever cut this trailer together needs a raise. It's also garnered a 100% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating from 15 critics (at the time of writing), so that's something.
I'm currently halfway through the series, utterly bemused by the actions of so many people that appear. It's also mad how Alec Baldwin is involved (not that he needs more bad press right now), but do think Bad Vegan would have been better as a two-hour film instead of four 45 to 60-minute episodes. Just to cut out the filler, while helping the pacing overall.
Bad Vegan is now available to stream exclusively across Netflix, adding to the already extensive library of shows to watch. Although, Netflix did just cancel one of its highest-rated shows after just two seasons, meaning the Netflix curse has struck again.
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