There are too many true-crime TV shows and movies to watch these days, said no one ever. On March 20, Hulu is set to roll out the first two episodes of its new true-crime series, The Act. Kicking off your next TV obsession is the tragic and disturbing story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose. In 2015, Gypsy was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Dee Dee, who raised Gypsy as terminally ill and kept her in a wheelchair for most of her childhood until Dee Dee was found dead at their home in Springfield, Missouri.
Here’s what you need to know:
The show is based on a 2016 BuzzFeed investigative piece
While Dee Dee’s murder and Gypsy’s trial occurred in 2015, their story did not go viral until 2016 with the publication of Michelle Dean’s article, which went into detail what roles Gypsy and her boyfriend played in Dee Dee’s death. (Dean is also an executive producer and writer for The Act season one.)
Gypsy was missing when Dee Dee’s body was discovered, but was found alive and well the next day in Wisconsin with Nick Godejohn, whom she met online. Both were later charged, Nick for stabbing Dee Dee to death and Gypsy for aiding.
Patricia Arquette and Joey King play Dee Dee and Gypsy, respectively
The actresses joined the cast in September 2018 and subsequently began shooting. Yes, this explains why Joey has been rocking a shorter haircut since the fall.
Chloë Sevigny and AnnaSophia Robb also have supporting roles as the Blanchards’ neighbors in Springfield, Missouri.
The Act is a new anthology true-crime series from Hulu
This means there will only be one season of the Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard story. But like recent true-crime anthologies, expect the show to pick up even more sensational stories in future seasons.
The first trailer arrived in February 2019
It’s brief, but the flashes of Dee Dee being an overprotective mother to Gypsy (note the tying of her hands to the bed post) will give you chills.