Painkiller Series: Release date, cast & plot

Netflix’s upcoming series “Painkiller” explores the origins, effects, and aftermath of America’s opioid crisis. The show consists of six episodes, all directed by Peter Berg, and is set to debut on August 10, 2023. Executive producers include Eric Newman and Alex Gibney, while Peter Berg, who also directs the series, brings his experience from “Friday Night Lights” to the table.

Painkiller Series Details

Series NamePainkiller
TypeNetflix original series
Release DateAugust 10, 2023
DirectorPeter Berg
Executive ProducersEric Newman, Alex Gibney, and Peter Berg

Release Date

The release date for “Painkiller” is August 10, 2023. The show will consist of six episodes, all of which will be available for streaming on that day. Peter Berg will direct every installment of the series.

Cast Members of Painkiller

Here are the actors and actresses who will be playing the main characters in “Painkiller”:

  • Uzo Aduba as Edie
  • Matthew Broderick as Richard Sackler
  • Sam Anderson as Raymond Sackler
  • John Rothman as Mortimer Sackler
  • Taylor Kitsch as Glen Kryger
  • West Duchovny as Shannon Schaeffer
  • Dina Shihabi as Britt Hufford
  • Carolina Bartczak as Lily Kryger
  • Tyler Ritter as John Brownlee
  • John Ales as Dr. Gregory Fitzgibbons
  • Ron Lea as Bill Havens
  • Ana Cruz Kayne as Brianna Ortiz
  • Jack Mulhern as Tyler Kryger

Plot of Painkiller

“Painkiller” is a fictionalized retelling of the opioid crisis based on the book “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic” by Barry Meier and the New Yorker article “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe. The official Netflix synopsis reads, “The series explores some of the origins and aftermath of the opioid crisis in the US and offers an examination of crime, accountability and the systems that have repeatedly failed hundreds of thousands of Americans.”

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Director Peter Berg shared his goal for the series, saying, “My goal was to capture the DNA that lives deep in the soul of the opioid crisis. A very dense and complex tragedy fueled by greed, corruption, human fragility, and more greed.”

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“Painkiller” is set to be a highly anticipated drama that takes a deep dive into one of America’s biggest national disasters. With a star-studded cast and a team of experienced producers and directors, the show promises to offer an eye-opening examination of the opioid crisis and its effects on American society.

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