Captivating Cult Documentaries and Docuseries Set to Premiere in 2024

Netflix's "Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult" docuseries premieres May 29, exploring a TikTok dance crew's experience with a cult-like management company. HBO Max's "The Synanon Fix" docuseries examines the rise and fall of Synanon, a drug rehab program turned dangerous cult that operated in Detroit from 1969 to 1980.

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Captivating Cult Documentaries and Docuseries Set to Premiere in 2024

Captivating Cult Documentaries and Docuseries Set to Premiere in 2024

The 2024 television season is unfolding, a slew of captivating cult documentaries and docuseries are set to hit the screens. From the rise and fall of controversial organizations to the dark side of social media stardom, these shows promise to offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of cults and their impact on individuals and society.

One of the most anticipated releases is the Netflix docuseries "Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult," premiering on May 29, 2024. The show follows the true story of a group of prominent TikTok dancers who found themselves trapped in a cult masquerading as amanagement companycalled 7M. Allegations against 7M include coercive control of dancers and isolation from friends and family. Katie Joy Paulson, the creator of the documentary, expressed her satisfaction in the project, stating, "Their vulnerability and heartbreaking stories will be given a platform to fully expose the trauma and pain they endured while inside this group."

Another highly anticipated release is the HBO Max docuseries "The Synanon Fix," which premiered at the January 2024 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Rory Kennedy, the four-part series delves into the story of Synanon, a drug rehabilitation program turned dangerous cult that operated in Detroit from 1969 to 1980. Founded by Chuck Dederich, Synanon was inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous and created a program based on "The Game," a form of attack therapy where members would belittle and degrade each other.

By the early 1970s, Synanon had grown to 14 facilities across the country, with over 10,000 members, but it eventually sought religious status and became known as an abusive and dangerous cult. A former Synanon member, in a 1978 interview with the New York Times, described the essence of "The Game": "The keynote of The Game was savage, angry verbal attacks on each other, ridicule, destructive attacks with no holds barred."

The docuseries explores Synanon's Detroit connection, starting with an $80,000 mortgage loan from the National Bank of Detroit in 1969 to purchase a three-story property on Schaefer Highway. The group operated multiple properties around metro Detroit until its demise in the early 1980s. In 1979, Synanon listed its address as 1300 Lafayette, a residential cooperative in downtown Detroit.

Netflix has also released three new documentaries this month, each exploring fascinating true stories. The first documentary delves into the rise and fall of Ashley Madison, a website that facilitated extramarital affairs. The second documentary, "Power," examines the police force and its connection to "wealth, colonizers, and whiteness." The third documentary investigates a TikTok dance crew that joins a management company and its associated church, uncovering unsettling details and dark realities.

Demand for true crime and cult-related content continues to grow, the 2024 lineup of documentaries and docuseries promises to captivate audiences with gripping stories and thought-provoking insights. These shows not only shed light on the inner workings of cults but also raise important questions about the psychological and cultural factors that make individuals vulnerable to their influence. With a mix of historical and contemporary cases, viewers can expect a compelling and informative viewing experience that explores the darker side of human nature and the power of manipulation.

Key Takeaways

  • Netflix's "Dancing for the Devil" docuseries premieres May 29, 2024, exposing a TikTok cult.
  • HBO Max's "The Synanon Fix" docuseries explores a 1960s-70s drug rehab turned cult.
  • Netflix releases 3 new documentaries in May 2024, including one on Ashley Madison and another on a TikTok dance crew.
  • The 2024 lineup of cult documentaries promises to captivate audiences with gripping stories.
  • These shows raise questions about psychological and cultural factors that make individuals vulnerable to cults.