In an unprecedented move, Netflix is set to premiere the six-part limited series “Painkiller” on August 10. Based on true events and inspired by Barry Meyer’s book “Pain Killer” and the New Yorker magazine article “The Family That Built”. “An Empire of Pain” written by Patrick Raiden Keefe, the show delves deep into the origins of the opioid epidemic and its devastating consequences. With an extraordinary cast led by Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, Taylor Kitsch, Dana Shihabi and West Duchovny, “Painkiller” promises to be a gripping exploration of the individuals affected by the invention of OxyContin.

Uncovering Reality of ‘Painkiller’

“Painkiller” focuses on the compelling stories of perpetrators, victims and truth-seekers whose lives were forever changed by widespread use of OxyContin. From the outset, the opioid crisis was different from any other drug epidemic because it began with legitimate prescriptions from doctors, approved by government regulators, and promoted by the Sackler family – a family-owned pharmaceutical giant. The series leaves no stone unturned to uncover the shocking truth behind the opioid epidemic, shining a light on the devastating consequences it has had on hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Uncovering Effects

The show goes far beyond simply depicting tragedy; Its objective is to ascertain the guilt and accountability that led to the crisis. With the American public betrayed by the profit-driven motives of the pharmaceutical industry, “Painkiller” questions systems that have failed to protect their citizens from the dire consequences of addiction and death. The series doesn’t shy away from the fact that the opioid crisis has become one of the most devastating public health crises of our time.

Production Team

Behind the lens, “Painkiller” has a team of seasoned professionals, led by director Peter Berg, a two-time Emmy nominee who also serves as executive producer. Creators and showrunners, Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster have crafted a compelling narrative that brings the opioid epidemic to life on screen. The show’s production is further boosted by the involvement of Eric Newman and Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney as executive producers.


With a strong ensemble cast including Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, Taylor Kitsch, Dana Shihabi and West Duchovny, “Painkiller” promises to deliver a stellar performance that will leave a lasting impression on viewers. The series also features a talented cast including John Rothman, Clark Gregg, Jack Mulhern, Sam Anderson, Ana Cruz Kayne, Brian Markinson, Noah Harpster, Jon Ells, Johnny Snead and Tyler Ritter.

“Painkiller” isn’t just another series; It is a poignant and fearless portrayal of a crisis plaguing our society. Through careful storytelling and powerful performances, the show urges us to face the harsh reality of the opioid epidemic and the human loss it causes. “Painkiller” is an important piece of work that raises awareness, encourages dialogue and reminds us of the urgent need for change.

As August 10th approaches, be sure to mark your calendars and get ready to embark on a journey that will challenge your assumptions and give you a deeper understanding of the opioid epidemic. “Painkiller” is more than just a series; It is a call to action for one of the most pressing issues of our time. Don’t miss watching this powerful and engrossing limited series exclusively on Netflix.