Reviewing the story of Betty Broderick

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Amanda Peet, with the voluminous shoulder pads of Amanda Peet, as Betty Broderick in the new season of Dirty John.
Photo: Isabella Vosmikova / USA Network

Being a woman who bases her identity solely on her roles as wife and mother can be dangerous. Television has issued this warning several times this year at Hulu’s. Small fires everywhere, in FX on Hulu’s Ms. America, and now even more obviously Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, on the USA network.

The first season of Dirty John, which aired on Bravo in 2018 and 2019 before appearing on Netflix, told the story based on a true story of serial artist John Meehan and his toxic relationship with interior designer Debra Newell. In the second season of the anthology series, the creator of the series Alexandra Cunningham focuses on the well-known case of Betty and Dan Broderick, a couple who seemed to “have it all”, until their tumultuous divorce led to murders of Dan and his second wife Linda by Betty in 1989.

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