Dark Net (TV series)
Dark Net is an American documentary television series created by Mati Kochavi that explores the dark web and technology, and themes such as biohacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, and the webcam sex trade. The series premiered on January 21, 2016, on Showtime, with the first season consisting of eight episodes. Its second season, consisting of eight episodes, premiered on April 6, 2017.
|Created by||Mati Kochavi|
|Narrated by||Lauren Terp|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mati Kochavi
David Shadrack Smith
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||January 21, 2016– present|
Showtime greenlit the series in November 2015. It was created by Mati Kochavi, the founder of Vocativ, and is co-produced by Part2 Pictures. The series was renewed for a second season in March 2016.
The series has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, it has a score of 69 out of 100 based on six reviews. Keith Uhlich of The Hollywood Reporter gave it a positive review, calling it "compelling" and wrote, "Contemplation and condemnation, all wrapped up into one, with no easy answers at the end of it all. The fact that Dark Net never allows you to entirely pin down its perspective keeps the proceedings riveting." Brian Lowry of Variety gave it a more mixed review and wrote, "Other than acknowledging that these subcultures exist, what Dark Net doesn't do is shed much light on them."
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||January 21, 2016||March 10, 2016|
|2||8||April 6, 2017||May 25, 2017|
Season 1 (2016)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"Crush"||Peter Richardson||Jeremy Siefer||January 21, 2016||0.126|
|This episode focuses on a BDSM couple in a long-distance relationship; a Japanese man in a virtual relationship by using LovePlus; and a woman who was a victim of revenge porn.|
|2||2||"Upgrade"||Peter Richardson||Gemma Jordan||January 28, 2016||0.073|
|The central theme is biohacking, including a woman who implants an RFID chip in her hand and a man who lost an eye in accident replacing it with a camera. Also, a man who uses hundreds of data collection systems to track everything in his life.|
|3||3||"Exploit"||Peter Richardson||Billy Shebar||February 4, 2016||0.105|
|Documenting cyber child pornography in Cebu, Philippines via the dark web. Also, technology used to protect children online and catch the perpetrators is shown, and a pedophile reveals the reasons for his addiction.|
|4||4||"CTRL"||Peter Richardson||Holly Taylor||February 11, 2016||0.055|
|Focusing on the job of content moderators on the Internet and explores computer hackers.|
|5||5||"Trapped"||Peter Richardson||Aaron Lubarsky||February 18, 2016||0.046|
|This episode explores a woman who believes she suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity; a man who suffered a massive stroke and is now paralyzed, who uses technology to improve and aid in his life; and a woman who deserted her family to join an online cult.|
|6||6||"Rewire"||Peter Richardson||Marcella Steingart||February 25, 2016||0.037|
|Explorations of Internet pornography addiction, nootropics, and people with autism working in the technology industry.|
|7||7||"Provoke"||Peter Richardson||William Acks||March 3, 2016||0.069|
|Violence and trolling via social media and the creator and mission behind the online character of Abdullah-X.|
|8||8||"Revolt"||Peter Richardson||Alexandra Meistrell||March 10, 2016||0.052|
|This episode documents an activist who documents police brutality; a transgender woman (Abby Stein) who turned away from Hasidic Judaism once discovering the Internet; and an organization who uses 3D printing technology to build untraceable, undetectable guns.|
Season 2 (2017)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|9||1||"My Mind"||Jeremy Siefer||Allison Koch||April 6, 2017||N/A|
|This episode explores using virtual reality to help with posttraumatic stress disorder, RealDolls with artificial intelligence, and a woman who works for Amazon Mechanical Turk.|
|10||2||"My Justice"||Jeremy Siefer
|Alex Meistrell||April 13, 2017||N/A|
|This episode documents online amateur sleuths (Websleuths) regarding the death of Morgan Ingram and its effect on the accused killer who was deemed innocent; and "Commander X", a member of hacktivist group Anonymous who fled the United States having being arrested for a cyber attack.|
|11||3||"My Money"||Jeremy Siefer
|William Acks||April 20, 2017||N/A|
|This episode explores a camgirl, bitcoin miners, and darknet markets.|
|12||4||"My Nation"||Jeremy Siefer||Gemma Jordan||April 27, 2017||N/A|
|This episode documents political movements and extremist groups, including an Alt-right group who spread their message via social media, and former members of extremist groups such Neo-Nazis (including Christian Picciolini) and Al-Qaeda who are now non-radicalized.|
|13||5||"My Identity"||Jeremy Siefer||France Costrel||May 4, 2017||N/A|
|This episode explores facial recognition technology and its use in law enforcement, homes, and casinos. An innocent man tells his story after facial recognition technology incorrectly tied him to a bank robbery and how it has ruined his life, leaving him homeless. Also explored is the issue of privacy in the age of social media.|
|14||6||"My Home"||Jeremy Siefer
|May 11, 2017||N/A|
|This episode discuses issues of privacy and surveillance within homes and communities; including a woman whose laptop webcam is infiltrated by a digital stalker; a neighborhood which takes it upon themselves to install surveillance cameras for safety; and a man whose interest in voyeurism now has him labeled as a sex offender living under constant surveillance.|
|15||7||"My Community"||Jeremy Siefer
|May 18, 2017||N/A|
|This episode explores the town of Jun, Granada which uses Twitter as its main source of communication between residents and the government; a teacher in Ahwatukee, Phoenix who is digitally harassed; and a father of one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting who faces threats from conspiracy theorists.|
|16||8||"My Relationship"||Jeremy Siefer||Allison Koch
|May 25, 2017||N/A|
|This episode explores relationships in the digital age; a Japanese family who have an AI robot as part of their family; a woman who has programmed her dead friend into a chatbot; and a mother who uses a spy program to monitor her teenage daughter's activities on her phone.|
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