In the event you’re trying to find the subsequent true crime drama to ship a chill down your backbone, look no additional than Peacock’s A Friend of the Family. The restricted collection relies on Jan Broberg (McKenna Grace), a younger woman kidnapped twice over the span of a couple of years by the similar household good friend, Robert Berchtold (Jake Lacy).
The Broberg household, led by Bob (Colin Hanks) and Mary Ann (Anna Paquin), had been dedicated to their “religion, household, and neighborhood,” in response to the official synopsis. When Robert and Gail (Lio Tipton) Berchtold transfer to the neighborhood, the Brobergs strike up an instantaneous friendship with their new neighbors. Nonetheless, Robert begins to obsess over the Brobergs, and his fascination finally results in him kidnapping Jan a number of instances.
The haunting trailer teases how Robert preyed on the vulnerabilities of Bob and Mary Ann, inflicting cracks of their household’s relationships. Jan’s story was beforehand informed in the documentary, Kidnapped in Plain Sight.
A Friend of the Family comes from Nick Antosca, who beforehand created crime dramas The Act and Sweet. By making this collection, Antosca got here to sympathize with the Brobergs and perceive how a “grasp manipulator” might take benefit of them. “I hope folks will come away from the collection with a deeper understanding of the household and say: In that point, in that place, they had been like me. They made horrible errors, however they cherished their youngsters,” stated Antosca in a press release.
Each Jan and Mary Ann Broberg function producers on the collection. “Our story is relatable as a result of so many households have direct expertise with this type of abuse,” stated Jan in a press release. “I hope that our story will begin conversations — as a result of secrets and techniques dwell in darkness and silence.”
A Friend of the Family premieres on Peacock on Thursday, October 6 with three episodes at launch and new episodes streaming weekly.