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Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story breaks records as one of Netflix's most-watched shows

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has broken records on Netflix and has became one of the most-watched shows of all time.

The series, which stars Evan Peters as the notorious serial killer, was only released on September 21 on Netflix and has clearly had a huge impact on viewers.

In just two weeks, the series became Netflix's ninth most popular English-language TV series of all time. Monster was viewed for 496.1 million hours so far, with at least 56 million homes who have viewed all 10 episodes according to Variety.

Netflix measures a show's popularity by calculating the hours viewed within the first 28 days of release. Dahmer still has just over two weeks to gain more views that will be counted. The series was created by Ryan Murphy, who was famously behind American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Glee, writes The Mirror.

Monster explores the motive and methods of the Milwaukee Cannibal surrounding the murders he committed between 1978 and 1991. The series tells the horrifying stories from the perspective of his victims and also discusses the many mistakes made by Wisconsin police.

Jeffrey was arrested in 1991 and sentenced to 16 life terms for the murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, many of whom he committed necrophilia acts on and consumed. He was beaten to death by an inmate in his cell in 1993.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is the ninth most-popular show on Netflix

To prepare for the role of the serial killer, co-creator Ryan told Evan to watch Stone Phillips's interview with Jeffrey. The actor also learned of Jeffrey's past by listening to recordings of his conversations with psychologists and detectives.

He also read biographies and analysed the police report from 1992. "It was so jaw-dropping that it all really happened that it felt important to be respectful to the victims, the victims' families, to try and tell the story as authentically as we could," Evan recently explained.

Jeffrey Dahmer
The series covers the events surrounding the murders he committed between 1978 and 1991

The actor, who has starred in most of Ryan's projects, said the process of filming the show was one of the 'hardest things' he's had to do in his career. "Trying to commit to that was absolutely going to be one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life because I wanted it to be very authentic," he added.

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