It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a TV series but seeing that we’re all stuck…sorry, safely sheltering at home, I figured now is a good time for one.

If you haven’t seen it yet and you’re looking for something that’s thought provoking and somewhat terrifying, look no further than the Netflix docuseries called Dirty Money. Not dirty like the cash inside tanty sweaty brassiere, no…dirty as in corrupt, vile, evil, unethical and often very illegal.

It’s two six episode seasons with each episode about an hour long. The series started in 2018 and aired season 2 in March 2020. The episodes take you through the world of business as run by some of the most shady characters alive. Characters that would make Marty Byrde from Ozark look as innocent as Andy Griffith or Nadia Batson.

The topics range from companies buying illegal gold from South America and laundering the money to another story about a car manufacturer cheating emissions testing and conducting experiments on animals. There’s a story about some investors taking down a pharmaceutical company that was price gouging patients.

Imagine there’s an episode about a global bank that was engaged in money laundering for mexican drug cartels (very Ozark like) and facilitating terrorist financing. While in another episode Trump’s son-in-law is a very public slumlord oppressing poor people in low income housing. If you think that’s bad then wait until you see the payday lending scam involving an Indian Tribe and a race car driver.

There was one story shook me to my very core, so much so I’m still angry days later. It dealt with something called Guardianship whereby an elderly citizen could lose all control of their life including their assets to a state appointed guardian with little or no recourse.

The series ends with a showcase of the ultimate con man, Donald Trump and his terrible business sense. Trump is the kind of business man who would sell his stove to buy a tank of gas from Ramco. The one thing he’s good at though is selling his image.

While watching this series you may notice a common theme which acts as an underlying enabler in each situation. Most of the people in these businesses get themselves in trouble because they were trying to live up to the pressure to perform. Nothing is wrong with performance targets but when targets are set and the higher ups don’t care how you get there, that’s when you get into trouble.

The biggest takeaway for me is something we all know but was still shocking to see in reality and that is that too big to fail = too big to jail. Apparently if you’re going to do something bad make sure you do it on such a magnitude that you’re too big to come after.

Anyway, let me just warn you that the series may leave you angry, unless you’re just as evilous, wicked and bad as the people in the show. As a finance man and aspiring investor, this series makes me not want to invest in any company other than maybe the local snow cone vendor or the man painting them dolphin shells from back in the day in the drag mall.

Watch it and let me know what you think.


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  1. Stacey

    Hi Tana, I’m a recent subscriber and I think your blog is HILARIOUS! Satire aside, the topics you cover are too real. Keep up the good work. Anyway, that Guradianship episode in Dirty Money was a different level of evil. All the episodes were maddening, but I was pissed off about that one for weeks! Jah boy!

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