Okay, this isn’t your typical true crime series – there is only one dead body. This is about the greatest scam in modern times. It covers the crimes tied to McDonalds’ Monopoly game and that for years, the game was 100% rigged.
You didn’t know? I remember bits and pieces of this story, but I never knew the entire story. A friend turned me onto this HBO series and my wife and I got hooked. The FBI agent who started the ball rolling made it for me. I wish everyone in the FBI was a gung ho as this guy. The undercover sting videos were wonderful!
The series begins with a simple tip – that the McDonald’s games are all rigged by someone called “Uncle Jerry.” It turns out to be much bigger than that. The mob is involved, as well as multiple Jerry’s. There’s a questionable death, shady characters, and some remarkably bizarre twists. The spider web of winners and middlemen in all of this is incredible.
You are left, until the last episode, not knowing just how the pieces got stolen and switched out – or who the informant was. We were shocked on the last episode, which means the producers did it right.
Some of the winners try desperately to paint themselves as victims which I disliked. All but one, in my opinion, knew exactly what they were doing as part of this criminal conspiracy. They paid money to middlemen for the winning tickets. They knew the game was rigged and were cheating not just McDonalds but everyone who played and thought they had a chance of winning.
We were riveted to each episode, so the pacing is good. I think if you tune into this you will not be disappointed. It is a top-notch true crime production. You’re stuck in the house anyway, so use your social distancing time appropriately and watch this series.