It is customary to throw a party when moving into a new home. When an unknown individual begins sending bizarre letters claiming to have watched the house for the previous two decades, it puts a damper on the festivities. This individual claims to have monitored the residence.
The first season of The Watcher, a new Netflix limited series based on a true event, depicts this exact scenario. The streaming giant acquired the rights to do so in 2018. Ryan Murphy, who created American Horror Story, and Ian Brennan, who collaborated with Murphy, are credited as the show’s creators.
Come prepared to learn everything you need to know about The Watcher during this chaotic open house.
When Will the Watcher Be Available to Stream on Netflix?
The streaming service made the announcement in a recent press release, stating that the series will premiere in the fall of 2022. Naomi Watts had previously stated in a March Instagram post that the show would be released “later this year,” so we had good reason to anticipate that it would be released in the latter half of 2022. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see that no additional delays occurred.
We are pleased to announce the following. The Watcher will premiere on Netflix on Thursday, October 13, 2022, according to an announcement made during Netflix’s TUDUM event. Prepare for a wild open house because we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about The Watcher.
Who Will Star in the Role of the Watcher?
Their children, Carter and Ellie, are portrayed by Blumm and Gravitt, while a slew of Hollywood heavyweights appear as their suspicious neighbours and the rest of the suburb.
Jennifer Coolidge portrays Nora’s longtime friend and real estate agent Karen in The White Lotus. Richard Kind and Margo Martindale portray the obnoxious and domineering next-door neighbours of the Brannocks, Mitch and Mo. Mia Farrow portrays the next-door neighbour Pearl, while Terry Kinney portrays her brother Jasper.
Jasper is a frequent intruder at the Brannock home, where he hides in the dumbwaiter. After moving in, the Brannocks’ new suburban dream home quickly becomes a nightmare. The ominous letters from “The Watcher” are just the beginning as the community’s dark secrets are revealed.
New Jersey’s renowned “Watcher” mansion served as inspiration. Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, who also contributed to Dahmer and The Politician, co-created the series and serve as executive producers.
What Will the Plot of the Watcher Be?
The Brannock family has just moved into their new home when they receive an unexpected letter. Then, a terrifying sequence of events occurs as the family begins to fear for their safety in their new home. The author of the letter asserts that they will keep a close eye on the family, calls them their obsession, and requests that they “give the house what it wants.”
The responses of the parents appear to spiral downwards. It appears that no matter where Dean (Bobby Cannavale) looks, a nosy neighbour is always nearby.
It is unclear what kind of relationship the Brannocks have with their neighbours, especially after one of them suggested that they could be friends. According to the series synopsis, the letters are “just the beginning as the neighborhood’s sinister secrets are revealed,” so it’s safe to assume that there’s more going on behind the scenes with each neighbour and in the area as a whole.
A few unsettling images in the teaser suggest that the series will introduce new plot elements. The Watcher, both the show and the character, is full of surprises, from the police investigating four people lying on the floor (probably dead) to the Brannock parents racing through what appears to be an underground tunnel.
Here is the Series’ Official Plot Summary:
Based on the 2014 real-life case of the Broaddus family, who were spied on, threatened, and ultimately forced to sell their home and leave the town they loved by a mysterious stalker who identified themselves only as “The Watcher” in letters sent to Mr. & Mrs. Broaddus.
The Watcher: Clip
During the September 2022 Tudum fan event, Netflix debuted a trailer for The Watcher:
Is It Based on Real Events?
In 2014, the Broadduses moved into the residence at 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey. Just prior to their move, an unsettling letter from “The Watcher” to “The New Owner” arrived in the mail.
Over the course of several years, they received a number of letters stating that the house disapproved of the alterations they were making and referred to their children as “young blood.”