McMillions (HBO, 2020)
McMillions is a detailed account of McDonald’s Monopoly game scam that occurred between 1989 and 2001. Directed by James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte, the six-episode docuseries relates how the scam was perpetrated by Jerry Jacobson, a cop turned head of security for the agency that ran the promotion, and how he stole millions of dollars and built a vast network of co-conspirators across the U.S.
Unlike most true crime documentaries that make entertainment out of the horrific, McMillions has a flashy and funny tone that is equally satisfying as its dark counterparts. Though it lacks aesthetics, the series makes up for personality, thanks to its entertaining and charismatic interviewees like FBI Agent Doug Mathews, who deserves to have his own show.
Despite its unusually lighthearted style of storytelling, McMillions was nominated in five categories at the 2020 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Program.