Netflix viewers “Missing: Dead or Alive” question new miniseries

True crime fans have raised questions about the production of the new Netflix series. Missing: Dead or Alive.

The four-part documentary series focuses on the investigations within a South Carolina Police department dealing with mysterious disappearances.

Viewers not only witness officers deal with the lives of people who have disappeared under often disturbing circumstances, but also gain insight into the officers’ private lives and opinions.

At the time of writing, the show is the third most watched show Netflix Chart in UK, then follows Queen Charlotte And Firefly Lane.

Despite its popularity Missing: Dead or Alive has sparked debate on social media about whether some aspects of the documentary are scripted.

“This show feels like a script,” one viewer wrote on Twitter, adding an eye emoji to show his skepticism.

Another viewer felt the same way and criticized the “negative” portrayal of the police in the show.

“Just finished the first episode of Missing: Dead or Alive on #Netflix and I must be the only one but I don’t think it’s good,” the commenter began. “I think it makes the police look bad. Apparently, they have already formed an opinion about this man without any concrete investigation being initiated. Feels scripted and overly dramatic.”

The opening moments of the first episode of Missing: Dead or Alive Feature: Vicki Rains, a missing persons investigator, calls her colleagues to inform them of a local resident’s disappearance.

Missing: Dead or Alive, Netflix


Rains and her colleagues are seen getting out of their cars and approaching the missing woman’s house. For a viewer, the build-up was too smooth to be entirely believable.

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“The first scene of Missing: Dead or Alive on Netflix strangely felt like a script. Do they do that for shows that are about real crime? It’s not a reenactment either. It was just weird lol,” they wrote.

However, the viewer admitted it didn’t stop him from watching, adding, “I’m still watching the whole thing.”

Another noted that investigators “acted like amateurs,” writing, “You totally messed up this crime scene.”

“Walking around, no booties, no gloves and after a search warrant left all the evidence like the carpet. Make it make sense.”

The Independent reached out to Netflix for comment.

Missing: Dead or Alive is now streaming on Netflix.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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