Netflix has released the trailer for upcoming documentary series Broken, which looks to expose some of the troubling corruption and negligence behind some of the world’s most popular consumer goods.
The creators of Netflix’s acclaimed food exposé series Rotten are behind this one, turning their sights to cosmetic, e-cigarettes, furniture and plastics. Most of us are at least a little bit aware that some of these big brands and companies are capable of dodgy things to cut corners and drive up those profits, but it’s not often that we all stop to think about how we as individuals can be affected – whether it’s from knockoff cosmetics with arsenic and feces in them, the teens getting addicted to vaping, or the dangers that can come with lost-cost, high-volume furniture companies.
A big question put forth in the trailer: At what level should responsibility be on the consumer and how much should industries be held accountable?
Broken will be hitting Netflix on November 27.
Netflix’s official rundown for Broken:
From the creators of the critically-acclaimed series Rotten and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Netflix’s new investigative documentary series Broken exposes the unknown fraud, corruption and negligence behind some of the world’s most popular merchandise. Launching just days before Black Friday—the biggest shopping event of the year—Broken takes on four big consumer arenas including cosmetics, e-cigarettes, furniture and plastics.
Broken delves into the world of counterfeit cosmetics where cheap, knockoff products can contain anything from arsenic to human feces, and it’s mostly the young and unaware who are suffering the consequences.
Broken explores the rise, blow-back and uncertain future of the controversial and headline-making e-cigarette. Interviews include a rare sit-down with JUUL co-founder Adam Bowen.
In the US alone, someone is sent to the emergency room by a furniture related tip-over every 30 minutes. Broken looks at the real price of low-cost, high-volume furniture and what is—or isn’t—being done to protect consumers.
Broken takes on the plastics industry to reveal the toxic consequences of our global dependency and the truth behind recycling: a feel-good but false solution.
Broken is produced by Zero Point Zero Productions.