Operation Varsity Blues (Netflix)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: Never trust a man who wears warmups too much.

Quick synopsis: The story of all those rich jerks who paid to have their kids fraudulently get into college.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Aunt Becky from Full House went to jail because of this!

Fun Fact for History Nerds: Upwards of 50 people have been charged over this thing.

My Take: True crime doesn’t always need to be about murder.

It would be very hard not to have heard about this scandal, but in case you didn’t, a man named Rick Singer bribed, cajoled, and straight cheated to get a bunch of kids into colleges. What makes it amazing is how it is very involved, but at the same time also pretty simple. Rick Singer looked at a system and found out multiple ways to beat it.

The actual show is a mixture of documentary and reenactments. I know what you are thinking, reenactments are often horrible to watch. Fear not, they went all out and got Matthew Modine to play Rick Singer! (He has two children, I don’t know where they went to college. Just saying.) The reenactments are based on actual conversations which means fiction isn’t sneaking into this. You will be blown away by how stupid people can be with what they say on the phone.

Verdict: It’s worth a watch. Especially if you hate rich people. 

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