This is a Robbery (Netflix)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for This is a Robbery:

Editor wanted.

Quick synopsis:

The story of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in 1990.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

This is the largest art heist in history.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

The thieves stole wisely when they poached a few Rembrandts, Degas, and a Vermeer. However, they skipped Michelangelo. Guess they weren’t Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans.

My Take on This is a Robbery:

My reaction to episodes 1 and 2 of This is a Robbery: you got me hooked! Episodes 3 and 4: get it over with.

This series needed to be one episode shorter. It also has a problem with tone. Unlike Operation Odessa which firmly highlights the absolute hilarity of the criminals without glossing over their crimes, this series has a tone problem. I felt like sometimes it wanted to be darkly funny, but then the final couple episodes dive deeply into the sheer murderousness of the prime suspects. What started out as a bloodless art heist becomes a total bloodbath.

The entire series takes a huge swerve in the second half of episodes which makes so much of episodes 1 and 2 moot. You feel like you had your time wasted.

Ultimately, the final two episodes drag and if it were shortened to three total, then this would be a much better watch. It’s not bad, it’s just not nearly as good as it could have bee.


This is one episode too long and really drags at the end. It’s worth a watch if nothing else is on. Watch it!

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This is a Robbery (Netflix)