Netflix has announced an upcoming slate of five ‘cons, scams, and cautionary tales,’ leading with a second series of Tiger King and with two productions from Raw and one from Minnow Films.

Raw is behind three-parter The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman and feature documentary The Tinder Swindler. While Minnow Films is producing feature documentary Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King.

The global hit Tiger King, which attracted 64 million households in the first four weeks after its March 2020 premiere, will return to Netflix for a second series from Goode Films in association with Library Films and Article 19 Films. Directors are Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin.

The Puppet Master, which will premiere in January 2022, tells the story of a conmen who was convicted in 2005 for stealing fortunes and destroying multiple lives. The story reaches into the present day, with a family who fear for their mother’s safety. The directors are Sam Benstead, Gareth Johnson and executive producers Bart Layton and Rebecca North.

The Tinder Swindler, which premieres in February 2022, tells story of a prolific conman who posed as a billionaire playboy on Tinder, and the women who set out to bring him down. Director is Felicity Morris. Executive producers are Bart Layton and Sam Starbuck for RAW; Jeff Gaspin and Eric Levy for Gaspin Media; Stuart Ford and Lourdes Diaz for AGC Studios.

Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King follows a group of investors turned sleuths as they try to unlock the suspicious death of cryptocurrency multimillionaire Gerry Cotten and the missing $250 million they believe he stole from them. Director is Luke Sewell. Executive Producers are Sophie Jones and Morgan Matthews for Minnow.

A further series, Bad Vegan looks at celebrity restaurateur Sarma Melngailis who became the ‘Vegan Fugitive’ when she’s conned out of millions by a man who convinces her that he can expand her food empire and make her beloved pit bull immortal — as long as she never questions his increasingly bizarre requests.

Earlier this year, Netflix series Heist revealed how ordinary people almost got away with extraordinary cons, This Is A Robbery examined a still-unsolved art theft, and Cocaine Cowboys: Kings of Miami chronicled the rise and fall of drug kingpins.

Jon Creamer

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