Louis Theroux is a bit like our collective 'cool' uncle. He may be absent most of the time, but we can be sure that, at least for a few days each year he will drop into our lives, regaling us with astounding and, as time goes on and his worldly disposition becomes slightly bleaker, ever more harrowing stories of the human condition. Last night he returned to our screens with the first of his new series 'Dark States'.
The series is set to chronicle three of the biggest issues blighting American society; opiate abuse, human trafficking and homicide. Last night's episode dealt with the massive heroin epidemic that has gripped the country, due large;y to an over-prescription of opioid pain medication in the past two decades. It was unsurprisingly, in a show where Louis Theroux spends time in a sort of fabric shanty town erected on the banks of a river while watching people inject heroin into themselves, utterly bleak.
Considering that Louis admitted in an interview with The Guardian last week that he had essentially only made the shows to fulfil a contractual obligation to the BBC that he have a minimum annual output of three shows, it was still a brilliant piece of television. I don't hesitate in saying that it was one of the most interesting and best things to have come out of a sentence involving the phrase 'contractual obligation'. As such we've gathered together some of the best Tweets reacting to the show.
This Louis Theroux documentary is extraordinary, harrowing and brilliant in equal measure. x
— Sally Ann Matthews (@SallyAnMatthews) October 8, 2017
— Kenny (@kennyk808) October 8, 2017
Bloody hard watch this. Louis Theroux is nailing it again. Allowing this sad story to be told without pressure or bias. #DarkStates
— Ian Weymouth (@burtmacklin25) October 8, 2017
louis theroux genuinely just asked a man if he'd ever 'sucked a dick to get high'...wow
— Faye Ellaby (@fellaby) October 8, 2017
8:59 - new Louis Theroux time baby!!!!
9:01 - fuck, this is a bit bleak
— Enzo Eamore (@EamoV1) October 8, 2017
‘I’ve never sucked a dick to get high’
‘So you do have some boundaries’
I love Louis Theroux
— Michael (@m_salmon) October 8, 2017
This little exchange between this guy and Louis Theroux, is worth the BBC licence fee, on its own pic.twitter.com/GHHriTZBbG
— Saul Nero (@saulnero) October 8, 2017
Can't help but think what an earth is going to happen to this poor girl on Louis Theroux when her boyfriend sees this episode? So scary
— Kellyanne Banner (@KellyanneBanner) October 8, 2017
Louis Theroux is a master interviewer. Always says the right thing at the right time in an unrehearsed environment. Master.
— Matt (@VivaElneny) October 8, 2017
If there is one thing in life you can trust.. it's that Louis Theroux will always bring out a smashing documentary
— Ellie (@EllieMorgan10) October 8, 2017
Louis Theroux sniffing heroin off a woman's palm is all I needed for my Sunday night
— Katie (@c0nesofdunshire) October 8, 2017