It’s close to Halloween, meaning many people are looking for creepy content to watch—especially if it’s based on a true story. A Friend of the Family is a chilling new drama based on actual events related to the kidnapping of Jan Broberg, who McKenna Grace plays in the show.
Jan was kidnapped multiple times by a family friend named Robert Berchtold. The real story is bizarre; if it sounds familiar, you might have seen the Netflix documentary film on the feature. In real life, Jan Broberg’s mother, Mary Ann Broberg, documented the events in her book, Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story.
The real Jan Broberg has gone on to have a successful career as an actress, appearing in shows like Everwood and Criminal Minds. She also appeared in the Netflix doc.
Is A Friend of the Family on Netflix
No, the dramatization of Jan Broberg’s story will not be on Netflix because it is a Peacock series. However, it’s easy to see why people would be confused because Netflix did release a documentary on the Broberg family called Abducted in Plain Sight, which is still available to stream on the platform.
The award-winning documentary was directed by Skye Borgman, who has produced several true crime docs for Netflix, including I Just Killed My Dad, Girl in the Picture, and Sins of Our Mother.
If you’re interested in watching more crime dramas based on true stories on Netflix, you might want to check out Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Lost Girls, or Extremely Wicked; Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Where to watch A Friend of the Family
The first three episodes of A Friend of the Family will premiere on October 6. You can watch the series on Peacock Premium, meaning you will need to pay for a subscription to watch because the show will not be available on the free tier.
Here is the schedule of airing for the episodes:
- Episode 1, October 6
- Episode 2, October 6
- Episode 3, October 6
- Episode 4, October 13
- Episode 5, October 20
- Episode 6, October 27
- Episode 7, November 3
- Episode 8, November 10
- Episode 9, November 17
Are you planning to watch A Friend of the Family when it premieres? Have you seen Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!