Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. review – Netflix series tells the extraordinary story of Sarma Melngailis

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Now if you’re a regular user of Netflix, which if you watch TV theses days is fairly likely, you probably roll your eyes at the suggestion that there is yet another true crime documentary arriving from the streaming giant. Let’s face it, over the past few years they have carved out quite the name for themselves for producing eye-catching true crime docs that have captured the attention of people across the globe. Such has been the success of Netflix that others have followed, converting almost every podcast about crime ever made into a documentary, and some broadcasters even launching entire channels dedicated to the theme.

What is Bad Vegan about?

Therefore, we approached this latest show with a deal of trepidation, as along with many others, we were aware that this could be just another true crime story and we didn’t want to be disappointed. However, you’ll be pleased to know that this is far more than ‘just another’ documentary, and as you’ll see in the review below (watch the video, that’s what they’re there for!) this is a truly extraordinary story that will keep you scratching your head and asking ‘why’ and ‘how for much of the show.

Following the story of Sarma Melngailis, a former investment banker who had become one of the biggest names on the New York culinary scene after opening a raw vegan restaurant that attracted the rich and famous – this show charts how she ends up going from apparently being on top of the world to being controlled by a man promising her and her dog eternal life, and going on the run…

Honestly, it is quite the story and one that you won’t be able to take your eyes off from start to finish.

How can I watch Bad Vegan?

You can watch the whole of the Bad Vegan documentary right now on Netflix wherever you live. And you can enjoy our full review of the series here:

Tim Glanfield

Tim Glanfield is a journalist, editor and broadcaster with more than 15 years experience writing about television, film and the entertainment business. He has been editor of RadioTimes.com, a writer for The Times (of London) and the Guardian as well as a freelance contributor to newspapers, magazines and websites across the world. He is author of the book Digital Economy or Bust: The Story of a New Media Startup and makes regular appearances on TV and radio in the UK.

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