This article discusses 5 reasons to watch the Netflix series Fortune Seller: A TV Scam and does not contain any spoilers.
In just a few short days, the docuseries Fortune Seller: A TV Scam premieres on Netflix. Produced by Fremantle, the documentary is set to give never before seen insight into the lives of Italy’s most controversial TV con artists: Wanna Marchi and Stefania Nobile. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider streaming this show.
5 Reasons to Watch Fortune Seller: A TV Scam
Reason 1: Wanna Marchi is telling her own story
Wanna Marchi was the undisputed queen of telesales. She started her career selling beauty products and controversial slimming creams. When the money she was making from insulting her viewers and calling them fat dried up, Ms. Marchi moved on to dispensing “luck” in exchange for coins. To put it mildly, she spent years scamming people out of their hard-earned money. Even more fascinating than the story itself is her complete and utter lack of remorse. She’s proud of her achievements and more than willing to talk about them on Netflix. This documentary is allowing the viewer to hear about a con from the con woman’s perspective.
Reason 2: The TV archive footage
Fortune Seller: A TV Scam uses clips from over 100 hours of television archive footage in the series. Hearing about Wanna Marchi and her con is one thing, but we also get to see her in all her glory as she captured the Italian public back in her heyday.
Reason 3: You’ll learn about the most infamous moment in Italian television history
For a couple of decades, Wanna Marchi with the help of her daughter built a bonafide TV empire. Even to this day, she is a very controversial figure in Italy. A documentary exploring the rise and fall of such a woman is probably worth your time.
Reason 4: It also offers the victim’s perspective
Based on the trailer, the docuseries takes an in-depth look into the trial and provides victim testimonies. It serves as a stark reminder that Wanna Marchi wasn’t just an outlandish TV personality, but her actions had real consequences for real people.
Reason 5: It looks very binge-able
A documentary about a telesales scandal featuring a cunning woman who built a career on being entertaining looks like a fun watch. Perfect for a weekend binge.