Peacock adds to its true catalog of crimes with a family friend in October 2022 to compete with the barrage of harrowing real-life event dramas. the white lotus Emmy-nominated star Jake Lacy joins the cast as the terrifying “friend” of the family, Robert “B” Berchtold. Writer and producer Nick Antosca jumps from the true story of Sweet on Hulu for another devastating and strange crime. It is based on the true story of Jan Broberg, who was kidnapped by a “friend” of the family several times during her teenage years. If you feel like you’ve heard this story before, it’s because you’ve heard it – in 2019 from Netflix Kidnapped on sight true crime documentary.
‘A Friend of the Family’ is based on the true story of Jan Broberg
The Jan Broberg story is not new. The kidnapping and sexual assault happened to Jan in Idaho in the 1970s. She and her mother, Mary Ann Broberg, published a memoir, Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Storyin 2003. Skye Borgman then produced and directed forever B to Top Knot Films in 2017. Netflix re-released the documentary in 2019, renaming it Kidnapped on sight.
the plot of a family friend it’s the same as the documentary, but it goes deeper into the family and how this master manipulator worked from the inside. After watching Netflix tackle Broberg’s story, many viewers felt the parents were naive to let a man get so close to their teenage daughter. Creator and executive producer Nick Antosca understands audiences’ hesitation to relate to the story.
“It’s understandable,” Antosca wrote in a Peacock press release. “It’s a surreal story. When I first heard it, I sympathized with the family’s vulnerability and felt I understood their story from the outside. But it stayed with me, and I wanted to get the inside scoop — to know what their lives were like, to experience each family member’s experience, to see how they were caught in such a bizarre web and to help the audience empathize with them as well.”
The Cast of ‘Friend of the Family’ in Peacock
Jake Lacy plays “charming local businessman” Robert “B” Berchtold, who infiltrates the family in ways no one could have imagined. Anna Paquin (Flack, the irish, True Blood) portrays Jan’s mother, Mary Ann Broberg. Colin Hanks (The ofert, Impeachment: American Crime Story) stars alongside Paquin as Jan’s father and Mary Ann’s husband, Bob Broberg.
Lio Tipton (on the edge of sleep, Why do women kill) plays Robert Berchtold’s wife, Gail. The couple has a large family and she did not suspect what her husband would end up doing. Hendrix Yancey (George and Tammy, unbelievable) plays Jan in the early years, while McKenna Grace (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Handmaid’s Tale) portrays Jan in later years.
When does ‘Friend of the Family’ come out? How to watch real police drama
family friend premieres on Peacock on Thursday, October 6, 2022, with three episodes. The next six episodes are released weekly on Thursdays. Each episode is approximately one hour long. The True Crime Drama is a Peacock original series; therefore, it is available through the Peacock app on various devices including Roku, Fire Stick, Smart TVs, Apple and Android devices.
The trailer for ‘A Friend of the Family’ was released during the Emmy 2022
With all true crime dramas chasing trophies at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, it’s no surprise that Peacock chose to ditch the a family friend trailer during the show. It’s equal parts scary and intriguing.
The trailer begins with a detective questioning MaryAnn and Bob Broberg about the nature of her relationship with Robert Berchtold.
“Well, he’s practically a member of the family,” Mary Ann begins.
Then the teaser cuts to several scenes of children exclaiming how much they love “Brother B”. He flatters Bob by explaining what a great father and church member he is. Then B expresses love for the Broberg family and their marriage. However, viewers see the infidelity between B and Mary Ann as Bob suspiciously watches the family friend dance with his wife.
“No one thinks their best friend is a monster,” says a detective in the trailer. “But he has all the hallmarks of a psychopathic personality. Robert Berchtold doesn’t feel emotions like we do. He will lie and manipulate to get the one thing he wants.”
The trailer is chilling. a family friend premieres in Peacock on October 6, 2022.