What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Netflix Show ‘The Watcher’!

It’s spooky season and you know what that means, new Horror shows! The creators of Dahmer and American Horror Story are giving fans a new horror series based on a true story streaming this month on Netflix!

In preparation for the spookiest month of the year, we sit down and explore all the hidden corners of 657 Boulevard even before it’s available! On October 13th, Ryan Murphy Productions and Netflix are bringing fans the ultimate horror story based on true events and we just can’t wait to watch The Watcher! Here is everything you need to know ahead of its release.


The Watcher has definitely been a bit non-traditional with its marketing efforts and we are all here for it! The cryptic first trailer of the show was released in late September and featured beloved actress Jennifer Coolidge. In addition to Coolidge, The Watcher also stars Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Mia Farrow, Margo Martindale, Terry Kinney, Joe Mantello, and many many more! In the Trailer Coolidge, A.K.A Karen Calhoun, “real estate’s next sensation” gives us a tour of 657 Boulevard which also appears to be the central story of the show. One thing is for sure, the trailers and promos due to their sometimes ambiguous tones have sparked conversation left and right and we can’t wait to solve the mystery…


The promos, posts, and stories have been all over Ryan Murphy’s social media! Followers and fans alike are catching glimpses of some characters, stories, and plot specifics about the new show even though many times these are posted during random hours of the day or on nontraditional platforms such as a Fake Zillow Website: https://www.zillow.com/house/the-watcher/?nonce=fc32a20611

The Plot

The Watcher is a seven-part mini-series created by Ryan Murphy about Dean (Bobby Cannavale) and Nora Brannock (Naomi Watts) who move into their dream home in the suburbs with their two children. However, immediately after moving in, they realize that not everything in their new neighborhood is as it seems. They soon begin to get letters from someone known as “The Watcher,” who claims it is their responsibility to “look over” the residence and begins terrorizing the family.

Based on a True Story

According to Cosmopolitan Magazine, Derek and Maria Broaddus purchased their dream house, 657 Boulevard, a six-bedroom residence in Westfield, New Jersey, in 2014. Derek was conducting some maintenance on the property before they moved in when he noticed a letter addressed to “The New Owner.” The sender identified themself as “The Watcher” in the letter and claims to have been tasked with keeping an eye on the property ahead of its “second coming.”As the house was being prepared for the family’s arrival, they continued to receive letters from “The Watcher”, who correctly recognized the children’s nicknames. After several loose ends and ideas by police and private investigators, the investigation on ” The Watcher” was called off in 2014. Derek and Maria listed their home for sale six months after receiving the first letter and the house finally sold in 2019 for $400,000 less than Derek and Maria paid for it. Buzzfeed also talked about the case in their true crime series Buzzfeed Unsolved back in 2019.

Are you ready for The Watcher?

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Nick Lambrou is a senior at Emerson College, majoring in Media Art Production with a concentration on Filmmaking. He is an intern at AfterBuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos.