A Friend of the Family Release Date

There was a time when romantic comedies were the most watched genre, however, times have changed since. Now, people would rather watch gripping true crime or drama. And what’s better than a drama series based on true events? That is exactly what A Friend of the Family brings us. A picture-perfect family’s life is turned upside down when they meet their new neighbours.

Even though this series is not a documentary, it tells a tale of some grim events that took place. Two families, one very strange relationship mixed with drugs, blackmail and everything in between. Here is everything you need to know about A Friend of the Family before you stream it:

What is A Friend of the Family about?

A Friend of the Family revolves around the Broberg and Berchtold families. And as most true crime stories go, this one also features a young, charismatic and manipulative man who went ahead and got a little too comfortable with the new friends of his family. The story takes place sometime in the early 70s and starts with the Broberg family, who are like any other family you’d see at the time. However, things change when they meet the Berchtold family at church. However, what starts as a normal friendship between two families, ends up in a scandalous affair which in turn becomes everything you wouldn’t expect.

There is no doubt that this mini-series will be a rollercoaster ride, one that you’ll need to stay strapped in for, from start to finish.

A Friend of the Family: Cast

A Friend of the Family: Cast

You will see some familiar faces on this show and some new faces. Nevertheless, it is a talented bunch who have managed to capture the essence of some very interesting people. Here is the official list of the cast:

  • Jake Lacy as Robert ‘B’ Berchtold
  • Lio Tipton as Gail Berchtold
  • Tyler Wojton as Joel Berchtold
  • Anna Paquin as Mary Ann Broberg
  • Collin Hanks as Bob Broberg
  • Maggie Sonnier as Karen Broberg
  • Mckenna Grace as Jan Broberg
  • Noah Murphy as Susan Broberg

There will be a few more side characters who might have recurring roles in a couple of episodes, but for now, you can go through this list and learn a little more about the actors and their past work.

Is There a Trailer for A Friend of the Family?

The official trailer of A Friend of the Family will leave you with an uneasy feeling and a whole lot of curiosity. In less than three minutes we can understand that Robert Berchtold or as the kids call him, brother B, is most definitely not a nice man. At first, he seems like the ideal new guy in town. He loves the kids, drives them around, and he goes to church. However, once things unfold, we see that Robert Berchtold isn’t how he seems and there is a lot more than what is seen on the surface.

When is A Friend of the Family Releasing and Where Can You Watch it?

The first three episodes of A Friend of the Family will be available to view on the 6th of October and after that, the episodes will be released weekly for the audiences. So, there might be a little bit of wait and suspense after the first three episodes, however, we know for a fact that will be worth it. As for the streaming service, Peacock has the rights to this series, which is where it will be streamed. So, if you haven’t got the subscription yet, now is the time!

Has This Story Been Told Before?

If this story sounds a little familiar, it’s because it has been told before. Netflix had released a true crime documentary directed by Skye Borgman, titled “Abducted in Plain Sight,” which told the story of Robert Berchtold and how manipulative and sly he was. Although the mini-series will be a lot different from the documentary, the premise remains the same. Hence, if you want to learn more about the case, you can watch Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix.


If you’re a true crime aficionado, this mini-series is the perfect watch for you this October. A Friend of the Family is a story of manipulation by Robert Berchtold and the events that unfold. This series will be a crazy rollercoaster which will make you wonder how some people are capable of doing unthinkable things right under someone’s nose.

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