Lorena (TV series)

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Directed byJoshua Rofé
  • Lorena Bobbitt
  • John Wayne Bobbitt
  • David Berman
  • Kim Gandy
  • Janna Bisutti
  • Becki Rinker
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Jordan Peele
  • Win Rosenfeld
  • Joshua Rofé
  • Steven J. Berger
  • Jenna Santoianni
  • Tom Lesinski
Production company(s)
Original networkAmazon Video

Lorena is an American documentary web television series. The four episode series explores the 1993 assault and subsequent court case involving John and Lorena Bobbitt through the lens of domestic abuse and sexual assault. It was directed by Joshua Rofé who also served as an executive producer alongside Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Steven J. Berger, Jenna Santoianni, and Tom Lesinski. It premiered on February 15, 2019 on Amazon Prime Video.


Lorena is described by Amazon as "a groundbreaking re-investigation of the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of this infamous American scandal. Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America."[1]


No.TitleDirected by [1]Written byOriginal air date [2]
1"The Night Of"Joshua RoféTBAFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
2"A Woman in Trouble"Joshua RoféTBAFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
3"An Irresistable Impulse"Joshua RoféTBAFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
4"The Cycle of Abuse"Joshua RoféTBAFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)


On April 5, 2018, it was announced that Amazon Video had given the production a series order consisting of four episodes. The series was set to be directed by Joshua Rofé who was also expected to executive produce alongside Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Steven J. Berger, Jenna Santoianni, and Tom Lesinski. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Monkeypaw Productions, Sonar Entertainment, and Number 19.[1][3][4][5] On January 8, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on February 15, 2019.[6]



On January 8, 2019, the first trailer for the series was released.[6]


The series held its official premiere on January 29, 2019, during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival as a part of the festival's Special Events section of screenings.[6][7]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 73% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 7.44/10. The website's critical consensus reads, " Fascinating and frustrating, Lorena's ample footage and fresh perspective on a long-mocked moment provide welcome context and vindication to the woman at its center — even if its reenactments don't quite measure up."[8] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 74 out of 100 based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


  1. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (April 5, 2018). "Jordan Peele To Produce Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries For Amazon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Lorena – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 5, 2018). "Jordan Peele to Produce Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries for Amazon". Variety. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  4. ^ O'Connell, Michael (April 5, 2018). "Jordan Peele Is Making a Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries for Amazon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Hibberd, James (April 5, 2018). "Jordan Peele to tackle Lorena Bobbitt scandal in Amazon series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Hibberd, James (January 8, 2019). "Amazon's first Lorena Bobbitt trailer re-examines infamous crime from her perspective". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Olsen, Mark (December 3, 2018). "Jordan Peele's Lorena Bobbitt docu-series and new episodes of 'Documentary Now' lead Sundance's TV lineup". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Lorena: Season 1 (2018-2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Lorena". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 14, 2019.

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