The Family is available to stream and download on Netflix now. The series is produced by Jeff Sharlet, who has written books about The Family, including C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy and The Family: The Secret Fundamentalists at the Heart of American Power. Sharlet also features in the documentary, detailing his time spent at Ivanwald, a property owned by The Family.

How many episodes are in The Family?

There are five episodes in The Family on Netflix, ranging from 46 to 54 minutes in length.

The episode titles of The Family on Netflix are:

  • Episode 1: Submersion
  • Episode 2: Chosen
  • Episode 3: New World Order
  • Episode 4: Dictators, Murderers & Thieves
  • Episode 5: Wolf King

To watch The Family, you can sign up to 30-day free trial on Netflix.

After the trial is complete, you can subscribe to Netflix from £5.99 per month.

Netflix also has a download option which means documentary fans can watch episodes of The Family on the go via the Netflix app.

WHO IS IN THE CAST OF THE FAMILY?

What is The Family on Netflix about?

The Family is a documentary series about the conservative Christian group, known as The Family or The Fellowship.

Across five episodes, the documentary examines The Family’s history and influence on American politics.

Journalist Jeff Sharlet lived with The Family for a month in Washington in 2002.

During his time there, he learnt The Fellowship had great connections to congressmen, senators, and world leaders.

The Family has been in existence for over 80 years, has no official membership lists but is behind one of the most important events in American politics – The National Prayer Breakfast.

The National Prayer Breakfast has been attended every year by presidents since Dwight D Eisenhower in 1961 and the president gives a speech at each annual event.

Some parts of The Family are dramatised by actors alongside archival footage and input from experts, Family members, journalists and many others.

Even former president Jimmy Carter discussed The Family with the documentary makers and features in the series.

The first episode ‘Submersion’ follows what it was like for journalist Sharlet to live at Ivanwald, a men’s residence where The Family is based.

Episode two, ‘Chosen’ details The Family’s relationship with Washington politicians and its strive for secrecy.

Episode three, ‘New World Order’ tells the story of The Family’s leader, Doug Coe and The Family’s role in the National Prayer Breakfast.

Episode four, ‘Dictators, Murderers and Thieves’ details the power of The Family abroad, including their supposed role in Russian politics.

Episode five, ‘Wolf King’ investigates The Family’s power, including its influence upon the US president.

In response to the documentary, The Family have issued a statement.

Their official statement reads: “Though the Netflix docudrama series mischaracterises the work of The Fellowship and attempts to portray people of faith in a bad light, we are encouraged by how often viewers are introduced to, and challenged by, the person and principles of Jesus, which are at the core of our mission and message.

“Perhaps they will also better understand the integrity and transformational impact of this informal network to encourage everyone in a spirit of friendship and reconciliation to love God with all their heart, soul and mind, and to love their neighbour as themselves.”

The Family is streaming on Netflix now

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