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The Nose looks at the glut of cult docuseries

Photo of Amy Carlson on a couch with some of her followers from the 'Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God' series on HBO.
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Love Has Won.

Cult documentaries and docuseries sure seem to be having a moment right now. (On the other hand.) This isn’t the sort of material The Nose usually gets into. But, and partly inspired by Cat’s Corner in the current edition of The Noseletter, we decided to give three popular new shows a look:

Escaping Twin Flames is a three-part Netflix docuseries that looks at the controversial online community Twin Flames Universe.

The Garden: Commune or Cult is a six-part Discovery Channel docuseries about the off-the-grid community The Garden.

And Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God is a three-part HBO docuseries that looks at the life and death of Amy Carlson, also known as Mother God.

Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Sam Hatch: Co-hosts The Culture Dogs on Sunday nights on WWUH
  • Jacques Lamarre: A playwright and chief communications officer at Buzz Engine
  • Carolyn Paine: An actress, comedian, and dancer; she is founder, director, and choreographer of CONNetic Dance
  • Cat Pastor: Assistant radio operations manager at Connecticut Public

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Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. Jonathan can be reached at jmcnicol@ctpublic.org.