Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Vow

The cult docuseries aired in America this summer.


by Bonnie McLaren |
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For those of you obsessed with true crime, you've probably already heard of The Vow - the American TV series following NXIVM (pronounced 'NEKS-ee-um') which was released earlier this year. The series comes from Emmy-winning directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (the minds behind The Great Hack, The Square and Control Room) and takes a look at a number of people deeply involved in the 'self-improvement group' which has been widely been described as a cult, with its founder Keith Raniere found guilty of racketeering, forced labour, sex trafficking and child abuse image charges in 2019. (In 2018, the group made headlines again when Smallville actress Allison Mack was arrested on similar charges).

What is The Vow?

The show follows members who joined the self-improvement group NXIVM – whose leader, Keith Raniere, was convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy, among other crimes – and what happened to their lives after joining.

Former members Sarah Edmondson, Mark Vicente, Bonnie Piesse, Anthony "Nippy" Ames, Barbara Bouchey, Susan Dones and Toni Natalie appear prominently in the series, alongside journalists Frank Parlato who helped start initial reporting on the criminal activity of NXIVM, and New York Times reporter Barry Meier. Catherine Oxenberg appears in the series as she attempts to rescue her daughter, India.

How to watch The Vow in the UK?

The Vow will be airing on Sky Documentaries - like other series Sky and NOW TV have picked up like Game of Thrones,Big Little Lies and Succession - in November 2020.

Can I watch the trailer?

Yes, you can - but beware, it's quite creepy. It shows leader Keith Raniere talking about NXIVM and 'connection, compassion and love' and ends with former members talking about taking 'the vow of devotion' and 'the vow of obedience' they need to make in order to join the group.

Is there going to be a season two?

Yes, there is. It was announced last month that Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer will continue to direct and produce the new episodes, which will debut on HBO and HBO Max in 2021. The second season of the series will focus on Raniere's trial and a continued look inside his inner circle and ongoing supporters.

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