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  • TV-MA
  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (2,430)

Lorena is a 2019 documentary series from Amazon Prime that tells the story of Lorena Bobbitt, who became a household name in the 1990s after infamously cutting off her abusive husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis while he slept. The four-part series delves deeply into the events leading up to the attack and its aftermath. Viewers are given a glimpse into Lorena's early life in Ecuador, her marriage to John, and the years of abuse she suffered at his hands. Through interviews with Lorena herself, as well as family members, friends, and members of law enforcement, the series paints a picture of a woman who was driven to the brink by her husband's brutal treatment.

The show also explores the media circus that surrounded the case at the time. The sheer salaciousness of the story dominated TV news and talk shows for months, with many pundits and comedians using it as fodder for their own jokes and commentary. The series unpacks the ways in which the media's treatment of the Bobbitt case reflected larger social attitudes about domestic violence and gender roles in the 1990s.

One surprising element of Lorena is the way it offers a sympathetic portrayal of John Wayne Bobbitt. While he committed numerous acts of violence against Lorena during their marriage, the series presents him as a complex individual with his own emotional wounds and personal demons. Interviews with Bobbitt himself, as well as with members of his family and friends, help to flesh out a more nuanced picture of the man at the center of this story.

Ultimately, Lorena is a powerful commentary on the limitations of justice in cases of domestic violence. Despite the evidence of her husband's abuse, Lorena was initially treated as a criminal for her actions against him. The show raises questions about the ways in which our justice system often fails to protect victims of domestic violence, particularly women of color and immigrants like Lorena.

Throughout the series, viewers are forced to confront their own assumptions about the people involved in this case. Lorena is far more than just a woman who cut off her husband's penis; she is a survivor of abuse who was pushed to the brink by a system that failed her. John Wayne Bobbitt is more than just a punchline; he is a deeply flawed human being who suffered his own traumas and deserves to be seen as such.

Overall, Lorena is a powerful and thought-provoking series that sheds new light on a case that captivated the nation. Through careful research and empathetic storytelling, the show challenges viewers to reconsider everything they thought they knew about the Bobbitt case and the broader issues it represents.

Lorena is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on February 15, 2019.

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The Cycle of Abuse
4. The Cycle of Abuse
February 15, 2019
Millions of TV viewers sat glued to their sets to see what fate Lorena would meet. Would she be found guilty and deported? Found not guilty and have the opportunity to rebuild? John and Lorena would set out on wildly different paths-- John chased fame in a self-destructive downward spiral, while Lorena had to come to grips with the scars of her ordeal, no matter the verdict.
An Irresistible Impulse
3. An Irresistible Impulse
February 15, 2019
As Lorena's trial resumed, all agreed she had been abused. But was she legally insane when she attacked John? Millions stayed glued to their TVs as her testimony reached the fateful night she lost all control. Her lawyers had to prove she was under the influence of an "irresistible impulse," a defense that rarely worked. As momentum seemed to swing against her, a surprise witness took the stand.
A Woman in Trouble
2. A Woman in Trouble
February 15, 2019
Acquitted of rape, John became a celebrity while Lorena stood trial, facing decades in prison. TV cameras recorded her ordeal as prosecutors attacked her relentlessly-a jealous shrew, a liar and thief. But though John proved a poor witness, and her lawyers demonstrated years of domestic abuse, it looked doubtful that they could prove she was legally insane the night she cut off his penis.
The Night Of
1. The Night Of
February 15, 2019
In the middle of a June night in 1993, a young woman slices off her husband's penis in a seeming fit of rage. John and Lorena Bobbitt's dueling versions of the attack explode into the worldwide media and spill into the courtroom. The nation takes sides as a renewed battle of the sexes feeds a ravenous 24-hour TV news cycle.
Where to Watch Lorena
Lorena is available for streaming on the Amazon website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Lorena on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    February 15, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (2,430)