The Sunshine Place

C13Originals, Team Downey

The Sunshine Place


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Once called “the miracle on the beach,” Synanon began in the 1960s as an experimental rehab facility in Santa Monica, California with a radical claim: It could cure heroin addiction. Before long it would make an even bolder claim - it could cure any of your problems, all you had to do was move in. What started in a house on the beach soon spread to compounds across the country. The man who made the miracle happen, Charles E. Dederich, aka “Chuck,” would be the one to destroy it all, along with the lives of many of his followers and millions...

Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Ximena Smith • Stuff NZ Aug 20, 2022

"Like The Commune, a lot of The Sunshine Place’s narrative is driven by the voices of people who lived at the community and their recollections, which range from good memories to utterly disturbing ones. The series’ narrator, Sari Crawford, also brings a personal touch to the storytelling, as a Synanon survivor herself."

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