New Bob Ross Documentary From Netflix Paints An Ominous Picture of the Artist’s Legacy

The cryptic trailer for the new documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed hints at a much darker story trailing the legacy of the iconic painter and star of The Joy of Painting.

The new trailer for Netflix’s documentary on the iconic painter, Bob Ross, has fans questioning the sanctity of his legacy. The trailer for Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, is a full 35 seconds of cryptic colorlessness, a stark contrast from what we’re meant to expect from the Bob Ross brand of kindness and curiosity.

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The black and white video, featuring a photo of Ross smiling over his shoulder at the audience and painting a blurred-out landscape portrait, says simply: “We want to show you the trailer for Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed. But we can’t. Find out why on August 25th.” It also features a clip of Ross himself, saying, “I’ve been wanting to get this story out for all these years.” And nothing else.


The trailer has many fans wondering if the documentary will present an unpleasant side of the Bob Ross story, potentially tarnishing all of the great memories associated with his legacy. The title suggests that there is a side to the Bob Ross story that is much more ominous than we’re familiar with.


And it has fans wondering what Bob Ross actually did. Was he the betrayer or the betrayed? How will this information transform public opinion on the beloved painter? What story is this documentary actually trying to tell? The trailer has given us all of these questions but refused to even hint at any real answers for them.


The trailer is a suspenseful look at the life of this iconic American artist that has successfully gripped audiences online. While details about the film’s actual plot are yet to be released, you can tune into the full documentary when it drops on Netflix this month to get all of the answers to your questions that were fueled by this trailer.


Find the full trailer below, and be sure to tune into Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed when Netflix drops it on August 25th.

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