'Our Father' on Netflix Release Date, Plot, Trailer & More

Next to join Netflix's ever-expanding family of true-crime documentaries is Our Father. The chilling documentary series investigates the true story of a disgraced ex-fertility doctor, Donald Cline, who artificially inseminated his female patients with his own sperm, not that of their donors, without their permission or knowledge.

What followed was not the birth of one child belonging to Cline, but over 50.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about Out Father including release date, plot, trailer, and more.

When Is Our Father Out on Netflix?

There is good news for true-crime enthusiasts. Our Father is coming to Netflix very soon.

The highly anticipated series will premiere on Netflix worldwide on Wednesday, May 11.

To watch Our Father, you must be a Netflix customer. You can sign up to the streaming platform now for $9.99/£6.99 per month.

What Is Our Father on Netflix About?

Our Father on Netflix brings to the small-screen one of the most shocking cases of fertility fraud in the U.S. to date.

Covered extensively by The New York Times and The Atlantic, the series traces the crimes of Donald Cline, a now-disgraced fertility doctor who had been inseminating his patients with his own sperm, without their knowledge or consent.

The documentary is told from the perspective of Cline's children, who uncovered the truth about their father.

Beginning with Jacoba Ballard, she carried out an at-home DNA test in 2014 in the hope of finding her half-siblings. However, she quickly received the unexpected news she had not but one, but seven half-siblings. But the shock didn't stop there.

Together, Ballard and her siblings set out to find more about their family, which unfortunately led them to the sickening truth of Cline's crimes. The scale on which they were committed was much larger than anybody could have imagined.

In 2019, the shocking true tale was first reported by The Atlantic, covering how the once well-respected fertility doctor had been using his sperm to artificially inseminate his patients.

Our Father on Netflix will not only tell his victims' and children's story, but explore possible motivations for his wicked act as well as the lack of legal routes in place to fully prosecute Cline for his actions.

The official synopsis for Our Father reads: "Jacoba Ballard was an only child, conceived via donor sperm, who always dreamed of having a brother or sister. An at-home DNA test led her to the discovery of not one but seven half-siblings – a number that defied best practices in fertility medicine.

"As the group set out to learn more about their curious family tree, they soon discovered the sickening truth: their parents' fertility doctor had been inseminating his patients with his sperm – without their knowledge or consent.

"As Ballard and her newfound siblings realized they've barely begun to untangle his dark web of deceit, their pursuit of justice lies at the heart of this profoundly unsettling story about an unimaginable breach of trust."

Is There a Trailer For Our Father on Netflix?

Yes, there is a harrowing trailer for Our Father on Netflix.

At one point in the trailer, one sibling can be heard suggesting: "It was some sick experiment for him," while another explains how the half-siblings all have similar features, blonde hair and blue eyes, adding "it's almost like this perfect Aryan clan."

In a heartbreaking clip, a woman explains to the cameras how she had to tell her husband his daughter Julie, was not actually his.

As the trailer comes to an end, the attorney general can be heard stating: "I don't deny that it was a sexual violation, but legally there's just no crime that touches this particular act" highlighting the legal battle to get justice for Cline's victims.

One sibling is also heard saying they "dread every new [DNA] match that comes" in case it is somebody they know or someone they once dated.

Already, the trailer has completely shocked viewers who have been sharing their disgust online.

One YouTube user commented: "This has got to be the worst nightmare of anyone who has ever or will ever need to use any sort of IVF/sperm donor. This is genuinely one of the worst types of violation I can imagine. The pain this would bring to the child, to both their parents, I just can't even imagine. I will definitely be watching this."

A second user said: "Ugh this gives me chills - this is horrifying."

A third viewer added: "I live in rural southern Indiana and a close friend of mine found out she is one of his children. For everyone making light of this situation, I can assure you that you wouldn't want to find out that your father was an invitro doc. It's a messed up ordeal and it's hard to imagine someone doing something so downright disturbing."

Our Father premieres on Wednesday, May 11, on Netflix.

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Jacoba Ballard in Our Father. Ballard found out she was the daughter of Cline after taking a DNA test to find her half-siblings. Netflix