The fact that Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are becoming increasingly popular is demonstrated by the number of mentions and appearances in films and TV series.
We will make an overview of the cases where Bitcoin has found itself in the cinema or on the small screen.
Films about Bitcoin
Probably one of the most well-known films about cryptocurrencies is called, as a matter of fact, Crypto. The main character is Kurt Russell, and the story involves money laundering to the tune of $10 million in cryptocurrencies.
The latest documentary has recently appeared on Netflix. It is called Shiny Flakes, The Teenage Drug Lord. It is the true story of a German teenager who became a drug dealer on the web. Payments were made in cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are also mentioned in the 2019 film Unfriended Dark Web. The plot tells of a young boy who takes over the computer of a mysterious character who threatens him to get his laptop back. IDuring the film, the young man converts US dollars into Bitcoin and then Ethereum.
The 2015 film Deep web by Alex Winter is dedicated to Silkroad and the story of its founder Ross Ulbricht. Silkroad was the most prominent marketplace for illegal goods, from drugs to weapons. Payments were obviously in Bitcoin.
Another feature film partially dedicated to Bitcoin is Dope from 2015.
In other films, cryptocurrencies are mentioned sparingly, with short mentions as in the case of ‘A Christmas Prince – the royal wedding’.
There are also interesting documentaries such as:
- Cryptopia, the documentary explains how crypto and blockchain work, and how they can change the world.
- Banking on Bitcoin, which explains how Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are taking root in Africa, and how they can contribute to improving living conditions;
- Bitcoin, the end of money as we know it, is a documentary from 2015, a time in history when Bitcoin was not even that well known.
The TV series
Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have also appeared in numerous TV series. The most recent, released on Netflix, is the third season of How to sell drugs online. This is also the story of the German teenager known by the pseudonym Shiny Flakes.
Cryptocurrencies are mentioned in numerous TV series, including Billions, where crypto transactions often take place among the protagonists, used both for investments and to make untraceable payments.
Episode 9 of season 11 of The Big Bang Theory is dedicated to Bitcoin.
And then there’s them, TV’s most famous family, the Simpsons. In one episode, Lisa Simpson learns how cryptocurrencies work from Professor Frink, who shows her a video starring Jim Parsons, the actor who plays Sheldon in The Big Band Theory.
On the web one can find theories that The Simpsons predicted the advent of Bitcoin as early as 1997.
Bitcoin also makes an appearance several times in Mr Robot. And in the second season there is talk of an ecoin, a currency to create a new global economy.
In Silicon Valley, however, not only is cryptocurrency discussed in several episodes, but the Coinbase exchange also makes an appearance.
Other TV series that have frequently mentioned Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies include The Good Wife, CSI, Start Up, Supernatural, House of Cards and Person of Interest.
Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies become celebrities
Thanks also to these appearances in films, TV series and documentaries, the general public has been able to approach the world of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
As popularity increases, it is inevitable that more and more cultural products will mention this new form of money.