In these times I think everyone is watching Netflix all day long (when they don’t have to work). At least, that’s what I am doing. There are so many series, movies and documentaries to watch on Netflix. But when you don’t know what to watch, the options can be overwhelming. So, to help with that, I thought I would make a list of documentaries (or short series) I’ve recently watched and would recommend. The categories of these documentaries go from crime to entertainment, political, scandal and more!
↬ Miss Americana: I love to see what celebrities are up to when they aren’t on tour and performing. So, when I found out Taylor Swift was releasing a documentary, I had to watch it. Like she said herself, she disappeared for a year, which rarely happens with celebrities. In this documentary you get to see a completely different side of Taylor Swift and I love how she stands up for herself. Very inspiring!
↬ The Great Hack: Cambridge Analytica. Sounds familiar? This name has been dropped in the news a lot the past years when it comes to privacy issues. In The Great Hack you see the story about this big scandal through different people’s eyes. Besides that, you learn A LOT about what companies do with our data and how they manipulate us…
↬ Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened: Who hasn’t heard of the disaster of Fyre Festival. I remember seeing people promote this festival on social media and I was so confused what this was. It was supposed to be a very luxurious music festival but it flopped big time. So, of course Netflix had to make a documentary about it. Seeing people being stuck on the island, not getting any food and the workers not getting paid. It’s one big mess and therefore definitely worth to watch.
↬ Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez: Crime documentaries are my all time favorite to watch! Whenever there’s a new one available on Netflix, I binge watch the whole thing as soon as possible. That’s what happened with this documentary as well. I briefly heard about Aaron Hernandez through Twitter I think when he was found in his cell. I am not going to tell more because that would spoil too much. All I have to say is: there are many twists in this story and it’s really sad for both parties.
↬ Making A Murderer: Oh my, talking about a crazy story… Making A Murderer is insane. I have no other words for it. This documentary is all about Steven Avery and how he served time (18 years) in jail for something he didn’t do… When he got out, the same thing happened AGAIN. It’s just the weirdest thing ever and I can’t believe how bad people would rather see someone in jail that didn’t do it then nobody in jail and looking for the person who actually did it. I follow his attorney on Twitter because I just want updates about what’s happening at the moment because it’s still not over… Insanity.
↬ Knock Down the House: The political system in the US is very different from here, in The Netherlands, and that really fascinates me. This documentary is about four women, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who decide to run for Congress. It follows their complete journey to the elections. Some win, some lose…
↬ What The Health: This is one big eye opener. At least, it was for me. I am not the biggest fan of meat because I don’t like how it makes me feel when I eat it. After watching this documentary, it got me thinking even more. I was so shocked how health organizations can indorse so many industries that are causing things like obesity. This shows that money is more important than people’s health.
↬ Explained: After this global pandemic started, someone suggested to me I should watch one episode of Explained that tells more about what a pandemic is and how it develops. That one was very informative, so I started watching more episodes. With Explained, every episode is a short documentary about a certain subject. From rich families in the US to pandemics.
When I started making a list, there were far more documentaries I wanted to share instead of just five in this ‘Five Things’ blog post. That’s why I decided to choose five categories and link the documentaries to these categories. If there’s one documentary I would suggest watching first, it’s definitely Making A Murder. This documentary series is crazy and there are two seasons with 10 episodes each. Enough to binge watch, right? Hopefully you’ll enjoy all of them, just like I did. Let me know if you have any suggestions for series, documentaries or movies to watch because I need them! Do you love documentaries as well? Which of these documentaries have you already seen or are you planning on watching?