The Best Documentaries to Watch on Netflix After <i>Tiger King</i>


Are you done watching Tiger King? Have you picked out your Joe Exotic Halloween costume? Are you ready to move on? With COVID-19 cases all over the U.S., we need to stay home and find things to focus on that have nothing to do with the news. It’s time to find another documentary (or docuseries) to dominate our lives, and there are plenty of options on Netflix. Of course, there’s your standard true crime fare; people will never stop making Ted Bundy documentaries, and that’s just a fact of life. But if you’re the kind of person who needs to keep things light, then check out a food or travel series, like David Chang’s Ugly Delicious, which sees the Momofuku chef experiment with school lunches and eat a lot of meat on a stick. If pop culture is more your speed, both Taylor Swift and Beyoncé made documentaries in the past year. (What are you doing if you haven’t seen Homecoming at least twice?) And then there’s Cheer. Be the Jerry of your own life, do something nice for yourself, and watch these super-athletes defy the odds. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again. We could all use some Navarro pride right now. Click through for 17 documentaries you can (and should) watch on Netflix right now.

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Are you a royal family follower solely for the conspiracy theories associated with the Windsors? Have you watched every documentary ever about Scientology? This 2015 docuseries has you covered.Watch Now


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Samin Nosrat teaches foodies about the four essential elements of cooking good food. You’ll become an expert on the title subjects—and want to cook and eat everything.Watch Now



If you’re not a fan of cheerleading, Cheer might change your mind. This gripping series about Navarro College’s cheer program in Corsicana, Texas follows the story of tenacious athletes defending a winning legacy.Watch Now


Ugly Delicious

David Chang’s two-season series is about the best-tasting food in the world, even when it’s not always the prettiest. Watch an episode about pizza while you eat pizza for dinner for the third time in three weeks. Yes, you’re allowed to celebrate the food you’ve been eating too much of in quarantine, and all the food you want to eat once this whole thing is over.Watch Now


Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

Coachella is postponed until the fall, but if you want to relive a truly historic moment at the music festival, watch this Beyoncé documentary about the making of her 2018 performance.Watch Now


Last Chance U

Just like Cheer, this series about elite football players with difficult pasts who turn to junior college teams for one last chance will have you hooked.Watch Now


Chef’s Table

Take a peek into the best-looking kitchens around the world and explore the masterpieces made by innovative chefs. Yes, you will get hungry. Watch Now


Miss Americana

In this 2020 film, Taylor Swift tells her story of fame, how she harnesses her own power, and why she’s finally speaking out for what she believes in.Watch Now


Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable

Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton lost her arm in 2003 after a shark attack. Since then, she’s gone on to achieve incredible accomplishments in her career and personal life. This is her story.Watch Now


Trump: An American Dream

This British docuseries recounts how Donald Trump made his way to the presidency. Trump is on the TV all the time right now due to coronavirus press briefings, so decide if this is something you can handle.Watch Now


The Keepers

On January 3, 1970, the body of Sister Cathy Cesnik was found in a remote area outside Baltimore two months after she went missing. The mystery surrounding her death uncovers a horrifying cover-up within the Archdiocese of Baltimore in this chilling seven-part documentary series.Watch Now


Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox spent nearly four years in an Italian prison following the 2007 murder of her roommate, a fellow exchange student. She was exonerated in 2015. This doc features interviews with Knox and the people closest to her.Watch Now


Abducted in Plain Sight

This is the story of how 12-year-old Jan Broberg was abducted (twice) in her small church community in Idaho in 1974.Watch Now


Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Present-day interviews, archival footage, and audio recordings comprise this doc on notorious American serial killer Ted Bundy.Watch Now


I Am a Killer

If murder isn’t too dark for you right now, you might want to check out this two-season series from 2018. It’s told from the perspective of death-row inmates who were convicted of capital murder.Watch Now


Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez went from New England Patriots tight-end to convicted murderer for the death of Odin Lloyd. This documentary series explores how that happened.Watch Now


Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

This 2020 documentary might not be what you want to watch right now, but if you’re into learning about viruses and how to prevent future pandemics, this will be a fascinating—not just terrifying—watch.Watch Now

Hilary Weaver
Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and every woman the Queen has ever made a dame.

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