Ever wish a really good documentary could last just a bit longer? It seems most of us do and Netflix has caught on, creating some of the best Netflix documentary series (or Netflix docuseries, as they affectionately call them) that keep you completely glued to the screen for weeks at a time.
In fact, some of these documentary series are so unbelievable, they keep finding their way on more and more of our Best Of Lists.
So forget clearing your Sunday – for these, you’ll need to get ready to cozy up every single night of the week…if not more.
But trust us, it will be worth it! These docuseries are the best out there and totally worth the time it takes to finish them.
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Making a Murderer
Netflix’s documentary series claim to fame all started with this one – Making a Murderer.
And let me tell you, they knocked it out of the ballpark!
Making a Murder tells the unfortunate tale of Steven Avery, a man falsely accused and imprisoned…potentially twice.
They did such a good job digging into the facts that the documentary ultimately played a huge role in the fate of those that are featured…but you’ll have to watch to find out!
This is definitely one of the best Netflix docuseries out there, but also one of the best true crime documentaries that you can find, so you will definitely enjoy. Add it to your queue!
For years I avoided Chef’s Table. How could it possibly be exciting? There’s only so many cooking shows you can watch, right?
Wrong. So, so, so wrong.
Chef’s Table is AMAZING. It is the dark horse of documentary series. So good that Netflix came back and back and back again to add FOUR seasons.
Somehow, they are able to turn a documentary about a world-renowned chef into something so exciting that you won’t be able to change the channel AND you’ll be trying to figure out how to travel to a tiny town in Italy just to try a new restaurant.
This one is perfect when you don’t want something intense, but still need to give your mind a break.
Definitely add this one to your queue! You need to give it a try!
The Keepers chronicles the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik.
But what starts as a murder mystery quickly turns into a disturbing conspiracy involving the church, a priest, and a slew of other surprising characters.
Every episode of this docuseries will leave you completely shocked.
Just when you think you know the storyline, something unbelievable happens.
This is definitely one of Netflix’s best documentary series, so push it to the top of your queue!
Wild Wild Country
What makes a cult a cult? Wearing red everyday, disavowing marriage, and moving to a newly constructed commune in the middle of nowhere? That’s all it took for Oregon residents in the 1980’s to label Rajneesh Puram a cult and they worked tirelessly to disassemble the “peaceful” community.
But that’s not even half of the story that Wild Wild Country lays out. The cult aspects of this community are interesting and entertaining, but what really makes this documentary docuseries-worthy is the town takeover, mass poisoning, attempted murder, fugitive chase…and yeah, the fact that they all wear red everyday.
On top of the story, Netflix did an amazing job amassing the best and most critical narrators, traveling to Australia and Switzerland to get important perspectives.
This is a great original Netflix docuseries that will leave you bewildered just about every night.
Each episode features a different area of the globe where David visits dark tourist destinations – places like infamous murder scenes, nuclear disaster sites, haunted woods, and narco-tours.
Basically, anything that has to do with crime, death, or fear.
What makes this documentary series so great though is not just the unique subject matter, it’s the comic relief that Farrier provides, which is critical with such “dark” topics.
Dark Tourist is definitely a dark horse in the world of docuseries and definitely worth adding to your queue!
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Time: The Kalief Browder Story
Time: The Kalief Browder Story tells the tale of Kalief Browder, a teenage boy falsely imprisoned for something he didn’t do.
That alone is enough to devastate someone’s life, but what Kalief ended up enduring during his 3 year stay at New York’s infamous Rikers Island is more than anyone would be able to handle.
After watching this Netflix docuseries, you’ll definitely start to think differently about both our justice system and prison system.
This is without a doubt one of the best Netflix documentary series currently available, especially in the true crime niche. Add it to your queue!
Murder Mountain is one of Netflix’s newest docuseries and it’s a great one.
Transitioning from past and present, it tells the story of how marijuana took hold in infamous Humboldt county, California and more importantly, how this led to Humboldt’s even more infamous name – Murder Mountain.
The political and social implications of marijuana are really fascinating, but the way that Netflix twists a true crime mystery throughout the docuseries is what makes this series a really addictive watch.
This is definitely one of the best Netflix docuseries, so add it to the top of your queue!
Before Netflix brought docuseries’ to the forefront, there was The Staircase – one of the first amazing true crime documentary series’ that showed the grueling and unforgiving nature of the criminal justice system.
But The Staircase – which profiled the trial of novelist Michael Peterson – isn’t just an amazing classic.
With the addition of 2 original follow-up episodes AND 3 more final Netflix-produced episodes, The Staircase takes you over more than 15 years of the Peterson family’s fight.
This is an amazing documentary series that Netflix has given new life to. Definitely add this one to your queue!
Abstract: The Art of Design
Abstract: The Art of Design is a Netflix original documentary series for viewers who want to become inspired with design.
Each episode showcases the work and thought processes of some of the best designers in the world.
The key takeaway is that good design is like an iceberg; 99% of the beauty is under the surface. By elegantly raising the iceberg above sea level, Abstract exposes the creativity behind some of the most well-known designs.
Did I mention it’s entertaining at the same time?
Ever wondered how Air Jordan’s became so popular for Nike? Maybe how a New Yorker artist comes up with a cover design? It is truly fascinating.
Each episode is a new industry or design concept which allows for selective watching or a diverse experience if you chose to watch them all.
Don’t be afraid to let your mind wonder on topics you normally wouldn’t choose. They may be the most interesting!
No doubt Abstract belongs in your Netflix queue if you want to immerse yourself in the hidden world of design.
The Confession Tapes
Wow. Be careful who you talk to because you never know when your own words will be used against you.
At least, that’s how you’ll feel after watching one of Netflix’s newest docuseries: The Confession Tapes.
The docu-series tells the unfortunate real-life accounts of people who were (or are) supposedly falsely imprisoned over confessions that were coerced or otherwise obtained illegally.
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this Netflix documentary series, which only makes it that much more of a must-watch! This one definitely needs to find its way onto your Netflix queue.
If you’ve got a thing for food documentaries, then Rotten is the docuseries for you!
What’s great about Rotten is that it’s like 6 mini-food documentaries that you can watch one after the other.
And each covers a very specific topic – bees, peanuts, garlic, chicken, cows, and cod.
What’s unique about Rotten, setting it apart from the vast majority of other food documentaries, is that it’s focus isn’t necessarily on our health.
Some of the episodes talk about small farmers and producers and how they are being influenced by the larger producers, others talk about how consumer trends drastically affect farming business practices (like with peanuts and milk).
This is a great docuseries to add to your Netflix queue!
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Be prepared to have a couple restless nights with Evil Genius.
Bone chilling to say the least, this documentary series is about the Pizza Bomber heist of 2003.
Even to the FBI, this crime was nothing like they have ever seen.
Just when you think you understand where the case is going, this is another twist in the plot.
Netflix has really captured the true crime genre and what a perfect documentary to ensure it dominates.
It’s bizarre. It’s horrific. It’s scary. It will sink you into the darker side of humanity without a life vest.
If Evil Genius is not in your queue now, go add it.
You may think that a nature documentary series just can’t possibly keep you glued to the screen or captivated for very long….but before you settle on that belief, try watching Africa first.
Of all continents to pick, Africa is certainly the most diverse, breath-taking and spectacular. I’m telling you, you’re not going to believe some of the stuff you see and you WILL want to plan your next safari or excursion.
One of the greatest things about this Netflix documentary series is that it will not only captivate you, it will lower your blood pressure and relax you…which is a pretty powerful reason to add this docuseries to your queue!
I hope you get a chance to watch each and everyone of these amazing Netflix docuseries! Netflix knows they’re onto something good, so check back frequently because we’ll be the first to watch any new ones that are released.
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