If we’re living in the golden era of television, we’re by default inhabiting a pretty good time for the documentary. This film and show genre is often enlightening, educating us by way of entertaining stories. And, now that we find ourselves in another pandemic winter, the urge to stay in and watch something of quality is all the greater.
You’re probably already entertaining yourself, taking in the best movies or throwing a vinyl record on your turntable. Shoot, maybe you’re even upholding a New Year’s resolution and getting outside more than sitting in front of a screen. Whatever you’re up to, don’t overlook the documentary as it tends to involve priceless narratives that can shape or reshape the world.
There’s a lot of material out there and you shouldn’t have to spend as much time sifting through your options as watching the actual doc itself. Here are 15 of the best documentaries to cue up on Netflix right now.
An award-winning documentary, Wild Wild Country follows a little-known cult that blew up in eastern Oregon back in the 1980s. Like most off-the-grid communities, this one, with its followers dubbed the rajneeshees and clad in signature burgundy clothes, is led by a brilliant but scheming leader. Things get a little out of hand but you can’t help wondering what it might have been like to join, especially now as we crave social engagement more than ever. It’s a highly addictive affair that will get your brain into gear.
This docuseries offers all the context even the geekiest fan would need surrounding why certain childhood toys came into existence. We’re talking about things like Legos and Barbie, many of which came into existence in less-than-expected ways. You’ll love returning to your childhood while taking on some factoids and background info that’ll serve as great icebreakers and conversation starters during your next communal meal or cocktail party.
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