The Most Interesting Documentaries on Netflix
One of the best resources that Netflix has in abundance are hard-hitting documentaries series that they’ve either bought or commissioned for their streaming service. Although documentaries have always been popular with some, Netflix is really the first media company to make documentaries accessible to all and are responsible for some of the most interesting and informative programming available today.
Although Netflix does take movies and TV off its streaming service all the time, they always have a good cache of documentary movies and series available for viewing. Here are some of the best docs that Netflix has to offer.
Making A Murderer
Making a Murderer was a series that was extremely popular a few years ago when it first launched on Netflix in December 2015. It was filmed over the course of 10 years, and follows Stephen Avery, a man who served 18 years in prison on a wrongful conviction for sexual assault and attempted murder and sued the county upon his release in 2003.
In 2005, Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted of the murder of another woman and were sent to prison. Each of the 10 episodes is between 47 and 66 minutes long and follows the two men as they move through the judicial system from arrest all the way to conviction.
The Civil War
Filmmaker Ken Burns is a legendary documentarian, and his series The Civil War, which was originally broadcast on PBS in 1990 is now available on Netflix. It was digitally restored to a high-definition format in 2015 and has recently experienced a resurgence of popularity.
Each of the nine episodes is more than an hour long. The series clocks in at over 10 hours long, and is full of incredible period photographs, which are featured over narration done by a star-studded cast of actors who read memoirs, quotes, newspapers, and speeches from that era. Each actor voices a different historical figure, and the series features both Arthur Miller as William Tecumseh Sherman and Morgan Freeman as Frederick Douglass.
Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country has recently experienced a wave of popularity as a new generation seeks to familiarizes themselves with the story of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the community that his followers built in the backcountry of Oregon. The Rajneeshees, as they called themselves, established a small city called Rajneeshpuram and were almost immediately in conflict with their neighbors, who were troubled by the outsiders who were moving in in droves.
The show interviews many people from outside Rajneeshpuram, as well as others who gave their lives for their guru, and all reflect on their experiences in exciting and unexpected ways.