In the past couple of years, Netflix has given us some of the most intriguing and groundbreaking original documentaries. While the genre may not be quite as popular as, say, romance or action, documentaries have a charm of their own, which sets them apart. Moreover, the best part about the documentaries on Netflix is that they are all significantly different from one another.
Here's a list of some of the most popular documentaries on Netflix, which are critically acclaimed as well.
1) Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
While the Zac Efron movie on Ted Bundy's life has been at the receiving end of severe backlash as many people believe that it romanticizes the serial killer, this docuseries from the same makers has remained free of criticism. The series takes an in-depth look at the heinous crimes committed by Bundy by interviewing everyone who had been involved in the case, including the notorious mass murderer himself, as well as, one of his victims who had managed to escape. However, when Bundy finally opens up to the journalist interviewing him, and starts explaining the crimes from a third person's perspective, is when it actually starts getting unnerving and even creepy.
2) Wild Wild Country
This six-part miniseries follows an Indian guru named Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who radicalized an entire community of people in the US. His popularity grew massively in the 80s when thousands of people reached his ashram in Oregon with the hope that he would help them find peace and the true meaning of life. However, soon enough, the spiritual leader became a controversial figure as he, as well as, his followers were found guilty of several crimes, including a bioterror attack on American soil. This documentary is fast-paced and gripping, and some even call it the best documentary on Netflix.
3) Dirty Money
This documentary may not be as disturbing as the first two on this list, but it leaves you with much to think about as it seeks to familiarize the viewers with some of the biggest corporate scandals. All six episodes deal with different acts of corruption that took place in some of the most renowned corporations in the world. It’s impossible to watch this documentary series without getting angry as you learn how the richest of the rich steal from the poor.
4) Making a Murderer
The documentary which tells the story of Steven Avery is one of the most critically acclaimed TV series in the world. It follows the life of a man in Wisconsin who was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years and was arrested once again within two years of his release. The documentary is equal parts thrilling, confusing and frustrating. While there is much to suggest that the accused was wrongfully convicted for the second time in a row, many viewers believe that the documentary would have done more justice to the true events had it included the views of the victims’ families.
So, if you don’t already have a Netflix account, here are four more reasons to get one. Netflix is not short of quality content, and these documentaries are proof of that.