The Best Netflix Documentaries to stream right now

Incoming. Photo: PBS.

On Saturday we brought you a list of great bars that are still open but since most of us are stuck at home for the majority of the day, then what better way to pass the time than binge-watching Netflix? Pulse will bring you our essential must-watch shows over the next few weeks. First up we will start with documentaries. Buckle up & enjoy.

Who Killed Malcolm X?

By any means necessary. Photo: Malcolm X family.

You might have seen, Spike Lee’s brilliant Malcolm X, however this five part documentary series is really eye opening. Malcolm X was a electrifying leader who was in equal parts revered & depised. Malcolm was gunned down at Audubon Ballroom in 1965, Netflix go in search of his murderers.

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The Vietnam War

A company of heroes. Photo: PBS

Ken Burns is the king of the long-form documentary genre. Burns took almost fifteen years to bring The Vietnam War to the screen but it was well worth the wait.

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Don’t Fuck with Cats

Detective. Photo: Netflix.

My pal, Fernando recommended that I watch this one over the Christmas period & it was pretty gripping stuff. A three-parter, Don’t follows a group of amateur sleuths who attempt to hunt down a deranged internet sadist, who you might have guessed is killing cats online.

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Tiger King

All hail the king. Photo: Netflix

If you are looking for a stranger than fiction tale, then look no further than Tiger King. Joe Exotic (the titular Tiger King) is the owner of a big cat zoo in Oklahoma who is locked in a bitter dispute with animal rights activists, his two husbands & just about everybody else. Murder, mayhem & intrigue ensue.

The trailer is here

Bobby Kennedy for President

A good man. Photo: Netflix.

The Kennedy clan has fascinated the public ever since Jack became the first Catholic President in US history. Jack went on to be assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Ted Kennedy killed a woman in Chappaquiddick & their little brother Robert was on his way to becoming The Democratic Presidential nominee until tragedy struck.

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The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

Justice for Gabriel. Photo: Netflix.

This is probably one of the toughest documentaries you will ever watch. Gabriel Fernandez was an eight-year-old boy who was tortured & beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend. The series is made without sensationalism & it is a heartbreaking watch.

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Long Shot

Accidental hero. Photo: HBO.

Picture the scene. You’ve been accused of first-degree murder & you know you’re innocent. You were sat at a baseball game the whole time when the murder took place. An unlikely tale, where an unlikely savior emerges. A short watch doc.

Hit up the trailer here

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

How bizarre. Photo: Boston Globe.

I know next to nothing about American Football. I knew nothing of Aaron Hernandez or what he had did, and wow this was one incredible story. You won’t believe what you are seeing.

The trailer is one click away

The Devil Next Door

Guilty or not guilty? Photo: Netflix

In 1977, an unassuming Ohio man, John Demjanjuk was arrested & accused of being Ivan The Terrible. Who was Ivan? Well, one of the most notorious prison guards at The Nazi Death camps. Demjanjuk always maintained his innocence, was he? Watch this & make up your own mind.

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Confession Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Ted Bundy. Photo: Netflix.

Back in the seventies, serial killer Ted Bundy sat down with the journalist Stephen G Michaud to claim that he was not guilty. Helmed by Joe Berlinger the man behind the excellent, Paradise Lost, The Ted Bundy Tapes is a gripping if very tough going four-part documentary series.

The trailer is here

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