Undoubtedly, Netflix has changed the way we consume entertainment. As the leading streaming service provider, Netflix has been far ahead of its competition from the very beginning, partly because of its ingenuity, but also by creating top-class content for its viewers.
Moreover, Netflix should also get credit for popularising documentaries. A form of cinema that till recently only appealed to a niche audience; documentaries are now viewed by millions of people. Making a Murderer was the very first Netflix documentary that captivated audiences around the world. Soon enough, the service was chock-a-block full of interesting and engrossing documentaries that cover different aspects of human life. We look at a few Netflix documentaries that should be on your must-watch list.
While the world is going crazy over gourmet food, a whole different section of gourmands is drooling over street food that is authentic, flavourful, and also cheaper on the pockets. Street Food Asia and the recently released Street Food Latin America takes us deep into the culinary cultures of the most prominent foodie cities in the world. Here, viewers get to feast with their eyes as they watch locals prepare mouth-watering specialities that have shot them to worldwide fame. From Delhi and Bangkok to Lima and Salvador, there is so much good food all around that you have to make sure not to watch this documentary on an empty stomach.
One place where Netflix truly succeeds is in crime and mystery documentaries. The company has produced a few hauntingly intriguing crime docuseries over the years, with Tiger King and the ongoing drama between Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic taking centre stage amongst audiences and the news recently. Another addition to their lineup is Unsolved Mysteries, an episodic series that consist of different unsolved cases from around the world, but primarily America. From UFO sightings to unusual deaths and horrific murders, Unsolved Mysteries is morbidly fascinating and a must-watch.
The essential Netflix documentary for gamers, High Score is a trip back to the time when videogames were just starting to become famous. The six-part docuseries is an in-depth look at the history of video gaming and what led to its popularity over time. Featuring interviews with game creators and a look at fans consumed by the virtual world, High Score will leave you feeling nostalgic and with a desire to take out your dusty old Nintendo for a round of retro gaming.
A cautionary tale and reminder that sometimes the very best of ideas can go belly-up in minutes, Fyre is about one of the most controversial island parties that never took place. The documentary takes a look at the people behind the debacle, who might or might not have had the right intentions in the first place as they went about promoting a once-in-a-lifetime event. Viewers also get to know what happened when hundreds of party-goers landed on an island ill-prepared to host the festival they paid for. The documentary raises questions on the authenticity of our growing influencer culture while providing a thought-provoking and entertaining viewing experience.