With fall coming up, I am always in the market for new shows to binge. The weather will change, it will get darker earlier, rain and snow will eventually come (If global warming doesn’t get the best of us yet again this year).
Now, even though Netflix has told us they don’t like the words “Binging” but is it really so bad if you are doing it with some mouth watering, brain growing documentaries? One of the things that I think is under rated about streaming services is that along with shows from 20 years ago, there are an abundance of new, interesting documentaries and mini series for just about everyone. Reality TV can actually be real if you know what you are looking for and with the way media is now consumed, outlets like The New York Times are no slouches when it comes to putting out content on these platforms.
Now, let’s break down some bad-ass documentaries and mini series that will not only entertain you but grow your mind on those grey days when going outside just seems like a bad idea.
Diagnoses (Netflix Mini Series): A beautiful idea to cloud source diagnoses. Sound weird? it is but it is also I highly inventive thing for the New York Times to do. Like a real life episode of house but instead of having to listen to a narcissistic snarky ass hole, different people from around the world come together to help others with undiagnosed health issues.
The Mind Explained (Netflix): Every wonder how dreams, your memory or your actually work? This show is so interesting. Memories, even of the most important memories aren’t real recordings or perfect, even if we are 100% convinced that they are. This show gets into the actual science of it.
Chefs Table/ Street Food (Netflix): All of them really. If you are a foodie, these are so many incarnations. it really takes you into the kitchens and the minds of some of the most game changing chefs in the world. Street Food is from the same makers and explores the street foods of the world and their influence on the culture and the cultures influence on them.
Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix): This mini Series is a bit more deep then the others but for foodies and for cooks I love this as a companion to the Book. 4 episodes will take you to the most iconic places to look into what these tastes and profiles are and how they work together.
Fed Up (Amazon Prime): A real look at sugar and what it is in and what it can do to you. The marketing of sugar and history of it in health foods is amazing and disturbing. If you have kids or are thinking about eating a meal replacement bar, this is a must.
American Crime Story (Netflix/FX): From the same producers and creators as American Horror Story, you can expect the same sort of artistic shooting and beauty from these season long stories. While not entirely accurate, they are mostly accurate. Season one Covers the OJ Simpson Case and Season two takes a beautiful look at the assassination of Gianni Versace and the manhunt after. Season three has promised us a look into the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
UnTouchable (Hulu/ BBC): We all know the sound clips but this documentary takes it farther to a question I have always asked. How did Harvey Winsteen manage to keep all of these crimes and assaults under wraps for decades?
The Golden State Killer (Hulu): If you thought that serial killers were a thing of the past, a distant threat and story, this will make you lock your doors. Captured just months ago, this serial killer is something that will blow you away.
Black fish (Netflix): One of the first documentaries I really watched and still one of my favs (If you can say that something heart breaking is a favorite) . Learning more about the orcas in sea world right after the attack and death of the trainers is a huge thing and something that everyone taking their kids to these kind of events should know about.
National Parks Exploration Series (Hulu): It has never been more important to take notice and protect our national parks. As an informed citizen, it is important to know them and really look into them, what animals call them home, why they were formed and what we can do to preserve the majesty of our natural county.
Food, Inc (Hulu): This is one of the first food movies I watched in college but it stands the test of time and shows how little things have changed in the past ten years plus.
River Monsters (Hulu/ Animal Planet): I can not even explain how much I love this show. It is something that I was so excited to find on Hulu. Its so over the top dramatic but really does take a deep dive into some water dwelling species you never knew existed.
Dogs (Netflix): Want a feel good? Dogs is for you. It walks through stories of owners and their dogs. From a dog owner trying to get his husky out of Syria to the dog Island in Costa Rica (So not feel good all the time!)
Eating Animals (Hulu/ Book): Based on the book by Johnathan Saffron Foyer in partnership with Natalie Portman, this takes a deeper look at the food systems we use and how they effect our health, animals and the planet.
Icarus (Netflix): If you have ever really wondered about the world of Doping in sports, this will take you there and then so much farther. SO much farther. Learn about the Olympic and Russian doping scandal.
Free to Run (Hulu): Taking sport out of the stadiums and onto the streets is something that we take for granit. Now we can run anywhere but 50 years ago this was an arena for elite male athletes. Check this documentary out for a why to see how we were given the freedom to run by some of the most impressive athletes in the world.
The Race that Eats its Young (Netflix): And you thought your run last week was hard? Check out the hardest race to enter and run in the world in the mountains of Tennesse.
The Story of God (Netflix/ Natgeo): Morgan Freemen? We all know he is the voice of god anyway don’t we? Well now you can watch him travel the world and explain dozens of different belief systems to you. It will move you and change you.
The Weekly (Hulu): A narrative investigative journalism show produced by the New York Times. It follows both a breaking news story and the journalists who uncover it. I feel like these sort of programs that the New York Times are diving into are very interesting as they are part of the new way that people absorb news. They are looking for more than sound clips and want to know the entire narrative.
Tiny Shoulders (Hulu): An interesting in depth look at barbies history and change. Did you know that Barbie has actually undergone tons of changes? I hadn’t. How about that the CEO and workers on Barbie actually aren’t the ditzy blonds you probably thought they were?
Period. End of Sentence (Netflix): A girls period should not be the stop of her education. An in depth look at a town in India where when a girl gets her period, her life ends. Why? So that there can be changes made.
The Devil at the Cross Roads (Netflix): A nice short Documentary for all of you who are a fan of music…and the supernatural. Robert Johnson is responsible for what we consider the southern Blues Movement. If you ever wondered where all the mythology behind the cross roads devil comes from, this is the film to watch.
The American Meme (Netflix): An amazing short doc on the power of social media, the effects it has and the science behind it as well as in-depth talks with the most influential social media titans including Krill, DJ Calvin, the Fat Jewish, Brittany Furlan and Paris Hilton. It was surprisingly multidimensional and well thought out as well as non biased. It gave me a very different look at Paris Hilton and made me see her in a different way.