As more and more streaming options emerge and with the reduced production cost making it easier to create quality documentaries. Some documentaries have even been recorded on mobile devices that come with high definition cameras . So as where previously only household names like Ken Burns were able to generate episodic docuseries now many more content creators have the ability to share their creative vision.
Of course with so many documentary series being released in recent years, it’s even more difficult to decide which one to watch next. To help you choose the series with the subject matter that might interest you the most, we’ve listed some of the best documentaries below .
Planet Earth (Discovery+)
The Planet Earth documentary series is a marvelous presentation of the world most amazing sites captured with state-of-the-art high-definition technology . This documentary series highlights breathtaking footage of some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders from the vast oceans to the deserts to the polar ice caps. Planet Earth is a must watch for the entire family or anyone that loves nature shows.
Deadliest Catch (Discovery+)
Part documentary part reality tv show this adventurous series reveals the dangers and perils confronted by Alaskan crab fishermen crews while at sea, often seen as the most deadly profession in the world. Some of the dangers include 40-foot monster waves and freezing temperatures .
Each MythBusters episode focuses on two or more popular beliefs or myths. The list of myths tested by the series is compiled from many sources, including from fans requests] Occasionally, episodes are produced in which some or all of the myths are related by theme, such as pirates or sharks, and occasionally these are dubbed as “[Theme] Special” episodes. After the hosts introduces a myth, a comical video explaining the myth is usually shown to lighten the mood before the busting begins. If your a fan of conspiracy theories or similar topics its worth checking out MythBusters on Discovery+ and quickly browse through the episodes list to see if any of the topics are of any interest.
Inside the criminal mind (NETFLIX)
As its name suggests, this four-episode docuseries puts us squarely in the heads of real murderers. It is not the murderers themselves who try to explain why or what they did , but rather expert criminologists or experts in neurology who analyze the murderers’ minds and how it affects their behaviors. Four episodes that analyze four different cases (serial killers, kidnappings, cult leaders and crime lords) and that try to explore the minds of the most dangerous criminals in history.
We will study why Al Capone or Pablo Escobar gain the admiration of the public despite their actions, criminologists will explain what goes through the minds of the most cruel and dangerous kidnappers we have ever seen. All of them are real cases analyzed from a psychological point of view and trying to find common links between many of the protagonists.
I am a Killer (NETFLIX)
“I am a Killer ” shows audiences the perspectives of murderess from the point of view of the killers themselves. One of the best crime documentaries on Netflix where the narrators are the criminals themselves. They will answer the questions and explain what they feel, how many years they have been in prison, and go into what the sentence they are serving is. In addition, friends and family members will also give their points of view of what happened or will tell how they have lived or suffered all these years. Incarcerated criminals, and serial killers responding to interviews on I am a Killer has one of the most unique perspectives of any documentary series.
Chiara Ferragni ( Amazon Prime Video )
The plot delves into the success story of Chiara Ferragni who founded the well known blog “The Blonde Salad” over 10 years ago .The story focuses on the gradual build up of her brand from its beginnings in the municipality of Cremona (Italy) to its consolidation as one of the biggest influencers in the world of fashion .
Lady Di : Her Last Words ( Disney+. )
Her Last Words takes place in 1991 inside Kensington Palace in London. In it, Princess Diana participates in a series of confidential interviews that were recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton. The production promises to reveal what the princess thought and felt in a very specific moment of her life, with the narrative presented by her perspective, showing the most complex side of her story.
Very Ralph ( HBO )
In this documentary we will see the designer Ralph Lauren, speaking to the camera about his childhood, his marriage, the brand, his attitude towards criticism, his vision of fashion and even his advertising campaigns. In addition, Very Ralph will also include conversations with his family, colleagues and other prominent individuals in the fashion industry such as Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, André Leon Talley, Hillary Clinton, Robin Givhan, Jason Wu, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Tyson Beckford, Tina Brown, Diane von Furstenberg, Jessica Chastain , Vanessa Friedman and Paul Goldberger.
The True Cost ( Amazon Prime Video )
Pollution, lack of transparency and traceability, exploitation of labor. A few years before sustainability became one of the great focuses of debate in fashion, this documentary deeply explores in a graphic, emotional detail the negative parts of the fashion industry .
Who Killed Malcolm X ( NETFLIX)
A riveting look at how the famous U.S political figure Malcolm X was assassinated and the wrongful convictions of two men. This documentary miniseries from 2020 directed by Rachel Dretzin and Phil Bertelsen is a must watch for anyone interested in social justice and how it ties into our criminal justice and law enforcement systems. The series led to the Exoneration of two of the men that were convicted decades ago and demonstrates the influence that a well made documentary series can have .