8 Documentaries That Will Spark Your Curiosity

Summer just started and you’ve already binged through all of your usual Netflix series. You’ve got quite some time before the next season even premiers, so now what? Well if you’re anything like us, then you’d probably enjoy a good captivating documentary here and there. Check out some of our faves.

Blue Planet

The unfamiliar depths of the deep blue sea are explored in this documentary series narrated by David Attenborough—from the alien-like creatures deep down in the dark abyss to the colorful creatures inhabiting coral reefs.

Watch on Netflix.

 

Mortified Nation

This hilarious documentary captures a series of stage events where adults share their most awkward and embarrassing childhood memories in front of a captive audience of strangers.

Watch on Netflix.

 

Taboo

Taboo explores cultures, rituals, and stories of humans that most people would find quite eccentric and off-limits—from 9-year-old race car drivers to grown adults taking on the persona of a baby.

Watch on Nat Geo’s site here.

 

Life in a Day

Watch a time capsule-esque collection of videos from film makers all over the world, each capturing their daily lives on July 24, 2010.

Watch on YouTube.

 

Virunga

Follow the incredible true story of park rangers in the Congo’s Virunga National Park who risk their lives daily in order to save the remaining mountain gorillas from poachers.

Watch on Netflix.

 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Owner of a world-renowned sushi restaurant in Japan, Jiro Ono is an 85-year-old sushi master on the quest to create the perfect sushi while his son deals with the pressure of following in his father’s footsteps.

Watch on Netflix.

 

Cosmic Journeys

The mind-blowing, everlasting depths of space are explored in this documentary series, with episodes topics ranging from searching for other earth-like planets to exploring the largest black holes in the universe.

Watch on YouTube.

 

The Witness

If you’re familiar with the murder case of Kitty Genovese, then you’re probably familiar with the fact that this misfortune took place with allegedly 38 onlookers who did nothing to stop the deed. The Witness films Kitty’s brother as he conducts interviews and attempts to uncover the truth about what went down on that gruesome night.

Watch on Netflix.

We’re looking for more suggestions from our readers! Share your top documentaries in the comments below.

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