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Knowledgeable Shows On Netflix You Should Watch

by Natasha Christopher

Watching Netflix all day can be a drag or perhaps you feel like you’re wasting your time. However, there is a variety of Netflix shows that would instil more knowledge and wisdom as well as updating yourself with what’s going on with the world.

Here are some of the TV shows/Documentary you need to be watching to enhance your general knowledge more!

The Patriot Act

Hosted by “The Daily Show” alumni, Hasan Minhaj explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity. In each weekly episode, he uses his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to investigate the larger trends shaping the fragmented world.

He talks about the war in Sudan, to understanding a corporation’s management as well as the environment and its politics happenings around the world. One episode in particular that highlighted on the Saudi Prince involvement to a murder case was so sensitive that Saudi Arabia requested for the episode to be banned.

This highly sorted show on Netflix could expand your knowledge with what’s going on with the world around you. Not only does it makes you aware of your surroundings, but it’s a show that makes you laugh.

IMDb rating: 8.1/10

When They See Us

This four-part limited series focuses its attention on the “Central Park Five” case. Based on a true story, When They See Us dates back to 1989, where a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York’s Central Park, and five young African-American teenagers were subsequently charged with the crime, although they didn’t commit the heinous crime. It depicts how the “Central Park Five” boys maintained its innocence and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated.

Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay co-wrote and directed the four episodes. She tells the story of how injustice still lurks in the criminal system and the after effects of seeking for a job being a convicted felon. To date, this series on Netflix is one of the most watched shows in the United States of America.

From this show, you get to see that what issue occurs in the past, may it be from racial discrimination, or from cruel justice system of imprisoning the innocent ones still is happening today. When They See Us show would expose you to the social problems we are still dealing with today.

IMDb rating: 9.1/10

Our Planet

Narrated by the famous broadcaster and natural historian, Sir David Attenborough. These eight-part series explores the unique wonders of the natural world. Produced in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, “Our Planet” uses a combination of stunning photography and technology to present Earth’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants. The project took four years to complete.

Some of the episodes are pretty graphics because it’s main goals is to spread awareness on the rising global climate that is affecting its living creatures. You also get to witness some of the most exhilarating visuals and stunning footage of rarely-seen animals.

Our environment now needs more attention than ever and with “Our Planet”, you’ll definitely be appreciating the life that you have now and the ways we can do our part to ensure the living creatures in wild gets the best possible natural habitat.

IMBd rating: 9.4/10

Dark Tourist

New Zealand’s journalist, David Farrier goes out of his own comfort zone to seek the touristy things that are considered tabooed by others. In each episode, Farrier travels to different countries in search of dark tourism spots that are sometimes risking one’s health.

He went as far as embedding himself in a death-worshipping cult in Mexico, sees tourists soaking up radiation left behind in Fukushima, engrossing in haunted houses, and travels to the most-nuked place on Earth for atomic swimming and fishing.

It’s a show/documentary that everyone should be watching to further gain more knowledge of the world around you as well as travel tips to explore. You are definitely much more open to the world and culture you never knew existed.

IMDb rating: 7.6/10


Another environment and living creature documentary, Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa where it holds one of the worlds forgotten and gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo.  

Besides learning on the ways they protect the last mountain gorillas, you’ll be exposing yourself to the real problem that’s happening in Africa and the challenges that come through with it. For example, the conservation work of park rangers within the Congo’s Virunga National Park during the rise of the violent M23 Rebellion in 2012. Plus, it also investigates the activity of the British oil company Soco International within the UNESCO World Heritage site.

This documentary has been receiving numerous accolades since it’s release in 2014. It includes 2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, A BAFTA nominee, and winner for the Best Cinematography at the 2015 Creative Art Emmy. Its executive producer is Leonardo Dicaprio.

IMBd rating: 8.3/10


The Crown

This Netflix-unique dramatization depicts the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to present day times. The arrangement starts with an inside look at the early reign of the ruler of the queen, who rose the position of authority at age 25 after the demise of her dad, King George VI. As the decade’s pass, individual interests, sentiments, and political contentions are uncovered that assumed a major role in occasions that moulded the later long stretches of the 20th century.

You’ll get to understand how the British monarchy work and the rule-breaking ways that  Queen Elizabeth II set that are opposed by the monarchy itself, has now been made more lenient in present times.

The Crown has grown to win prestigious awards like Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, and a few Screen Actors Guild Awards. It definitely a show to binge watch.  

IMDb rating: 8.7/10


Shot In The Dark

The saying a picture is worth a thousand words have nothing against this show. If you’ve watched the movie, Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal then it’s perhaps almost similar but this documentary is real life people especially for freelancers who risk their lives to capture footage and sell it to news outlets.

The eight-part tv documentary”Shot in the Dark” follows rival freelance stringers who scour the streets at night looking to film crime scenes, fires, accidents, and anything else they can sell to the media. It’s a cutthroat profession that sees the videographers looking for newsworthy events, not knowing what kind of situations they’ll find themselves in until they actually happen.

IMDb rating: 8.1/10 


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