Netflix: the black hole where productivity goes to die. But thanks to all the documentaries that are available, at least you can still learn a thing or two while you binge. And to help you out, I have listed some of the documentaries I especially like and the descriptions (and GIFs) that pretty much sum them up. If you have the time and want a break from New Girl or Friends, you should check them out!
Miss Representation – Explores sexism in society and how the mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions through limited and often derogatory portrayals.
Chef’s Table – Each episode of this series profiles a world-renowned chef and their phenomenal food creations.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s – A 2013 documentary about the famed New York City luxury goods department store Bergdorf Goodman, situated on Fifth Avenue.
Cosmos: A Space Odyssey – Through stories of humankind’s quest for knowledge, this film travels across the universe. Scientific concepts are presented with both skepticism and wonder.
The True Cost – Exposes the dirty secrets of fast (and cheaply made) fashion mainly by exploring the lives of low-wage workers in developing countries as well as how the presence of the garment industry has led to river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, and disease in these areas.
SOMM – Four wine stewards prepare to take the Master Sommelier Exam, one of the world’s most difficult tests.
The Queen of Versailles – The 2008 global economic crisis threatens the fortune of Florida billionaires David and Jackie Siegel just as they are in the middle of building a 90,000 square-foot home.
Fed Up – Focuses on the causes of obesity in the US, presenting evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem.
For the Bible Tells Me So – This documentary about homosexuality and its perceived conflict with Christianity brings to light various interpretations of what the Bible says about same-sex relationships as well as believers strong opinions on the subject.
Blackfish – Focuses on Tilikum, an orca living at SeaWorld and the controversy over keeping killer whales captive.
Making a Murderer – (And in case you haven’t heard…) This very controversial ten-part documentary explores the story of Steven Avery, a Manitowoc County, Wisconsin man who served 18 years in prison for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, and who was exonerated in 2003. In 2005, he was arrested and tried for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
ALSO…Hot Girls Wanted and Sexy Baby are very good and raise important points, but aren’t listed above because it just didn’t feel right to put GIFs with them. While their messages are important for men to understand, I would only recommend them to women with a warning that the content is unsettling and very graphic. Look into them before you watch them.