By Ksanbor (filmadroit)

What makes a great historical documentary? Is it the experts, subjects, or editing? I would say, it is a mixture of all factors– a blend that can make you go back in time. A great documentary can make the viewer feel like they’re Indiana Jones, exploring all the experiences lived. Information is key, authenticity should be the number one priority, granted it is a balancing act, entertainment needs to be considered too.

In our list, we will name some of the top historical documentaries on Netflix, some feature film lengths; some docuseries. Wars, revolutionaries, empires, and trailblazers, Netflix spared no expense in bringing you quality content. To do justice to the vast amount of amazing documentaries on Netflix, we will do a top 15 documentaries on Netflix. Now, let’s put on our explorers’ hat and start this adventure.

Top 15 documentaries on Netflix – Historical/Period

15. The Last Czars (2019)

In a time when tremendous changes were happening all over the world, Russian went through several monumental changes in a relatively short span of time, and one of those being the end of a royal dynasty. Historical experts discuss the life of Czar Nicholas II, will all of his flaws, troubles, and the craziness that surrounds him– I’m looking at you, Rasputin.

The Last Czars - Top 15 Documentaries
Source: The Last Czars, Netflix

14. Witches: A Century of Murder (2015)

Sometimes we need to learn from history and not let horrible inhuman atrocities repeat. Historian Suzannah Lipscomb tries to look for valid reasons on why the witch hunt, that killed a large number of innocent women, happened in the 17th.

Witches: A Century of Murder - Top 15 Documentaries
Source: Witches: A century of Murder (2015), Netflix

13. History 101 (2020)

Want a quick rundown on all the major events that shaped our modern world? Netflix produced docuseries, History 101, tackles many relevant historical topics from feminism to robots to fast food. You will definitely get your fill of facts from this informative series.

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Source: History 101 (2020), Netflix

12. Myths and Monsters (2017)

Mythology is vital to the history of a place. Learn about fantastical beasts from old European tales. Perfectly produced for the causal viewer to enjoy, this docuseries gives history that much needed magical touch.

Myths and Monsters (2017)
Source: Myths and Monsters (2017), Netflix

11. Roman Empire (2016)

Another documentary/dramatized video recreation from Netflix. This one in particular deals with the reign of Commodus as the emperor of Rome, it chronicles the events that led to the downfall of the great empire.

Source: Roman Empire (2016), Netflix

10. Anne Frank – Parallel Stories (2019)

A documentary hosted by Helen Mirren that dives into the tragic life of Anne Frank through her writing and also looks at the writing of 5 survivors from the Holocaust. Heart-breaking and uplifting, we are shown, through the horrors of war, how valuable a child’s life is.

Source: Anne Frank – Parallel Stories (2019), Netflix

9. High Score (2020)

When talking about history, it is important to not overlook innovations that are considered commonplace today. Videogames of the past have shaped the lives of the modern world more than anything else has. Netflix has given us a portal to the past, with this fun and vibrant docuseries, befitting the history of gaming. Taking a look at some of the innovators that drove modern culture into a new age.

Source: High Score (2020), Netflix

8. They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (2018)

The most prolific film in the world is arguably Citizen Kane (1941). The director, Orson Welles, struggles to outdo his debut performance while producing the film “The Other Side of the Wind.” Morgan Neville’s documentary parallels Welles’ mantra of “It’s all in the editing” with its beautiful timing, making use of all past footage effectively.

Source: They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (2018), Netlfix

7. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020)

One of the best docudramas produced by Netflix. Exhilarating and informative, what more can you ask for. This series chronicles the campaign of the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II, as he tries to capture Constantinople.

Source: Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020), Netflix

6. Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

The documentary tells the story of the men and women behind the historical moon landing. Showing us how the dedication and skill of unrecognised people, helped placed a man on the moon, people whose names are not clearly defined in the history books. Achieving an uplifting as well as thrilling film, this is a must-watch for Netflix surfers.

Source: Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017), Netflix

5. Greatest Events of WWII in Colour (2019)

Historical experts discuss the behind the scene events and decisions that drove the machine of war into its destructive rampage in World War II. The detailed analysis of these experts is spliced on-screen with the archival footage of all the moments captured in film and to increase the sense of realism, these footage are altered to have color.

Source: Greatest Events of WWII in Colour (2019), Netflix

4. Cuba and the Cameraman (2017)

A powerful documentary that uncovers the true state of the Cuban people, under the communist rule of Fidel Castro, by following 3 families in the course of 45 years. Documenting the struggles of the people while the government tries to hide the negative aspects of the country in rose-tinted glasses.

Source: Cuba and the Cameraman (2017), Netflix

3. Five Came Back (2017)

5 American film directors head out into war with the hopes of documenting the events of the world stage. Witnessing the true horrors of war can change a person’s outlook and thus, change the world. An immensely important film that analyses the bravery of a few men with a mission to serve good.

Source: Five Came Back (2017), Netflix

2. Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szulalski (2018)

Not every great artist is celebrated, most fate into obscurity, and their works are lost and forgotten. One such great artist, slipping out of the memory of history, was brought back to life by this heartfelt documentary. Snared from the beginning by the genuine humanity of the subjects, intrigue by the awe-inspiring works of art, and captured by the endearing growth and evolution of the main subject. One of the best documentaries on Netflix.

Source: Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szulalski (2018), Netflix

1.  They Shall Not Grow Old (2020)

The most important element of documentary filmmaking is that, unlike acted and staged films, you cannot suspend your disbelieve like a traditional movie and that aspect is what makes this film an undeniable classic. Its significance is almost over powered by the brilliant craft at display. A film that etches terror in your memory, more intense than the scariest of horror movies. The testimonials of the combatants, who had to stomach such an ordeal in real life, can only strengthen the viewers sentiments of not letting history repeat itself. Peter Jackson has done us a great service by putting, in color, the greatest lesson in mankind history.

Source: They Shall Not Grow Old (2020), Netflix

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Documentary Series Review: ‘Bad Boy Billionaires: India’ exposes entrepreneurial luxury

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

After a long delay, the much-awaited ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ finally released on Netflix India this Monday. This documentary anthology series aims to showcase the crude realities that built these dreamers. Once known as visionaries, they are now considered as men who unforgettably defrauded the Indian economy of extremely large sums. Originally a 4-part series, the film on Satyam Computer’s Former CEO – Mr. Ramalinga Raju – is still not being allowed to be aired. While no salt need be rubbed onto wounds that are being dealt with by courts, the sheer width and vision of the plans of these three men are bound to solicit public admiration, or outrage.

The King of Good Times – Vijay Mallya

Son of Bangalore-based industrialist Vittal Mallya, Vijay is the founder of India’s most famous beer company, Kingfisher. Dylan Mohan Grey has done a fantastic job of narrating what made, built and burnt the Mallya empire. The film unravels a lesser-known origin story. Prohibition laws had always affected the Mallya business. While Mr. Vittal found ways to subvert losses as best he could, succumbing to collateral damage, Vijay wasn’t agreeable to the same. A more flamboyant Vijay decided to deploy innovative business thinking to tackle publicizing his brand. 

Bad Boy Billionaires: India

As Grey takes us through Bangalore in the 1980s, we learn a lot about the now-young-Prince-turned-Emperor fighting to fortify his father’s legacy and raise it to new heights. Vijay was a brand himself. His persona bled into the very-red company color he assigned to his new baby – Kingfisher. Kingfisher wasn’t just a brand of beer, but a lifestyle. Through his advertisements and investments, he wanted to remind India that comfortable indulgence isn’t too far away for most of us. 

With a show tune that no 90s kid in India could ever forget, Kingfisher became the brand of the people. This is when his eyes grew much wider. The debonair decided to invest in aviation, racing and cricket – all the things he enjoys. As Grey interviews a variety of people who knew Vijay, we learn a lot about what got him to this point where he is now a fugitive awaiting the conclusion of extradition proceedings against him in the United Kingdom. While he once perhaps intended to share his opulent joys with the world, his enterprise unfortunately began sharing nothing more than costly sorrow.

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Diamonds Aren’t Forever – Nirav Modi

Surat is one of the world’s largest centers for diamond polishing. Nirav Modi came from a Gujarati family in the business of diamonds, with his Uncle – Mehul Choksi – being a giant in the diamond market. After his 10-year-long apprenticeship, he finally decided to give birth to a rather different vision. He started Firestar Diamonds with a vision to build an empire of strength and finesse.

He started a large-scale factory, hiring over 2000 employees. Interviews suggest that many of these workmen were extremely happy with their salaries, perquisites, and the way he interacted with them and took care of their needs.

Ambitious, Nirav felt that Indian diamonds deserve to be seen in a different light. With a modern play of technique and design, he became a leader in the game. Other jewelers simply could not compete as Nirav began building what stylistically competed with the best of the global best. From the visuals we see, it is undeniable that the man has a strong sense of design and wishes to empower tasteful craft.

This made everyone wonder where the resources were coming from. Before the Indian public could recognize this big boy who now owned the fanciest jewelry showrooms in India, we heard about the new laws that were coming in place for fugitive economic offenders. While it may have seemed like a quick-flip to most of us, Nirav had intelligently moved among quieter circles of the very rich for long enough to not be seen by anyone who wasn’t a fashion stalker, and make it worth his while.

We did not notice that Kate Winslet has also worn his designs and Trump Jr. attended the inauguration of his new showroom in New York. The film suggests that the man had a mission and believed that cost was not a factor.

Bad Boy Billionaires: India

The World’s Biggest Family – Subrota Roy

To me, Subrota Roy’s story is the more fascinating one. Unlike the other two, Roy comes from humbler backgrounds. He didn’t inherit a business, but strived to build one. He worked for a struggling company called Sahara Finance, which eventually grew into a chit fund. The chit schemes were far more accessible to rural people as agents would interact with them directly, also getting higher returns for their investment. When the entire village was given the same proposal, and people from the village also began to see returns, it became impossible to resist or question. 

Sahara also principled itself on the concept of a family. The idea was that the employees are family and agents who join become extended family. From the film, employees appear diligent in a manner akin to soldiers. It would appear that Roy ran things in a way where he garnered the Pariwar’s respect. They followed his code of ‘collective materialism’, making people work harder – breeding loyalty. The most dangerously heart-warming fact is that he gave many their first pair of shoes. 

While an interviewee considered him a man of wisdom – a guru of a higher plane, it is difficult to process what really went wrong. He is the only man of the three who was arrested. He seems to have also been the most vociferous of his innocence among them all. The Supreme Court of India answered an interesting legal question as to how chit funds are to be regulated. By this time, there was a lot more to Roy’s name than the chit fund. He built a luxury city, where he and his employees lived. While he shared with his people, he appeared to have taken too much from others.

Bad Boy Billionaires: India

It’s interesting to see how all three films depict a large number of people who say that these men were very involved in the micro-processes of their businesses. Nirav Modi and Subrota Roy have been considered an irreplaceable support system for their workforce. After their fall, so to speak, the workforce from humble backgrounds live without it. One wonders if these are cases where the ego begins to overtake altruistic progress, or if the systems themselves are so corrupt that this is just how people do business. Nonetheless, there is no excuse for hungry Bad Boys going for the Billions if the sheer impact of their business pyramid left millions of people distraught.

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Documentary Review: ‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ – An American Tragedy

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

On 28th January 1986, NASA’s Challenger met with a tragic fate. ‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ is Steven Leckart and Glen Zipper’s attempt to etch out the murky decisions that allowed for this to happen. Having meticulously interviewed then NASA Officials, contractors, and family & friends of the deceased crew, they bring to viewers a 4-episode summary of what made for an American national tragedy.

“Americans have shown the world that we not only dare to dream great dreams, we dare to live those dreams.”

In 1974, William Lucas was appointed as the Director of the Propulsion and Vehicle Engineering Lab at NASA. For context, America had already sent people to the moon. It appeared that the American public was no longer surprised by the not-so-novel progress of space in the 60s. Life was grim. The Vietnam war had begun and inflation became the everyday reality. The new American agenda was to do something that could make people feel good. Something that could serve as a source of national pride.

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Source:- Challenger: The Final Flight, Netflix

With this in mind, Lucas’ chief task was to try and develop lower-cost means to travel to space. America had decided to develop a “Space Truck”, says Lucas, that was reusable. Apollo served to be far too costly as it could not be relaunched. They had to develop a space travel solution that was reusable. In 1977, the new spacecraft became the chief focus of NASA. ‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ descriptively explains the excitement that bubbled through the entire country when NASA invited the public to participate.

“We’re going to Houston.”

The documentary goes on to interview family members of the engineers who were selected to become astronauts at this stage. America had decided that it was time to do away with a crew that was purely Anglo-Saxon male. Wanting to introduce women and other minorities among the team of astronauts, NASA opened up its’ applications.

Surprisingly, even though 10 persons who fit this bill were chosen to join the program, it was a Francis “Dick” Scobee who appeared to be the Captain America of this crew. With no intention to defame this attempt at diversity, I must mention that the stories of Judy Resnik, Ron McNair and Ellison Onizuka prove that while my observation is true, it only makes for jovial irony. They were all exceptionally talented astronauts who will be remembered for their unfortunate sacrifice.

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Source:- Challenger: The Final Flight, Netflix

“This is your NASA.”

The astronauts trained heavily for this new program. Rhea Seddon, also an astronaut then, described this as a “trial of water” as they were made to do various simulations in the sea. They eventually decided that it was time to invite civilians to the program too. America wanted the world to know that it could facilitate space travel for a few members of the public, extending access to the mystery of outer-space. Eventually, then-President Reagan announced that he would extend this to America’s finest cadre of persons – Its Teachers. 

Birthing one of the most legendary women astronauts, Christa McAuliffe makes for the main protagonist and victim of this story. She was a teacher in New Hampshire and was selected as, what interviewees say, made for an obvious choice. As Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band fills the room, viewers are now gripped with a non-fiction telling of a school teacher becoming an astronaut and scientists discussing the engineering behind a marvelous invention. The sheer public engagement that such a project allowed for is globally historic.

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Source:- Challenger: The Final Flight, Netflix

“You’ve gotta get that thing going at more than 85 football fields in a second.”

The space shuttle, while well designed, has to rely on contractors and NASA officials to only allow actions that are scientifically approved to affect its trajectory. While they are the most intelligent people on their planet, they remain human. Unfortunately, here their infallibility played a large part in jerking the success of this launch. The reusable space crafts had to measure erosion and other collateral effects as their safety diminishes upon use. Being ejected by the sheer force of a rocket booster forces the need for constant recalibration and assessment.

“Once you light a solid propellant booster, you cannot turn it off.”

Wonderfully explaining the way seals work on space shuttles, we understand that seals deteriorate upon usage. While the contractor for the solid rocket booster, then Morton-Thiokol Inc., claims to have recommended against this launch, the NASA officials had to internally deliberate upon a lot more data, and a lot of other concerns. With everything that you now know, the question that you must answer now is, did they tackle this well? The documentary shows footage of the commission meeting that deliberated on the explosion and its’ causes. An inspiring aspect is the “diplomatic jiu-jitsu” exercised by a council member to bring the truth out. The “unusual plume” was exposed, but did it deter public faith in NASA?

The challenger: the final flight
Source:- Challenger: The Final Flight, Netflix

“I stood up to say ‘Godspeed! Godspeed! Godspeed!’”

People continued to have hope. America still needed to be in space. It was only in 2011 that they decided to do away with the space shuttle program. The Challenger was redesigned under a new arrangement that also makes for an important twist worth noticing. Two years later, the new and infallible solid rocket boosters made for a successful launch and over 80 more. While in 2003 a similar incident occurred and a new wave of accountability forced NASA to reconsider more, we do now know how the idea of being in space once affected a nation.

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Bizarre True Crime: Introducing 3 Netflix DocuSeries That Shock

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

How does crime occur? When we as ordinary people think of the possible reasons that could lead to crime, we come up with reasons like a bad environment or jealousy or anger. Little do we know the kind of traits that such emotions could birth. Netflix hosts three cases of such nature in their extreme. Here’s a quick introduction to these DocuSeries that describe anomalous horrors:

1. The Innocent Man (2018)

“I don’t think I messed up. To apologize to them for doing my job? That’s just not going to happen.” – Bill Peterson: Previously District Attorney, Oklahoma 22nd District

Based on John Grisham’s only non-fiction book of the same title, this 6-episode DocuSeries explores two murders between 1982-84 in Ada, Oklahoma. It begins by restaging one of the most graphic crime scenes to narrate the tale behind the death of Debra Sue Carter. As a victim of assault, rape and suffocation, with the added morbidity that the murderer made the effort to detail, this news shook the entire town.

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Attempting to create an infallible chronology, this documentary series provides footage of interviews and the confessions of those who were arrested. It also recreates scenes with artistic sensibilities aimed at memorability. Similarly, the series tackles the 1984 murder of Donna Haraway in the very same town. Unsurprisingly, the police investigations in both were not thorough, leading some to bear undeserved condemnation while others escape needed scrutiny. Some remain unapologetic, as others highlight how dysfunctional the policing of crime is. 

The Innocent Man Docuseries Trailer

2. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019)

“You can train a donkey for a hundred years, and it can never be a horse. That’s your problem.” – Bikram Choudhury

This DocuSeries is the story of Yogi Bikram Choudhury. It suggests that he was an Indian practitioner of yoga who had a new 26 + 2 asana routine, designed by him for human perfection. The show follows how, in effect, this was a product he sold in incomprehensible numbers in North America. His classes had an energy that can be best described as volcanic. From interviews shown, it appears that many were tranced by his passion and vigour.

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He was crude with his instructions, but in a manner that seemed acceptable to most of his students and his family. They worshipped his mission for fitness and growth. While all this may have been someone’s truth, the series explores how this was a façade for a cruel con. With allegations of sexual exploitation and commercial misrepresentation, it appears that he was far more than “just a yogi”. How far can one go before one is publically tainted as a pathological liar? 

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3. Don’t Fuck With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2020)

“He’s going to get the attention of the world now.” – Deanna Thompson

This 3-episode limited DocuSeries explores perhaps the most horrific true crime to have ever been made available to the public. The show follows social media detectives, interviewing them on the events of this crime that was recorded and uploaded on the internet. As the story unfolds, the “internet sleuths” recount instances of trauma and exasperation as the account continues to post mind-numbing content similar to that known to come out of the dark(est) web, if not worse.

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Authorities get involved as evidence of a criminal mind are made obvious through rather creepy narcissism. As various questions about his identity arise, viewers still struggle to grasp the depravity of the person who posted the video content. While the show eventually answers that question too, it leaves viewers baffled by a world that obviously exists but dramatically shocks when disclosed with such detail.

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Is justice delayed justice denied? The societal pressures to leave no stone unturned make us wonder if the burden of policing such gruesome crimes is indeed as high as claimed. Worse, one is also forced to stress brain cells over what could possibly make someone so insecure or shaken that they could dwindle down such nasty paths. As these documentaries uncover rackets of their own accord, one wonders if media or social media intervention is what it takes for people to pay attention. 

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‘Knock Down The House’ (2019) – An Honest Political Peak

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

Politics has always been a difficult terrain. Today, it is far more so. ‘Knock Down The House’ throws light upon the 2018 campaigns of four progressive Democrats that changed the way the world viewed politics. With the Trump Administration having been elected, Rachel Lears felt the need to highlight the benefits of an honest grassroots campaign. Finding women candidates who were endorsed by Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, Lears began filming what is, arguably, the best political documentary of this decade.

‘Knock Down The House’ follows Amy Vilela in Nevada (4th Congressional District), Cori Bush in Missouri (1st Congressional District), Paula Jean Swearengin (United States Senate – West Virginia, Class 1) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York (14th Congressional District). Partially biographical, ‘Knock Down The House‘ explores the lives of these four women and the dilemmas that forced them to take up this mantle. 

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“If we elect working people, working people can have representation in Congress. We can change the way we see government, change the way we see politics in this country.” -Isra Allison, Brand New Congress

The four identified candidates had either faced or been witness to extreme issues in governance. Amy Vilela’s primary campaign in Nevada stood for free health care. Having lost her daughter over the semantics of health insurance coverage, Amy Vilela possessed the determination to remind all that there is no price for a life. Medicare for All was the obvious solution to a pained mother who discovers that she’s not alone. Over 35,000 Americans lose their lives annually to this very predicament. 

Bush is a nurse in St. Louis and is also an ordained pastor. An extremely progressive asset to her community, Bush’s fight highlighted the need for minority representation. As a woman and a person of color, PAC money seems to have bought her a government that didn’t understand her or her community as it should have. 

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“The person I’m running against is complacent, but I’m not.” – Cori Bush

Swearengin represented a far more universal issue – the protection of the environment. Born to a coal miner, she highlights the risk of cancer that plagues her entire hometown. She has a strong agenda that identifies with the lifestyle that her community desires while concentrating on immediate control over all industry that releases fatal toxins. Today, this critique is one that can be seen to be far more important than one would have thought in 2018.

“If another country came in and blew up our mountains and poisoned our water, we’d have a war. So why is industry allowed to do that?” – Paula Jean Swearengin

The story that moves viewers most is that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A bartender in the Bronx, Cortez represents the mission of the working class in a big city – Economic Restructuring. Cortez’s campaign involves higher minimum wages and other social security measures that are needed for the working class. Her campaign refused to access or promote large corporations, asserting that they do not benefit the largest stakeholders of NYC – the everyday working class. 

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“I’m used to being on my feet 18 hours a day. I’m used to receiving a lot of heat. I’m used to people trying to make me feel bad. They call it ‘working class’ for a reason, because you are working non-stop.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In difficult times like these, finding alternate methods and agendas for lucrative campaigning is the need of the hour. When one says lucrative, one does not mean that it ought to be alluring, but that it ought to be gainful. ‘Knock Down The House’ depicts sheer honesty on part of these four candidates, highlighting simple stakeholders and uncomplicated belief systems. Often pushed down as an unsuccessful approach towards attaining a majority, ‘Knock Down The House’ proves that an honest grassroots campaign across severely affected regions is the key to building a new political network that cannot be defeated by money. 

“I never saw myself going into politics, but now that I sit here in this room with you all, I just feel like we can only accomplish great things together.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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True Alphas?: 2020 Documentaries that Unravel Famous Men

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

In this post, I analyze four biographical documentaries or docuseries’ from 2020 that portray intriguing male personalities. They are either known for their authenticity, skill, bravado, flamboyance, or crimes. Who are the True Alphas here? 

1. The Last Dance

The National Basketball Association (NBA)’s biggest asset for decades, Michael Jordan is a world-renowned personality. ‘The Last Dance’ documentary explores MJ’s seething vigor, melding footage from the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 season and 90 interviews that better-described his persona. Hearing him, his family, co-players, and coach (Phil Jackson) talk about his best days strikes every chord that weaves songs of ambition. MJ was relentless in his pursuit of victory.

A beautifully woven montage of every personality trait that built him to be the man he became; this series deserves applause. It also identifies the ancillary success of grateful & ungrateful men, whose bread & butter seemed to solely depend on Jordan’s athletic prowess. While Krause’s controversial views highlight the stupefying notoriety of fanciful corporate America, co-players express genuine complications borne from playing in his shadow.

This series best describes the often-arising necessity to humble one’s ego for team dynamics. Must one follow suit when you’re not the winning player of your team? How far must one go to recognize & work with true genius?

2. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

Widely acclaimed as incorrigible, Jeffrey Epstein has now earned the infamy of being much more than a convicted sex offender. This 4 -episode series explores the crimes of Epstein through published news, and interviews of survivors & members of the Police. Based on the 2016 book written by James Patterson, this miniseries is a harsh and much-needed reminder of the veracity of a now-evidenced trafficking culture plaguing a certain sect of high-level corporate America.

Having financial control over the lives of hundreds of innocent girls, the story is a stark warning of the danger self-serving enterprises pose if their object merely indulges men of uncontrollable power. Taking us through documentation of claims in court against Epstein, this docuseries provides evidence of the inexcusable control exerted over minors and the greed to abuse one’s ease-of-access.

3. Tiger King

Infamous for his passion for keeping tigers as pets, Exotic is caught up in all kinds of murder, mayhem, and madness. Not as intelligent as the first two shows on this list, this documentary follows the life of zookeeper – Joe Exotic.

His pride is questionably unapologetic but too bizarre to gather a laugh. It brings to light true crimes that are not just shocking, but incomprehensively amusing. Showcasing footage taken by of Exotic’s zoo and other intriguing personalities such as Carole Baskin and Doc Antle, the show highlights unbelievable realities and the intentions that garner them. Fanciful habits seem to be an inescapable way of life for the alleged tiger lovers and caretakers who are the subjects of this documentary. Caring for tigers is a real possibility, but at what cost? 

4. Mucho Mucho Amor

My award for the title of ‘True Alpha’ goes to Walter Mercado. This unpopular opinion stems from this man’s unorthodox personality that is out of this world. In the 1960s, this Puerto Rican performance artist became an astrologer and global television sensation. Walter seems to be a nostalgic memory for the Hispanic communities across Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the United States. He is remembered as a glamorous hero who empowered his audiences unconditionally. Focused on positivity, his intentions were daisies well-captured in this touching biographical documentary.

Presenting himself as a boundless soul in service of humanity, he has no recognizable mold. A concoction of the Sage, Magician, and Caregiver Jungian archetypes, with a touch of androgyny and glamour for allure, he was a well-wishing dreamer. Walter reaches the masses as an acclaimed astrologer through an authentic, beloved empire. Once a messiah, always a brand; this show presses the cyclic question – Can love and positivity outweigh greed if running a wellness business? This Androgynous Alpha urges the audiences to remember his three-word mantra for life, “Mucho Mucho Amor”.

What are your thoughts on Alpha traits? Which of these Documentaries showcase the True Alpha Spirit? Let us know in the comments below. 

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