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11 Documentaries We Love Right Now

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As much of our time is still spent at home, many families’ Netflix, Hulu, HBO and other streaming services are being used to the nth degree. For instance, I’ve discovered how much I really enjoy documentaries. Movies and shows are great, but there’s something about watching a production about an actual experience or situation, especially when the topic is kind of out there.

So if you and your SO need something to watch that’s just for you two (sans kiddos), here are a few that really caught my attention mid-quarantine:

McMillions // HBO
Hear straight from some of the FBI agents who helped uncover a huge fraudulent scheme centered on the McDonald’s Monopoly game.

The Last Dance // Netflix
Even if you’re not a big basketball person (I’m not), this series—which gives you the whole rundown of Michael Jordan’s massive career—is really entertaining.

Indian Matchmaking // Netflix
Follow along with Sima Taparia, a well-known and highly sought-after matchmaker based in Mumbai, India, as well as the various individuals she’s working to match up. It’s a really fun look into the immense world of Indian weddings and arranged marriage versus love marriage.

Unsolved Mysteries // Netflix
For those of you who can’t get enough of the wild and weird, enjoy.

Fyre: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened // Netflix
This documentary has been out for a while now, but it’s one I could actually watch multiple times. It’s all kinds of outrageous.

Tiger King // Netflix
No explanation necessary at this point.

They Shall Not Grow Old // HBO
I’m a big history buff, so this type of documentary is right up my alley. Watch colorized footage from World War I and learn about the British soldiers’ experience during one of the deadliest wars in history.

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered // HBO
This documentary is heavy, but it’s definitely worth the watch. From 1979 to 1981 over 30 Black children and adults were either murdered or they disappeared; see how race and class factored into the investigations.

The First Monday in May // Hulu
Do you follow all things Met Gala every year? It’s so interesting to see how designers and celebs interpret the year’s theme—will they be subtle? Or will they be outlandish? Take a behind-the-scenes look at how this star-studded event gets put together.

The Inventor // HBO
Check out the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes’ company, Theranos, and how she conned all of Silicon Valley.

Free Solo // Hulu
This is not for the faint of heart (or those scared of heights—ahem, yours truly) but watching this man’s attempt to climb El Capitan free solo—no ropes, no harness, nothing—is truly captivating.

Are there any documentaries that caught your attention recently? Tell us at editorial@dfwchild.com.

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