Favorite Netflix Documentaries

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Hi! It’s been far too long! I’ve been working, coming home and putting on my PJs and doing absolutely nothing. It’s been glorious. I’ve started planning out posts and then find that my heart isn’t in it. I made a promise with myself that if I don’t feel like putting together a post, I won’t do it. I want the things I put on here to be things that I actually want to share. I’m still liking my new job, but I find that when I get home and it’s dark and cold, I had no motivation to do anything. I don’t even like to cook dinner anymore, which makes me a little sad. I’m sure a lot of that has to do with working full time and wanting to come home and relax, but I hope when it warms up and the sun is out longer, I’ll find more energy to be productive after work.

I remember when I first got Netflix. I was living at home and old my mom about a new DVD rental/streaming service to replace Blockbuster (our local Blockbuster went out of business pretty early). I remember being in awe of all the choices of movies and TV shows that I could watch right on my computer/stream on the Wii. I forget what I first watched on Netflix and I’ve lost track of how many years I’ve had it, but I can tell you that over 50% of my screen time is spent watching things on Netflix. Like many millennials out there, I don’t have cable. I have a few shows I watch on basic TV, I subscribe to quite a few YouTube channels and watching a lot of movies/shows on Netflix (Archer, Parks and Rec, Breaking Bad, etc). Chris and I also are always on the lookout for a good documentary. Over the years we’ve watched a fair few and have found that we really enjoying learning something while also being entertained.

Here’s a list of our top 5 Netflix documentaries:


1. Making a Murderer: Everyone and their mother has watched this true crime documentary. This 10-part series gets deep into the story of Steve Avery, a man wrongly accused and imprisoned for a crime, released, and then accused of another. This kept Chris and I hooked through all 10 episodes and sparked a lot of post-watch conversation.

zz-antarctica-featured2. Antarctica: A Year on Ice: This is the most recent documentary we have watched and I found it fascinating. Antarctica isn’t a place I’ve really spent a lot of time researching or thinking about, so it was really interesting to learn about what drives people to live in Antarctica (temporarily) and keep going back.

mileandahalf3. Mile & A Half: Chris is a mountain man. Stick me on a beach for a week and I’ll be happy. Not that I don’t love mountains, but Chris definitely enjoys them more than me. We’ve talked about making a trip out to Yosemite sometime because Chris has never been and I haven’t visited in many years. This documentary follows a small group of adventurers as they hike the John Muir Trail. Though I definitely don’t plan on spending months hiking the whole trail, it definitely sparked an interest in Chris and I to hike a small portion of it someday.

Sushi-Quiz4. Jiro Dreams of Sushi: I do not like sushi. Yet, watching this documentary made me seriously crave some. I don’t know what it is about this documentary, but it was really interesting learning about a top sushi chef. As I watched Jiro do his craft, and heard reviews from some of his admirers, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to live as simply as Jiro. I envy his sureness about his career/life.

ZF7rUz7ZRtQ.market_maxres5. The War: I’ve always been really interested in World War II and the Holocaust. I’ve watched just about every documentary on Netflix that discusses World War II. I especially enjoyed how this seven-part series focuses on a handful individuals and followed their involvement in the war and how it affected their friends and families.

Honorable mentions: Hunt vs Lauda, Tent City, Chasing Ice

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