The Five Essential Netflix Documentaries

The Five Essential Netflix DocumentariesSo I’m a bit of a Netflix documentaries addict. I seriously cannot get enough. It’s an awful habit.

Serial killers, health and fitness, animal and plants – you name it, I’ve seen it. I watch them when I do uni work. I watch them when I can’t sleep. I watch them when I’m getting ready for the day. I’m obsessed. Netflix documentaries 4 lyf.

So when it came to thinking about writing my own version of the classic ‘take a look at what I’ve been wasting my day watching on Netflix’ post, I thought I’d skip PLL and OITNB and go for the things that I always end up coming back to, my head hanging.

Living-on-One-DollarLiving On One Dollar

Living On One Dollar is some gruelling watching. Following three college guys as they attempt to live under the poverty line for three months, this doc. shows the highs and lows of poverty in South America. ‘Highlights’ include them not being able to afford medicine for a nasty illness, and making friends with the local people. Seriously good stuff. I cried for days.

miss_repMiss Representation

A cracking film. For some reason I put off watching it for ages, but when I did I was blown away – I think this is officially my favourite. Newsom discusses the positions of power held by women in America and their massive under-representation in both the media and real life. A really powerful documentary that made me totally kickass. What does the phrase ‘powerful woman’ mean to you?


Vegucated is technically another ‘vegan propaganda’ film but oh my goodness it it amazing. Simple format: three people go vegan for six months and see how they feel/what happens. It really pushes some really important stuff into the front of your mind and helps you understand your food a lot better – even if you’re not ready to get rid of animal products completely. I make an effort to watch this once a month, just to reaffirm how lucky I am to be happy and healthy.

hotgirlswantedHot Girls Wanted

Rashida Jones? Well, it was always going to be a win. This doc. takes a look at the porn industry and the fluidity with which girls can drift in and out of the trade. Calling for more transparency in the industry, this doc. takes a refreshing view of the sex industry that withholds judgement of the act, and instead scrutinises the way in which its created.


Blackfish kinda goes without saying. I think pretty much everyone has seen it and there’s a good reason why. Blackfish follows the orcas of SeaWorld and the disasters that occur as a result of their being kept in awful conditions. Prepare to cry, a lot. SeaWorld should be shut down for some of the awful lies they tell about these beautiful creatures. Imagine being stuck in a bath tub your whole life?

So, what do you think? Are you a documentary addict like me? Have you missed any of these crackers?



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  • Emma Inks says:

    I am also a documentary junkie and have seen all of the above, great choices!

  • Patti Blue says:

    This is such a good post! I’ve been scrolling though the documentaries on Netflix lately, unable to decide which one to watch. I really like how you picked different types of documentaries. They all sound interesting to me, but I think I really want to watch Blackfish now and Vegucated sounds great as well, as I’m thinking for a long time now of switching from vegetarian to vegan lifestyle.

    • Imii Mace says:

      There are just so many documentaries on Netflix and most of them are shocking! I’d definitely recommend those two though. Vegucated turned me Vegan for a good few months before I decided that it was affecting my health negatively. I still love to watch it though, just to remind myself to be conscious in everything I do! xx

  • I really want to watch more documentaries, thanks for the suggestions!

  • Julia Speaks says:

    This is such a different post, I love it! The first documentary must be so nice to see. If you have the chance, maybe you’d like to check out Humans by Yann Arthus Bertrand? It was on French TV yestarday I think, and the director went to many different places in the world to ask people about questions such as love, freedom, etc. so that we can realise how people think and live depending on their cultures and countries. I haven’t watched it yet but it seems so interesting!

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Awards! I really enjoy reading your blog, and that’s a way of letting you know it! If you’d like to see what this is all about, check out my post about it right here:

    Julia xx

    • Imii Mace says:

      That sounds amazing! I’ll have a google and see if I can find it! Definitely something I’d enjoy watching (:
      Thank you so much for nominating me (: Unfortunately I won’t be able to accept this time as I’m still a little busy with settling in here – but I’m so honoured, thank you (: xx

  • Sarah says:

    I love watching documentaries and I will definitely check these out ^-^

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  • Miu says:

    I don’t have Netflix, but I like the documentaries of Arte (they are also in French, if you are interested 😉 ), I mostly like documentaries about other countries and cultures. Aren’t you distracted when you watch documentaries while doing university work?

    • Imii Mace says:

      Nah I like having other noises going on around me when I work – silence is really hard to concentrate in! And that’s why documentaries are so good! You don’t have to follow a story or anything stressful like that (: xx

  • Katie Louise says:

    I watched all of the food/health documentaries over the space of a few days whilst at university hahah! I’ve only seen vegucated out of the above, but I’ll definitely be taking a look… Gotta love documentaries right? I’ve been meaning to watch Blackfish for so long, but then I know it’s just going to be awful*.

    *Awful as in, I will cry and it will be super upsetting.

    • Imii Mace says:

      Haha Blackfish is so awful, you’re right. I full on cried for like 20 mins haha! But its so worth it in the end I think. These docs. are so important! Vegucated is my all time favourite though. Really really interesting and you can’t help but think A LOT after xx

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