Two months on from the catastrophic bushfire season that forced us indoors this summer, here we are scrolling aimlessly through Netflix once more.
This time round it’s a pandemic keeping us on the couch (2020, you absolute monster), and while it’s hard to think about much else in these unprecedented times, we could all do with a little distraction. With that in mind, here are six of the best shows to watch during lockdown.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Spanning seven weird and wild episodes, Tiger King explores the seedy underworld of exotic animal tourism and big cat breeders. At the helm is Joe Exotic, a gun-loving, heavily tattooed gay polygamist with a penchant for piercings and singing cheesy country songs. Back in its heyday, Joe’s exotic animal zoo in Oklahoma made a bunch of money, but things turned ugly once he declared war on his archenemy, an animal rights activist named Carole Baskin who owns a run-down big cat rescue park and is suspected of murdering her first husband. Sound strange enough yet? We haven’t even scratched the surface. Prepare to be utterly dumbfounded.
Dirty Money: Season
Season 2 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed investigative series just dropped, and holy Jared Kushner is it an eye-opener. Delving into huge corporate scandals and the corruption that surrounds them, each episode of Dirty Money exposes crimes committed by some of the world’s biggest companies and business entities, including Wells Fargo, Formosa Plastics, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who may just hold the title for world’s worst landlord.
Ozark: Season 3
Here we are, back again in Hicksville, Missouri, with our favourite dysfunctional money laundering family, the Byrdes. Picking up six months later from where we last left them, season 3 finds us inside Marty and Wendy’s new casino, which starts off legit and then…well, you can imagine. Featuring drug cartels, power plays, and some of the tensest phone conversations ever recorded, Ozark is the series that just keeps on giving.
Maradona in Mexico
Has there ever been a more charismatic showman than Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona? Though his incredible career became marred by his behaviour off the field, Maradona has managed to maintain a somewhat God-like status across the world. A few years ago, he accepted an offer to manage a second division soccer team in Culiacán, the infamous home of Sinaloa cartel boss, El Chapo. Yes, the irony is quite astounding. Over the course of seven episodes (which you will likely watch in quick succession), this docu-series captures the highs and lows of Maradona’s attempt to bring a championship to his team, the Dorados.
Meet America’s most relentless DIY investigator, local pharmacist Dan Schneider. After the devastating murder of his son during a drug deal gone wrong, Mr. Schneider becomes obsessed with finding his killer. During his investigation (which leads him into some pretty dangerous situations), he uncovers a crazy ring of shady Oxycontin dispensing doctors operating ‘pill mills’, and it becomes his life mission to bring them down. Armchair detectives, prepare to be inspired.
If you don’t have the emotional energy left to devote to a multi-episode series, consider this feature-length documentary instead. Executive produced by NBA MVP Kevin Durant, Q Ball tells the story of a lesser-known Warriors team comprised of prisoners serving time at California’s San Quentin State Prison. Every week, ‘free men’ from the outside visit the prison to play against the San Quentin Warriors, whose members are serving anywhere from a couple of years to life behind bars. Over the course of the film, you learn about the player’s crimes, the remorse they feel, and their dreams for the future—if, or when they get out.