Netflix and Learn: The 13 Eye-Opening Documentaries You Shouldn’t Skip

Love seeing the world and learning about new things, but also love sitting on your couch with a blanket? Well, that is why we can watch documentaries! Explore the world and learn about famous events, all while sitting at home.

Netflix has some great original shows, some even based on real-life events like The Crown, but they also have fascinating documentaries that go behind the scenes of real-life events and stories.

These documentaries are exciting and look at different stories that you may have heard about or read about in the news but don’t know too much about. The next time you search for Netflix for shows to binge, check out these documentaries!

Heart of Invictus

Prince Harry Duke of Sussex in Heart of Invictus - Production Still Image.
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This documentary follows a group of competitors, veterans, who are planning to compete in The Invictus Games. The series also follows the organizers as they work to prepare for the Games alongside each nation’s team, supporting the competitors as well as their friends and families. Produced by Netflix, Archwell Productions (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Foundation), and  Invictus Games Foundation, this documentary is inspiring and powerful.

Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Courtesy of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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Whatever news coverage you read about this documentary is nothing compared to seeing it yourself. In this six-episode series,  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex share the other side of their high-profile love story. It is fascinating to hear them describe their own story- so very different from the stories that are shared online and in the papers.

Our Great National Parks

Our Great National Parks. President Barack Obama in Our Great National Park
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Another fantastic show is Our Great National Parks, though this one is narrated by none other than ex-President Barack Obama. This docu-series delves deep into some of the most iconic national parks in the USA, Africa, and beyond.

There are only five episodes, but it’s just enough to sink your teeth into and inspire your next adventure. Highlights include Tsavo in Kenya and the gigantic Chilean Patagonia. Prepare to be enthralled by this fascinating – and life-affirming – series.

The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist

Alexis Haines
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10 years after the notorious heists, the culprits have served their jail time and are coming forward to tell the real story behind the Hollywood Hills home invasions that gripped the nation.

A cautionary tale for teens today, the docuseries shows what can happen when a fame-and-celebrity-obsessed culture meets the rise of social media and spins wildly out of control.

This documentary was fascinating.

14 Peaks

14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible
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Another incredible adventure travel show on Netflix is 14 Peaks, a documentary about the difficult journey of Nepalese mountaineer Nimsdai Purja as he attempts to climb all 14 of the world’s tallest peaks in just seven months.

Nims’ story is fascinating, and the show is a testament to his endurance and determination. It might just inspire you to climb a mountain!

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey. Alicia Rohbock (right)
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Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey gave us an in-depth look into the secretive polygamous sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) and the rise of self-professed prophet Warren Jeffs. This story is terribly sad but inspiring at the same time. The documentary focuses on a few women who decided to break free and heroically escaped the sect.

Chasing Coral

Jeff Orlowski in Chasing Coral
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Chasing Coral is an emotional Netflix show that transports viewers on an underwater adventure to discover the sad reality of the world’s coral reefs. The show offers a sobering look at the impact of climate change on these delicate ecosystems and highlights the beautiful diversity of marine life that calls them home.

Down to Earth With Zac Efron


Aside from the fact that Zac Efron presents it, adventure lovers should add Down to Earth with Zac Efron to their watch later list. The show follows the Hollywood actor as he explores the beauty and culture that can be found in Australia.

Zac fully immerses himself in a range of exciting activities, from surfing in Byron Bay to exploring the Outback. If you dream of traveling to Australia in search of immense natural beauty (or want to daydream from your couch!), this show is a great option to excite you.

7 Days Out

Virginie Mouzat, Karl Lagerfeld
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The series offers an intimate look at the excitement and drama of the seven days leading up to the most significant historical and cultural events in the fashion, food, space, sports, and entertainment worlds.

From Karl Lagerfeld preparing for the latest Chanel Haute Couture collection to NASA’s groundbreaking Cassini mission, 7 Days Out delivers unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access as we countdown the most exciting events in the world.

Even if you don’t know anything about these events, the behind-the-scenes look is really fascinating.

Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99

Trainwreck: Woodstock '99.
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Woodstock ‘99 was supposed to be a millennium-defining celebration of peace, love, and great music. Instead, the festival degenerated into an epic trainwreck of fires, riots, and destruction.

Utilizing rare insider footage and eyewitness interviews with an impressive list of festival staffers, performers, and attendees, this docuseries goes behind the scenes to reveal the egos, greed, and music that fueled three days of utter chaos.

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

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Most of us knew about the Fyre Festival and were able to watch the disaster unfold on social media, but this documentary really shows what happened behind the scenes and how the greatest party turned into the disaster that it was.

This documentary is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival. Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas featuring bikini-clad supermodels, A-List musical performances, and posh amenities. Guests arrived to discover the reality was far from the promises.

This documentary gives a first-hand look into the disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organizers themselves.

Sins of Our Mother

(L to R) Charles Vallow, Colby Ryan and Lori Vallow
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Lori Vallow was known to friends and family as a devoted mother of three, a loving wife, and a woman of God.

But over the past three years, something went very wrong: Now Lori is in jail, waiting to stand trial for conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of her fourth husband, her fifth husband’s wife, and her two youngest children.

For the first time, Lori’s surviving son Colby steps forward to provide exclusive insight into his family’s backstory as well as their present-tense narrative as Lori faces justice.

At the heart of this three-part series is a single burning question: how did a seemingly normal woman become the most notorious mother in America?

I remember the story when it was in the news, and the search for the missing kids intensified. Now, this documentary shines a light on the story’s victims.

Our Father

Our Father. Keith Boyle as Donald Cline in Our Father
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Jacoba Ballard was an only child, conceived via donor sperm, who always dreamed of having a brother or sister.

An at-home DNA test led her to the discovery of not one but seven half-siblings – a number that defied best practices in fertility medicine.

As the group set out to learn more about their curious family tree, they soon discovered the sickening truth: Their parents’ fertility doctor had been inseminating his patients with his own sperm – without their knowledge or consent.

As Ballard and her newfound siblings realized they’ve barely begun to untangle his dark web of deceit, their pursuit of justice lies at the heart of this profoundly unsettling story about an unimaginable breach of trust.

Netflix Documentaries

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Have you watched any of these Netflix documentaries yet? Which will you watch?

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