7 binge-worthy Netflix documentaries to watch today


Done with The Tinder Swindler and wondering what you could watch next? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Documentaries broaden our minds. They help you know the different things that happen in various parts of the continent. You also get to learn about the cultures of people from various parts of the world. The main purpose of a documentary is to inform and educate. While documentaries depict non-fictional real-life events, they also use cinematography and follow a script to keep the viewers engaged.

Here are 7 hidden gems on Netflix I enjoyed watching –

1. Worst Roommate Ever

Who is the worst roommate you’ve ever had? They don’t keep the house clean? Do they make a lot of noise? Watch what these people have to say about some of their roommates and how their seemingly harmless “friends” turn out to be everything from blatant liars to stone-cold killers.

A murderous old granny, an obsessed lover, a marathon-running hustler, and a serial squatter contribute to five episodes of some gruelling true-crime storytelling. It’s horrifying to live just a room away from a person who will choke you to death and wrap you up like a burrito in a tarpaulin to be found dead.

If you’re a fan of true crime series, give this a go. You’d not be disappointed.

2. Downfall: The Case Against Boeing

Boeing’s case is a classic tale of greed prevailing over trust and safety. The series discusses the two Boeing plane crashes that killed more than 300 people in 2019. What is the true story behind the Boeing 737 MAX crashes and what are the lawsuits that have been filed against Boeing?

Apart from answering many such questions, this series sheds light on the sheer arrogance of the Boeing management after the crashes. That they put money over safety in the first place and refused to accept or rectify their mistakes later is appalling.

You’re not alone if you feel you’d never want to fly on Boeing ever again after watching this sordid corporate-greed story.

“They had the public’s trust. And then two planes dropped out of the sky.”

Andy Pasztor, Wall Street Journal

3. Three Identical Strangers

This is truly a hidden gem. What happens when three identical strangers meet each other by accident and realise they’re in fact, triplets? If you think that’s the core of this documentary, then you’re wrong. What begins as a happy feel-good family drama suddenly takes a serious turn when the triplets and their families unveil uncomfortable truths behind their separation. Reality is indeed stranger than fiction.

“An incredible documentary that has to be seen to be believed.”

– Rotten Tomatoes

4. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator

It was 1998. Out of nowhere, a man rose to prominence, selling something out of the box – healing through Hot Yoga. The film first traces how Choudhury built his “Bikram” empire of hot yoga studios, training celebrities and amassing devotees as America’s favourite yogi. Of course, that’s not where the story ends. The main plot is about the accusations of sexual abuse that unmasked the ugly man behind the wellness phenomenon.

While you only get to listen to one side of the story (the victims), you’d have more questions at the end. Are both sides equally responsible? How did he get away without punishment? All said and done, this is controversial, intense, and engaging. A perfect mix!

5. 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

What would you do if people say your ambition is impossible to achieve? “You name it Project Possible”, says Nirmal Purja, the Nepal-born mountaineer who climbed all the 14 peaks in less than 7 months when the previous record was 7 years.

The film uses actual photos and videos from the expedition, along with interviews and interesting backstories of this fearless man and his team. Are you looking for motivation? Look no further than 14 peaks.

“I always say to myself, I’m not going to die today. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.”

– Nirmal Purja

6. House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths

Warning: This is not a must-watch for all. Viewer discretion is advised because of the truly horrific and psychological nature of the incidents. So, if you’re not up for it, stop reading and move on to the other films on this list.

Still here? Okay, then. Imagine you open your neighbour’s door and see the whole family hanging from the ceiling? Suicide, murder, or something else? This three-part series explores the theories surrounding the demise of 11 members of the same family in June 2018. There’s no finality to the story; theories and assumptions are all that remain. Nevertheless, it’s spine-chilling and you’re sure to get goosebumps.

“The new footage in combination with the archival media footage is enough to make you feel alive in the bylanes of Burari while you relive the mystery and trauma of the hair-raising, headline-grabbing crime.”


7. My Octopus Teacher

I had to save the best for the last. My Octopus Teacher would probably be the most unusual story you’ll hear this year. This Academy Award nominee documents a year spent by filmmaker Craig Foster forging a beautiful relationship with a wild common octopus in a South African kelp forest. Craig follows the octopus for almost a year and she slowly lets him into her world to see how she sleeps, lives, and eats.

This film is deeply meditative, visually stunning, and at times, breathtaking. It’s a must-watch!

“A heartwarming look at the way a meaningful bond can transcend just about any barrier, this documentary will leave you asking your friends to come and see My Octopus Teacher with you.”

– Rotten Tomatoes

Comment your favourite documentary below. I’ll soon be back with another interesting article. Until then, Ciao!

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