Top 5 Binge-Worthy Netflix Documentaries

All the movies, documentaries and TV series you can watch on your next holiday!

Picture this. You arrive at your chosen Pet Let holiday home with excitement after a long drive with a hot pizza under one arm. You open the door and are greeted with a great bottle of wine and some chocolates!  It is cold outside, you are tired from the drive, so you drop your bags, crank up the heater and head straight for the couch (with a couple of wine glasses in hand!) For the rest of the weekend, you are free, there are no ‘have to’s’, no ‘must do’s’ and no ‘should do’s’, you have no commitments and no plans (other than to immerse yourself in the act of doing nothing!). The only people you need to deal with are the loved ones you have chosen to be with this weekend and you know what that means? Netflix marathon of course!

We know just how nice it is to curl up on the couch with your loved ones (furry ones too!) and enjoy a great movie or two, and let’s face it, there is only so many ‘free to air TV’ reality shows one can take! So, we have included, all you can watch, FREE Netflix and Stan when you stay at any one of our selected holiday homes. Both on demand streaming services  have a huge range of content, from the gripping to the quirky and downright strange but whatever you are into, Netflix & Stan have the goods for a cozy night in.   The only problem is, where to start? With literally 1000’s of movies, TV shows and documentaries to choose from, we have chosen 5 binge-worthy Netflix docu-series and documentaries which you may not have heard of but will wish you had!

Might be an idea to put the kids to bed first!

The Staircase (2018)

Netflix Docuseries MA15+

One of my personal favourites and one which I was certainly guilty of binge watching once or twice is The Staircase. Netflix brings us three new episodes to this true-crime docuseries, which first premiered in 2004. The series follows the trial of Michael Peterson, an author accused of murdering his wife Kathleen after she was found dead at the bottom of their home’s staircase. After bingeing the entire 13 episodes and reading (googling) up on numerous theories, I still have absolutely no idea if Michael Peterson is guilty, innocent or framed by an owl. But as a true-crime fanatic, I’m obsessed with this case. Jump on the hype train!

Virunga (2014)

Netflix Documentary M

Virunga was one of the first documentaries to really put Netflix originals on the map. It received a nomination for Best Documentary at the Oscars, making it the second Academy Award nomination for Netflix. At that point people began to notice that Netflix was picking some real winners. And Virunga is absolutely a winner! Another of my favourites. The incredible film focuses on the park rangers at the Virunga National Park in the Congo, and their struggle to protect the mountain gorillas who live there. 180 rangers lost their lives guarding mountain gorillas from poachers and armed rebels in Africa’s Virunga National Park, then an oil company arrived…It’s a powerful film well worth your time but a word of warning, make sure you have a box of Kleenex with you!

The Confession Tapes (2017)

Netflix Docuseries  M

If you’ve seen Making a Murderer then you’ll probably love this, however this docuseries is not about just one single case but six different ones. The Confession Tapes is exactly as the name describes, real footage of taped ‘confessions’. The series follows six different cases with guilty verdicts largely based on confession tapes used as evidence, however these confessions seem dodgy at best.  Devious police tactics are used and confessions are only given after hours of wearing the suspects down in lengthy interrogations to force a confession. The series questions both the ethics and legitimacy of forced confessions, and challenges our perceptions of guilty verdicts – namely, what constitutes one. Why would anyone confess to a murder if they were innocent I hear you ask? You will have to watch and see! Seven episodes with 45 minutes per episode, now that’s an easy weekend!

Mercury 13 (2018)

Netflix Documentary PG

This documentary tells the story of the 13 female pilots who were tested, in secret, for the space program in the early ’60s. For political reasons, these women sadly would never be sent into space. (Though Russia sent a woman into space in 1963, it would be another 20 years before America would follow suit.) But these passionate, eager women were ready to be the first pioneers in space, and the documentary does a wonderful job recognizing a piece of space race history often overlooked.

The Keepers (2017)

Netflix Docuseries  MA15+

I’m just going to level with you: This docuseries is an emotional rollercoaster! The Keepers investigates the 1969 unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a Catholic nun and high-school teacher, and how her murder possibly links to a pervasive sexual predator from the school, the priest Joseph Maskill. The seven-part series was nearly impossible for me to turn off, completely and utterly gripping from the onset.

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