2019 apparently saw the release of some epic mini-series’. The likes of which I’ve never seen anywhere else apart from Netflix. Today I wanted to share with you five Netflix limited series that I found completely captivating and so important that I just needed to pass it on. Please hear me when I tell you these are definitely some MUST-SEES.
- Ted Bundy Tapes (January 2019)
The first one on this list, the last one I watched. This limited series is perfect for those who are into crime documentaries. Now, I can’t help comparing this series to the Netflix movie: Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile – also based on Ted Bundy, staring Zac Efron. Also released in 2019, I watched the film before the series, and I was surprised by how much of the film was accurate. But what makes the docu-series much better is firstly the details that you couldn’t get from a movie. And secondly, the way the story was told mostly through Bundy himself. Yes, the series put together by journalists and film makers, but I found it so fascinating to hear Ted Bundy on tape, discussing the crimes he committed in a Ted Bundy fashion. I felt like it was the first time I truly stepped into the mind of a killer and while chilling it was extremely fascinating.
- Our Planet (April 2019)
David Attenborough has been a household name for quite some time. I remember his documentaries being advertised on 9 network’s channel GEM; though I never really took much interest in him… until now. There’s a reason why that man’s voice is so distinct. It is absolutely hypnotising. Listening to David Attenborough is like a meditation. And watching his documentaries are so captivating that I can’t take my eyes away, not even to check what time it is or how long there is to go. David Attenborough dives into our seas and explores our forests as he discusses the links between the climate change emergency and our ever-declining animal species and habitats of the world. The documentary comes at a time more crucial than ever and if it doesn’t make you want to do something about the climate crisis, it’ll at least move you immensely.
- When They See Us (May 2019)
Never has a documentaries or series been more difficult to watch for me than this one. When They See Us the dramatic retelling of the story of the central park jogger case, from the perspective of the five young black boys (and their families) who were wrongfully convicted and sentenced for the assault and rape of a white female jogger in central park in the year of 1989. The very first episode of the 4-part series was so painful that I had to look away or pause in order to cope with what I was seeing. There is nothing like watching a helpless 14-year-old boy go up against three older male cops in an interrogation that seems to last forever. Even knowing what I knew: that these boys had already done their time, been released and since exonerated of all crimes. These boys who were now grown men with families. It didn’t make it any easier to watch. I felt anger and hurt for what these men went through as children and I know its not something you can ever fully recover from. I feel anger and hurt towards the justice system in the U.S. That let this happen in the first place and still continues to hold prejudice towards black men. It makes me wish there was something I could do. One consolation for getting through this series was a special by Oprah Winfrey in which she interviews the cast, director and real exonerated 5 about the series and real-life events. The closure was beneficial but of course, not enough.
- Unbelievable (September 2019)
The story was not unfamiliar, not just because it was a high-profile case (I actually didn’t know about this particular case myself) but because of it contents. A girl gets raped by a masled stranger in her own home. Through the process of reporting her assault, her story gets muddled up and people don’t believe her. justice is almost impossible to come by. This is a true story in every sense of the word. Almost every woman I know has a story of sexual assault, yet most never report it. So, you can only imagine the trauma one must go through when they actually do go through the process of reporting it. Imagine going through it alone. Having those you love, doubt you. I felt every emotion the main character was going through in this well portrayed crime drama. The acting was sensational, particularly by Australia’s own, Toni Colette who plays a detective on the case of Marie Adler.
- Don’t F**k with Cats (December 2019)
Immediately after watching this series, all I could tweet was… wow! Each episode was jam packed full of information and gruesome details that I truly could not have binge watched it all at once. I spaced it out and watched one episode a night. Though I was so surprised the producers managed to fit this docu-series into just three episodes. This is a crime docu-series like you’ve never seen before. set for the twenty first century, don’t f**k with cats is about the very worst of humankind. Though I must warn you, it’s not for the feint hearted. For me it was hard to watch but at the same time hard to look away. Every new piece of information had me on the edge of my seat and I found myself gasping out loud or reaching for something to grab onto in anticipation. That is how powerful this little series was.
And that concludes my list of 5 must-see Netflix limited series’. Since i wrote this post, i have seen a few more good ones so i may post another list soon. Hope you are all coping in quarentine. Stay safe! xx