The Best Documentaries on YouTube Are Worth Staying In to Watch Tonight

It seems everyone has been in a documentary kind of mood lately, especially with the release of the Joan Didion piece, The Center Will Not Hold, on Netflix (directed by Didion’s nephew, no less). We love the options that Netflix has to offer, but there happen to be other ways to catch these informative works of art, including by watching the best documentaries on YouTube. One major perk? The docs on the streaming site are completely free—no subscription necessary—which is pretty major if you’re anything like me and have a holiday shopping list that’s a mile long.

And as for our selection of must-sees? There is certainly something for everyone. They range from a biography of physicist Stephen Hawking to an in-depth look at serial killers and even a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the life of singer Demi Lovato. Start working your way down the list tonight with the twelve best documentaries on YouTube out right now. We promise you won’t be disappointed.