These 5 Thought-Provoking Netflix Documentaries Are Actually Worth Your Time

Updated 02/15/18
@gerihirsch

'Tis the season for canceling plans and cuddling up with Netflix, and we're fully embracing the hermit-crab lifestyle. Considering that no wintertime hibernation is complete without a robust selection of movies, TV shows, and documentaries, we've been scouring the internet in search of the best programs Netflix has to offer. Below, read up on the 10 documentaries, currently available on the streaming service, that deserve a place in your lineup this winter:

Minimalism: From director Matt D'Avella, Minimalism puts America's obsession with materialism under a microscope. It follows various people who've embraced a more minimalistic lifestyle and how this philosophy has come to recalibrate their outlook on life as a result.

The Seventies and Eighties: This short docuseries from CNN is ideal for history buffs and pop culture fanatics. By dissecting the main political, cultural, and economical moments of the time, the two series aim to identify the zeitgeist of each decade in eight short episodes.

Planet Earth II: This sequel to the Emmy Award–winning Planet Earth series is just as visually stimulating as it is absolutely fascinating; you don't have to be an animal lover to enjoy it. Part II traverses islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands, and cities across the planet.

Chef's Table: If you love cooking (or even just looking at delicious food), this Emmy-nominated Netflix original docuseries is for you. Each episode takes you inside the private world of a professional chef, exposing their unique approach to cooking and the way their cuisine is shaping the world at large.

What the Health: While this Kip Andersen documentary has garnered mixed reviews, it makes a thought-provoking connection between diet and disease as well as the healthcare industry's role in perpetuating this vicious cycle. In the end, it does push a vegan agenda, but in my opinion, it's worth watching.

The Keepers: Although this is one of the more depressing documentaries I've seen, The Keepers is part murder mystery, part crime thriller, and part exposé, and it's all true. Told entirely from the viewpoint of the victims, the docuseries sheds an important light on sexual abuse in the Catholic church and ultimately advocates for truth, honesty, and retribution.

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