Best documentaries to binge in lock down

Tiger King is Netflix' most recent docu-series smash hit. Picture: Netflix
Tiger King is Netflix' most recent docu-series smash hit. Picture: Netflix

Staying home and sitting on the couch doesn't mean you have to stop learning things about the world.

Besides if you're sitting on the couch doing your best to help save lives during the coronavirus pandemic, there is nothing worse than being bored.

TV shows can get stale after a while and movies might not be your thing - so why not put on a documentary?

We've put a list together of some of the best full-length documentaries and docu-series across Netflix, Stan and Disney+.

Here are some of the best on offer:

Tiger King (Netflix) -

If you haven't heard of this docu-series you must be living under a rock. It follows the eccentric life of American tiger owner Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his attempt to murder his greatest rival. The plot has so many twists and turns it may not be bingeable for folks who need some time to process what's happening but I couldn't take my eyes off it. There's murder, sex, drugs, tigers and even a cult. You could not make this story up if you tried. This one is not for kids but is sure to keep mums and dads entertained.

100 Humans (Netflix) -

This series follows 100 people of different ages, races, sexes and from all cross-sections of society as they take part in social and scientific experiments do find the answers to many of our burning questions. Do we all use the toilet the same way? Does being younger make you better a communicating? Does having tattoos or being overweight affect how individuals see you? It's one of the most interesting shows on Netflix right now. Not appropriate for all ages - but a great discussion starter.

Making A Murderer (Netflix) -

Most docu-series fans will say this one is where it all began. This true crime series follows the conviction, release and re-conviction of Steven Avery. It's an in-depth look at the US justice system, wrongful conviction and small town politics. Despite being criticised for not telling the whole story, the series gives viewers plenty to think about. Can being jailed for a crime you never committed turn you into a murderer?

Tilikum the orca killed three people during his time in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego. Picture: Blackfish

Tilikum the orca killed three people during his time in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego. Picture: Blackfish

Blackfish (Stan) -

This iconic feature length documentary centres on a killer whale being kept in captivity, known as Tilikum. The orca was used in shows at SeaWorld San Diego and killed three people before his death in 2017. The documentary takes a deep dive into what it is like for whales and dolphins living in captivity and why Tilikum turned against his handlers. It caused massive uproar in 2013 when it was released and is just as powerful now.

Murder in the Bayou (Stan) -

This is another true crime docu-series - but this one doesn't provide all the answers. Instead it investigates the unsolved murders of eight women whose bodies were found in drainage canals in a small American town. It follows the families of the victims, the small town investigators and gives insight into the drug problems ravaging America's small towns. This one is sad and confronting but a must watch for true crime fans.

Super Size Me (Stan) - 

Imagine eating McDonalds for every meal, for 30 days straight? That's exactly what Morgan Spurlock attempts in this acclaimed documentary. This one is an oldie but a goodie. It's a stark look at the food we choose to put into our bodies and the long-term effects of a poor diet. It's far from preachy, at times funny and particularly sobering. If you haven't seen this one, give it a go.

The Imagineering Story is all about the magic behind Disneyland. Picture: Jeff Gritchen

The Imagineering Story is all about the magic behind Disneyland. Picture: Jeff Gritchen

The Imagineering Story (Disney+) -

Walt Disney's famed Imagineers are the centre of this amazing docu-series. If you've ever wondered how Disneyland came to be or how the rides are made, this series will tell you. It's an in-depth look at Walt Disney's vision and how a talented group of artists, engineers, designers and technicians brought it to life. This one is suitable for all ages and is sure to delight even the oldest Disney fans.

How Dogs Got Their Shapes (Disney+) -

Doggo lovers - this one is for you. This series focuses on our beloved four-legged friends and why they look the way they do today. How did the bull terrier get its egg-shaped head? Why do Labradors make such good guide dogs? Why can greyhounds run so fast? This short documentary answers all of those questions and more. It's light-hearted easy viewing for all canine fans.

From Pulp to Pop (Disney+) -

Marvel fans, assemble! This documentary follows the story of Marvel Comics and how it became the pop-culture juggernaut it is today. It starts with the first ideas for superheroes to the creation of Captain America and beyond. It tells the story of Stan Lee's iconic characters and how films were developed based on the comic book stories. A must-see for anyone who wants to know more about the people, and comics, behind the box-office blockbuster movies.