Netflix’s Best Content Right Now is Non-Scripted
BY: ALEXCEA MATTHEWS
We can’t get enough of Netflix. The company that pioneered online entertainment streaming and killed the Blockbuster empire has evolved into an outlet for (what feels like) endless great original shows. There are so many great options that it can get to difficult to pick which to watch first, so we’d like to help you navigate their library. Above all other new OG content on Netflix right now, we’re most obsessed with their non-fiction offerings.
Sure, 2017 has been a great year for Netflix’s scripted content—13 Reasons Why essentially blew up the internet and Master of None had us cackling—but it’s never been satisfied with being anything less than one-stop shop for any mood. Sometimes that mood may just be gaining a new perspective and that’s where real life, non-scripted shows are perfect. In 2015, Making a Murderer sparked a reverberating conversation about our justice system and now Netflix is pushing out even more thought-provoking docu-style works scanning politics, true crime, and comedy, but where to begin? Here are our new must-sees in the non-scripted category:
Speaking of Making a Murderer if you’re having withdrawals, then The Keepers is the show you need. With twists and turns every episode, you’ll end up with more questions than answers, yet it’s somehow satisfying. The show centers around the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik. Sister Cathy was a nun who taught at the prestigious Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore. One night she went out for a quick run to the local grocery store, but she never came home. Who would anyone want to harm such a beloved nun? The story that unfolds will have you screaming at your screen.
Anyone who caught the keynote address at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner knows that Hasan Minhaj is a comedian to watch. The senior correspondent for The Daily Show now has his own comedy special up on Netflix, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King. In a little over an hour Hasan manages to take us on a comedic journey through his life as minority in America. His jokes are poignant as they are funny, and in a time where life is border lining on the absurd, Hasan makes it just a little easier to laugh through it all.
If you, like the rest of the world, have been wondering how Donald Trump became the leader of the free world, then this documentary should help give some clarity. You could say Get me Roger Stone is half autobiopic and half horror film. The story centers around a man named Roger Stone—a political consultant, lobbyist, and strategist—who helped pioneer negative political ad campaigns and questionable lobbying tactics that run rampant in today’s presidential campaigns. In a little under two hours, the film takes you through the life and mind of Stone whose first rule is “being infamous is better than never having been famous.”
This 2017 Sundance Film Festival winner is inspirational and completely awe-inducing. Meet Joshua Wong, a teen activist and Hong Kong native who proved that one person has the power to evoke change. In 2014, he rallied thousands of young citizens to take a stand against the Chinese Communist Party, making him a hugely influential voice for the Hong Kong Occupation Movement.