Netflix Fix: Five MORE Great Documentaries to Watch Instantly


Fall and documentaries…they just go together! Grab a beverage, a blanket and your pet (if applicable) and curl up with these glorious combinations of knowledge and entertainment – all currently available to stream on Netflix!

1. Tabloid

Directed by Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, Fog of War), Tabloid tells a story of intrigue, eccentricity and the media. It’s got everything – sex, Mormons, bondage, cloning, puppies, kidnapping, pageants…and much more. I don’t want to give too much of the actual story away, because I enjoyed wondering where the eff the plot was going in places – and trust me, it was brow-furrowing on several occasions.

2. Detropia

David Denby of the New Yorker said of Detropia that it was “the most moving documentary I have seen in years” and I’d have to agree. As a native Buffalonian, I feel a kinship with fellow rust belters in Detroit, so I was both heartbroken by the city’s troubles and excited about the people and organizations working to make it rise once again. In truth, the story of Detroit is the story of America and I left the film inspired to take a closer look at where the things I purchase are being made.

3. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Whatever you think your feelings on Joan Rivers are: watch this documentary. You’ll spend 85 minutes alternately LOLing at her jokes and respecting her career and unbelievable work ethic. I’m still wondering how she does it.

4. Black White + Gray

Subtitled “A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe,” this documentary will appeal to anyone with an interest in art, photography, New York City and/or Patti Smith. That may seem like a wide net, but it’s true. Also, if you’ve read Patti Smith’s excellent memoir “Just Kids,” this provides a lot of the bonus visuals you’ve been craving. It may not be the world’s most compelling documentary, but it holds a lot of beauty.

5. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

The story of Eliot Spitzer’s downfall is old news at this point, but my interest was rekindled after his recent attempt at re-entering political life in NYC. Client 9 is an interesting, in-depth look at something I tried to ignore in the tabloids in 2008 – definitely worth watching if you have even a slight interest in New York politics (or politics in general) and/or how scandals are played out in the media.

If these aren’t enough and you need more documentaries in your life, check out my other list of documentaries to stream on Netflix and/or these other posts on documentaries we love!