With today's documentaries, the sky's the limit. They can be informative, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and thought-provoking all at once. This list focuses on the best weird documentaries on Netflix. But what qualifies a documentary as "weird"? It can be any number of things, but most of the time, it's just a gut feeling. Whether it's a series of insane plot twists or peculiar subject matter, these weird documentaries currently on Netflix definitely deliver on all kinds of bizarre levels.
Among the top Netflix documentaries about weird things is Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. Since its March 2020 debut, the Internet has been buzzing about its eccentric cast of characters and the wealth of hilarious memes they inspired. It's one of the most talked about docuseries since 2018's Wild Wild Country, which also earns a high place on this list. While many of these titles were produced as Netflix originals, there's also some popular titles from other channels such as National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers and History's Ancient Aliens.
If you're in the mood to watch something that's equal parts fascinating and offbeat, this list is for you. Keep reading to learn more about these off-kilter documentary series streaming on Netflix.
America's Book of SecretsPhoto: America's Book of Secrets / History
If you've seen National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, you know all about the President's Secret Book. It's a mystical journal containing all of our nation's secrets, for presidents' eyes only. While that specific version of the book may not exist, there is speculation that there is a "book of secrets" that every president reads upon inauguration.
Whether the physical book exists or not, America's Book of Secrets investigates national curiosities such as Area 51, the Freemasons, and the Pentagon. The more you watch this show, the more you realize just how little you know about America's secrets.
198Weird enough for you?
- Actors: Jonathan Adams, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy
- Premiered: January 15, 2012
- Photo: Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer / Netflix
Don't F**k with Cats starts out with one horrific incident and somehow morphs into an even more horrific incident. When a messed-up video depicting the suffocating of two kittens appeared on Facebook in 2010, two civilians created a Facebook group dedicated to pinning down the culprit. The members of the Facebook group put their minds together to track down the killer, whom they discovered to be a young man named Luka Magnotta.
As the rag-tag team of internet sleuths work to uncover the truth, Magnotta's video-taped crimes escalate to insane levels. Don't F**k with Cats investigates the role social media plays in our lives, offering some hair-raising questions that will stick in your mind long after the series has ended.
176Weird enough for you?
- Actors: Deanna Thompson, John Green, Claudette Hamlin, Antonio Paradiso, Benjamin Xu
- Premiered: 2019
- Photo: Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On / Netflix
You want a provocative documentary series? Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On has got you covered. Based on Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus's 2015 documentary Hot Girls Wanted, this spinoff series continues to explore the relationship between sex and technology in our modern age. Following six individuals' personal stories, including experiences being a cam girl and acting in pornography, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On is incredibly compelling. Our perceptions of dating have been rewired drastically over the last few years, and this show aims to open the conversation surrounding love and the Internet.
2213Weird enough for you?
- Premiered: 2017
The KeepersPhoto: The Keepers / Netflix
The unsolved murder of beloved Catholic nun Cathy Cesnik has stumped investigators for decades. Cesnik's body was missing for two months before it was found on November 7th, 1969. To this day, the murderer has not been caught. Get wrapped up in this chilling tale as the details unfold, including the revelation that Cesnik had suspected a priest at the Baltimore high school she taught at was sexually abusing minors. That priest, A. Joseph Maskell, is thought to be a prime suspect.
The Keepers is a thought-provoking true crime series that never offers a resolute solution. Instead, it forces us to examine the case for ourselves, and form our judgments for ourselves.
111Weird enough for you?
- Actors: Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber
- Premiered: May 19, 2017