While we desperately continue to look for things to watch during coronavirus isolation, Netflix fans think they’re stumbled on another gem. Just when you thought Don’t F**k with Cats was the most shocking feline documentary to grace the streaming service, along comes Tiger King to flash its claws.
The story follows Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic. This larger than life character presides over a zoo in Oklahoma and also has a side gig as a country singer. Although Joe was an eccentric member of the local community and beloved by many, things took a terrifying twist when his path crossed with animal activist Carole Baskin.
Baskin ran Big Cat Rescue and wanted to end the possession of tigers in private collections. This unsurprisingly led to a bitter rivalry between Maldonado-Passage and Baskin that didn’t end well for either side. What happened next is left in the spoilers section, however, things unfold over seven shocking episodes.
If you haven’t watched it yet, believe us, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness will have your jaws on the floor. Viewers took to Twitter and implored anyone that hasn’t binged it yet to grab the remote and start right now.
Directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin brilliantly tell the story of Joe and those around him. There’s also the likes of Bhagavan “Doc” Antle — another big cat owner — and Jeff Lowe (who claims big cats are a great way to score partners for a threesome). All this culminates in a bizarre tale of missing limbs and even Joe’s failed attempt to run for President of the United States.
While Tiger King is the first time some of us might’ve heard of Joe Exotic, he was once the subject of a Louis Theroux documentary and even threatened to shoot the fan-favourite documentary maker (albeit as a bit of a joke).
Theroux remembers 2011’s Louis Theroux’s America’s Most Dangerous Pets well and told his 2.1 million followers: “Seeing quite a few tweets about this. Yes, he’s the guy we featured in our doc America’s Most Dangerous Pets”.
Well, now we’ve all got a little more time on our hands, why not get Tiger King done and dusted? I’m sure we’ll have another must-binge documentary for you to sink your teeth into soon.
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