As we approach mid-April and see our bank accounts depleting, quarantine is starting to get really old really fast. So, if you need some TV ideas that will not include Tiger King (which I loved), I've made a suggestion list for some must-watch garbage to cure your boredom.
Hulu isn't my absolute favorite streaming service, but they do have a few gems. Besides The Handmaid's Tale and every episode of Married with Children and Twilight Zone, they have some amazing documentaries.
Children of the Snow - This true crime docu-series is one of the most fucked up I've seen in a long time. Originally broadcast on Discovery ID it explores the unsolved and baffling kidnapping, captivity, and murder of four young people in the suburbs of Detroit 40 years ago. The case, dubbed the Oakland County Child Killer, sparked the biggest manhunt in US history, ushering in a wave of fear we came to know as 'stranger danger'. Trigger Warning: sexual abuse of Children
Bad Reputation - The official documentary about Joan Jett - need I say more?
Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten - The story of one of the greatest front-men in his own words.
Untouchable - This documentary the tells the entire history of Harvey Weinstein's rise and fall, and his trail of sexual assault victims. It follows Ronan Farrow as he tells in his book. Trigger Warning - Sexual Assault
Netflix has long been known for how great their documentaries are, so here are some that may have been forgotten that are worth checking out.
The Keepers - (Trigger Warning - Sexual Assault and Murder). This series explores the unsolved murder of nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, who taught English and drama at Baltimore's Archbishop Keough High School, and her former students' belief that there was acover-up by authorities after Cesnik suspected that a priest at the school,A. Joseph Maskell, was guilty of sexual abuse of students.
Moving Parts - Following a turbulent period in Mattel’s life, Moving Parts chronicles the entertainer’s personal and artistic endeavors, including the recording of new music, traveling around the world performing stand-up comedy, and the tense fallout between Trixie and frequent collaborator (and fellow Drag Race alum) Katya during production of their short-lived Viceland seriesThe Trixie & Katya Show.
Bikram:Yogi,Guru, Predator - (TW - rape) - This documentary charts the rise and fall of hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury as his global empire is born and disturbing revelations of sexual assault come to light.
Roll Red Roll - (TW - Rape) - A TRUE-CRIME THRILLER THAT GOES BEHIND THE HEADLINES TO UNCOVER THE DEEP-SEATED AND SOCIAL MEDIA-FUELED “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” CULTURE AT THE ROOT OF HIGH SCHOOL SEXUAL ASSAULT IN AMERICA.
Dragula Seasons 1 and 2 - Bascially this is the most outlandish reality/contest about Drag Queens. It is horror inspired, funny, and super creative.
The Rainbow: While the world around it has changed dramatically, The Rainbow Bar and Grill has remained as one of the last bastions of true Rock n' Roll on Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip. Legendary musicians recount their stories from the iconic venue.
Decline of Western Civilization (All 3 available on Prime): All three of Penelope Spheeris’ entertaining, heartbreaking and iconic Decline of Western Civilization documentaries are streaming for free on Prime. Finally the cult anthology series chronicling L.A.’s hardcore punk, hair-metal and gutter-punk scenes are available for everyone to enjoy.
Soaring Highs And Brutal Lows: The Voices Of Women In Metal: Explore the energy and emotion of heavy metal through the stories and voices of some of the most prominent women who bring it to life. Follow the paths of these artists working to achieve their dreams, learn what drives them, and how their journeys have unfolded so far.
Her Aim is True: This documentary brings together musicians and rock photographers in an inspiring and unforgettable journey revealing unlikely rock 'n' roll photographer, Jini Dellaccio who visualized punk before it had a name and embodied indie before it was cool. In 1964, a middle-aged Dellaccio began hanging out with raucous garage bands in her backyard, creating innovative album covers. Soon she was capturing unprecedented portraits of Neil Young and early performances by The Who, Rolling Stones, Mitch Ryder and Mamas & Papas. An anthem for individual creativity, the film celebrates a legacy lost and found as it traces Dellaccio's ingenuity, spirit and style through participants in a gritty music subculture that like, Dellaccio, would set the bar for their descendants.
Hit So Hard: This film details the life and near death story of Patty Schemel, drummer of Hole, and charts her early life, music career, and spiral into crack cocaine addiction.
The Slits (Here to be Heard): - The tale of the formation, journey and end of the seminal Punk/Reggae band The Slits
L7: Pretend We're Dead: A real time journey witnessing the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of the fierce feminist pioneers of American grunge punk: L7.
Queencore (How to punk a revolution): A documentary on Queercore, the cultural and social movement that began as an offshoot of punk and was distinguished by its discontent with society's disapproval of the gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender communities.
Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess: A documentary film about the infamous bay-area punk rock performer Marian Anderson. Marian died all too young, and this is her story.
New York Doll: A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years.
Suburbia (1983): When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society
The Gits: The story of the promising, underground Seattle band, The Gits. Fronted by charismatic vocalist, Mia Zapata, and poised to explode onto the national music scene, a stranger came in and took it all away. A decade later, the legacy lives on.
The Damned: Don't You Wish that we were Dead: A history of the influential English punk band The Damned from their inception in 1976 through to 2015.