December 7, 2023

The most effective Netflix documentaries and docuseries of 2023 to date have challenged us to reside higher lives (Dwell to 100: Secrets and techniques of the Blue Zones), angered us (Take Care of Maya, Madoff: The Monster of Wall Avenue), and given us a greater appreciation of the world and the folks round us (Emergency: NYC, Our Planet). Certainly, 2023 has been an important yr for documentaries on the streaming big, and the subsequent a number of weeks present no signal of that development slowing down.

Combined in with the same old slew of latest TV exhibits and films that’ll be hitting Netflix quickly — together with massive titles like Intercourse Schooling Season 4, coming subsequent week — are extra Netflix documentaries that, when you’re a fan of the style like me, undoubtedly belong in your watch checklist. One, in truth, has simply come out: Wrestlers, from the creator of Final Likelihood U and Cheer.

Right here’s a more in-depth have a look at that one, plus two different Netflix documentaries out later this month that you just don’t need to miss:


The primary of those three Netflix documentaries and docuseries is a seven-episode authentic from director Greg Whiteley and BBC Studios Los Angeles that takes viewers contained in the wrestling ring.

The main target right here is on Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky — a regional health club whose alumni embrace stars like John Cena and Dave Bautista. The health club nonetheless adheres to an old-school “storytelling” strategy to wrestling, with a deep and abiding love of the game, nevertheless it’s fallen on onerous occasions because it struggles to remain related within the fashionable period. Which is to say, this docuseries desires you to not solely really feel the sweat from combatants within the ring but additionally to know the drama behind a sport that appears unruly and unserious from a distance.

Picture supply: Netflix
Wrestlers on NetflixPicture supply: Netflix

“It doesn’t solely depict the brawls between formidable athletes managing their demanding lives off the ring,” Netflix explains. “The combat on the heart of the story is much more intense: Legendary wrestler Al Snow is trying to maintain skilled wrestling league Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVF) afloat, navigating the brutal waters of mounting debt and the ability struggles of latest possession.

“The seven-episode sequence is intimate, emotional, and provides a behind-the-scenes have a look at the world {of professional} wrestling, revealing the hardship and sacrifice that goes into creating this extremely advanced feat of efficiency artwork and athleticism.”

The Saint of Second Probabilities

The Veeck household identify, Netflix says about this subsequent upcoming documentary movie, is each legendary and infamous in skilled baseball.

The Veecks, together with patriarch Corridor of Fame baseball proprietor Invoice Veeck, launched all of the non-baseball enjoyable at video games, together with issues like theme nights and giveaways. Veeck’s son Mike, who grew up in his father’s shadow, led all that to return to a sudden cease and was accountable for blowing up his father’s profession. The Saint of Second Probabilities is about each the “how” and the “what occurred subsequent.”

The Saint of Second Chances on Netflix
Mike Veeck, in Netflix’s “The Saint of Second Probabilities.” Picture supply: Netflix

“Exiled from the sport he beloved,” the official Netflix synopsis reads, “the youthful Veeck spent the subsequent few many years clawing his means up from all-time low, decided to redeem himself. After receiving distressing information, what began as a journey to reclaim the household legacy, turned a chance to understand that household extra totally. Directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville (20 Ft From Stardom) and Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol), narrated by Jeff Daniels, and that includes Charlie Day as a youthful Veeck, The Saint of Second Probabilities is wildly sudden, filled with coronary heart, and retains you laughing via a comeback story not like some other.” Launch date: Sept. 19.


Lastly, you will have seen the information of alien our bodies supposedly found in Peru that’s taken over the web as we speak. If these sorts of weird tales about extraterrestrials fascinate you, think about placing the four-episode Netflix sequence Encounters in your watch checklist when it hits the streamer later this month.

From director Yon Motskin (Technology Hustle), this sequence explores all the pieces from submersible spacecraft discovered off the coast of a Welsh village to an alien encounter supposedly skilled by kids in Zimbabwe and “nonhuman intelligence” that was found interfering with a nuclear energy plant in Japan. Moreover, the vignettes are fleshed out with revelatory claims from whistleblowers and secret army packages. “UFOs, UAPs, nonhuman intelligence, no matter we’d name it… I didn’t earlier than, however now I believe it exists,” Motskin instructed Netflix in a promotional interview.

“It’s on the market. Individuals are simply now beginning to settle for it as one thing that’s acceptable to speak about.” Launch date: Sept. 27.