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Documentaries, Docu-Series, and other Non-Fiction

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
Man, I used to have the biggest capacity to binge the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Animal Planet, and (sometimes) TLC. I probably still would too if they hadn't all turned into My 600lb Ice Road Pawn Shop Restoration Pickers & Co.

No offense to you if that's your jam, but I want to see stuff like...

How It's Made

Mail Call

Modern Marvels

Most Extreme

Whatever One-Off Historical Documentaries Were On

As luck would have it, the History's been adding a steady stream of their back catalog to their Youtube Channel, which I have been happily enjoying.

So anyway, this is the all purpose non-fiction television / streaming / Youtube / whatever thread. Talk about specials you remember watching, cool documentaries you've seen, and where to look for more currently produced media in this sort of vein.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
Defunctland has evolved from a dude talking about old theme park rides on YouTube to an awesome documentary series on YouTube focused on children’s entertainment. I love their whole Jim Henson series, with each episode using a different TV show Henson made or produced as a framing device.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I watched a few of the Henson ones and really liked it.

About a week ago I watched a documentary on Netflix about the history of Martial Arts movies called Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks. Its got a lot of the cheeseball pop-editing you expect from things about pop entertainment (for example "The Toys That Made Us" which is a fun watch but lays it one a little thick) and it doesn't always work (you can tone down the editing even more when discussing Bruce Lee's death, guys. I mean, it was more somber, but you can do better). Despite that, I found it informative into the genre, its evolutions and its global influence, particularly in American black culture. I think it might have been better as a mini-series, though, as I feel a lot of the subjects are worthy of deeper dives and though the last five minutes is about a Nollywood martial arts movie, Nollywood is such its own thing I feel an episode is needed to unpack what it is.
 
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