Even though I use Netflix very often, I sometimes forget that it has a treasure trove of documentaries. Last summer, I recommended documentary movies for teens that were both interesting and educational. Now, after browsing through the documentary section of Netflix, and finding so many fun movies to watch (I added many to my watch list), I am recommending 8 entertaining documentaries for your teens. Some will be educational, some might not, but they will all entertain.
1. Brain Games – Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, you will see many brain teasers that will blow your mind that are really just tricks that your brain plays on you.
2. 20 Feet From Stardom – This documentary about the lives of backup singers won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. Many famous singers, such as Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Sting and Mick Jagger, are also in the film. (PG-13)
3. Katy Perry: Part of Me – This 3D autobiographical film of Katy Perry documents her childhood and teen years, as well as her career and personal life. Many clips from concerts are included. (PG)
4. How the States Got Their Shapes – Okay, this is educational. However, the host, Brian Unger, makes this documentary series fun. Give it a try.
5. Video Games: The Movie – Starring Sean Astin, this star-studded documentary explores the gaming industry’s history, influence and evolution. (PG)
6. Unlocking Sherlock – If you are a fan of the fascinating BBC TV series, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Watson, then Unlocking Sherlock is a must-see documentary for you. If you don’t watch the TV series, the documentary will still be an interesting way to learn all about Sherlock Holmes. (TV-14)
7. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing – This inspiring documentary about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs features an exclusive interview with him. We see how big an impact he had on us and how his legacy will live on. (PG)
8. Stripped – Fans of daily comics might be interested in how this art form is dying as daily newspapers fold. 70 of the best and most famous cartoon strips discuss. (Not Rated)
Now you could find many of these documentaries online in various places, but it is so much easier to be able to find documentaries all in one section and then with just a click, add each one to your list so that you won’t forget about any of them. I use my list for everything I want to remember to watch. It is like a shopping cart for free movies and TV shows.
Parents should like all of the above documentaries just as much as their teens, if not more. Give them a try. After all, if you are a Netflix subscriber you can watch as much or as little without any charge. And there are many more documentaries that you or your teens might find interesting or entertaining!
Full Disclosure: I am writing this as part of the Netflix #StreamTeam. I receive free Netflix streaming each month for doing this. However this does not affect any of my opinions. I’ve subscribed to Netflix for years before this and will continue when this is over.