Teens Can Learn Year Round With Great Documentaries on Netflix

Teens Can Learn Year Round With Great Documentaries on Netflix

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During long school vacations, it isn’t easy to get your teens or tweens to do anything educational. However, they probably like to watch movies. While documentaries have the connotation of being boring, that isn’t always the case. There are a number of documentaries that teens will find very interesting and they are also educational.

Interesting documentaries for Tweens AND Teens that can be found on Netflix:

Documentaries Teens Learn Netflix

1. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions – Follow the 20th Century’s space race to the moon and beyond. Consists of six episodes with amazing footage of various missions. The cast consists of names you’ll recognize if you’ve seen Apollo 13 – Gene Kranz, Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan and Gary Sinise. Rated PG

Documentaries Teens Learn Netflix

2. Walking With Dinosaurs – We see earth through the eyes of various dinosaurs in this six-episode award-winning series starring Kenneth Branagh. Rated G.

Documentaries Teens Learn Netflix

3. National Geographic: Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West – The expedition to find the Northwest Passage and the beautiful landscapes they rode through. This family friendly movie is narrated by Jeff Bridges and is rated PG (very young kids might get scared).

Documentaries Teens Learn Netflix

4. The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans – The Blue Planet is considered the definitive exploration of the marine world. Narrated by David Attenborough, it is one of the best reviewed documentaries on Netflix or anywhere. Rated G.

Documentaries For Teens on Netflix (13+)

Documentaries Teens Learn Netflix

1. Blackfish – Examination of the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity. Should Killer Whales be kept in captivity and made to perform?

Documentaries Teens Learn Netflix

2. Food, Inc. – This Oscar-nominated documentary shines a light on the food industry and its harmful effects on our health and the environment. This documentary will make your kids think twice about the food they eat.

Documentaries Teens Learn Netflix

3. Hoop Dreams – One of the most inspirational and highly touted documentaries ever, Hoop Dreams follows two of Chicago’s top high school basketball prospects in this amazing true story about sports, family and race. Roger Ebert chose Hoop Dreams as his favorite film of the 90s.

Documentaries Teens Learn Netflix

4. Miss Representation – A must-see documentary for teens of both sexes, Miss Representation explores how girls and women are represented in the media and the under-representation of women in leadership roles. It is truly an eye opener.

Hopefully there is enough variety above for your teens or tweens to find one or more documentaries of interest. One of the things I love about Netflix is that I can find almost everything I want to watch in one place. When going to watch one of these documentaries, Netflix is sure to recommend others to you. Maybe some that you will like better than the ones I recommended. Who am I to try to compete with Netflix?

See also: 8 Entertaining Documentary Movies for Teens on Netflix

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.

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  1. […] 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 […]

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