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People Are Going Wild For Netflix’s Newest Documentary, Tiger King

By Laura Rogan March 20, 2020

Your latest binge-watch is here…

It may have only been on Netflix for one day, but the streaming service’s latest documentaryTiger King, has had viewers absolutely hooked. Based on the uber-dark true story of Joe Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the documentary features seven episodes of absolute madness, perfect for spending the weekend snuggled up in front of the tele.

Credit: Netflix

To those who may be mistaken into thinking this is going to be some wholesome documentary about tigers living a wonderful life with their human friend, you’d be very, very wrong. If you’re not familiar with the man that is Joe Exotic, he once ran for President of the United States and called himself the most prolific tiger breeder in America. Not only that, but he also ran a roadside zoo in Oklahoma – which is only the start of his epic downfall.

The series details the harrowing things that Joe Exotic did while operating the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, as well as his sinister plot to take down wildlife activist Carole Baskin in a murder-for-hire ploy, which ultimately led to him being sentenced to 22 years in federal prison.

Credit: Netflix

The series follows Joe himself, Carole and a number of others familiar with the eccentric zookeeper as they all tell their version of events, all leading up to Joe’s highly publicised downward spiral. The synopsis reads:

“Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country-western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo.

“Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menagerie garner.

“But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.”

Twitter users have already been going mad for the series, with one user saying “Two episodes into #TigerKing and I don’t think I’ve ever said “oh my god” this much in my entire life” and another saying “Just jumped into the insane show Tiger King. WTF?!?”.

Joe Exotic is currently serving 22 years in prison after being convicted back in January 2020 of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight violations of the Lacey Act and nine violations of the Endangered Species Act.

Netflix has dropped a whole host of new content this month, perfect for self-isolating, which you can check out in Secret Manchester’s guide to new releases here.

[Featured image: Netflix]

Tags: movies