10 Netflix Documentaries on My Short List #streamteam

Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming and a streaming device as part of my membership on the Netflix Stream Team.  All opinions expressed within this post are my own.

Juuuuust so we’re clear, I haven’t watched any of these yet. So don’t go watching them and find out they are totally inapropes and then blame me for it. But, I won’t blame you if you get to them before I do. Look how interesting. Seriously.

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Tiny: A young couple with no construction experience attempts to build a tiny house in this documentary that contemplates shifting American values.

Burt’s Buzz: Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees, maintains a reclusive, low-key life in rural Maine — and a complex relationship with his famous company.

Advanced Style: This documentary profiles seven stylish New York City seniors who disprove the notion that advanced years and glamour are mutually exclusive.

Happy People: This documentary explores life along the River Yenisei in Russia, where the industrious inhabitants of a rural village truly live off the land.

Craigslist Joe: Exploring whether America still has a sense of community, a man spends a month depending on the goodness of Craigslist posters for his survival.

Kings of Pastry: Venture inside the deliciously cutthroat Meilleur Ouvrier de France, a French pastry competition, to find out what it takes to be the best pâtissier.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s: This documentary peels back the curtain at Bergdorf Goodman, the iconic New York store that’s been launching design careers for more than a century.

Mademoiselle C: Cameras roll from day one as Carine Roitfeld, French stylist and former Vogue Paris editor, launches CR, her new fashion magazine.

Detropia: As the focus of this sobering documentary, the decline of Detroit also reflects the nation’s larger failure to keep up in a modern global economy.


What documentaries are on your short list? Load me up, Scotty.


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  1. says

    I enjoyed Tiny. I wrote a blog post about it. It made me consider what home really means to me.
    Next I want to watch Happy People, Kings of Pastry, and Detropia.

  2. Pat says

    I saw Tiny too. Very interesting. I thought of you and the little stuff you like to have. These all look good. I, of course liked watching the doc on King Richard.

  3. says

    Almost watched Tiny the other night, but we ended up going for “Living on a Dollar a Day” instead. Definitely one to add to the list – it was so good! Thanks for these other recommendations! (I’m really trying to break myself of reality tv, documentaries are a good non-guilty pleasure!)

  4. says

    Tiny People and Happy People were both excellent! I love watching documentaries while editing photos or painting, so I’m totally gonna watch the rest of these now! Can’t wait to hear how you like em, too!

  5. says

    I really liked Tiny and Happy People. The Burt’s Bees one was ok, but he is a pretty weird cat. I really like the idea of a tiny house and wish I had the guts to just pick up and move around and throw away all my stuff like that. I will have to watch the others. I watched “Living on a Dollar a Day” last night and cried my eyes out. Thanks for the recommendations

  6. says

    Kings of Pastry! Love that documentary! I have watched it over and over and I use it to occupy my 6yo’s attention at times. He is totally into it too. Move that one to tge top of your list…it is a must see.