Geektown Awards – Best Documentary Or Structured Reality Series
This year, due to the rise in popularity of docu-series, we added a brand new category this year – ‘Best Documentary/Structured Reality Series’. There have been some superb examples of tv documentaries over the past 12 months. From the craziness of one man and his tigers to examining the dark and disturbing inner workings of a high-profile cult, these shows have run the gamut of fascinating and groundbreaking subject matter. Here are the top three documentary series you voted for this year.
Best Documentary Or Structured Reality Series
Nominees: Down to Earth with Zac Efron – Netflix, McMillions – Sky Documentaries, Murder in the Outback – All4/Channel 4, The Social Dilemma – Netflix, The Vow – Sky Documentaries, Tiger King – Netflix, Unsolved Mysteries – Netflix
Bronze: Murder in the Outback – All4/Channel 4
Silver: Unsolved Mysteries – Netflix
And the Gold goes to …
Winner: Tiger King – Netflix
Well, of course, it was ‘Tiger King‘ that won this… Launching in March 2020, just as the whole world was locked indoors, the utterly bonkers story of Joe Exotic and his merry band of misfits, totally captivated the UK (and the world) giving everyone a much-needed distraction.
For those of you that somehow missed the boat on this show, it delves into the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, focusing mainly on 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 menageries 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.
You can watch the whole of the utterly bingeable ‘Tiger King’ on Netflix right now.
Dave has over 20 years experience in the digital industry, and is founder and editor of Geektown. Obviously a huge geek himself, he can often be found in front of the latest tv show or movie, on various video games, or with his head in a comic book.