Netflix's documentary game is on point this season

by Lauren Kelly
Sep 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. ET

If you're like me, Netflix is pretty much all you watch these days. (And all day. Literally. I have Gilmore Girls streaming in the background at this very moment). While we can't wait to binge-watch all of its new scripted series this fall, we're also pretty excited about the documentaries it's releasing. Why? Because it'll either A) make us smarter, or B) help improve our trivia game. Here are all the documentaries that are or will be available at a click of a mouse on the ever-superior interwebs... 

1 /10: 'Chef's Table: France'

1/10 :'Chef's Table: France'

Chef's Table is back and headed to the most romantic destination in the world. Hint: The Eiffel Tower is there, people really like kissing, and we assume fries are consumed on the regular. You guessed it — France! The documentary will give an inside look into the lives and kitchens of four renowned chefs that are the crème de la crème! The journey began Sept. 2, so unless you started watching, you're already missing out (#FOMO). 

2 /10: 'Extremis'

2/10 :'Extremis'

According to its press site, Extremis is a "verité documentary exploring the harrowing decisions that doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life cases. With access to the intensive care unit of a public hospital, the film offers a uniquely intimate look at the intersection of science, faith and humanity." You'll need tissues for this one. The crying started Sept. 13. 

3 /10: 'The White Helmets'

3/10 :'The White Helmets'

This original short documentary has been called "moving and inspiring." Set in Aleppo, Syria, and Turkey in early 2016, The White Helmets "follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all the while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones." It hits Netflix tomorrow, Sept. 16.

4 /10: 'Audrie & Daisy'

4/10 :'Audrie & Daisy'

Audrie & Daisy first made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and is now headed to a Netflix near you. The documentary "examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual crimes against them have been caught on camera." You (and your family, if you have one) will be able to watch it starting Sept. 23.

5 /10: 'Amanda Knox'

5/10 :'Amanda Knox'

If you don't know something about this story already, we hope you enjoy living under a rock. Amanda Knox will explore the controversial case that made headlines across the world. Netflix has already released two trailers that are pretty chilling and let you decide: Is Amanda Knox innocent or guilty? You can make your final decision after watching the documentary on Sept. 30. 

6 /10: 'The 13th'

6/10 :'The 13th'

Ava DuVernay is back to change the world again, this time with a documentary that will definitely make you smarter. The 13th refers to the Constitution's 13th Amendment: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” According to Netflix, "The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis." It'll be available on Netflix Oct. 7.

7 /10: 'Into the Inferno'

7/10 :'Into the Inferno'

Into the Inferno follows Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer as they head out on an expedition to explore volcanoes in North Korea, Ethiopia, Iceland and the Vanuatu Archipelago. Viewers will listen in on their conversations with scientists and indigenous peoples as they "seek to understand the complex and deeply rooted relationship between mankind and one of nature’s greatest wonders." We've got over a month to wait for this explosive good time; it doesn't come out until Oct. 28.

8 /10: 'The Ivory Game'

8/10 :'The Ivory Game'

Poachers kill an estimated 100 elephants every day for ivory, and elephants are getting dangerously close to extinction. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award-nominated director Kief Davidson went undercover for 16 months with "intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists" to infiltrate the ivory trafficking world and uncover the secrets that have yet to be exposed. The Ivory Game hits Netflix Nov. 4.

9 /10: 'Captive'

9/10 :'Captive'

Captive sounds like The Night Of, but there's a catch. Everything you'll see is real. The producers of Captive gained "privileged access to the most challenging negotiations of our time — revealing how hostage-taking, and the efforts to resolve it, have evolved to address an escalating international trend. The episodes look at a wide range of situations from the viewpoint of everyone involved: the victims and their families back home, the experienced negotiators, business leaders, government officials and the kidnappers themselves." Captive comes out Dec. 9. 

10 /10: 'Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang'

10/10 :'Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang'

Netflix hasn't released any information about Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, but it's supposed to come out sometime in 2016, and we've got only three full months left, so it's got to be soon, right? All I know, thanks to Google, is that Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese artist who lives and works in New York City and creates art with gunpowder. Sounds pretty cool. We'll keep you updated on a release date... and all that other stuff you still probably want to know.