Mama Joy's Netflix Recommendations - September Edition!
Updated: May 25
An enlightening 2018, 3 Season Series Documentary from VOX which dig into a wide range of topics. News site Vox is behind this series that puts the spotlight on topical issues that impact people's lives. The docuseries -- which features episodes that generally range from 15 to 20 minutes in length -- aims to dig deeper into topics, questions and ideas that aren't often part of the daily news cycle. Among the subjects covered are the rise of cryptocurrency, why diets fail, and the world of K-pop music.
Some of the highlights include:
Sugar (Mama Joy's most recommended of the series)
The End of Oil
Know Your Skin
The Next Pandemic
The Future of Meat
Slavery, Housing Discrimination, Racial Wealth Gap
Wild World of K-Pop
The Rise of Cryptocurrency
Why Diets Fail
The Stock Market
Can We Live Forever?
The Female Orgasm
Why Women Are Paid Less
The World's Water Crisis
9) Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal
Netflix's documentary “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal,” gives viewers an enraging and shocking look into the largest college admissions scam in history. A deep dive into the fraudulent methods used by Rick Singer to get the children of rich and famous families into top U.S. universities. (2021) (Documentary / Crime) Starring: Matthew Modine, Jill Peterson, Sarah Chaney, William-Christopher Stevens, Wallace Langham, Josh Stamberg and David Starzyk.
8) Sweet Girl
He lost the love of his life to a pharmaceutical company's greed. Now his daughter is without a mother, and he's without justice. For now. (2021) Cast: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Adria Arjona, Lex Scott Davis, Justin Bartha, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Amy Brenneman.
7) ALL AMERICAN
Inspired by pro football player Spencer Paysinger, this sports drama features NAACP Image Award winner Taye Diggs as a coach. Culture clashes and brewing rivalries test a teen football player from South Los Angeles when he’s recruited to the Beverly Hills High School team. (2018) (3 Season Series Drama) Starring: Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan Creator: April Blair
6) 9 to 5: The Story of a Movement
In this documentary, female office workers in '70s Boston inspire change with a call for better pay, more opportunities and an end to sexual harassment. Directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar follow up their Oscar-winning "American Factory" with this fascinating story. Cast: Jane Fonda, Karen Nussbaum, Verna Barksdale, Ellen Cassedy, Laurie Brown, Rose Aguirra and Adair Dammann (2021)
Through five sports stories loaded with preconceptions, this series offers a potential alternative for thinking about the fan-athlete relationship. “Untold” is ostensibly about sports, but there's a curious connector across this Netflix documentary series. These five sports stories include:
UNTOLD: Malice at the Palace - Key figures from an infamous 2004 incident between players and fans at an NBA game in Michigan discuss the fight, it's fallout and its lasting legacy. (2021)
UNTOLD: Breaking Point - Under pressure to continue a winning tradition in American tennis, Mardy Fish faced mental health challenges that changed his life on and off the court. (2021) (Sports) (Mental Health)
UNTOLD: Caitlyn Jenner - Caitlyn Jenner's unlikely path to Olympic glory was inspirational. But her more challenging road to embracing her true self proved even more meaningful. (2021) (LGBTQ)
UNTOLD: Deal With the Devil - Christy Martin broke boundaries and noses as she rose in the boxing world, but her public persona belied personal demons, abuse and a threat on her life. (2021) (Martial Arts/Boxing & Wrestling)
UNTOLD: Crimes and Penalties - They were the bad boys of hockey — a team bought by a man with mob ties, run by his 17-year-old son, and with a rep for being as violent as they were good. (2021)
4) The Chair
At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department. Starring: Sandra Oh, Jay Duplass, Holland Taylor / Creators: Amanda Peet, Annie Julia Wyman. (2021) (Comedy/Drama)
3) Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
Hasan Minhaj brings an incisive and nuanced perspective to global news, politics and culture in his unique comedy series. Minhaj left The Daily Show in August 2018 to host this weekly comedy show. In April 2019, Minhaj won his second Peabody Award for Patriot Act, and he was listed among TIME's 100 most influential people in the world. (2018)
(6 Seasons) (Political TV Show)
2) The Prom
A group of down-on-their-luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who just wants to attend prom with her girlfriend. Starring: Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Jo Ellen Pellman, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Rannells, Keegan Michael Key, Awkwafina and Kerry Washington. (2020) (Musical/Comedy)
1) The Laundromat
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy. When Ellen gets swindled out of insurance money, her search for answers leads to two cunning lawyers in Panama who hide cash for the super rich. Starring: Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, David Schwimmer, Jeffrey Wright and Sharon Stone and James Cromwell. Director: Steven Soderbergh (2019) (Comedy/Drama)