With Netflix's latest hit Tiger King, docuseries are once again in the headlines. The format, which has had revivals on and off on TV since the 1990s, has risen to prominence again with the popularity of Netflix. Though documentary films are still the more traditional format for real-life storytelling of this nature, the streaming format makes the ability to break them into chunks more appealing, allowing viewers to watch episode after episode again until the denouement. These suspenseful docuseries, all of which are currently streaming, are exactly the kind of show that will have you hitting "I'm Still Watching" late into the night.
When most people hear the word "docuseries," the first thing that leaps to mind is true crime. But that's not the only kind of story that can lend itself to this format. Docuseries range from deep dives into food, like David Chang's Ugly Delicious, or wellness, like Gwyneth Paltrow's The Goop Lab.
Some of the suggestions below are the more traditional twist and turn mysteries of the real world. But some of them are just plain fascinating dives into stories of the past or stories of the now. And they're all suspenseful, even if you know how it ends.