Knowledge and entertainment — this wonderful combination is both informative and fascinating when you relax on your sofa to binge-watch a show. And what possibly could be more enlightening than a seamlessly curated historical documentary? These shows, based on true facts and stories, document tales about deadly wars, crimes, mysteries, and what not. The events may have happened centuries ago, but they altered the course of history. And, therefore, they definitely deserve a watch. With that said, here’s the list of really good historical documentaries on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
16. The Sixties (2014)
The 60s were perhaps ten of the most influential years that defined the course of US history. Some of the notable events of this decade include the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the British Invasion, Woodstock, and Kennedy’s assassination. The period introduced several phenomenal changes in the political, social, and economic system of America, the affects of which are still relevant in the current century. `The Sixties’ is a ten-part documentary series which explores this very era and gives us detailed insights into the lives of important personalities, incidents, and discoveries that defined that decade. The format of the show uses archival newsreel footage, personal movies, interviews, and comments by historians, journalists, politicians, celebrities and other personalities, lending a fresh glimpse into the years between 1960 to 1969.
15. The Vietnam War (2017)
‘The Vietnam War’, a 10-part American docu-series, chronicles the events of the infamous, brutal Vietnam War. After the Vietnamese rebels, under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh, successfully ended the 100-year-long era of French colonialism, the country is divided into two parts in Geneva. This period also sees the rise of the first waves of The Cold War. Now, the northern communists want to reunify Vietnam, whereas America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s claim in the South. While President Kennedy and his team of advisers debate as to how far they should get involved in this crisis, South Vietnam is increasingly threatened by communal insurgence and Buddhist uprisings.
However, when the chaos increases beyond control, President Johnson allows the US military involvement, authorizes sustained bombing in the north, and deploys ground troops in the south. With a mission to curb Ho Chi Minh’s rebellion, innumerable teams of soldiers and marines face one of the deadliest wars in global history. With the count of American casualties rising manifold, America’s public gradually withdraws their support, resulting in assassinations and unrest in the country. The newly elected President Richard Nixon assures law and order at home and peace overseas, and in this attempt, starts withdrawing American troops from Vietnam. Finally, after many tragic consequences, massacres, and causalities, Hanoi signs a peace deal. But this is not the end. Vietnam is now engaged in a brutal civil war, with Saigon finally falling, and its effects leaving a huge mark in the history of world politics. You can watch it here.