Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020)

(Last Updated On: April 10, 2020)

Tiger King (2020)

Title: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Year: 2020

Genre:  Crime | Documentary|

Seasons: 1 |

Runtime: 317 min (Entire Series)

Directed by: Eric Goode, Rebecca Chaiklin

Starring: Carole Baskin, Joe Exotic, Bhagavan Antle

imdb 8,1/10


A rivalry between big cat eccentrics takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot.


What Netflix new docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness proves are that as long you have memorable characters, the content itself will sell and engage a broader audience. This series provides a deeper insight into the criminal world of owning exotic animals and the felonies behind them. As much this is a memorable series, it doesn’t go unnoticed. By the release, it has been viewed by many and escalated in the wave of fan’s responses on the internet. The series itself follows Joe Exotic, born Joe Schreibvogel and his process and the dethroning of his so-called “animal empire”. It also shows the side of Carole Baskin, Joe’s rival. By the end, Mr Exotic is sentenced to jail, for planning to assassinate her. But nothing goes his way.

Both Joe and Carole are the owners of big exotic zoos and arguing constantly to each other. Joe is the narcissistic, gay redneck that thinks his persona is worth more to save than his colleagues while Carole is arrogant who denies that she killed her husband, who probably was eaten by her tigers. Whether that is true or not, is not yet confirmed. Then we have got a lot of weird things, such as sex-cults, old meat from Walmart, plot to kill people for competition, fraud, the domestic killing of exotic big cats, weird music videos, arson, presidency and governor-campaigning just like eccentric characters.

Yes, this is 5 hours plus seven-episode docuseries depicting crimes, but the two filmmakers manage to not make the series depressing but entertaining as well. The show is more depending on verbal convers than on the visual. Eric Goode, one of the directors, acts for five years and documents in the role of an investigative filmmaker. The camera functionalizes in distinguish way with comedy and treason on the right spot. This type of investigative genre helps to elevate the authenticity these series have. There’s a lot of crimes behind the scenes of this animal industry to earn money. There’s a major focus on the characters­­­ emotional process as Goode acts as one for the audience and interact that’s not a common thing. Often the interviewer is hidden but this method helps to sell the insanity these people is under.

As there’s a lot of name-calling and people accusing and lie to each other, these series ain’t a hardcore true-crime series. No, it has a crime approach, but the docuseries takes on another subject that pivots from that genre. The crime section is only a part of it as we’re discovering these characters and how they’re portrayed. It’s also worth discussing on how accurate this series is portraying certain persons. The overall perspective doesn’t deceive. Like many other criminal activities, it’s all about the money. It has emotional conception within these characters. Both the good and the bad. It has entertainment value and gets a deep insight into this industry but also a portrayal of some memorable characters.


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Marcus J. Ström
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