In the darkness of times, the faintest glint of light can be blinding so it’s quite fitting that given the current state of things, we get this highly addictive seven-part series about a man, his tumultuous love life and proof running zoos is best left to the professionals:
Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joseph Allen Schreibvogel, aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo.
Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner.
But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.
Tiger King is co-directed by Eric Goode (A genuine animal conservationist) and Rebecca Chaiklin (Another World) and is produced by Rick Kirkham (TV Junkie) for Netflix.
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Ordinarily, I don’t really go for the true-crime stuff because I understand the world has some shitty people in and don’t see the value in analyzing them or their horrible lives for entertainment.
However, Tiger King is the sort of ridiculous reality that makes me both shake my head in embarrassment but also want to applaud humanity for creating this kind of personality.
It’s a tale too bizarre not to be believed.
Lucky for you it’s ready to be gawked at.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness pounced onto Netflix March 20.