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Why Everyone Should Watch Netflix’s Explained
Deputy Editor Kat Smith reviews Vox Media's Explained and praises its short, snappy episodes for educating viewers on complex topics
Netflix: a pioneer in successful originals, flopped superhero shows and of course, the humble documentary. While the majority of the streaming site’s catalogue is filled with lengthy programmes such as Making a Murderer and The Staircase, their 2018 docu-series Explained is a breath of fresh air.
Produced by Vox Media and encompassing a range of topics, Explained explores astrology, weed, monogamy, the female orgasm, political correctness, K-pop, the racial wealth gap, life expectancy, and the list goes on. Despite each episode being approximately 15-20 minutes long, topics are discussed in astonishing depth. The docu-series unearths an impressive amount of information without feeling rushed or messy, with each episode being crafted to tell something of a story to the viewer about the given topic. While we can’t expect Explained to offer a plethora of information in such a short space of time, I guarantee that everyone who watches will learn more than they predict they will.
“The docuseries unearths an impressive amount of information without feeling rushed or messy
A perfect blend of modern-day interviews, statistics and historical research ensures a topic is tackled from each angle. The production is simply masterful. From the slightly addictive opening theme song to the montage of vintage clips regarding the episode’s theme, Vox Media has nailed this series. Little things like highlighted articles and books as well as impressive graphs keep the series engaging as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
“When anyone can claim to be an expert on the internet, it’s refreshing to get such concise and accurate information in these episodes
Hopefully, I’ve convinced you that Explained is one to add to your undoubtedly never-ending ‘Netflix series to watch’ list, but I implore you to move it to the top. When you can binge three episodes in just under an hour and gain some knowledge in the meantime, it hardly counts as procrastination.