‘Tiger King’ is the Perfect Binge for Chaotic Times

As if there aren’t enough distractions in the world already, Netflix is releasing a new absolutely binge-worthy true crime series. Upon first glance, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has the same manic tone of  Spring Breakers, but instead of hot young people turning to crime in Florida it’s middle-aged folk turning to crime while collecting large exotic cats.


The series shines a light on one of my favorite bits of forgotten American lore, which is the numerous legal loopholes that allow regular people to adopt foreign animals and keep them in their backyards. What could go wrong, I always wonder when I’m reminded that some people in states like Ohio and Wisconsin collect lions, tigers, bears, and other wild animals as if they were stamps. Tiger King shows you just how things in the world of exotic animal hoarding can go awry, but not in the ways you’d imagine. It’s definitely a wild show (no pun intended) that’s best viewed with as little background as possible and sure to keep you on your toes for all seven episodes.


Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness will be available on Netflix on March 20. Watch the trailer above.