Are You Watching ‘Tiger King’? This Is the Bizarre Netflix Doc Everyone’s Talking About

*Warning: Some spoilers ahead*

Looking for more streaming options? We highly recommend you add Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness to your queue, since the docuseries is already gaining popularity after just three days on Netflix.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new show, which tells the story of Joe Exotic.

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1. What Is 'tiger King'?

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is a brand-new documentary series that premiered on March 20 on Netflix. It consists of seven gripping episodes that explore the mind-boggling story of Joe Exotic, who is bound to become the talk of your next virtual happy hour (if he hasn’t already).

2. Who Is Joe Exotic?

He’s an animal trainer turned celebrity. Born as Joseph Schreibvogel, Joe Exotic developed a love for wildlife at a young age—so much so that he opened a zoo in 1997 in honor of his late brother, called The Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park (aka the G.W. Zoo). As the attraction grew in popularity, so did Joe Exotic. In fact, he became somewhat of a celebrity, attracting visitors for his exotic demonstrations and successful tiger breeding program.

However, not all the attention he garnered was positive. In fact, Joe Exotic became the target of several animal rights activists, including Carole Baskin.

3. Who Is Carole Baskin?

She’s the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit sanctuary for exotic animals. Bottom line: She loves cats. Not only is her house adorned with countless figurines, but her wardrobe is also chock-full of every animal print known to man.

Since Baskin doesn’t believe in breeding cats, she made it her mission to put Joe Exotic out of business. As a result (and as explained in the docuseries), Joe Exotic hired someone to kill Baskin in a heist scenario gone awry, which was ultimately stopped by the FBI.

4. What Happened Next?

We won’t give too much away, since the show is worth the watch. However, Joe Exotic is currently serving time for his murderous scheme, and the animal trainer claims that Tiger King will help share his side of the story.

He wrote, “Now that the Netflix series is out, I cannot watch it, but if you see…the people who set me up…please share this with a law firm that may help me get out of here.”

*Sniff, sniff* Is that a season two we smell?


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