Netflix’s Tiger King Is The “Craziest Thing” Fans Have Ever Seen



It’s the latest documentary in Netflix‘s true crime series, but some are saying that Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness takes things to a whole new level.

Those who have binged the series while trying to self isolate have called it the ‘craziest thing they have ever seen’.

The seven-parter centres on eccentric zoo owner Joseph Maldonado-Passage – who goes by the name Joe Exotic – a gun-toting polygamist who looks after a roadside zoo in Oklahoma.

You may remember him from Louis Theroux’s 2011 documentary America’s Most Dangerous Pets.

Tiger King's Joseph Maldonado-Passage
Tiger King’s Joseph Maldonado-Passage

This new documentary goes much deeper than Louis’ one-off, however, with exclusive interviews and footage of the zookeeper, chronicling his dark and twisted feud with exotic animal rival Carole Baskin.

As well as Joe, the series introduces to a whole host of unscrupulous characters including drug kingpins, con men and cult leaders – all of whom share a common passion for big cats.

“Bats*** crazy”

The show’s official synopsis reads: “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.”

Joseph Maldonado-Passage
This photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage, an Oklahoma zookeeper, who was indicted on federal murder-for-hire charges. Carole Baskin, the operator of a Florida-based animal sanctuary, says she was the target of Maldonado-Passage, who goes by the nickname “Joe Exotic.” Maldonado-Passage, who remains jailed in Florida, also ran unsuccessfully for Oklahoma governor as a Libertarian this year. (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP)

The bizarre tale has definitely made an impact on viewers, with many sharing their utter disbelief on social media.

Writing on Twitter, one fan said: “Tiger King on Netflix is bats*** crazy and I love every second of it.”

A second commented: “Tiger King is the craziest s*** I have ever seen. How can any part of this actually of happened and how is it still happening?!”


Tiger King is the craziest docu-series I’ve watched in a while. Joe Exotic is something else,” put a third.

While another added: “For anyone needing a recommendation of something to watch on Netflix Tiger King is absolutely bonkers.”

But if you’re unsure whether it’s worth around seven hours of your time, you could always go back and watch Louis’ doc, which is currently streaming on iPlayer, as a tester.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage
Joseph Maldonado-Passage

The BBC has stockpiled 42 of his documentaries, including his Weird Weekends, which saw him spend time with magician Paul Daniels, boxing legend Chris Eubank and politician Ann Widdecombe.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to watch now.


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