The seven-part docu-series centres on eccentric zoo owner Joseph Maldonado-Passage – who goes by the name Joe Exotic – a gun-loving polygamist who looks after a roadside zoo in Oklahoma.
You might remember Joe from when he appeared on Louis Theroux’s America’s Most Dangerous Pets back in 2011.
This new documentary takes a more in-depth look at the OTT zookeeper and how things have been going for him… and let me tell you, it’s not been good.
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.
According to a synopsis from Netflix: “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.”
Although it only dropped today, some true crime fans have already started working their way through the series – well, what else are you going to do when working from home, eh? Work? Pah.
One viewer took to Twitter to say: “We’ve seen a bunch of Netflix documentaries but nothing has been more entertaining and absurd than Tiger King. Ten minutes in and I was glued.”
A second wrote: “Tiger King is gonna be a massive hit. This is the craziest doc I’ve seen in forever and we haven’t even hit the murder plot yet.”
While a third posted: “We started watching Tiger King on Netflix and if you are a fan of wacky documentaries this is going to be all about you. Because it is, as they say, A LOT.”
All episodes of Tiger King:Murder, Mayhem and Madnessare available on Netflix right now.