Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness Is How Netflix Pity Us While We Self-Isolate

This is binge-worthy material to amuse on while self-isolation days


With most of socially distancing ourselves at the moment, Netflix is helping alleviate some of the boredom with its new binge-worthy true crime show Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

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.

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)

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.”

Sounds interesting…

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.”

Joseph Salvador-Passage
Joseph Salvador-Passage

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.


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