Why Tiger King Was Just What We Needed

Quick Disclaimer – this isn’t a post about the ethics or accuracy of what takes place within the series.

Now that we have that out of the way….

At this point, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve watched Tiger King on Netflix.  

(I’m sure we all feel like we’ve been living under a rock, but you get the point)

Tiger King blew up in the past few months.  It’s all over social media.  There’s memes everywhere.  There’s video clips from the series flooding the internet.  They’re even making a movie.  

Why?  Well, not only did it have the usual elements to make a television series successful, like: entertainment, suspense, drama, great story elements, comedy, production value, great post production and editing, etc etc.

It also had other less technical elements that made it exactly what the world needed at the time.  

COVID-19 threw a wrench into everybody’s life.  Everything changed almost overnight.

People had to work from home.

People lost jobs.

People lost businesses.

People had to homeschool their kids.

People had to avoid each other.

People had to figure out how to stay sane while being stuck at home each and every day, for months.

We needed something to do.  We needed an escape for part of the day.  We were marathoning television shows, so we needed new content to watch.  We needed to laugh.  We needed to feel normal again.  

Enter Tiger King.

This series was exactly what people needed.  We got entertainment. We got laughs.  We got a distraction from the whirlwind of COVID19.  We got great original music and music videos (sarcasm).  Maybe more than anything, no matter how chaotic and strange these past few months have been, when we watch Tiger King, we might still be able to say, “Well, my life is still more normal than that.”  

Even though 2020 has been crazy, I hope most of our lives have been more normal than the dumpster fire that unfolds in Tiger King.

For these reasons, at least in regards to television and entertainment, Tiger King was just what we needed in the first quarter of 2020.  As a bonus, hopefully we all learned a little about Tigers and why we need to really protect wildlife.

That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.  

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the trailer below.


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