Tiger King: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1
Tiger King

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A bizarre true crime story you have to see to believe, Tiger King is a messy and captivating portrait of obsession gone terribly wrong.



Critic Ratings: 98


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User Ratings: 862

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Meet Joe Exotic, the gun-toting operator of an Oklahoma big cat park. He?s been accused of hiring someone to murder his chief rival, Carole Baskin.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Subjected to long hours, little (or no) pay and the whims of eccentric bosses: are big cat park employees just cogs in a web of personality cults?

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

An incident in Carole's past casts her in a suspicious light, and while she maintains her innocence, Joe is all too happy to point the finger at her.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Joe ramps up his efforts to become an internet and TV star, but a mysterious fire and lawsuit threaten his plans -- until an angel investor appears.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

As Joe dives into politics, he deals with turmoil and tragedy in his personal life. Meanwhile, the dynamics at the park change with the new owners.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

James Garretson makes a shocking claim about Joe, leading to FBI involvement. Desperation sets in for Joe, who thinks Jeff and James have set him up.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Joe faces the music in the courtroom but insists the story is far from over. Jeff's business prospects crumble. Former G.W. Zoo workers try to move on.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2020

In this aftershow, Joel McHale talks with Jeff, Saff, Erik and more to get their reactions to the series, their portrayals and their new fame.

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Cast & Crew

Howard Baskin
Kelci Saffery
Joe Exotic
John Reinke
Carole Baskin
John Finlay
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Critic Reviews for Tiger King Season 1

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (24)

"Tiger King" manages to tell an electrifying story with an open mind, a shrewd eye, and a delicate touch.

Mar 23, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Tiger King is Netflix comfort food of the highest order: it immerses viewers in a mind-boggling lifestyle and series of scandals, and yet the term 'true-crime' doesn't do justice to its greatness.

Mar 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"Tiger King" aims to be lurid in every second of its existence, and it hits the mark squarely and often.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a tiger of a tale; exotic is an understatement.

Mar 31, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Tiger King is genuinely compulsive viewing.

Mar 25, 2020 | Full Review…

I learned a few ugly yet important truths that make "Tiger King" worthwhile.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Tiger King was Netflix's first COVID-19 quarantine hit, but not necessarily a good one. Somewhat entertaining. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 20, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

If someone asked me which documentary best expresses postmodernity, Tiger King would be my answer. Its use and mix of all the formats currently possible to narrate (until almost becoming a kind of meta-fiction) [Full review in Spanish]

Jul 18, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Netflix's "Tiger King" is the most bonkers addition to the genre you could ever imagine, taking the wild animal obsession of Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man" (2004) and injecting it with steroids of the bizarre, redneck, murder-for-hire variety.

Jul 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

...a complete escape from an uncomfortable reality. It's practically a cultural moment. Don't skip it.

Jun 25, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It is not every day that real life/right wing/pro-gun/tiger keepers keep you entertained with a story that proves once again just how easily absurd reality can beat the crap out of the most detailed fiction.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Would Tiger King be as captivating without a quarantine? We'll never know, will we? But it sure is amazing right now.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tiger King: Season 1

  • Apr 03, 2021
    I don't usually like this genre, but this show is so out of the ordinary that you will either love it or hate it. I loved it. The storytelling is very cleverly done.
  • Feb 28, 2021
    It's like watching reality TV. You know that there are over-dramatizations, the lines between reality and fiction are blurred, and the story is unbelievable. Yet after every episode, you want to start another one.
  • Feb 26, 2021
    I know I am late to the party on this review, this docu. was a hot ticket back at the start of the pandemic. Love it or hate it what a crazy story, I binged this series/show/season. A true mystery of who done it, not boring like some docus. can be. I know everybody jumped on the Tiger King band wagon, I had to see what the big hype over this docu. was all about. 4 stars worth the watch, you find yourself talking about it. It's like Jerry Springer meets Wild Kingdom or George of the jungle or something lol. Check it out even if it is out of being curious, to get a laugh out of it, hate watch it etc... You should just watch it and make up your mind Tiger King was interesting to say the least etc...
  • Feb 17, 2021
    It was a total train wreck but I can't say I was not entertained.
  • Feb 07, 2021
    Overall not a bad story but isn't worth watching in my opinion
  • Jan 25, 2021
    This series was legendary.
  • Jan 15, 2021
    Entertaining utter batshit craziness.
  • Jan 12, 2021
    What the heck is happening in real life.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    You have to see it, to believe it. And even then you question was what I just watched real. You couldn't make this sh!t up.
  • Dec 31, 2020
    Without a doubt, the top tv programming of 2020. Utterly sensational.

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