‘Tiger King’ Review



Netflic docuseries Tiger King has gained popularity since its recent release. (Photo courtesy of Mattie McConnell)

Hey, all you cool cats and kittens. Netflix’s recently dropped a docu-series called Tiger King, and it is insane. Rivalries spark over confinement and cub sales. From murder-for-hire schemes to big cat drama, this show is a wild ride from start to finish. The premise of this show is difficult to describe, so buckle in as I attempt to review this riveting story. 

(This series is rated TV-MA for language, smoking, and animal harm, and is intended for adults and/or mature viewers). You can view this documentary on Netflix with a subscription.

When I first started watching this show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The longer I watched, the more I understood that it is nearly impossible to have accurate expectations about each episode. Each episode is set with its own plot twists and each new character only thickens the plot. Each person that is featured in series brings their own story to the table, and all the information can be difficult to keep up with. 

This show gave me a shocking insight into the realities of tiger ownership in the country. I’ve seen tigers in city zoos and circuses, but Tiger King opens up a whole new world. The craziness of the show and the circumstances the characters find themselves in can be distracting, however. The root of the problems is the ethics of tiger captivity. It’s estimated that 10,00 tigers remain in captivity in the U.S., compared to just 4,000 in the wild. 

While this is a very interesting show, it does leave viewers with little closure. It’s pretty much up to the viewers to decide who the real “villain” is. If you’re looking for a show jam-packed with insane events and theories that will surprise you at every turn, Tiger King is for you.