If you're sick of watching the same episodes of 'Friends', 'Archer' or 'Stranger Things' on Netflix, we've got just the thing.

Netflix has a huge range of documentaries on a wide range of topics, from anthropology and the history of myths to doping scandals in sports.

We've picked out seven fantastic documentaries, what they're about, and why you should give them a watch.

Take a look.


'The Vietnam War'

What's it about? A complete history of the Vietnam War, beginning with its earliest colonisation by France right through the American incursion and the impact and aftermath it had on global politics.

Is it a movie or a series? It's a ten-part series; each episode is an hour long.

Anything special about it? Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did the music for it. They've done the soundtrack for the likes of 'Gone Girl' and 'The Social Network'.



What's it about? Imagine if a killer whale was a serial killer. 'Blackfish' follows the story of Tilikum, a killer whale that was taken from its native waters and brought to SeaWorld, where it was eventually found to be involved in the death of two trainers and a random man who trespassed in a SeaWorld park in Orlando.

Is it a movie or a series? It's a movie, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Anything special about it? You will never look at any kind of aquarium in the same way again, so be prepared for that.


'Abstract: The Art of Design'

What's it about? Follows eight artists in different mediums - architecture, illustration, stage design, photography - and how they try to come up with abstract ideas and push the envelope of what their work can be.

Is it a movie or a series? It's an eight-part series, following a different medium and artist in each episode.

Anything special about it? Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo did the music for it.


'Get Me Roger Stone'

What's it about? Trying to follow the awfulness of Donald Trump's presidency back to its root cause? This is a good place to start as it follows self-confessed dirty trickster / supervillain Roger Stone, the man who is most single-handedly responsible for inflicting Donald Trump on the world.

Is it a movie or a series? It's a movie that will make you want to claw your eyes out in rage by the end of it.

Anything special about it? Roger Stone is currently facing five counts of making false statements to the FBI, witness tampering and obstructing an official proceeding, and if convicted, could spend decades in jail. That's pretty special.


'Monty Python's Almost The Truth'

What's it about? Traces the early years and eventual successes of the Monty Python troupe, with interviews from the surviving members and those that were influenced by them, all done with flashes of Pythonesque comedy along the way.

Is it a movie or a series? It's a six-part series, and covers the entire history from their work with Spike Milligan right through to 'Spamalot' and beyond.

Anything special about it? Steve Coogan, Jimmy Fallon, Hugh Hefner, Steve Izzard, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, and tons of well-known faces took part in interviews for the series purely because they loved Monty Python so much.



What's it about? Each episode examines the failure of a sports star and how their individual failure helped to either define them or the sport in which they participated in. Think ESPN's '30 For 30', but with people who lost.

Is it a movie or a series? It's an eight-part series, with a different story in each episode.

Anything special about it? We think the episode, 'Stone Cold', should be turned into a movie in its own right.


'Best of Enemies'

What's it about? In 1968, ABC came up with a new approach for its coverage of the US Presidential Election - it featured a one-on-one debate between author / playwright Gore Vidal and right-wing commentator William F. Buckley Jr. The debates were unheard of at the time, and basically precipitated the antagonistic head-butting TV coverage you see nowadays.

Is it a movie or a series? It's a movie, yes, but it's about TV news and how it was changed forever fifty years ago and nobody realised it.

Anything special about it? John Lithgow and Kelsey Grammer provided off-camera voices of Vidal and Buckley.