Our Favourite Educational Documentaries


We get it—the middle of the school term can be exhausting and draining. There are exams to study for, assignments piling up on each other, and if you’re in grade 12, applications to plow through! Although it may seem like the tasks are never-ending, it’s important to focus on yourself and rest every once in a while. Even better, the learning doesn’t have to stop while you’re enjoying your time off! There are plenty of entertaining and fascinating documentaries out there to keep your brain engaged while taking it easy, and below are some of our favourites!

Explained (TV Series)

Explained is an American TV series that premiered on Netflix in 2018. With a new episode out every Friday and a new guest narrator for every episode, this show takes viewers behind the scenes and dives into different concepts. Each episode focuses on a different topic that can range anywhere from plastic surgery to astrology to the theory of time. The show has also inspired a few mini spin-off episodes including The Mind, Explained; Coronavirus, Explained; and Money, Explained. All are fascinating finds and will surely keep your mind busy while you kick your feet up!

History 101 (TV Series)

If you love history class but wish the lessons were more relevant to the modern-day, this one is for you! Available on Netflix, History 101 is a series that provides viewers with bit-sized history discussions with topics including genetics, nuclear power, feminism, and robotics. Plus, for those who aren’t rocking the A+ grade in history, History 101 is easy to follow and includes helpful graphics, statistics, and even archived footage to help entertain!

Night on Earth (TV Mini-Series)

It’s easy to picture what happens on our planet in the daytime—but what really goes on at night? This Netflix original mini-series introduces viewers to the side of our planet we don’t see very often; new technologies allow us to unveil the sheet of darkness and peer into nature after the sun goes down. From savannas to oceans and everything in between, this series paints the most beautiful picture of our wondrous world after dark.

He Named Me Malala (Film)

Aimed towards older audiences due to its darker imagery and heavier content than others on this list, He Named Me Malala is an exceptional watch. The film presents the young Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and recounts her survival story of being hunted and shot by the Taliban for standing up for female education. Although the documentary was released in 2015, Malala’s story is as moving and inspirational as ever, and the film is a fantastic choice for more mature audiences.

Of course, we can’t give you too many suggestions, or you’ll never get back to studying! Remember that it’s important to strike the right balance between strengthening your education and taking care of your mental and physical health. If you need more assistance on creating a plan and managing your time / organizational skills, don’t forget that our writing coaches are always here to help!

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