Bored of bingeing on Lucifer or Suits? Prefer a non-fiction documentary to a fantasy series? Well we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for all the exciting science documentaries Netflix has to offer this September 2020.

My Octopus Teacher – 7 September

This is Netflix’s first original South African documentary. The story follows Craig Foster, who develops a relationship with a cephalopod. Yes, it sounds slightly odd but this is a story of extreme connection between the animal kingdom and humankind.

Diving into the ocean to see the octopus every day changed Foster’s outlook on human relationships and, most importantly, his relationship with nature. He states in the trailer: “What she taught me was to feel part of this place rather than a visitor.” This unique documentary is one not to miss.

Cold Case Files Classic – 15 September

This series premiered in 1999 but is set to hook audiences again with its reopening of unsolved crime investigations. Netflix is showing the 2017 reboot of this classic show. Through forensic science and criminal psychology, an elite group of detectives work to solve crimes and deliver justice.

If you’re a fan of Making A Murderer or Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, this is for you. This show proves justice can be served, even when lines of enquiry seem to have run cold.

Hope Frozen: A Quest To Live Twice – 15 September

This heartfelt documentary follows a Thai scientist and their partner who choose to cryonically freeze their young daughter, potentially saving her from a deadly type of brain cancer. After doctors admitted there was nothing they could do, the family sought alternative methods to try to save her.


Of all the new Netflix science documentaries this September, this is the most heartbreaking and personal. The programme asks, do cryogenics work? Is it ethical to freeze someone so young and what lengths would you go to in order to save the ones you love?

Challenger: The Final Flight – 16 September

Executively produced by JJ Abrams, this four-part docu-series explores the events leading up to the catastrophic explosion on the NASA challenger shuttle, which led to the deaths of all seven astronauts on board.

This new series includes archive footage and new interviews. This is a must-see for anyone with an interest in space or American social politics and shows the human stories behind the tragedy.

Kiss The Ground – 22 September

Had enough of climate change documentaries leaving you feeling helpless? Kiss The Ground gives us hope of curing our planet. This Netflix science documentary is narrated by Woody Harrelson and explores the potential of soil-based carbon capture solutions.

CO2 could be trapped within the soil to keep it from our atmosphere. This is a documentary pushing solutions, not problems and really is a must see.

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