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Tiger King: 9 Things You Didn't Know About Netflix Offer

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is a brand-new new documentary series that has managed to do the impossible: temporarily distract a nation stressed out by dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Currently streaming on Netflix, the seven-episode series, directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, focuses on Joseph Maldonado-Passage -- aka Joe Exotic -- and his Oklahoma exotic-animal park. As of Monday, it was the No. 1 show on the streaming network

When the show begins, Joe has an impressive blonde mullet, a flamboyant wardrobe, multiple husbands at the same time, and a raging feud with Carole Baskin, the owner of a big cat sanctuary. All of that is as tame as a bowl of warm milk compared to what comes next. Every element in Tiger King gets weirder, and every personality who comes on camera has a secret, a compellingly weird event in their history, or dozens of each. Joe runs for president and governor, tries for a country-music career, makes bizarre videos suggesting his rival fed her missing husband to her tigers and so, so much more

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There's a strange comfort to be had in taking refuge in this specific brand of American craziness. For viewers self-isolating in their homes, it's a reminder that the world was weird in so many varied ways before coronavirus. God willing and the creek don't rise, it will one day get a chance to be that weird again

Since the series was released on March 20, dozens of news stories and interviews have dug into the real people and events behind the show. Some spoilers ahead, but if you've already watched the series, read on for nine juicy tidbits that the show itself didn't reveal