You're not idling if you're getting informed. For those times when you need a dose of inspiration but can’t commit to a feature-length film, here are three documentary-style series to know, stream, and share.

Photo: Sea Shepherd/Eliza Muirhead

Photo: Sea Shepherd/Eliza Muirhead

Ocean Warriors

Before there was a shoe made from illegal deep-sea gillnets, there was a heroic and record-breaking campaign by our partners Sea Shepherd to stop notorious poachers in the Southern Ocean. The direct action organization goes where no one else will to defend and protect marine life in the world’s most dangerous and under-patrolled waters. Ocean Warriors on Animal Planet tells their story.

When: New episodes Sundays at 9/8c.

Where: Animal Planet


Years of Living Dangerously

Now in its second season, the Emmy-winning series Years of Living Dangerously follows some of the most influential celebrity correspondents around the world as they investigate and document the biggest story of our time: climate change. The show tempers the devastating reality and impacts of a changing planet with solutions for what can and must be done to safeguard our future.

When: New episodes Wednesdays 10/9c

Where: National Geographic Channel

The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans

More is known about the surface of the moon than Earth’s deep oceans, yet the sea constitutes two-thirds of our planet and plays an imperative role in our lives on land. The award-winning BBC series narrated by Sir David Attenborough offers 50-minute journeys to never-before-reached depths, revealing never-before-seen marine species, behaviors, and habitats along the way. The series premiered in 2001, over a decade ago, which if anything makes it all the more perplexing that the majestic underwater realm remains such an unexplored (and under-protected) blue mystery.

When: Whenever

Where: Watch full episodes on Netflix; preview/buy on BBC Earth


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