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Binged on a few too many trashy TV series over the holidays? 

There’s no judgement from us – but if you’re after viewing that intrigues and educates, check out these docu-series.

Christiane Amanpour – Sex & Love Around the World

CNN’s award-winning journalist Christiane Amanpour travels around the world to talk with women about the rules of engagement when it comes to relationships and intimacy.

In this six-part documentary series, directed by women, Christiane meets regular people who are shaping the idea of modern love. How are roles changing for both men and women when it comes to sex, love, marriage, family and divorce around the world?

This series will challenge your perceptions of dating and the expectations people have of their partners. Based on cultural and religious ideals, what works for some may not work for others. It is an eye-opening docuseries that heartwarming and even awkward at times.

Evil Genius – The true story of America’s most diabolical bank heist

Over four episodes of this crime docuseries, co-directors Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder attempt to determine who is responsible for the 2003 death of Brian Wells, a Pennsylvanian, pizza-delivery man who robbed a bank with a bomb collar strapped to his neck.

A series of unexpected twists and turns create a suspenseful retelling of the crime. Real footage and witness statements provide more questions than answers. Don’t watch this if you’re squeamish.

Abstract – The Art of Design

Take a deeper look beyond blueprints and computers and into the art and science of design.

Did you know that an architect designed the Air Jordan? Or who designed the CNN and Citibank logos? Design is etched in every part of life and Netflix’s Abstract interviews those who are changing the way we look at everything from buildings to shoes.

Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown

Late and great chef Anthony Bourdain travels around the world to extraordinary locations sampling a variety of local cuisines, with a twist. He’s funny, intellectual and highly engaging and just be warned this docuseries will give you serious foodie FOMO.

One such highlight is Bourdain dining with Obama on plastic stools in Vietnam surrounded by curious locals, but it’s Bourdian’s genuine love for food that makes this show so easy to watch.

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