Tiger King (marketed as Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness for the first season, Tiger King 2 for the second season, and Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story for the third season) is an American true crime documentary streaming television series about the life of convicted felon Joe Exotic, a former zookeeper.
The first season will be available on Netflix on March 20, 2020. A second season, Tiger King 2, was announced in September 2021 and released on November 17, 2021, while a third season, Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story, was announced on December 3, 2021, and released one week later on December 12.
The show focuses on the small but tightly knit community of big cat conservationists like Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, and collectors like Exotic, whom Baskin accuses of abusing and exploiting wild animals.
Tiger King Ending, Explained
Netflix’s true-crime offerings are always worth keeping an eye out for. However, with ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,’ the streaming giant strikes gold and serves us not just any offer, but a complete buffet worth of the wildest content (no pun intended).
While the docuseries follows the rise and fall of Joe Exotic, it also delves into the Big Cat world in America, exposing us to what really goes “under” in the tiger industry’s underbelly.
The seven-part docuseries provides a comprehensive portrait of the country’s Big Cat industry, introducing us to the industry’s biggest names.
However, it centers on Joe Exotic, making him the backbone of the intricate web of narratives it weaves together. ‘Tiger King’ follows Joe through his ups and downs in life, focusing on his heated and hateful rivalry with Carole Baskin.
Joe’s life takes a dark turn when he loses his beloved zoo to Jeff Lowe and is forced to declare bankruptcy by Baskin herself. His personal life, too, begins to spiral as he loses both of his husbands.
While he finally finds love in Dillon, life has other plans for him. The finale of ‘Tiger King’ delves into Joe Exotic’s ultimate dethronement. But, more importantly, it sheds light on a war in which everyone lost.
Tiger King Season 2 Show Review
Tiger King 2 was released on Netflix on Wednesday, November 17, and while it isn’t as insane as season one, it does not disappoint. The first episode catches us up on what everyone has been up to since Tiger King became so popular, before the second season shifts to provide viewers with a different perspective on events.
As we all know from season one, Joseph Allen Schreibvogel, A.K.A Joe Exotic, is now in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot against Carol Baskin as well as animal abuse. The second season delves into Joe’s ongoing pleas for innocence from behind bars, while also criticizing all those who attempt to free him.
John Reinke, Eric Love, Jeff Hoover, and Francisco Hernandez work tirelessly to get Joe out. Their main goal was to obtain a presidential pardon from Donald Trump. They do this by using social media and gaining notoriety with their Free Joe Exotic private jet, charter bus, and car.
They even attended Trump’s rally at the Capitol on January 6, 2020. Because it was irrelevant, their ‘Free Joe Exotic’ sign enraged some attendees.
— Joe Exotic (@joe_exotic) January 6, 2023
The Joe Exotic crew was quickly ejected after several rallygoers became agitated by their presence.
Despite numerous investigations, reporters, and contractors attempting to visit, Jeff and Lauren Lowe continued to operate the G.W. Zoo. The couple hired an ex-military man to keep trespassers away from their zoo.
When 68 of Lowe’s animals were seized and the zoo was on the verge of closure, Allen Glover, the alleged hitman hired to kill Baskin, admitted that Lowe had intended him to kill Joe, not Carole.