Top 10 documentaries and series about viruses
A report from Wuhan cut off from the world, the story of the fight against the Ebola virus, memories of the Spanish epidemic and other educational projects.
Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
At the beginning of the year, when coronavirus was not yet widely publicized, Pandemic appeared on Netflix - a six-part project dedicated to the global cause of the fight against viruses and, in fact, summarizing many documentaries from this collection. Its creators methodically analyze the process of the emergence of new strains; answer why it usually happens in poor countries and how some infections spread through animals.
American Experience: Influenza 1918
The history of the spread of coronavirus is often compared with the events of a hundred years ago. Then, in a world not yet recovering from World War I, an epidemic of Spanish flu was raging. The episode of the cult documentary series American Adventure is dedicated to her.
We Heard the Bells: the Influenza of 1918
This movie is also dedicated to the well known 1918 epidemic. But this is not an attempt to recreate the events of a century ago, but rather the desire to reflect them. The main characters are old people from different parts of the USA who, as children, became eyewitnesses of the spread of the disease. They recall how they did not believe that the Spaniard would touch them, how they had faced the death of relatives and friends, how they were ill themselves - and after that they had a long biased attitude, because other people were afraid that they would infect them too. According to many heroes of the movie, the events of those years became the most terrible memories in life.
The Lockdown: One Month in Wuhan
A documentary project about life in the famous city of Wuhan during its complete isolation. At the beginning of 2020, 11 million people remained on their own at the epicenter of the spread of coronavirus. The main characters are doctors, officials and ordinary citizens, who were able to organize themselves in the face of the disease.
How to Survive a Plague
Contrary to the name, this movies is not a training manual on what to do in the event of a “black death” pandemic. We are talking about HIV and AIDS - diseases that they preferred to remain silent about until a certain time - but somewhere they are still silent today.
Fire in the Blood
If treating HIV-infected people in America is a difficult but solvable problem, then in Africa it is almost impossible. The fact is that many pharmaceutical giants refuse to voluntarily supply medicines necessary for antiretroviral therapy to poor countries. Because of this, dozens of people who are unable to receive treatment die every day.
Why Do Viruses Kill?
Of all the projects on the list, this is perhaps the least optimistic. The movie was released 10 years ago after the swine flu pandemic, which killed some 18,000 people. Then it became obvious that we are still powerless in front of some of the creatures of nature and that modern science is not fully aware of the mechanisms of the emergence of new strains. "Why are viruses killing?" introduces us to the device of viruses and answers the question why, even today, scientists cannot stop their spread in time.
Hero with a Thousand Faces
From 2014 to 2016, a disease was raging in West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people. But this movie is not about how quickly Ebola destroys a person from the inside, but about people who are fighting an epidemic. The focus of the crew going to Sierra Leone is doctors and volunteers risking their lives.
Speaking of Ebola and other viral diseases, one can not help but talk about other human enemies. We have long been accustomed to them and often do not even take them seriously, but they very often carry deadly infectious diseases. That's right, we are talking about mosquitoes. The movie contains a fascinating and consistent story about how they reproduce, what they feed on and for what global epidemics these seemingly harmless insects are responsible.
The most relevant project on the list. This is the new season of the Explained documentary series, whose authors in half-hourly videos answer simple questions about health, sex, politics and economics in simple language. One of the episodes of last season was devoted to epidemics - in it, Bill Gates and a team of visiting doctors discussed the likelihood that a new pandemic will happen in the next decade. Alas, their predictions came true even faster.
This is the compilation of the best series about or with werewolves. Everyone, even the hopeless romantics, and lovers of scary stories will find here something interesting for themselves. Choose the best from this list to watch for the rest of quarantine.
As the quarantine measure have not been lifted in full across most of the countries, we still have time to stay at home and enjoy watching a good movie compiled by Bemorepanda.
16-year-old lovers Harry and June escape from the supervision of their parents. Suddenly strange things begin to happen to the heroes, after which June discovers the ability to transform into other people. Perhaps professor Halvorson will help her control supernatural powers.
To avenge the death of his mother, freshman Jack Morton enters a secret community that involves him in a dangerous game. Gradually, the hero finds himself in the center of hostility between werewolves and dark magicians.
The only werewolf woman in the world, Elena Michaels, is trying to live a normal human life. But once something happens, because of which she has to return to the pack, leaving the groom - an ordinary guy.
In the town of Hemlock Grove, one of the local girls dies, and this event strangely coincides with the arrival of young Peter Rumancek, whom evil tongues call a werewolf. Rumors attract the attention of Roman Godfrey, the heir to the richest family in the city. The guys become friends and together try to reveal the secret of the killer’s identity, especially since he is clearly not going to stop on one victim.
The notorious werewolf and depressed vampire decide to rent a house, but do not suspect that there they will meet another neighbor. It turns out to be a cynical ghost of a girl.
A sixteen-year-old teenager, Scott McCall, once bites a mysterious beast, after which the hero realizes that he has become a werewolf. Now he must learn to control himself in order to protect his loved ones.
This British fantasy series will be interesting mainly for a very young audience. In the story, the young girl Maddy lives in a family of half-wolves and carefully hides her nature from others. Once at a school where the heroine studies, a new one appears, in whose veins wolf blood also flows. After some time, an unusual relationship develops between teenagers.
An ordinary girl, Bo, learns that she is a born succubus, feeding on the energy of people. At the same time, the heroine refuses to take the side of dark or light forces and simply lives on her own, moonlighting as a private detective. She is assisted by Russian thief Kenzie, detective-werewolf Dyson and researcher Lauren Lewis.
Detective Nick Burkhardt learns that he is from an old family of fighters against evil spirits. Now the hero has to lead a double life in order to continue the work of his ancestors and protect everyone who is in danger. Nick’s associate is the re-educated werewolf Eddie Monroe, whom you can always turn to for help and advice.
“The originals” grew out of the multi-part teenage drama “The Vampire Diaries”. As in the original series, they immediately tell about werewolves and vampires, and a significant part of the timing is involved in the analysis of complex characters' family relationships.
Beautiful nature shots, crime investigation, research projects and immersion in history. This is the collection of top 10 series that will teach you something new.
Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
A creepy real story that emotional people should watch with great care. Once an unknown man posted on the Internet a video of the killing of kittens. Several strangers to each other on the Web decided to figure out the offender themselves. But soon the case took a more terrible turn.
Night on Earth
A stunningly beautiful series from the British studio Plimsoll Productions explores the life of animals that are active at night. The project provides an opportunity to observe the hunting of lions, and bats, and even plunge into the night ocean.
Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity
Today it is impossible to imagine our life without electricity. It gives not only light in homes, but also provides communication around the world. However, this was not always the case. The project of the BBC channel tells how humanity began to use electricity.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
A unique project gives fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Formula 1. The series allows you to follow the fight for the championship title, as well as learn more about the life of riders and the work of teams.
Making a murderer
Steven Avery was arrested on suspicion of rape. Despite the fact that the witnesses did not agree, he was sent to prison for 18 years. Having freed himself, Avery filed a lawsuit against the leadership of the district and several officials. But soon the man was arrested on murder charges.
Through the wormhole
Through the Wormhole is one of the most comprehensive documentary series. In it, even fantastic and philosophical questions are analyzed from a scientific point of view, inviting various experts. And the legendary actor Morgan Freeman brings together all the ideas and presents them in a simple and understandable language.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The HBO channel is investigating a case involving billionaire Robert Durst. He was accused of a series of murders, and the defendant even admitted to one of them, but convinced everyone that he was only defending himself. The authors of this mini-series found new evidence related to the case.
30 for 30
Back in 2009, the ESPN cable channel launched a series of films dedicated to pivotal events in the sports world. Each season contains 30 episodes telling about important moments in the history of boxing, football, hockey and other popular competitions.
One strange rock
The series, received in the original ironic title “One Strange Rock”, is dedicated to the secrets of our planet. The authors talk about unexplored corners of the Earth and the most unusual phenomena.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson “travels” in space and time, telling viewers about scientific discoveries, space, secrets of the past and the likely future.
This series is based on the project "Space: a personal journey" in 1980, which was led by Carl Sagan. But over the years, science has gone far ahead, and the possibilities of television have greatly expanded. The series has a sequel called "Space: Possible Worlds."
What do you do when you feel a wave of romance encompass you whose magic is almost impossible to remove? You sit in your favorite and comfortable place with your partner or friends or just with yourself and enjoy beautiful, funny and loving moments, watching the best romantic comedies.
The Ugly Truth
Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl), a successful TV producer, finds a solution to just about every problem in the world, except for her sentimental life, which is a disaster. For his part, Mike (Gerard Butler) is a guy who knows how to say things by name and this is exactly what he has to do with his show about men's secrets. Even if they hate each other, the two are forced to work together. And so they make a pact.
Amy (Amy Adams) is a girl who leads a carefree life. She works for a men's magazine, has a bunch of cool friends and a lot of one-night adventures, because she's not the kind to get serious about a relationship. When she begins to fall in love with Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), the doctor about whom she has to write an article, all her principles about freedom, love and relationships are called into question.
Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) are best friends and want to be their whole lives side by side. An unexpected event, however, changes Rosie's plans and moves Alex in a completely opposite direction.
The Back-Up Plan
Jennifer Lopez plays the role of Zoe, a woman who, after countless failures in love, decides not to wait and become a mother on her own. The same day she goes to the artificial insemination office, she meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin), who is instantly attracted to her.
Kate (Catherine Zeta Jones) is a skilled chef from Manhattan, for whom the kitchen is her playground, but also the place where she spends most of her time. Her life is changing when her boss hires an extremely charming sous chef, Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart), a rising star whose work methods are a little more ... extravagant.
All Roads Lead to Rome
If you count yourself among those who love Italy and holidays there, All Roads Lead to Rome is only worth seeing on a Sunday dedicated to relaxation. In an attempt to get closer to her rebellious daughter, Summer (Rosie Day), Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker) decides to take her on a trip to Italy, where she fell in love for the first time many years ago.
Life as We Know It
Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Eric (Josh Duhamel) hate each other passionately and nothing seems to help them reach a consensus. But when their best friends die in a road accident, the two must make peace in order to grow up with little Sophie, their fine daughter who has now become an orphan.
Friends with Benefits
From this list of romantic comedies could not miss Friends with Benefits, an important representative of the genre. Jamie (Mila Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) meet for the first time in professional interest, but soon they become best friends ... with benefits.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Andie's (Kate Hudson) mission is to find a man to get her slippers in ten days. Benjamin (Matthew McConaughey) bet is to make a woman fall in love with him in ten days. Who will win?
50 First Dates
Henry (Adam Sandler) falls in love with Lucy (Drew Barrymore) at first sight. The only problem is that her memory disappears from day to day and she never remembers who he is.
Jason and Nikki are happy together, but can not have a baby. The couple have to go through many trials that will make them only closer.
A new series from the creator of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy, will talk about young actors who are struggling to make their way in post-war Hollywood.
Mankind has invented a way to choose the options for the afterlife. After a sudden death, Nathan goes to his own paradise, where he meets the girl Nora. Now he needs to get used to a new kind of existence, and Nora to learn how to combine human everyday life with work in Nathan’s “paradise”.
American pianist Elliot Udo settled in a small Parisian club. True, the institution often causes losses. The hero contacts crime, but soon meets his 15 ‑ year-old daughter. Now he will have to radically change his life.
Several aliens flee from a dying planet and crash on Earth. They are forced to pretend to be ordinary people, but they can not get used to human society.
I Know This Much Is True
Mark Ruffalo will play the twin brothers Dominic and Thomas, one of whom suffers from schizophrenia. Together they have to endure the complexities of life: betrayal, love and a midlife crisis.
The comedy series from Hulu will tell the story of the formation of Empress Catherine II. The young daughter of a German prince arrives in Russia and decides to change the order in the country. To do this, she only needs to kill her husband, start a feud with the church, confuse the military and attract judges to her side.
Zoe Walker comes to Ibiza to investigate the death of her brother - a famous DJ. He disappeared 20 years ago, but the body was discovered only now. The heroine will plunge into the world of money, filled with temptations and deception.
After the global catastrophe, a new ice age began on Earth. The few survivors settled in a giant train, where different sectors of society were divided into wagons. The poor are starving in the tail, and the elite feasting in the head of the train.
High school student Courtney Whitmore discovers that her father was an assistant superhero. And she also finds a staff with which you can fly, create a protective field and shoot energy. Then Courtney decides to assemble a new team of superheroes.
(1)Five hundred million people, in other words the third part of the entire world's population, were infected and fell ill.
The "Spanish" influenza pandemic of 1918–1919, which caused approximately 50 million deaths worldwide, remains an ominous warning to public health. The disease was exceptionally severe.
(2) The president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson that time, caught the flu— and so did future president Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Wilson felt bad during the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, he was negotiating the future path for the world after World War I. If he'd died during this times, it would have dramatically changed the future of many states. Wilson's daughter Margaret and much of his staff also got sick. Roosevelt — then the assistant secretary of the Navy — was infected while on a voyage to France aboard the USS Leviathan. Roosevelt survived the flu after being returned home to the States.
(3) The pandemic came to be known as the "Spanish flu," but it didn't actually start in Spain.
When the flu first hit Europe in early 1918, it spread throughout military camps on both sides of World War I. Even if it was going fast, governments involved in the war kept it a secret because they feared that acknowledging their troops were sick could help the enemy.
That's where Spain highlighted. Since it was a neutral country, it had no need to keep secrets when its people got sick, so the Spanish government and media reported what was happening.
(4)No one actually knows where the virus started. For decades, scientists have debated where in the world the pandemic started, variously pinpointing its origins in France, China, the American Midwest, and beyond. The Spanish flu reached its height in autumn 1918 but raged until 1920.
(5)People who catched the flu felt severe fatigue, fever, and headaches. Many also suffered from a cough so severe they would turn blue, tear abdominal muscles from coughing, and bleed from the mouth, nose, and sometimes ears.
The disease, which came to be known as the Spanish flu, hit the young and healthy, with many victims dying within hours or a couple days after the symptoms began.