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Tiger King Episode 1 Recap: Long Live The King

There’s no one quite like Joe Exotic, star of the wild new Netflix mini-series, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” When this seven-part series dropped on Netflix on March 20th, it became an international sensation almost overnight. And it’s impossible to have missed hearing about it. There are countless memes and references flooding social media. Quarantined-Americans obsess over the latest binge-worthy phenomenon.

In fact, there are two types of people right now: Those that have seen Tiger King, and those whose curiosity has been piqued to the point where they are asking others: “Should I watch this Tiger King thing?”

The answer to that question is an emphatic YES. This too-bizarre-to-be-true real-life crime story is a train-wreck of epic proportions, a story that is impossible to look away from populated with a group of zany, memorable characters. It’s not only the best thing on TV right now – and a much-needed diversion for us all – but it’s also perfectly suited for Netflix. It’s a show that you’ll consume easily over the course of a day or two, before spending more time Googling things like “Is Joe Exotic real?” or “Carole Baskin” or “Don Lewis disappearance” than you did watching the show itself.

If you thought “Making A Murderer” was filled with classy people, just wait until you get a hold of Joe Exotic and his merry band of misfits. Joe Exotic is Steven Avery mixed with Richard Simmons and Ted Nugent, with just a hint of Steve Irwin thrown in.

If you’ve already seen Tiger King, you won’t mind reading on, but if you haven’t, stop fighting it. Let’s take a look at the first episode in the series and if you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later!


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Tiger King stars Jeff Lowe and Joe Exotic are not on good terms, to put it mildly. Jeff cooperated with the feds and now Joe is in jail, serving a 22-year sentence for hiring a hitman to kill his enemy Carole Baskin.

In the Netflix series, Joe insisted that Carole Baskin killed her husband Don Lewis back in 1997. He was convinced that Carole fed her then-husband to one of her tigers. Don’s children had nothing nice to say about Carole. They are upset with Carole for all the money she inherited from their father. Pretty much no one had anything positive to say about Carole, except for her current husband Howard Baskin.

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I know I’m not the only one reeling from the Tiger King viewing experience. There are so many unanswered questions. There is just so much to unpack and such an ecclectic group of characters. And by “characters” I mean real people who just beyond outrageous.

Spoiler alert: the series ended with Jeff Lowe cooperating with the feds to take down Joe Exotic and Tim Stark. Currently, Joe Exotic is in jail. Still, that hasn’t stopped him from filing a $94 million dollar lawsuit. Rapper Cardi B even spoke out about what she views as an injustice to Joe. She doesn’t think that he should be behind bars and talked about starting an online fundraiser for him. However, Jeff could not be more proud of his involvement in this whole situation.