What was Tiger King about?

What was Tiger King about?

What was Tiger King about?

By: Megan Dinkins


Tiger King is currently one of the most-watched shows on Netflix according to whats-on-netflix.com. Since its release on March 20, it has been viewed 64 million views, created headlines across the US, and become meme-worthy.


Tiger King is about several different zoos and their owners including Joe Exotic, Doc Antle, Carole Baskin, and their workers. They’re all competing to have the best zoo and become the “tiger king”.


Joe Exotic’s career started out strong. He had a successful zoo and even two music albums. Joe was also a gay polygamist who was married to Travis Maldonado and Dillon Passage. Travis, however, accidentally committed suicide. He put a gun to his head thinking it was empty and pulled the trigger. After Travis’s suicide, Joe started going a little more crazy than he already was. He decided to run for president as an independent in 2016 and then for governor of Oklahoma in 2018. He did not win either election. Along with losing both elections, he spent all of his money on campaigning.


Carole Baskin led Big Cat Rescue. She was very well known. She accumulated 1.16 million subscribers on Youtube, 2.6 million Facebook followers, and 2.3 million website viewers. In the show, it talks about speculations that she fed her second husband, Don Lewis, to her tigers. She swears throughout the whole show that that never happened. Don’s body has not been found, and he’s still labeled as a missing person.


One of the leading themes is that Joe hated Carole Baskin. He shared many times not only on the show but also on his Youtube channel that he wanted Carole dead. Carole ends up suing him for a million dollar trademark infringement case. After this, he chooses to carry out his wish and hires a hitman against her. His hitman ended up being an undercover FBI agent who then formed a case against Joe. He ended up being charged with murder for hire and several wildlife violations in 2018 and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.


Doc Antle was the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari. He is also a polygamist and had at least three wives that all lived at the zoo each in their own house that Doc built for them. He wasn’t as much of a star of the show as Carole and Joe so there’s not much information about him. His zoo was raided in 2019 but is still open today.


So why do people like the show so much? Mattison Dinkins says that the show was unlike anything she’d ever seen. Many of my friends also really enjoyed the show. Tyler Guymon says, “There were so many twists and turns and it kept me on my toes. I couldn’t stop watching it.”


The show is very interesting to say the least and definitely blew up to be something I didn’t think it would be. This show also teaches us to look out for other zoos who mistreat animals and to steer clear of them.