Yes, Netflix is making a serious Oscar play this year with Alfonso Cuarón's artful Roma, and already took home a bunch of Emmys for their original series like The Crown, Godless, and Black Mirror. Each year, their crop of original programming gets more and more outstanding, creating an awards heavyweight out of what was once a humble DVD rental service. But the best thing on there right now isn't a cerebral awards contender or an effects-heavy prestige drama series. It's not even a Netflix original. It's a British nature documentary about fish.
In 2001, The Blue Planet, the first documentary series to dive deep into Earth's oceanic history, premiered on the BBC and changed the course of nature filmography forever. Containing creatures and phenomena that had never been seen on camera before -- and some that had never even been seen at all -- The Blue Planet took five years, nearly 200 filming locations all over the world, and a set of specialized deep-water submersibles to make.
In 2006, the BBC's Planet Earth became the most groundbreaking nature documentary series ever commissioned, the first ever to be filmed entirely in high definition. It won four Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Royal Television Society Award, and pretty much singlehandedly paved the way for future documentaries, including its own sequel, Planet Earth II (remember those lizards?), Frozen Planet, and a number of deep dives into the ecosystems of Africa, China, the South Pacific islands, and Madagascar. Planet Earth changed everything, which is why going back and recreating one of the BBC's greatest hits only makes sense.