Netflix’s Explained drops coronavirus series
Staff Reporter | On 26, Apr 2020
Update: 2 new episodes will be released on 16th June 2020
Netflix has ordered a coronavirus special episode of its documentary series Explained.
Produced by Vox Media, the series marked one of Netflix’s first pushes into short-form content – the kind of videos that are normally the bread-and-butter of platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. Each episode comprises around 15 minutes of educational information, with a different guest narrator to deliver facts to viewers, with previous celebrities including Samira Wiley, Christian Slater, Rachel Bloom, Kristen Bell, Rachel McAdams, Kyle MacLachlan, Carly Rae Jepsen and Nick Kroll.
After commissioning two seasons, Netflix is now turning to its most topical subject yet: the coronavirus pandemic. At the start of 2020, the world changed. This topical episode examines the pandemic, the efforts to combat it and ways to manage its mental health toll. It’s available on Netflix from Sunday 26th April.
Here’s a trailer:
Coronavirus: Explained is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
Netflix renews Explained for Season 2
22nd November 2018
Netflix will continue explaining things for another year, with a second season of its informative series, Explained, on the way.
Produced by Vox Media, the series was first announced at the start of the year, and marked one of Netflix’s first pushes into short-form content – the kind of videos that are normally the bread-and-butter of platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. Indeed, Explained takes a leaf from its previous YouTube content, with each episode comprising around 15 minutes of educational information. Each chapter recruits a different guest narrator to deliver the facts to viewers, with previous celebrities including Samira Wiley, Christian Slater, Rachel Bloom, Kristen Bell, Rachel McAdams, Kyle MacLachlan, Carly Rae Jepsen and Nick Kroll.
Netflix ordered 20 episodes for the show’s first run, with episodes arriving weekly from May through to September 2018. They tackled such issues as the female orgasm, political correctness, why women are paid less, extraterrestrial life and cryptocurrency, with interviews from leading experts in each field shedding light on the subject. Now, the streaming giant has greenlit a second season, which will continue to explore big questions and global topics.
It marks Netflix’s continued push into short-form video, which includes a showcase for up-and-coming stand-up comics, and a growing number of short documentaries. Vox has also released episodes on YouTube: