Full Episode: Cults, Explained | Netflix

  • Published on Oct 18, 2019
  • This full episode of Explained looks at how cults lure people in and exert control. Learn a cult's telltale signs, and how loneliness in life and life online makes indoctrination easier than ever.
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  • idk girl
    idk girl Day ago

    Hear me out
    a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object

    So..church...Kinda a cult...

    XOXO random atheist

  • unknown
    unknown Day ago +1

    My only leader is the dear leader Jim Pickens

  • Queen of the Butterflies

    Every religion IS a large cult.

  • psychotronik13
    psychotronik13 3 days ago

    Religions are cults.

  • Gabrielle
    Gabrielle 4 days ago

    The Explained theme song makes me smile so much

  • Dylan Hannah
    Dylan Hannah 4 days ago

    Brexit is very cultish

  • Michael Perkuhn
    Michael Perkuhn 5 days ago

    Does anyone know what the titel of the music is starting at 7:20 and going on for 2 minutes?

  • Mind and Miracle Productions

    11:55 This documentary is Satanic propaganda. Taking lessons from a Satanist; is like taking poison.

  • WW Redgrl15
    WW Redgrl15 6 days ago

    Sounds like Brad Pitts’ voice but with a little cold

  • RonLarhz
    RonLarhz 9 days ago

    What pisses me off the most is how reliturd sheeples have zero reflection(if they even watch this full).
    It's fking 2020, we just got photo of black hole and damn hoomans still fall for religion and cults.

  • RLomoterenge
    RLomoterenge 11 days ago

    Cults are awesome!

    APACADEMY 15 days ago +1

    America, IS A CULT also. It has ALL those characteristics pointed out.

  • Virtueman1
    Virtueman1 16 days ago

    Sounds like the green movement

  • Fabled Creature
    Fabled Creature 18 days ago +1

    '917 people and that other guy.' Well said!

  • Jewelz EDM
    Jewelz EDM 19 days ago +1

    Trumps base is a cult

  • Martyn George
    Martyn George 21 day ago

    Climate Change

  • Starlightglitter
    Starlightglitter 23 days ago +2


  • Artist Strawberry
    Artist Strawberry 24 days ago +1

    The narrator has the perfect voice for this

  • Heath Kitchen
    Heath Kitchen 24 days ago

    I see what you tryied to do there Netflix. Shame on you.

  • Heath Kitchen
    Heath Kitchen 24 days ago

    Reza is such a charlatan.

  • truth isalie
    truth isalie 24 days ago +4

    Jehovah's witnesses should be added to the list also.

  • M AN
    M AN 25 days ago

    This country is full of cults, nothing new here even the politics gather at the bohemian cove in
    N. California to worship dark thoughts.

  • alexleanh
    alexleanh 26 days ago +3

    The easiest way to identify a cult is when the leader of the group telling you to cut off ties with your family, your friends, you neighbors, your co-workers... and the rest of the world.

    • alexleanh
      alexleanh 24 days ago +2

      @truth isalie Yes, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Hare Krishna, Branch Davidians (David Koresh), Heaven's Gate, Peoples Temple (Jim Jones), Unification Church (Reverend Sun Myung Moon), Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Children of God, The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Warren Jeffs), Twelve Tribes (Elbert Eugene Spriggs, often known as “Yoneq”), etc. Those are a few examples among hundreds existing int the United States. Worldwide, the estimation runs into ten of thousands.

    • truth isalie
      truth isalie 24 days ago +1

      Like the jehovah's witnesses.

  • Groud Frank
    Groud Frank 26 days ago

    Of course they find a way to blame 4chan. Of course! Apparently, 4chan is the root of all evil. I'm shocked you guys didn't throw Russia or Putin in there too. Decent documentary but I can't take anything serious that takes 4chan seriously. If one makes a post on 4chan about plans to commit a mass shooting then most users will assume it's a sh*t posting and will sh*t post in response.

  • EmotionalCactus
    EmotionalCactus 27 days ago

    My Mom is from Guyana and she would mention Jim Jones but see wouldn't outline much.

  • Emperor26
    Emperor26 Month ago

    One of the worst cults out there are the Seventh Day Adventists. Don't go there.

  • Schmuck on Wheels
    Schmuck on Wheels Month ago

    Feminism is a cult

  • Ahmed Etemadi
    Ahmed Etemadi Month ago

    What differentiates a cult from a religion?

  • Sumit Pal
    Sumit Pal Month ago

    Branding sone of the Indian gurus as cults would be inappropriate given the nature of Sanatana Dharma itself - it intrinsically allows absolute freedom of thought and process for reaching God.

  • Melody Clark
    Melody Clark Month ago +2

    So glad to see Jehovah's Witnesses identified as a cult. 8:17
    I hope people realize one day that it's just a s harmful and life threatening as the people's temple cult

  • 200 subs with no video challenge

    Jonestown wasn’t a suicide. It was mass murder. 300 children were killed, and many people were forced to take the poison. Even those who took the poison ‘willingly’ were not truly responsible. They were indoctrinated.

  • A Koster
    A Koster Month ago

    Tell me about it, I escaped from a death cult called "liberalism" and it took a while to become deradicalised. Boy they really screw with your head

  • paul saha
    paul saha Month ago

    *Funded by the coke, cigarette, etc., companies.* Lolz

  • paul saha
    paul saha Month ago

    Don't you ever put the eastern wisdom & the western wisdom at the same plate.
    East is Rich.

  • Party Tomorrow
    Party Tomorrow Month ago

    building like a wall

  • Party Tomorrow
    Party Tomorrow Month ago

    we are coming together as nations

  • Party Tomorrow
    Party Tomorrow Month ago

    we are all combating mentally ill cults that undermine our work and progress

  • Party Tomorrow
    Party Tomorrow Month ago

    social media is a cult itsself for outcast people that gives their voice meaning but in reality it is smited down by real intellectuals

  • nowwithmorekick
    nowwithmorekick Month ago

    A lot of cults are secretly cults labeling them selves as Islamic or Christian groups.

  • nowwithmorekick
    nowwithmorekick Month ago

    A lot of cults are started by the overnight and big bussiness and the c.i.a. is than used to secretly maintain control over the cults for big banks and bussiness moguls. That or cults ultimate are started by the government doing social engineerING studies and or brainwashing studies.

  • M B
    M B Month ago

    Religion - the route of all evil in the world

  • saturn alien
    saturn alien Month ago +1

    every cult documentary is the same cults everytime BORING

  • Obi Dark
    Obi Dark Month ago

    Countries are cults anyways

  • Waleed Syed
    Waleed Syed Month ago

    So, the real question is; Those people who started a foundation after leaving their cult... Are they jut reliving what thier cult leaders did with a different purpoe and method? Are political parties also cults? They share many vharacteristics, like the leader, altered view on the world, certain things being looked down upom, financial or physical investment.... Where is that line REALLY draw? Or is it just left up to interpretation>

  • Michael Mcdaniel
    Michael Mcdaniel Month ago

    The church and pope duh??

  • dt089
    dt089 Month ago

    It's really sad how you can include Ram Dass and Eckhart Tolle in this documentary and be so ignorant to their teachings and history. Last time I checked, they have never had a "God complex", extorted large sums of money from people/exploited them, or manipulated anyone into following them. Whether you believe in their teachings, or not, they are simply modern day philosophers, not sociopathic narcissists.

  • Martin Karlén
    Martin Karlén Month ago +1

    Tfw you realize that north korea is just a really big cult

  • Betsy Gray O’Malley
    Betsy Gray O’Malley Month ago +2

    Very one sided documentary.

    • Razvan Sfirlogea
      Razvan Sfirlogea Month ago

      Yeah I see what you're saying, nobody came on to defend Jim Jones or David Korresh. What a joke, right?

  • imaratspal
    imaratspal Month ago

    I really feel for that one guy who left his book club. Definitely WAY worse experience than any of the other cult survivors. The de-conditioning process must've been immensely taxing on him.

  • Tony Midyett
    Tony Midyett Month ago +3

    Don't listen to any leader who tells you to be anything other than kind and compassionate to everyone.

  • Nerd
    Nerd Month ago +8

    As someone who has been a Christian my whole life, I am starting to vastly question if I am in a cult. There are striking resemblances. We are taught that the world is evil and to stay away from non believers and stay away from any media that is not Christian. We become isolated in a little bubble where all of our friends and family are christian, and very few people in our circle are not christian. We are told to come to church every week or multiple times a week, and to listen to christian music, read christian books, and listen to christian podcasts which further indoctrinates you. When everyone you know and love believes something and repeats the same things to you all the time it become reality to you. We don't have a leader that claims to be God, but we have Jesus who is supposed to be God, and every church normally has one paster that everyone looks up to. We even have these weird chant things where the pastor says "All the time" and we all say "God is good." then he says "and God is good" and we say back "All the time." I have stopped going to church for about 2 years now, and now that I have been away from it a see how freaking weird a lot of it is.

    • Sally Nelson
      Sally Nelson Month ago +2

      I was in a Christian cultish church for 15 years (similar stuff to what u mentioned) and the best thing I did was leave. I had no idea they were being so brainwashing or controlling until right at the end. When I left it was like a whole new world was open to me. I tried to find a new church and it took a while to find somewhere I couldn’t see manipulation or (in the case of the mega church) money based business. I have finally found somewhere but never again will I just swallow anything I’m told by the church. I question everything

    • Razvan Sfirlogea
      Razvan Sfirlogea Month ago +4

      How about following a main branch that ISN'T a cult or just do only the things that make you feel comfortable, like praying or whatever? You don't need to listen to anyone who claims to speak for God, your connection with divinity is personal.

  • MaYanK SaNkhlA
    MaYanK SaNkhlA Month ago +1

    finding Anything on sadhguru.... smh !! NETFLIX :/

  • Britopia
    Britopia 2 months ago +1


  • Guadalupe Florian
    Guadalupe Florian 2 months ago

    The 3 characteristics sound just like any religion to me

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 2 months ago +8

    Netflix: you don’t need entertainment but you need education so this one’s on us.

  • K D
    K D 2 months ago

    Man I've almost joined like 3 cults. It's not that crazy actually. Everyone is usually really nice and its a cool loving environment at first. Then they start talking about recruiting and want you to basically give up your life for their cause and then that's usually when I realize what's going on.

  • macayo
    macayo 2 months ago

    I've been involved in a number cults, both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower but you make more money as a leader.

  • Michael Epstein
    Michael Epstein 2 months ago

    Control, be it the control of self or the control of others, breeds conflict, violence, and suffering. See my group on Facebook: "Total Enlightenment NOW!".

  • Michael Epstein
    Michael Epstein 2 months ago +1

    Total Enlightenment is actually being Totally Free from fear, anxiety, suffering, loneliness, jealousy, envy, greed, hatred, or self-importance.

    They who are Totally Enlightened actually treat everyone, without exception, with the same intensity and quality of care and affection that they would give their dearest closest friend, lover, or child, without any sense of division, separation or distance, and without an iota of bias or prejudice, in each and every moment of their daily life.

    Enlightenment does not take time.
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    Do Jacob's Ladder and set yourself Totally Free in daily life, once and for all, now and forever. There is no reason why you need waste another day trapped in the Matrix of self-deceptions.
    See my group on Facebook: "Total Enlightenment NOW!"

    After your Enlightenment, come join me on the front lines to make sure that only the most Loving/most Wise among us become our public servants. Then we will finally be in a position to transition to a Whole New Way of Living rooted in Love and Wisdom.
    See my group on Facebook: "Creating a Wonderful World. (let's get it done already)."

  • Michael Epstein
    Michael Epstein 2 months ago +1

    All -isms, all ideologies, be it Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, Zionism, Libertarianism, Anarchism, Liberalism, Feminism, or Nationalism, prevent Lucidity.

    All beliefs, religions, traditions, philosophies, opinions, perspectives, theories, prevent Lucidity.

    They act like a filter, which limits, distorts, shapes and colors all Perceptions.

    Therefore, your brain never Perceives anyone or anything as it actually is.

    Moreover, they invent the illusion of division, separation, and disconnection between the me and the not me, which breeds conflict, violence, and suffering.

    See the danger.

    The brain must be Totally Free in order to Perceive what is...the isness, the fact, the act, the actual...what is actually taking place from moment to moment, free of any interpreter or censor.

    Then and only then is one capable of actually Living Love, Peace, Joy, Kindness, Goodness, Compassion (Passion for All), Beauty, Creativity, Feeling, ExperiencING, Lucidity, Truth, and Wisdom.

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    So first Inner Total Freedom. Then and only then can there be Outer Total Freedom in the society.

    Only such a brain can usher in a Whole New Way of Living rooted in Love and Wisdom.

    Without Inner Total Freedom, you will only be moving from one form of tyranny to another form of tyranny, calling it growth, progress, or evolution.

    See my group on Facebook: "Total Enlightenment NOW!".