During the early weeks of quarantine, Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin gripped the nation. Netflix said that it "attracted 64 million households in the first four weeks after its March 2020 premiere," lightening-in-the-bottle popularity. Cooped-up families found an escape in the wild world of exotic animals as the rest of the world seemed to slow to a stop. The show, with its odd cast of characters and relentless drama (murder rumors, animal abuse, polygamy, etc), clawed its way into the March 2020 zeitgeist.
A year and a half later, as the pandemic dredges on, Tiger King 2 promises "just as much mayhem and madness as Season 1." But does anyone want Tiger King anymore? Wired ran a column titled "Please, no more Tiger King."
The series will premiere on November 17th, joining other recently-announced Netflix programming that seems to ride on the coattails of Tiger King's popularity: many new releases feature stories about con artists, hunts, and true crime.