5 Netflix Shows Every Planner Should Watch

Who said you can’t be productive while binge-watching?

Sometimes the best way to improve as a planner is to learn from the triumphs—and mistakes—of others. Luckily, Netflix offers viewing entertainment that provides the best of both worlds: valuable insight and behind-the-scenes event know-how, along with lessons and know-how-nots. 

For tales of inspiration and warning, these are the five movies and shows that planners should be streaming:

1. “The First Monday in May

Like the title indicates, come the first Monday in May, New York City braces itself for the Met Gala, an annual fundraising event that benefits New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event, which is themed to one of the museum’s exhibitions, draws in celebrities and high-profile personalities from around the globe. “The First Monday in May” covers the meticulous planning of the 2015 Met Gala and the museum’s accompanying exhibit, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” The film provides insight into the processes of planning geniuses Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour as they navigate the treacherous waters of planning both the multimillion-dollar fundraising gala and the massive exhibit itself.

2. “7 Days Out” 

Ever wondered what was going through the minds of planners behind some of the world’s biggest events? “7 Days Out,” a six-part documentary series, follows the hectic and emotional final days leading up to significant cultural events such as the Westminster Dog Show and the Kentucky Derby. 

3. “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” 

Equal parts fascinating and horrifying, “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” provides insight into one of the biggest, most notorious event planning catastrophes in history. A textbook example of how not to plan an event, this documentary gives insight into the very real consequences of overpromising and shoddy execution—as well as a healthy dose of schadenfreude.

4. “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” 

A planner’s job can feel, well, messy. Enter organizing guru Marie Kondo, a professional organizing consultant and inventor of the KonMari method: an organizational system where everything that does not stir feeling or emotion is thrown out. “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” offers a firsthand look into her tidying methods, which planners can use to streamline their planning—and save a lot of time and resources in the process.

5. “Susanne Bartsch: On Top” 

There are few names in the event planning world that carry as much weight as Susanne Bartsch’s. “Susanne Bartsch: On Top” follows Bartsch’s remarkable journey from novice planner to legendary event producer, now known for her work at New York nightclubs, such as Copacabana.