Is ‘Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist’ on Netflix real?

Published 10/03/2022, 12:00 PM EDT

There is a reason why Netflix is called the OTT mogul. The streaming giant puts out intriguing series, captivating movies, and most importantly, mind-blowing documentaries. As cinema moves more towards OTT releases, many platforms are trying to win the race. But there is one thing that they cannot take away from Netflix and that is creating magnificent and compelling documentaries. There is nobody that is doing the storytelling business like Netflix is. Everybody is making documentaries about serial killers, but have you seen one about All-American football player Manti Te’o?

Titled Untold, the documentary tells untold stories in sports. Before you hang up thinking it is yet another documentary about a famous sports person who started from scratch, let us clarify that it is not. It is a series of documentary films that are released each week. Intriguing, nerve-racking, and mysterious stories from the sports world were handpicked to craft this mind-blowing documentary. The series came out with Season 1 in 2021. And now in 2022, it is back with brilliance. Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist in particular is one of the best documentaries on Netflix.

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Is the Manti Te’o story from Untold on Netflix real?

After gaining critical acclaim in 2021, the series iss back again in 2022. The opening episode was titled Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist and told the story of the famous football player named Manti Te’o.

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If you are a football fan, you may have heard his name. Seeing how good he is at his game, one would think that the football player is only a few steps away from getting a Netflix documentary about his success. But before that could happen, his girlfriend died, except his girlfriend never actually existed.

Meeting your soulmate online is a dream for many people. However, this dream soon turned into a nightmare for Manti Te’o after he became the crux of a catfish scandal that could have destroyed his career. How Manti Te’o’ discovers that such a huge part of his life is a complete lie is what the documentary covers. A sports documentary in a never seen style on Netflix is what Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist is.

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Which is your favorite Untold documentary episode from Volume 2? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aliza Siddiqui

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Aliza Siddiqui is a writer at Netflix Junkie. She headed the Korean Wave team at a reputed organization for over a year and had over 1000 published articles on the subject to her name. She is currently persuing a degree in Psychology from Ewing Christin College.

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