20. “McCartney 3,2,1” (2021)
What it is: In a stripped-down studio with a handful of instruments and the master recordings from one of music’s most storied careers, Paul McCartney discusses his life before, during, and after The Beatles. His sole confidant for six episodes of these black-and-white story sessions? Legendary music producer Rick Rubin.
Why you should watch it: No Beatles-adjacent documentary project will ever be separated from mythmaking (even the one that was entirely made from fly-on-the-wall recording studio footage). So here, director Zachary Heinzerling lets half of the surviving band members print his own legend, with the help of another music industry titan who’s no stranger to history. Pairing these two lets McCartney get into the finer points of writing and performing generation-defining hits and Rubin gets to be both a giggling bearded fanboy and one of the only people on the planet who could coax some of these details out of his friend/subject.
Here’s our review of the series from back in the summer of 2021.