Hey all you cool cats and kittens! If you're not yet sick of hearing that phrase, then we've got some good news for you – NBC's dramatisation of the Tiger King story is coming to Sky.


Joe vs Carole, which is based on Netflix docu-series Tiger King, stars SNL's Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin, while Shrill's John Cameron Mitchell plays the notorious Joe Exotic.

The eight-part series seems to be the only drama based on the unbelievable true crime story that has made it to our screens after the docuseries premiered in 2020, with a show starring Nicolas Cage in the role of Joe Exotic being shelved last year.

This version, however, stars the likes of Kyle MacLachlan, Dean Winters, Nat Wolff and Willian Fichtner as they explore the rivalry between now-celebrities Baskin and Exotic.

Read on for everything you need to know about Joe vs Carole (which was originally titled Joe Exotic).

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Joe vs Carole release date

The series will be available to watch in the US on Peacock – NBC's streaming platform – from 3rd March.

As for the drama's UK release date, all eight episodes of the series will be available on Sky and NOW from Friday 4th March.

Joe vs Carole cast

Leading the cast of this true crime drama is Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon, who plays Carole Baskin, while John Cameron Mitchell – who is best known for starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shrill – portrays Joe Exotic.

Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan is taking on the role of Howard Baskin – Carole's husband – while 30 Rock's Dean Winters plays Jeff Lowe.

As for the rest of the cast, they include Cougar Town's Brian Van Holt (John Reinke), Prison Break's William Fichtner (Rick Kirkham), The Fault in Our Stars' Nat Wolff (Travis Maldonado), Burnt's Sam Keeley (John Finlay) as well as Lex Mayson (Kelci Saffery), Joel Marsh Garland (James Garretson), Marlo Kelly (James Murdock) and Aliandra Calabrese (Lauren Lowe).

Dennis Quaid was originally cast to play reality show producer Rick Kirkham, however he had to pull out due to a scheduling conflict.

What is Joe vs Carole about?

Joe vs Carole

Based on Netflix's docuseries Tiger King and the second series of Wondery's Over My Dead Body podcast, Joe vs Carole dramatises the real-life rivalry between Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin and exotic zoo owner Joe 'Exotic' Schreibvogel, which ended in Exotic serving a 21 year sentence.

While Sky has given away a huge amount about the plot, it's likely to mirror the events captured in Netflix's Tiger King, from Exotic's marriages to the accusations against Baskin about her first husband Don Lewis.

Joe vs Carole trailer

Sky and Peacock released a trailer for Joe vs Carole at the beginning of February, teasing Kate McKinnon and John Cameron Mitchell's portrays of Tiger King stars Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic.

Joe vs Carole premieres on Peacock, exclusively available on Sky and NOW in the UK on Friday 4th March. Check out our Drama hub for more news, interviews and features or find something to watch with our TV guide.


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