Every Narrator on Vox’s Netflix Series “Explained”

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Netflix’s latest documentary series is firing all cylinders with new episodes releasing on Netflix every Wednesday. What you may have twigged is that most episodes of Explained are narrated by a special celebrity guest. Here’s the definitive list of who is narrating each episode. 

Not every episode is narrated by a celebrity, episodes like “Tattoos” are instead narrated by the creator of that episode instead. We’ll include their names in the list below too.

The Racial Wealth Gap – Samira Wiley

The first debut episode of Explained focused on the racial wealth gap in America. The episode is narrated by Samira Wiley who is mostly now known for her role on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.

Designer DNA – Joss Fong

Joss Fong is Vox’s resident science video contributor having appeared in countless Vox videos on Youtube. She appears most in the YouTube series Vox Observatory but her most popular video was “How Americans got stuck with endless drug ads” which has clocked over two million views.

Monogamy & Why Diets Fail – Maria Bello

Maria Bello narrated the episode produced on Monogamy. She’s mostly known for her role as Jack Sloane on NCIS but also is known for A History of Violence, Coyote Ugly, The Cooler and Lights Out. So far, Maria Bello is the only celebrity to have narrated two episodes.

eSports, The Stock Market & K-Pop – Estelle Caswell

Estelle works at Vox but is mostly known for her music articles and video series called Ear Worm. She’s the only person from Vox so far to have voiced over three episodes of Explained. Estelle narrated over The Stock Market and eSports but actually produced the K-Pop episode too.

You should absolutely check out the Earworm series if you enjoyed these episodes.

Cryptocurrency – Christian Slater

Another fantastic pickup here with Christian Slater narrating the episode all about the new digital currency craze around the world. Christian Slater was probably mostly chosen because of his featured role in USA Network’s Mr. Robot. Christian is also known for his role in True Romance, Very Bad Things and The Lian Guard TV series.


Extraterrestrial Life – Levar Burton

Whoever cast Levar Burton for this episode needs a raise ASAP. Levar is mostly known for his role in several Star Trek series including First Contact, Generations, Insurrection. He’s since had cameos in The Big Bang Theory and Community but is now working on an upcoming TV series called Weird City.

! Explained – Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll who’s mostly known for his comedy and his recent animated show on Netflix, Big Mouth provided the voice for this episode on the exclamation point. It looks at the rise and fall of the punctuation and also looks at literature and how it’s used on the internet at large.

Cricket Explained – Aasif Mandvi

Going into this episode you’d be forgiven to expect to be bored but it provides a fascinating insight into the game of cricket without getting too technical. Most of the hard work is done by Aasif Mandvi who narrates.  Aasif is mostly known for his role in Million Dollar Arm but also appears as Uncle Monty in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Weed Explained – Kevin Smith

Was there anyone better to present the episode on weed than Kevin Smith? Well, Snoop Dogg maybe but Kevin Smith is a close second. Mostly known for his movies produced in the 90’s Kevin but is mostly known for his work on the show Clerks.

Tattoos Explained – Coleman Lowndes

Coleman Lowndes produced the episode on tattoos as well as narrated it. Coleman works at Vox and can be found producing numerous videos for them on their website and Youtube channel.

Astrology Explained – Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi – Astrology Explained

Yara Shahidi was the narrator for the episode all about the stars and Astrology. Yara is mostly known for her role on ABC’s Black-ish as Zoey Johnson. Before that, she appeared in movies such as Salt, Alex Cross, and Butter.

We’ll update this list every single week with the latest episode and who’s narrating it.

Kasey Moore

Kasey Moore is the founder and editor-in-chief of What's on Netflix. Kasey launched the site in 2013 after growing frustration with finding content on Netflix. He has an in depth understanding of the release cycles for Netflix and has developed tools to make navigating Netflix easier. Resides in Norwich in the UK.