Highest Rated Documentary TV Series With At Least 1000 Votes


1. The Joy of Painting (1983–1994)

30 min | Documentary, Family

9.4
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In this half-hour program, artist Bob Ross paints on canvas a beautiful oil painting.

Stars: Bob Ross, Steve Ross, Dana Jester, Peep

Votes: 2,741

2. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A series of documentaries about World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 15,001

3. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (2016– )

47 min | Documentary

9.2
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A series featuring stories from former members of the Church of Scientology whose lives have been affected by the Church's harmful practices.

Stars: Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Chantal Dodson, Mary Kahn

Votes: 2,721

4. Satyamev Jayate (2012– )

TV-14 | 65 min | Documentary, Talk-Show

9.2
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Aamir Khan hosts and produces this documentary/talk-show that explores the social issues effecting modern India.

Stars: Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra, Deepika Padukone

Votes: 4,446

5. Madventures (2002– )

35 min | Documentary

9.2
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Two backpackers travel through Asia and America.

Stars: Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala, Ior Svedlin, King Kapisi

Votes: 2,174

6. Life Story (2014– )

60 min | Documentary

9.1
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David Attenbourough narrates on the greatest of all adventures - the journey through life.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,325

7. The Life of Mammals (2002–2003)

Documentary

9.1
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,305

8. The Living Planet (1984– )

660 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar).

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,532

9. Good Eats (1999–2012)

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary

9.0
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Pop culture, comedy, and plain good eating: host Alton Brown explores the origins of ingredients, decodes culinary customs and presents food and equipment trends. Punctuated by unusual ... See full summary »

Stars: Alton Brown, Brett Soll, Vickie Eng, Deb Duchon

Votes: 2,842

10. How the Universe Works (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.0
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A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

Stars: Phil Plait, Michelle Thaller, Lawrence Krauss, Richard Lintern

Votes: 4,023

11. Departures (2008– )

46 min | Documentary

9.0
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Aimed at the adventure seeker, Departures is an action-packed and personal journey about two travelers. Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach leave their lives behind in search of unique ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach, Andre Dupuis

Votes: 1,717

12. The Life of Birds (1998– )

TV-PG | 489 min | Documentary

9.0
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David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,290

13. The Trials of Life (1990– )

Documentary

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Each of the twelve 50-minute episodes features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,293

14. The Private Life of Plants (1995– )

292 min | Documentary

9.0
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David Attenborough's study of the world of plants, which demonstrates, with the aid of time-lapse photography, the rich and varied ways in which they flourish.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,114

15. Life in Cold Blood (2008)

Documentary

9.0
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A nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, that looks at the evolution and habits of amphibians and reptiles.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,275

16. Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (2011– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime

8.9
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Lt. Joe Kenda solves cases.

Stars: Josh Casaubon, Carl Marino, Joe Kenda, Sandra Mann

Votes: 1,713

17. Air Emergency (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.9
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Dramatized reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews with aviation experts and eyewitnesses.

Stars: Stephen Bogaert, Jonathan Aris, Gregory Feith, Daniel Park

Votes: 2,675

18. Content Cop (2015– )

20 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

8.9
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In an effort to bring justice to the YouTube community, former police officer Ian Carter takes on the title of "Content Cop". Using his old police uniform and raw wit, Ian sets out to stop the creators that bring nothing but discord to his online city.

Stars: Ian Carter, Calvin Vail, Roman Atwood, Anthony Brady

Votes: 8,774

19. Vice (2013– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, News

8.9
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Documentary series featuring startling, groundbreaking stories from around the world.

Stars: Shane Smith, Thomas Morton, Gianna Toboni, Ben Anderson

Votes: 3,657

20. The Universe (2007– )

45 min | Documentary, History

8.9
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This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 4,401

21. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2016)

Documentary

8.9
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Every October, James Rolfe reviews horror movies, whether it be the old-school silent-era monster classics, the golden-age Universal horror films from the '30s, '40s and '50s, the grotesque... See full summary »

Stars: James Rolfe, Mike Matei, Michael Reid MacKay, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 1,375

22. Nathan for You (2013– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.8
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Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

Stars: Nathan Fielder, William Heath, Anthony Napoli, Anthony Filosa

Votes: 9,487

23. 30 for 30 (2009–2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Ice Cube, Chuck D, Brent Musburger, Patrick Ewing

Votes: 3,399

24. Forensic Files (1996– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

8.8
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A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Skip Palenik, Tom Bevel, Lowell Levine

Votes: 2,637

25. World War II in Colour (2009– )

Documentary, War

8.8
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Recounts the events of world War II in color.

Stars: Robert Powell, Erich von Manstein, Mamoru Shigemitsu

Votes: 1,516

26. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

8.8
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Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman, Will Lyman

Votes: 1,665

27. Screenwipe (2006–2009)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.8
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Satirical TV show critique.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Al Campbell, David Firth, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace

Votes: 1,802

28. Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007– )

60 min | Documentary

8.8
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In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Victor Baker, Phil Bland, Bernadette Carrion van Rijn

Votes: 1,761

29. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.7
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Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. ... See full summary »

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 59,751

30. Chef's Table (2015– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Documentary

8.7
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Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Stars: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford, Lara Gilmore

Votes: 7,096

31. The Untold History of the United States (2012– )

58 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 5,426

32. Den andra sporten (2013– )

44 min | Documentary, Sport

8.7
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The Other Sport (Swedish: Den andra sporten) is a three-part documentary series zooming in on the often harsh conditions of women's football/soccer in Sweden since the first clubs got ... See full summary »

Stars: Anette Börjesson, Hanna Ljungberg, Mattias Löw, Lotta Schelin

Votes: 1,176

33. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Anthony Bourdain visits country's and delves into political issues as well as indigenous food and culture.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, David Holloway, Eric Ripert, Tom Vitale

Votes: 2,519

34. Through the Wormhole (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 14,457

35. Frontline (1983– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Martin Smith

Votes: 1,149

36. Walking with Dinosaurs (1999– )

TV-14 | 180 min | Documentary, Animation, History

8.6
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Documentary-style series about the era of the dinosaurs, mixing real locations and CGI.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier, Karen Hayley

Votes: 4,258

37. Hard Knocks (2001– )

55 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport

8.6
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Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary produced by the NFL and HBO. Each season the show follows an NFL team during training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Jerry Jones, Emmitt Smith, Brian Billick

Votes: 1,004

38. I Love the '80s (2002– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

8.6
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A humorous, year by year look through the decade that saw hair size become a statement, ratty clothes become cool, and music about breaking up become mainstream. Comprised of segments ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Soleil Moon Frye, Traci Lords, Bret Michaels

Votes: 1,440

39. Newswipe (2009–2010)

29 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.6
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Hosted and written by Charlie Brooker, this sardonic series follows and critiques both current news stories and the way television portrays them.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Tim Key, Doug Stanhope, Adam Curtis

Votes: 1,109

40. Life in the Freezer (1993– )

30 min | Documentary

8.6
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Series exploring the natural history of Antarctica.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,158

41. Five Came Back (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.

Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan

Votes: 1,813

42. Last Chance U (2016– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, Sport

8.5
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"Last Chance U" follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. Based at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), "Last Chance U" takes us on a journey to ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Ollie, Frank Wilson Jr., John Iii Franklin, Brittany Wagner

Votes: 3,526

43. Abstract: The Art of Design (2017– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

8.5
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A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.

Stars: Platon, Elisabeth Biondi, Ilse Crawford, Es Devlin

Votes: 2,211

44. Grand Designs (1999– )

50 min | Documentary

8.5
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Kevin McCloud follows people as they build their dream house, often focusing on modern design, energy efficiency, maximizing space and views.

Stars: Kevin McCloud, Deborah Sheridan-Taylor, Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth

Votes: 1,464

45. Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (1998–2000)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Louis Theroux documents some of the US's most bizarre happenings, events and rituals, by getting involved himself...

Stars: Louis Theroux, Randy James, J.J. Michaels, Mike Oehler

Votes: 2,115

46. Brain Games (2011– )

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

8.5
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An examination of the nature of human perception and how it can be fooled.

Stars: Jason Silva, Bert Thomas Morris, Apollo Robbins, Eric Leclerc

Votes: 2,232

47. Metal Evolution (2011–2014)

Documentary

8.5
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Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper, Slash, Lemmy, Rob Zombie, members of ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Dunn, Scott Ian, Bruce Dickinson, Deena Weinstein

Votes: 1,803

48. How TV Ruined Your Life (2011)

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.5
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A comedic documentary series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Liz May Brice, Kevin Eldon, Beth Cordingly

Votes: 1,013

49. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 3,353

50. Wheeler Dealers (2003– )

22 min | Documentary

8.4
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The hosts team up to find and flip serviceable used classic cars. Mike scours the Internet and local trade rags for bargain-priced modern classics needing attention. Edd China (and in later... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Brewer, Edd China, Ant Anstead, Paul Brackley

Votes: 2,006