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1. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 15,227

2. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

9.2
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: Daniel Okrent, George F. Will, John Chancellor, Gerald Early

Votes: 4,094

3. Muhammad Ali (2021– )

445 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.7
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An in-depth look at the life of boxer, Muhammad Ali, including his years as an activist and philanthropist.

Stars: Keith David, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X

Votes: 445

4. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 5,080

5. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 7,444 | Gross: $0.27M

6. Hemingway (2021– )

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Explore the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most important works of fiction in American letters.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Jeff Daniels, Edna O'Brien, Michael Kitakis

Votes: 1,146

7. Country Music (2019)

Documentary, Music

8.8
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The story of the creation of modern Country music.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Marty Stuart, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr.

Votes: 1,283

8. The West (1996)

537 min | Documentary, History, War

8.4
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Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.

Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Murphy Guyer, John Trudell

Votes: 1,919

9. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)

120 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

Stars: Peter Coyote, William Cronon, Dayton Duncan, Shelton Johnson

Votes: 1,723

10. The Dust Bowl (2012– )

229 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

Stars: Dorothy Williamson, Donald Worster, Timothy Egan, Calvin Crabill

Votes: 1,784

11. Jazz (2001)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.6
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Giddins, Kevin Conway

Votes: 2,191

12. PBS NewsHour (1975– )

TV-G | 60 min | News

7.3
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PBS newshour is an news show which shows news updates.

Stars: Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, Mark Shields

Votes: 439

13. Astroboy (1980–2004)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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Originally intended to be kept a secret, the Pinocchio-like character becomes a publicly renowned superhero -- complete with devices like laser-firing fingers, uncanny hearing, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Ganoung, Bob Gonzalez, Debby Holmes, Hisashi Katsuta

Votes: 885

14. Globe Trekker (1994– )

60 min | Adventure, Reality-TV

8.6
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The hosts travel to various destinations around the world. As they do, you view their experiences and listen to their critiques along the way.

Stars: Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick, Zay Harding

Votes: 854

15. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 TV Movie)

TV-G | 240 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose

Votes: 1,193

16. Prohibition (2011)

360 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 3,060

17. Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2020 TV Special)

TV-MA | 90 min | Comedy

7.5
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An all-star lineup of entertainers salute and celebrate the career achievements of comedian Dave Chappelle, the recipient of the 22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The event ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Robinson | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Mohammed Amer, Aziz Ansari, Erykah Badu

Votes: 1,991

18. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.3
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

Votes: 1,514

19. Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

TV-G | 58 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction process is described in interesting detail; later parts of the film interview ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Votes: 841

20. Jackie Robinson (2016)

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary, Biography

8.2
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Documentary chronicles the personal and professional life of Jackie Robinson from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972. Robinson's rise from humble beginnings to became an American hero and pivotal figure in American history are detailed.

Stars: Keith David, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 442

21. Life and Debt (2001)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.5
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67 Metascore

Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.

Director: Stephanie Black | Stars: Belinda Becker, Buju Banton, Horst Köhler, Michael Manley

Votes: 987 | Gross: $0.24M

22. Thomas Jefferson (1997– )

180 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.

Stars: Ossie Davis, Joseph Ellis, John Hope Franklin, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 669

23. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.1
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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War: Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and Martha Sharp, a trained social worker, in February 1939, boldly commit to a life-threatening mission in Europe to assist refugees.

Directors: Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky | Stars: Marina Goldman, Tom Hanks

Votes: 577

24. Mark Twain (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 212 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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A biographical film about the acclaimed American humourist and author.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Keith David, Kevin Conway, Philip Bosco, Blythe Danner

Votes: 944

25. Medal of Honor (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, History, War

7.7
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The story of the Medal of Honor - the highest U.S. award for valor in combat - is told through personal accounts of bravery and daring.

Director: Roger Sherman | Stars: Stephen Lang, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 97

26. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

TV-PG | 146 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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A biography of the life and work of the American architect.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Philip Bosco, Julie Harris, Sab Shimono

Votes: 820

27. Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 107 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

7.9
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The saga of Horatio Nelson Jackson, the first man to cross the United States by automobile--in 1903!

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Keith David, Tom Hanks, Adam Arkin, Tom Bodett

Votes: 511

28. When My Time Comes (2021)

54 min | Documentary

5.6
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NPR journalist Diane Rehm interviews people involved in or affected by the right-to-die movement

Director: Joe Fab | Stars: Stella Dawson-Klein, Roger Kligler, Barbara Coombs Lee, Diane Rehm

Votes: 19

29. Lafayette: The Lost Hero (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

7.7
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No one in recorded history has suffered a fate quite like Lafayette. Once, the most famous man in the world; today, few people know who he was or what he accomplished. It is time to re-evaluate his crucial role in America's independence.

Director: Oren Jacoby | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Patrick Bauchau, John Cullum, Michael Cumpsty

Votes: 69

30. Korea: The Never-Ending War (2019)

120 min | Documentary

7.7
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Shedding new light on a geopolitical hot spot, the film confronts the myth of the "Forgotten War," documenting the post-1953 conflict and global consequences.

Star: John Cho

Votes: 131

31. Sylvanian Families (1987–1988)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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The adorable residents of Sylvanian Village always have lots of fun with their friends and families!

Stars: Brian Belfry, Len Carlson, Lisa Coristine, Jeri Craden

Votes: 64

32. America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated (2003– )

Unrated | 30 min | Documentary

9.2
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Featuring the best recipes, testings, and tastings from Cook's Country.

Stars: Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Christopher Kimball

Votes: 5

33. In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul (2014 TV Special)

TV-PG | 56 min | Music

9.0
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A celebration of American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on our national musical culture. Several well-known singers bring blues, jazz, soul, R&B, and rock 'n' roll together at the White House.

Director: Leon Knoles | Stars: Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, James Genus

Votes: 10

34. Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999)

TV-G | 181 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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The story of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their life long fight to bring equal rights to women.

Stars: Carolyn McCormick, Adam Arkin, Lorie Barnum, Kathleen Barry

Votes: 308

35. Washington Week in Review (1967– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

7.2
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A roundtable discussion with journalist of the past week's major news events.

Stars: Gwen Ifill, Dan Balz, Karen Tumulty, John Dickerson

Votes: 74

36. Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016)

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary

7.0
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Documentary with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. chronicles the triumphs, struggles and contradictions of the last fifty years in African American History.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jesse Jackson Jr., Nas, Cornel West

Votes: 85

37. PBS NewsHour (1975– )

60 min | News

7.2
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Correspondents report on important news events of the day. Their daily reports are also available online and on radio.

Stars: Amna Nawaz, Yamiche Alcindor, John Yang, Lisa Desjardins

Votes: 13

38. The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis (1987 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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This special report by Bill Moyers illustrates and evidences about the contradictions revolving U.S. government when it comes to actually follow and obey the Constitution and its rulings. ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Armstrong, Richard Bissell, Jackson Browne, Carl Channel

Votes: 37

39. American Valor (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, War

4.1
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The stories behind many medal of honor winners, as told by their recipients, observers and the official records. The documentary features interviews and archive footage.

Director: Norman S. Powell | Stars: Michael M. Barbieri, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 19

40. A Capitol Fourth (2021 TV Special)

90 min | Music

6.9
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The nation's 245th birthday celebration will be feature new performances from sea to shining sea, all-new pre-taped performances from locations across the country will be feature top stars ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Miller | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight, Alan Jackson

Votes: 12

42. National Memorial Day Concert (2021 TV Special)

86 min | Music

8.4
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Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will honoring our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Director: Paul Miller | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise, Colin Powell, Gladys Knight

Votes: 13

43. The Senate Watergate Hearings (1973)

News

5.8
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The Senate Watergate hearings got underway May 17 and were the major focus of Watergate developments during the summer. A parade of clean-cut, young, contrite former CRP and White House ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Sam Ervin, Howard Baker

Votes: 7

44. The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint (2013)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

8.5
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A documentary of 'The Bayou', a legendary music venue located in Washington, D.C. The documentary provides an in-depth history of the venue in the historic Georgetown neighborhood and its ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Lilling | Star: Kenny Laguna

Votes: 9

45. America in Primetime (2011)

TV-14 | Documentary

7.5
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This documentary series looks at the evolution of specific character types appearing on American primetime episodic television from post WWII to the early twenty-first century. These ... See full summary »

Stars: Diablo Cody, David Chase, Judd Apatow, Alan Yentob

Votes: 355

46. Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns (2008– )

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

5.2
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Stars: Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi, Cornell Womack, Paul Christie

Votes: 50

47. Lance Loud!: A Death in an American Family (2003 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.9
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A documentary. that is a follow-up of sorts to _"American Family, An" (1973)_, follows the life of Lance Loud, the son of the Loud family who came out on air, unprecedented on broadcast ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Raymond, Susan Raymond | Stars: Lance Loud, Rob Sheiffele, Rufus Wainwright

Votes: 32

48. Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life (1997)

87 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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America's desire for freedom and the open road resulted in the construction of thousands of highways during the Eisenhower administration. Through interviews, archival footage and ... See full summary »

Directors: Lawrence R. Hott, Tom Lewis | Stars: Stephen Ambrose, Michael Smith, Dave Barry, Michele Grijalva

Votes: 32

49. If You Lived Here (2021– )

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Stars: Christine Louise, John Begeny, Ken Avis, Margorie Lightman

50. Smithsonian World (1984– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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Stars: David McCullough, David Steadman, Lee Steadman, Andrew Wyeth


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