Top 50 Biography TV Shows



1. The Naked Director (2019– )

Biography, Drama

8.0
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Follows the story of Toru Muranishi's unusual and dramatic life filled with big ambitions as well as spectacular setbacks in his attempt to turn Japan's porn industry on its head

Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Misato Morita, Tetsuji Tamayama

Votes: 1,454

2. The Loudest Voice (2019– )

TV-MA | Biography, Drama

7.9
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Seven-part limited series about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. It focuses on the past decade which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader, and the sexual harassment accusations that brought his career to an end.

Stars: Russell Crowe, Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane, Annabelle Wallis

Votes: 2,936

3. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Drama, History

9.0
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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 41,677

4. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.8
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A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 303,279

5. Fosse/Verdon (2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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An inside look at the romantic and creative partnership between influential choreographer/director, Bob Fosse, and Gwen Verdon, one of the greatest Broadway dancers of all time.

Stars: Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Norbert Leo Butz, Aya Cash

Votes: 2,369

6. Spartacus (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 207,765

7. The Act (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy's quest for independence opens up a Pandora's box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. The stranger-than-fiction true-crime series is based on a 2016 BuzzFeed article that detailed the shocking 2015 crime.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Calum Worthy, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 11,158

8. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.5
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An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 69,388

9. Victoria (2016– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Jordan Waller, Tom Hughes

Votes: 18,911

10. Escape at Dannemora (2018)

TV-MA | 440 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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An employee at a prison in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates and helps them escape.

Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 13,216

11. Medici (2016– )

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

7.9
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A political family drama set in Florence in the early fifteenth century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

Stars: Daniel Sharman, Annabel Scholey, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sarah Parish

Votes: 12,016

12. Versailles (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 11,287

13. Genius (I) (2017– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

Stars: Samantha Colley, Seth Gabel, Antonio Banderas, Clémence Poésy

Votes: 14,413

14. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.9
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Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Sean Bean, Aaron Jakubenko, Edwin Wright

Votes: 3,584

15. The Durrells in Corfu (2016– )

TV-PG | 46 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Based on the real-life events of the Durrell family as they resettle from England to Greece.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Daisy Waterstone

Votes: 5,394

16. Alias Grace (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity.

Stars: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Zachary Levi

Votes: 19,372

17. Aquarius (2015–2016)

TV-14 | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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A gritty 1960s cop drama about LAPD detective Sam Hodiak and his trainee, who must deal with gangs, brutal crimes, changing times, family crises and unhinged manipulative small-time crook Charles Manson, who's slowly building his cult.

Stars: David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont

Votes: 10,142

18. Bolívar (2019– )

TV-MA | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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Depicts the life and loves of Venezuelan Gen. Simón Bolívar, who helped liberate several Latin American countries from Spain.

Stars: Luis Gerónimo Abreu, Carlos Aguilar, Nohely Arteaga, Amparo Conde

Votes: 326

19. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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In the time before the arrival of Spartacus, the House of Batiatus faces many challenges from competitors, and within its own household.

Stars: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare

Votes: 116,827

20. Da Vinci's Demons (2013–2015)

59 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.0
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Follows Leonardo Da Vinci during his early days in Florence, as a young artist, inventor and dreamer, trying to change the future.

Stars: Tom Riley, Gregg Chillin, Eros Vlahos, Laura Haddock

Votes: 70,384

21. Trust (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Rome, 1973. John Paul Getty III, the heir and younger member of an oil tycoons' saga, is kidnapped by the Italian mafia in order to get a ransom.

Stars: Harris Dickinson, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Luca Marinelli

Votes: 4,972

22. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 25,429

23. Magnificent Century (2011–2014)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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From 1520, follows Suleiman the Magnificent and his relatives from his great conquests to the "Battle of Szigeth".

Stars: Halit Ergenç, Nur Fettahoglu, Selim Bayraktar, Selen Öztürk

Votes: 13,539

24. A Very English Scandal (2018)

TV-14 | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is accused of conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover and forced to stand trial in 1979.

Stars: Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Alex Jennings, Patricia Hodge

Votes: 7,097

25. Mrs. Wilson (2018)

56 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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A grieving widow discovers that her seemingly ideal husband lived many secret lives.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Iain Glen, Calam Lynch, Fiona Shaw

Votes: 3,431

26. Feud: Bette and Joan (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama

8.5
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Planned anthology series centering on famous feuds, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford that is discontinued at the moment.

Stars: Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman

Votes: 14,549

27. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 15,149

28. Luis Miguel: The Series (2018– )

60 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.1
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The series dramatizes the life story of Mexican superstar singer Luis Miguel, who has captivated audiences in Latin America and beyond for decades.

Stars: Diego Boneta, Óscar Jaenada, Martín Bello, Anna Favella

Votes: 2,307

29. Wolf Hall (2015)

TV-14 | 360 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger.

Stars: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 8,417

30. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime

7.9
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A scripted true crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Stars: Josh Duhamel, Bokeem Woodbine, Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose

Votes: 4,860

31. Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019– )

Biography, Drama | Pre-production

The show tracks the Wu Tang Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Stars: Tamiz U. Rezvi, Caleb Castille, Anthony Chisholm, Dave East

32. Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.5
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The exploits of the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Stars: Andrés Parra, Marcela Vargas, Joavany Alvarez, Vicky Hernández

Votes: 3,179

33. 30 for 30 (2009– )

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, Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson

Votes: 3,803

34. Borgia (2011–2014)

52 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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Story of the rise and the fall of the Renaissance dynasty.

Stars: Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes, John Doman

Votes: 5,430

35. Dickinson (2019– )

Biography, Comedy, Drama | Pre-production

An inside look at the world of writer Emily Dickinson.

Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Baryshnikov, Adrian Enscoe, Ella Hunt

36. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.8
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 14,474

37. 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way (2019– )

60 min | Biography

6.3
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How far would you go for love? Fans of 90 Day Fiance have seen lovestruck foreigners make the big adjustment of moving to America, and now theyll get to follow hopeful couples where its the American moving abroad.

Votes: 62

38. Attila (2001)

Unrated | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.7
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A romanced story of Attila the Hun, from when he lost his parents in childhood until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect ... See full summary »

Stars: Pauline Lynch, Steven Berkoff, Andrew Pleavin, Tommy Flanagan

Votes: 9,681

39. Evil Lives Here (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.0
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A TV series where individuals share their perspectives of loved ones who performed horrific acts of crime

Stars: Brian Vadim, David Wenzel, T.J. Craig, Hillary Hamilton

Votes: 445

40. Z: The Beginning of Everything (2015–2017)

TV-14 | 27 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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Z is a biography series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant ... See full summary »

Stars: Christina Ricci, David Hoflin, Kristine Nielsen, David Strathairn

Votes: 3,031

41. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 17,890

42. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.5
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A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Stars: Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash, Slim Pickens

Votes: 1,474

43. House of Saddam (2008)

TV-MA | 232 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.

Stars: Igal Naor, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Makram Khoury, Philip Arditti

Votes: 3,543

44. The Men Who Built America (2012)

TV-14 | 295 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.6
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Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the ... See full summary »

Stars: Campbell Scott, H.W. Brands, Mark Cuban, Donny Deutsch

Votes: 3,046

45. The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)

240 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ... See full summary »

Stars: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Angela Bassett, Holly Robinson Peete, Margaret Avery

Votes: 2,893

46. The Secret (2016)

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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The Secret is the story of a real-life double murder. James Nesbitt plays Colin Howell, a respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who became a killer in partnership with a Sunday ... See full summary »

Stars: James Nesbitt, Genevieve O'Reilly, Patrick O'Kane, Nina Woods

Votes: 1,661

47. Urban Myths (2017– )

22 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

7.4
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Our "Urban Myths" are stories that have been passed down over time and have now become part of urban folklore. But are they true? We take a slightly tongue in cheek, mischievous -- and ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Kaye, Dustin Demri-Burns, David Avery, Ben Chaplin

Votes: 574

48. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

8.7
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Science documentaries about various topics.

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

Votes: 2,027

49. Isabel (2011–2014)

75 min | Biography, History

8.3
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Life of Isabella I of Castile, also known as Isabella the Catholic.

Stars: Michelle Jenner, Ramon Madaula, Rodolfo Sancho, Jordi Díaz

Votes: 1,561

50. Gangland Undercover (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A gritty fact based drama series that tells the astonishing story of a drug dealer who was arrested then given a desperate ultimatum: serve over 20 years in jail, or go undercover inside ... See full summary »

Stars: Damon Runyan, Ian Matthews, Ari Cohen, Stephen Eric McIntyre

Votes: 2,984


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