Top 50 Documentary TV Shows
5. Hard Knocks (2001– )
55 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport
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.
6. Fantasy Flirt (2017–2018)
TV-MA | 25 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
A high energy mix of the newest and sexiest girls to pose for Playboy. Models share their turn-ons, fantasies and secret desires while taking it all off for the cameras.
9. Our Planet (2019)
TV-G | 403 min | Documentary
Documentary series focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.
Star: David Attenborough
11. Happy Jail (2019– )
The Philippine jail known for a viral Michael Jackson dance video comes under the management of an ex-convict, sparking controversy and criticism.
TV-MA | 3 min | Documentary, Short
An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
15. QB1: Beyond the Lights (2017– )
35 min | Documentary, Sport
Follows three high school quarterbacks from different backgrounds, playing in different environments as they face immense pressure and similar challenges in trying to be successful high school quarterbacks.
17. Planet Earth (2006)
TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary
Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.
18. Making a Murderer (2015– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime
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.
19. Ghost Hunters (2004– )
60 min | Documentary
This one-hour weekly docu-soap from the creator/executive producer of "American Chopper" follows a group of real-life paranormal researchers as they investigate haunted houses throughout ... See full summary »
20. Nathan for You (2013–2017)
TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy
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.
TV-14 | 5 min | Documentary, Short
Inside the series of the same name.
27. Wild Wild Country (2018– )
TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime
When the world's most controversial guru builds an utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.
31. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (2016– )
TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary
A series featuring stories from former members of the Church of Scientology whose lives have been affected by the Church's harmful practices.
32. No One Saw a Thing (2019– )
Examines an unsolved and mysterious death in Skidmore, Missouri, 1981, after a resident is shot dead in front of almost 60 townspeople, who deny having seen anything.
33. Deadliest Catch (2005– )
TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV
A documentary series chronicling the real-life high-sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen. This is the most deadliest profession in the world.
34. One Strange Rock (2018– )
47 min | Documentary
The extraordinary story of Earth and why it is special and uniquely brimming with life among a largely unknown but harsh cosmic arena; astronauts tell the story of Earth through unique perspective.
35. Blue Planet II (2017–2018)
TV-G | 364 min | Documentary
David Attenborough returns to the world's oceans in this sequel to the acclaimed documentary filming rare and unusual creatures of the deep, as well as documenting the problems our oceans face.
36. Class of '92: Out of Their League (2015– )
Giggs, Scholes, Butt, and the Neville Brothers... Man Utd legends from the Class of '92 buy shares in Salford City FC. The former United boys train, watch and cheer the Salford lads through their combined new footballing venture.
37. Chef's Table (2015– )
TV-MA | 50 min | Documentary
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.
39. Casting Calls (2018– )
Not Rated | 3 min | Documentary, Talk-Show
This series looks at the most famous roles of all-time and reveals the stories behind how they were cast, which other actors were considered, and how your favourite stars landed the part.
40. Basketball or Nothing (2019– )
the lives of the Chinle High School boys' basketball team based on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona.
41. The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011– )
44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
With more than 20,000 patients, Dr. Pol has seen it all. Specializing in large farm animals, this senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old school, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine.
42. Grand Designs (1999– )
TV-G | 50 min | Documentary
Kevin McCloud follows people as they build their dream house, often focusing on modern design, energy efficiency, maximizing space and views.
43. Escape to the Chateau (2016–2019)
TV Series following British engineer Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel, who buy a run down French chateau. The series shows them over the course of a year, as they restore the building after 40 years of standing empty.
TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime
48. The Curse of Oak Island (2014– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
Rick and Marty Lagina, two brothers from Michigan with a life-long interest in the mystery of Oak Island, renew efforts to discover the legendary treasure with sophisticated machinery.
49. Playboy Cyber Girls (2001– )
TV-MA | Documentary, Reality-TV
An exclusive look at the best glamour models from the US and around the world. Discover the most glamorous, beautiful women during their photo-shoot and behind the scenes as they share their passions and desires.
TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Crime
The extraordinary story of the "pizza bomber heist" and the FBI's investigation into a bizarre collection of suspects.
Star: Ann Smith