Top 50 Documentary TV Shows



1. The Vow (2020– )

TV-MA | Documentary

7.3
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A look at the experiences of the members of the NXIVM, an organization and sex cult who made headlines for being charged with sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy.

Stars: Anthony Ames, Sarah Edmondson, Bonnie Piesse, Mark Vicente

Votes: 1,369

2. Bad Boy Billionaires: India (2020– )

59 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.1
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This investigative docuseries explores the greed, fraud and corruption that built up - and ultimately brought down - India's most infamous tycoons.

Votes: 1,315

3. Long Way Up (2020– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

8.4
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Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman travel on electric Harley-Davidsons 13,000 miles through Central and South America.

Stars: David Alexanian, Charley Boorman, Taylor Estevez, Russ Malkin

Votes: 863

4. The Last Dance (2020)

TV-MA | 491 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.2
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Charting the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

Stars: Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, David Aldridge, Scottie Pippen

Votes: 69,257

5. Unsolved Mysteries (2020– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Immersive, character-driven stories are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable. Families, detectives and journalists hope viewers hold the clues to solving these mysteries.

Stars: Pistol Black, Jane Green, Anne-Sophie Martin, Brandi Petersen

Votes: 5,681

6. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

9.5
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David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 92,607

7. Enslaved (2020– )

TV-MA | Documentary, History | Filming

5.1
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A look at 400 years of human trafficking from Africa to the New World, from the perspective of three different storylines.

Stars: Afua Hirsch, Samuel L. Jackson, Simcha Jacobovici, Kinga Philipps

Votes: 241

8. Grant (2020)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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The documentary-series examines Grant's life story using his perspective and experiences to explore a turbulent time in history: the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Stars: Justin Salinger, Francis Chouler, Gabriel Harry Meltz, Carel Nel

Votes: 1,096

9. The Comedy Store (2020– )

Documentary

8.3
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This documentary series brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at The Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars.

Stars: Diane Nichols, Byron Allen, Tim Allen, Jeff Altman

Votes: 107

10. Challenger: The Final Flight (2020)

TV-14 | 179 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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Four-part docuseries on the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, unpacking an indelible moment for a generation of Americans.

Stars: June Scobee Rodgers, William Harwood, Frederick D. Gregory, John Zarrella

Votes: 3,397

11. Eli Roth's History of Horror (2018–2020)

TV-MA | 42 min | Documentary, Horror

8.1
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An in-depth look at the history and pop cultural significance of horror films.

Stars: Eli Roth, Greg Nicotero, Rob Zombie, Alan Maxson

Votes: 1,180

12. 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, Corey Brennan, Jerry Toner, Steve West

Votes: 5,317

13. Ghost Adventures (2008– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

7.5
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Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world.

Stars: Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, Jay Wasley

Votes: 7,932

14. Our Planet (2019)

TV-G | 403 min | Documentary

9.3
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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

Votes: 29,501

15. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

9.3
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An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 108,400

16. The Staircase (2004–2018)

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.9
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The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Martha Ratliff

Votes: 17,516

17. Cosmos: Possible Worlds (2020– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

9.2
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Following the wildly successful "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," Neil deGrasse Tyson returns as host to translate more revelations of science into a lavish transporting experience, taking ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane, Trang Vo, Neil Arnote

Votes: 3,543

18. Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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A group of online justice seekers track down a guy who posted a video of himself killing kittens.

Stars: Deanna Thompson, John Green, Claudette Hamlin, Antonio Paradiso

Votes: 33,425

19. Real Detective (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Each episode is a crime solution reenactment of a real murder. The actual detectives offer commentary throughout the show.

Stars: Michael Douglas Cake, Liana Montoro, Tyrone Benskin, Mizinga Mwinga

Votes: 2,484

20. Tiger King (2020)

TV-MA | 317 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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A rivalry between big cat eccentrics takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot.

Stars: John Reinke, Kelci Saffery, John Finlay, Rick Kirkham

Votes: 61,738

21. Agents of Chaos (2020)

TV-MA | 239 min | Documentary, History

6.7
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Was there Russian interference in the 2016 election? This two-part documentary directed by Emmy(R) and Academy Award(R) Winner Alex Gibney is a product of years of reporting on that ... See full summary »

Star: Andrew Weissmann

Votes: 471

22. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

9.4
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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.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Thomas Anguti Johnston, Huw Cordey

Votes: 163,788

23. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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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.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Laura Nirider, Ken Kratz

Votes: 84,921

24. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020)

44 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.0
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Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.

Stars: Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, Tommaso Basili, Selim Bayraktar, Birkan Sokullu

Votes: 16,521

25. Alone (2015– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.4
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Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Dan, David, Desmond

Votes: 3,000

26. Tiny World (2020– )

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary

9.2
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A look at the world through the eyes of the tiniest creatures and witness the extraordinary things they do to survive.

Star: Paul Rudd

Votes: 365

27. All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur (2020– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Sport

8.2
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An inside look at the 2019/20 season of the Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur.

Stars: Tom Hardy, José Mourinho, Daniel Levy, Dele Alli

Votes: 2,826

28. The Curse of Oak Island (2014– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

7.1
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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.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Marty Lagina, Rick Lagina, Charles Barkhouse

Votes: 3,999

29. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, James Willbanks, Duong Van Mai Elliott

Votes: 19,292

30. Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (2017– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.7
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Follows Jack Whitehall as he embarks on the trip of a lifetime with his father, Michael. The two set off on a journey across South East Asia to partake in a series of adventures, mishaps and escapades with two very different perspectives.

Stars: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, Hilary Whitehall, Steven Seagal

Votes: 3,764

31. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, William Henry

Votes: 9,248

32. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

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, Anthony Filosa, William Heath, Brian S. Wolfe

Votes: 17,978

33. A Wilderness of Error (2020)

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Crime

6.5
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Examines the evidence in the case against MacDonald, who was convicted in 1979 of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. A Green Beret physician, MacDonald claimed that the murders were committed by drug-crazed hippies.

Stars: Clay Boulware, John Morgan, Logan Stearns, Roger Hervas

Votes: 299

34. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2020)

TV-MA | 353 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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Gripping examination of the unsolved crimes of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970's and 1980's.

Stars: Patton Oswalt, Paul Haynes, Lauren Orlando, Amy Ryan

Votes: 3,803

35. Long Way Round (2004–2010)

TV-PG | 315 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.6
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This documentary series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 11,763

36. The FBI Declassified (2020– )

Documentary

5.8
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Follow The FBI Declassified gives viewers unprecedented access to some of the biggest cases handled by real-life FBI agents and analysts.

Star: Alana De La Garza

Votes: 24

37. The Playbook (2020)

TV-MA | Documentary, Sport

7.5
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The Playbook profiles legendary coaches as they share the rules they live by to achieve success in sports and in life.

Stars: Jill Ellis, Patrick Mouratoglou, José Mourinho, Glenn 'Doc' Rivers

Votes: 565

38. A Perfect Crime (2020)

40 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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In April 1991, Detlev Rohwedder, the head of Treuhand, the East German Privatization and Restructuring Agency, was assassinated in Dusseldorf. This documentary details the strange evidence recovered.

Stars: Günther Classen, Willi Fundermann, Rainer Hofmeyer, Klaus-Dieter Matschke

Votes: 656

39. The World at War (1973–1974)

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

9.2
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A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

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

Votes: 21,523

40. Song Exploder (2020– )

TV-MA | Documentary, Music

7.4
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Weaves together in-depth interviews, archival footage, and raw recordings as each artist breaks down their song, layer by layer, sharing intimate insight into the personal inspiration behind the music and lyrics.

Stars: Hrishikesh Hirway, Ty Dolla $ign, Bill Berry, Peter Buck

Votes: 214

41. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (2020)

TV-MA | 331 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger investigates the tragic death of an 8-year-old California boy who endured horrific abuse by his mother and her boyfriend, along with the fractured and complex systems that failed to protect him.

Stars: William Guirola, Wyatt Hinz, Rodrigo Alfonso, David Alvarado

Votes: 6,737

42. Forensic Files (1996–2011)

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, Tom Bevel, Skip Palenik, Lowell Levine

Votes: 4,526

43. Down to Earth with Zac Efron (2020– )

TV-PG | Documentary

8.1
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In this travel show, actor Zac Efron journeys around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in search of healthy, sustainable ways to live.

Stars: Zac Efron, Darin Olien, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 4,482

44. The Chef Show (2019– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary

8.2
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Writer, director and food enthusiast Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi explore food in and out of the kitchen with accomplished chefs and celebrity friends.

Stars: Jon Favreau, Roy Choi, Aaron Franklin, Andrew Rea

Votes: 3,728

45. Emergency Call (2020– )

Documentary

6.8
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Follows the dramatic, suspenseful and sometimes humorous stories that flood 911 call centers.

Stars: Luke Wilson, Carol Hickey, Cissy Jones, Justin Badger

Votes: 81

46. Lore (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Horror

6.7
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Our collective nightmare mythologies are rooted in real-life horror stories.

Stars: Aaron Mahnke, Steven Berkoff, Josh Bowman, Paula Malcomson

Votes: 4,496

47. Long Way Down (2007)

519 min | Documentary

8.3
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Two guys take a trip of several months on motorcycles. They travel from the North of Scotland, down through Europe, into Africa, finally winding up in Cape Town, South Africa.

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 4,876

48. Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson - American Crime Story (2016)

TV-14 | 5 min | Documentary, Short

8.4
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Inside the series of the same name.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Brad Simpson, Sterling K. Brown, Nina Jacobson

Votes: 22,341

49. Fantasy Flirt (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 25 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

6.6
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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.

Stars: Elle Georgia, Ali Rose, Pamela, Lauren Rosas

Votes: 31

50. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary, Sport

8.6
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Docuseries following the FIA Formula One World Championship across multiple seasons.

Stars: Valtteri Bottas, Will Buxton, Pierre Gasly, Romain Grosjean

Votes: 17,134


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