Highest Rated Documentary TV Series With At Least 1000 Votes


1. The Joy of Painting (1983–1994)

TV-G | 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: 3,116

2. 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: 88,024

3. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 28,734

4. Casey Neistat Vlog (2015– )

Documentary, Reality-TV

9.3
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The everyday adventures of filmmaker Casey Neistat are on show in this Youtube series.

Stars: Casey Neistat, Candice Pool, Owen Neistat, Roman Atwood

Votes: 1,064

5. The World at War (1973–1976)

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: 16,626

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

TV-14 | 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: 3,197

7. 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, Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra

Votes: 4,733

8. 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: 2,238

9. Good Eats (1999–2012)

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

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: 2,967

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, Mike Rowe

Votes: 4,336

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: 1,843

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: 2,414

13. 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: 2,223

14. 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: 2,393

15. The Trials of Life (1990– )

Documentary

9.0
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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: 1,379

16. The Living Planet (1984– )

660 min | Documentary

9.0
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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: 1,630

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

43 min | Documentary, Crime

8.9
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Lt. Joe Kenda solves cases.

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

Votes: 1,966

18. Air Emergency (2003– )

TV-14 | 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, Ron Schleede

Votes: 2,890

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, Gianna Toboni, Thomas Morton, Isobel Yeung

Votes: 3,827

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: 4,523

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: 1,479

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, Anthony Filosa, William Heath, Brian S. Wolfe

Votes: 11,840

23. 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, Chuck D, Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger

Votes: 3,578

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: 3,057

25. One Strange Rock (2018– )

47 min | Documentary

8.8
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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.

Stars: Will Smith, Chris Hadfield, Jerry Linenger, Mae C. Jemison

Votes: 1,422

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: 1,800

27. Mind Field (2017– )

26 min | Documentary

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Join me on a journey into the mysterious depths of the human psyche as I investigate the strange and surprising terrain of the Mind Field.

Stars: Michael Stevens, Trin Miller, William Brown, Kevin C. Fredrick

Votes: 1,282

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

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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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: 1,814

29. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.7
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Anthony Bourdain visits countries, delving into their political issues as well as indigenous food and culture.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, David Holloway, Eric Ripert, Darren Aronofsky

Votes: 3,260

30. World War II in Colour (2009– )

Documentary, War

8.7
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Recounts the events of world War II in color.

Stars: Robert Powell, Erich von Manstein, Mamoru Shigemitsu

Votes: 2,370

31. 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: 1,179

32. 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, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 66,478

33. Chef's Table (2015– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Documentary

8.6
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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: 8,932

34. 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, Todd Heap, Carson Palmer, Vontaze Burfict

Votes: 1,214

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

58 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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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: 6,331

36. Through the Wormhole (2010–2017)

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: 15,200

37. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Investigative journalist documentaries.

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

Votes: 1,257

38. Content Cop (2015– )

20 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

8.6
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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, Bryan Le, Roman Atwood

Votes: 9,374

39. Screenwipe (2006–2009)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.6
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Satirical TV show critique.

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

Votes: 1,895

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: 1,246

41. Last Chance U (2016– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, Sport

8.5
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Intense look inside the world of junior college football, chronicling the stories of players and coaches in the classroom and on the field.

Stars: Ron Ollie, Frank Wilson Jr., Jason Brown, Becca Zimmerman

Votes: 4,372

42. Grand Designs (1999– )

TV-G | 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, Tom Raffield, Danielle Raffield

Votes: 1,718

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: 2,913

44. 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: 2,280

45. Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, History

8.5
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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

Votes: 4,530

46. The Sixties (1956–2014)

42 min | Documentary, History

8.5
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Interviews and archival footage focusing on the politics, music, technical advancements, drugs and the "free love" movement of the 1960s.

Stars: John Heilemann, Robert Dallek, Tim Naftali, Dan Rather

Votes: 1,001

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: 1,908

48. Newswipe (2009–2010)

29 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.5
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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: 1,193

49. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.4
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Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Zamir Gotta, Todd Liebler, Jerry Risius

Votes: 5,375

50. 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: 3,541



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