Documentaries about some of my Favorite Televison Shows

by JoshE117 | created - 08 Sep 2016 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

These documentaries chronicle a behind the scenes look at some of my favorite television programs through the years.

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1. Live from New York! (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

51 Metascore

"Saturday Night Live" has been reflecting and influencing life in the United States for 40 years. Live From New York! goes deep inside this cultural phenomenon exploring the laughter that ... See full summary »

Director: Bao Nguyen | Stars: Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Anne Beatts, Candice Bergen

Votes: 316

2. I Am Chris Farley (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

58 Metascore

A documentary on the life of comedian, Chris Farley.

Directors: Brent Hodge, Derik Murray | Stars: Adam Sandler, Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers

Votes: 3,063

3. The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! (2010 TV Special)

42 min | Documentary

Morgan Spurlock examines the cultural phenomenon of "The Simpsons".

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Seth MacFarlane

Votes: 372

4. The Big Bang Theory: It All Started with a Big Bang (2012 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

As the universally popular program reaches 100 episodes, this retrospective looks back on how the show started and features interviews with the now famous cast.

Director: Alice Huzar | Stars: Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Rick Edwards, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 332

5. 'Futurama': Welcome to the World of Tomorrow (1999 TV Short)

11 min | Documentary, Short

An introduction to Futurama (1999).

Stars: Matt Groening, Billy West, Mili Smythe, Katey Sagal

Votes: 52

7. Chaos on the Bridge (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 59 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of the struggle to create the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

Director: William Shatner | Stars: William Shatner, D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold, Maurice Hurley

Votes: 1,048

8. Who Are the Daily Show? (2003 TV Special)


A documentary examining the beloved Comedy Central program with interviews featuring several of the correspondents.

Stars: Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms

Votes: 8

9. Jon Stewart Has Left the Building (2015)

60 min | Documentary

A special look at Jon Stewart's career hosting The Daily Show that offers a look from the perspective of numerous special guests and presents highlights of his 16 years presenting political news.

Stars: Frank DeCaro, Jon Stewart

Votes: 13

10. 60 Minutes (1968– )
Episode: President Ahmadinejad/The Colbert Report (2006)

TV-PG | Documentary, News

"President Ahmadinejad" interviews the controversial president of Iran. "The Colbert Report" rebroadcasts a segment on the comedian Stephen Colbert and his political comedy talk show. "Andy... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Wallace, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Morley Safer, Stephen Colbert

11. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

R | 89 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on Conan O'Brien's comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at "The Tonight Show" and severing his relationship with NBC.

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Vivino

Votes: 5,951 | Gross: $0.27M

12. The Seinfeld Story (2004 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Documentary

The origins of the "Seinfeld" TV series.

Director: Morgan Sackett | Stars: Jason Alexander, Ty Copeman, Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 276

13. The 'Frasier' Story (1999 TV Special)

40 min | Documentary

A retropsective look at how Frasier Crane first came to appear on Cheers, and how the series Frasier has evolved.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 25

14. Family Guy: 200 Episodes Later (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 22 min | Documentary, Animation

A "Family Guy" retrospective, featuring Seth MacFarlane and other members of the cast and crew.

Director: Brad Lachman | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Richard Appel

Votes: 1,321

15. The Making of 'King of the Hill' (2003 Video)

24 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

A documentary that chronicles the origin and success of the animated series. It features interviews with creator Mike Judge, executive producer Greg Daniels, and several members of the cast.

Stars: Pamela Adlon, Wesley Archer, Greg Daniels, Klay Hall

Votes: 14

16. 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Comedy

A look at the making of South Park: HUMANCENTiPAD (2011).

Director: Arthur Bradford | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Anne Garefino, Frank C. Agnone II

Votes: 2,154

17. Goin' Down to South Park (1999 TV Movie)

51 min | Comedy, Documentary

A mockumentary which covers the making of the show South Park in a fictional fashion, apparently spoofing similar such shows, with the creators pretending to be arrogant, obnoxious jerks ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Spiller | Stars: Mary Kay Bergman, Martin Cendreda, Giancarlo Ganziano, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 210

18. The Office Retrospective (2013 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

The cast and crew of the American version of The Office discuss the show and highlights from previous episodes.

Stars: Greg Daniels, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey

Votes: 42

20. The Sopranos: Family Business (2001 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

On set documentary during the shooting of "The Sopranos" season 3.

Director: Philippe Appietto | Stars: David Chase, Ty Copeman, Nadine Marie Cuccia, Seve Esposito

Votes: 6

23. Making the Show: 'That '70s Show' (2003 TV Movie)


The making of the hit TV series "That 70's Show"".

Director: Matt Gallagher | Stars: Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson

Votes: 43

24. Carpe Diem: The Final Season of Sons of Anarchy (2015 Video)


A feature length documentary on the making of the final season of Sons of Anarchy. With a rare glimpse of the creative process of the show, this documentary takes viewers on an insightful and emotional journey through the final season.

Stars: Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam, Theo Rossi, Katey Sagal

Votes: 5

25. Inside the X Files (1998 TV Special)

46 min | Documentary

Inside the X-Files for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Also included are interviews with the cast and creator Chris Carter, never before seen segments from the show, outtakes and a sneak preview of the upcoming feature film.

Director: Glen Kasper | Stars: Chris Carter, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis

Votes: 433

26. Behind the Mythology of Stargate SG-1 (2007 TV Movie)

44 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

With interviews from cast, producers, and experts in the field of mythology and television, Behind the Mythology of Stargate SG-1 reveals how ten years of fantastic adventures have served ... See full summary »

Director: Ivon R. Bartok | Stars: Stan Beeler, Robert C. Cooper, Lisa Dickson, Christopher Judge

Votes: 194

27. The Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors (2010 Video)

240 min | Documentary

A presentation of the late classic actress Nina Foch's courses for filmmakers and actors which she held at USC School of Cinematic Arts since the 1960s.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Nina Foch, Dan Algierz, Josh Allen, Zoe Allen-Pohle

Votes: 18

28. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
Episode: The 250th Special (2013)


As the program reaches the 250 episode milestone, this documentary shows a behind-the-scenes look at how it is produced and features some of the most well-known and popular guests over its 20 year lifespan.

Stars: James Lipton, Ellen Burstyn, Dave Chappelle, Bradley Cooper

Votes: 9

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