Top 50 Documentary TV Shows
3. James May: Our Man in Japan (2020)
James May has always been intrigued and seduced by the idea of Japan, yet this nation and its culture remains a complete mystery to him. Now he's on a one-man mission to immerse himself in ... See full summary »
4. Messiah (2019)
Messiah is an 8 episode series on the messianic prophecies of the Bible. Hosted by renowned actor and director Leonardo Defilippis, filmed at nearly 30 locations, Messiah takes viewers on ... See full summary »
5. Cheer (2020– )
58 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
Follows the cheerleaders of Navarro College as they prepare for the biggest moment of their lives.
6. 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.
11. The Confession Killer (2019)
TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Crime
Henry Lee Lucas was known as America's most prolific serial killer, admitting to hundreds of murders, but, as DNA results contradict his confessions, will they expose the biggest criminal justice hoax in U.S. history?
14. 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
16. 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. Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019– )
407 min | Documentary
Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth's crust creating our seven continents - each with its own distinct climate, its own distinct terrain and its own unique animal... See full summary »
20. Hellier (2019)
50 min | Documentary
A small crew of paranormal researchers find themselves in a dying coal town, where a series of strange coincidences leads them to a decades-old mystery with far-reaching implications.
22. 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.
23. 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.
TV-14 | 5 min | Documentary, Short
Inside the series of the same name.
25. 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.
26. The Repair Shop (2017– )
30 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
Some of Britain's most skilled restoration experts breathe new life into much-cherished family heirlooms that are dropped off by members of the public, who reveal the personal stories behind the items.
27. Travel Man: 48 Hours in... (2015– )
Not Rated | 24 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy
British comedian Richard Ayoade and a celebrity guest, usually from the comedy world, spend 48 hours in a popular city to discover the must see tourist attractions.
30. 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.
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.
34. 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-MA | 3 min | Documentary, Short
An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
40. Nisman (2020– )
This docuseries details the suspicious death of Alberto Nisman, investigator of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association building.
TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime
44. An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012)
TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy
Brit Karl Pilkington has led a sheltered life. Not having done any traveling, he enjoys living within the comforts of what he knows, basically that being what is purely British. As such, ... See full summary »
49. Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (2017– )
TV-MA | 46 min | Documentary
Porn has gone mainstream; the question is, can we handle it? This exploration of the intersection of sex and technology is told through the stories of the people whose lives are defined by ... See full summary »
50. 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.