Top 50 Documentary TV Shows



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

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

8.2
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A group of online justice seekers track down a guy who posted a video of him killing kittens.

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

Votes: 14,573

2. Sex, Explained (2020– )

Documentary

6.6
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From the biology of attraction to the history of birth control, explore the ins and outs of sex in this entertaining and enlightening series.

Stars: Janelle Monáe, Lisa Diamond, Shareen Joshi, Justin Lehmiller

Votes: 649

3. James May: Our Man in Japan (2020)

Documentary

8.7
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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 »

Stars: James May, Yujiro Taniyama, Masayo Fujii, Makiko Kobayashi

Votes: 1,089

4. Messiah (2019)

Documentary, History

6.4
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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 »

Stars: Phillip Campbell, Leonardo Defilippis, John O'Brien, Roy Schoeman

Votes: 120

5. Cheer (2020– )

58 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.1
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Follows the cheerleaders of Navarro College as they prepare for the biggest moment of their lives.

Votes: 749

6. The Curse of Oak Island (2014– )

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

7.0
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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: 3,565

7. 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: 83,617

8. 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: 7,586

9. Cosmos (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: 101,905

10. Surviving R. Kelly (2019– )

TV-MA | 306 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

7.6
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A six-part series about the controversial R&B star R. Kelly which features several women making allegations of abuse by him.

Stars: Tarana Burke, Kathy Chaney, Andrea Kelly, Candice Norcott

Votes: 2,842

11. The Confession Killer (2019)

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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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?

Stars: Nan Cuba, Bob Prince, Hugh Aynesworth, Phil Ryan

Votes: 2,689

12. Explained (2018– )

TV-MA | 18 min | Documentary

8.0
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A documentary series that looks to explore the big questions of today.

Stars: Estelle Caswell, Maria Bello, Kristen Bell, Rachel Bloom

Votes: 4,360

13. Kevin Hart: Don't F**k This Up (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary

6.4
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Comedian Kevin Hart reflects on the events from the past year that have shaped his life.

Stars: Kevin Hart, Art Arreola, Dave Becky, Wayne Brown

Votes: 1,200

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: 20,990

15. 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, Sean Bean, Aaron Jakubenko, Edwin Wright

Votes: 3,998

16. 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: 80,506

17. The Devil Next Door (2019)

TV-MA | 229 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous German death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.

Stars: Eli Gabay, Eli Rosenbaum, Michael Shaked, Yoram Sheftel

Votes: 5,533

18. 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, Duong Van Mai Elliott, James Willbanks

Votes: 15,339

19. Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019– )

407 min | Documentary

9.4
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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 »

Stars: David Attenborough, Peter Drost

Votes: 1,774

20. Hellier (2019)

50 min | Documentary

5.9
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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.

Stars: Dana Matthews, Greg Newkirk, Karl Pfeiffer, Connor Randall

Votes: 452

21. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 90 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, Jonathan Young

Votes: 8,508

22. The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011– )

44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.7
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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.

Stars: Jan Pol, Diane Pol, Charles Pol, Ari Rubin

Votes: 943

23. Fantasy Flirt (2017–2018)

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

7.0
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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: 25

24. 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: 20,837

25. 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, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 156,298

26. The Repair Shop (2017– )

30 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.6
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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.

Stars: Jay Blades, Steven Fletcher, William Kirk, Robert Pugh

Votes: 374

27. Travel Man: 48 Hours in... (2015– )

Not Rated | 24 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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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.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Joe Lycett, Greg Davies, Noel Fielding

Votes: 1,357

28. The Last Czars (2019– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.3
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A Chronicled look at the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia.

Stars: Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright, Oliver Dimsdale

Votes: 4,205

29. The Staircase (2004–2018)

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

8.0
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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, Tom Maher

Votes: 14,735

30. Wild Wild Country (2018)

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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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.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 18,882

31. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (2020)

TV-MA | Documentary, Crime, Sport

7.7
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What led to the murderous fall and shocking death of former NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez?

Stars: Kevin Armstrong, Dan Wetzel, Patrick Haggan, Stephen Ziogas

Votes: 1,029

32. Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018)

TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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The extraordinary story of the "pizza bomber heist" and the FBI's investigation into a bizarre collection of suspects.

Stars: Kevin G. Calkins, Ann Smith

Votes: 17,314

33. 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: 19,909

34. 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: 15,565

35. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.8
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A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 18,017

36. Greatest Events of WWII in Colour (2019– )

50 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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A series of colorized archive footage of important events during World War II.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Geoffrey Wawro, James Holland, Saul David

Votes: 1,881

37. 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: 3,853

38. Life Below Zero (2013– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

8.0
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The everyday struggles of living in the secluded state of Alaska where one wrong decision could cost you your life.

Stars: James Franzo, Sue Aikens, Agnes Hailstone, Chip Hailstone

Votes: 1,354

39. Inside Look: The Assassination of Gianni Versace - American Crime Story (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 3 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Stars: Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 5,903

40. Nisman (2020– )

Documentary

7.9
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This docuseries details the suspicious death of Alberto Nisman, investigator of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association building.

Votes: 185

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

40 min | Documentary, Sport

8.6
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Docuseries following the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Stars: Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Marcus Ericsson, Pierre Gasly

Votes: 9,143

42. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

8.7
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Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 35,290

43. MythBusters (2003– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Mystery, Reality-TV

8.3
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A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them.

Stars: Robert Lee, Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron

Votes: 49,184

44. An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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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 »

Stars: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Luke Campbell

Votes: 28,772

45. The World According to Jeff Goldblum (2019– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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Documentary series in which Goldblum pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science, and a whole lot of big ideas.

Star: Jeff Goldblum

Votes: 831

46. The Movies That Made Us (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

7.9
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The histories of classic popular movies are examined.

Stars: Donald Ian Black, William Atherton, Richard Edlund, Thaine Morris

Votes: 1,537

47. I Bought A Farm (2020– )

Documentary | Active

The series looks at Jeremy Clarkson in his sometimes poor attempts at running a farm in the countryside.

Star: Jeremy Clarkson

48. Who Killed Little Gregory? (2019)

Documentary, Crime

7.5
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When their 4-year-old son is murdered, a young couple fights a twisting and arduous battle trying to identify a frustratingly elusive killer.

Stars: Page Leong, William Salyers, James Simenc, Peter James Smith

Votes: 1,192

49. Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (2017– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Documentary

6.7
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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 »

Stars: James Rhine, Lena Anderson, James Bartholet, Lily Cade

Votes: 1,677

50. Escape to the Chateau (2016–2019)

Documentary

8.5
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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.

Stars: Tracy Ann Oberman, Angel Adoree, Dick Strawbridge

Votes: 389


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