Documentaries for kids

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1. A Place at the Table (2012)

PG | 84 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

Directors: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio, Ken Cook, Mariana Chilton

Votes: 1,119 | Gross: $0.23M

2. Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

37 Metascore

See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.

Directors: Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale | Stars: Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban, Angourie Rice, John Leguizamo

Votes: 10,766 | Gross: $36.08M

3. Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (2015)

PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

63 Metascore

On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish. Batkid Begins looks at the 'why' of this flash phenomenon.

Director: Dana Nachman | Stars: Miles Scott, Eric Johnston, Nick Scott, Natalie Scott

Votes: 1,588 | Gross: $0.07M

4. The Dream Is Now (2013)

31 min | Documentary, Short

Both moving and thought-provoking, The Dream is Now brings this pressing issue to America's attention, where we can all debate, discuss, and decide for ourselves what is right, what is fair, and what is best for our nation.

Director: Davis Guggenheim

Votes: 20

5. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 62,625 | Gross: $2.07M

6. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,844 | Gross: $4.04M

7. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 8,364 | Gross: $1.33M

8. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 49,535 | Gross: $4.42M

9. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Stars: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Jean Kilbourne, Jim Steyer, Katie Couric

Votes: 3,654

10. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,379 | Gross: $0.19M

11. The Square (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam

Votes: 8,688 | Gross: $0.12M

12. American Genius (2015– )

Documentary, History

Documentaries about great American thinkers, and how their ideas have changed the world.

Stars: Jeff Wilburn, John S. Howell Sr., Benjamin Loeh, Nicholas Augusta

Votes: 548

13. Time Traveling with Brian Unger (2015– )

Learn the history of America's famous landmarks on this tour through time.

Stars: Brian Unger, Christopher Kurzer, Tara Levine, Susan White

Votes: 28

14. StarTalk (2015– )

47 min | Talk-Show

Famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses science and pop culture with notable guests.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Chuck Nice, Charles Liu

Votes: 649

15. The Big Picture with Kal Penn (2015– )


A variety of topics are analyzed using interviews and data collection to create information maps with statistics.

Stars: Kal Penn, Gilbert Soto, Eric Cahill, Tim Cannon

Votes: 164

16. Ruby's Studio: The Siblings Show (2015 Video)

TV-Y | 44 min | Short, Family

'Ruby's Studio: The Siblings Show' is a fun, engaging way to help siblings find the love. Sibs will sharpen their skills and learn new tools to resolve conflict, tame jealousy and boost ... See full summary »

Director: Samantha Counter | Stars: Kelsey Collins Keener, Chance Falcon, Charlie Gordonson, Marc Gordonson

17. Ruby's Studio: The Feelings Show (2010 Video)

TV-Y | 46 min | Family

In the award-winning "Ruby's Studio: The Feelings Show," lovable host Ruby guides viewers on a magical, fun adventure through art activities, beautiful old-school animation, original songs,... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Docter, Matt Docter | Stars: Kelsey Collins Keener, Stevie P. Yurochko, Haley Brooke Walker, Mikayla Hwee

Votes: 8

18. Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show (2012 Video)

TV-Y | 43 min | Short, Family

From the award-winning "Ruby's Studio" series, "The Friendship Show" offers kids invaluable tools to help them make and nurture lasting friendships. Lovable host Ruby guides kids through ... See full summary »

Directors: Samantha Counter, Musa Brooker | Stars: Kelsey Collins Keener, Skylar Cano, Levi James, Armani Pickett

19. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (2015– )

Documentary, Reality-TV

Two men attempt some of the craziest acts in science to determine if they are possible or not.

Stars: Kevin T. Moore, Grant Reynolds

Votes: 194

21. Bill Nye the Science Guy Tackles DeflateGate (2015)

TV-14 | 2 min | Short, Comedy

Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the science behind DeflateGate and whether or not Tom Brady's footballs could have naturally deflated during the game. You won't believe what he has to say.

Director: Alex Richanbach | Star: Bill Nye

Votes: 127

22. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Michaela Leslie-Rule, Jaffar Smith

Votes: 6,811

28. Crowd Control (2014– )


Crowd Control is a show presented by behavior expert Daniel Pink, and aims to make people think twice about their actions.

Stars: Daniel Pink, Ken Anthony II, Brian Bogart, Frazer Brown

Votes: 75

29. Xploration Animal Science (2012– )

TV-G | 30 min | Family

The science of animal behavior using animation, graphics and animal experts.

Stars: Ami Dobelle, Brent Askari, Kathryn L. Atkins, Michael Balsai

Votes: 9

30. Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan (2004–2016)

TV-G | 110 min | Family, Reality-TV

Dog lover Cesar Millan has an uncanny ability to rehabilitate problem dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Stars: Cesar Millan, Daddy, Paul Dini, Ilusion Millan

Votes: 2,606

31. Hidden Animals (2008)

12 min | Short, Horror

In the cut throat world of burger van vending, it doesn't always pay to question where the meat is from.

Director: Ryan Andrew Hooper | Stars: Alexei Akinfiev, Gavin Dando, Kirsty Cooper, Madeleine Havell

Votes: 12

32. Xploration Outer Space (2014– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

Host Emily Calandrelli, Harvard scholar and former Nasa employee, takes viewers on incredible journeys through space. She visits various NASA facilities as we search for answers about our universe.

Stars: Emily Calandrelli, Deborah Bass, Matthew Golombek, Chris McKay

Votes: 42

33. How We Got to Now (2014– )

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary, History

Explores the power and the legacy of great ideas.

Stars: Steven Johnson, Gene Chruszcz, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Terri Adams

Votes: 368

34. Wild About Animals (1995– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

Traveling the globe to deliver young viewers fascinating stories about animals around the world.

Star: Mariette Hartley

Votes: 28

35. What Matters? (2011)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

Three friends, two idealistic activists and one skeptic, attempt to live in extreme poverty (on $1.25 a day) across 3 continents. When two of them survive a deadly plane crash in Africa, all three must fight to finish what they started.

Director: Dan Parris | Star: Richard Carrier

Votes: 26

36. Awesome Adventures (1998–2015)

30 min | Documentary

An adventure series for children. The hosts travel to various places in the world and, with local children, embark on many adventures in beautiful places in nature.

Stars: Mystro Clark, Anthony Montgomery, J. August Richards, Nicole Dabeau

Votes: 25

37. Whaddyado (2005– )

TV-Y | 29 min | Family

An educational series chronicling the lives of teens who are faced with challenging situations

Stars: Matthew Flynn, Freddie Minahan

Votes: 5

38. A Place of Our Own (2004)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson's look back at the 40 years he spent summering at Oak Bluffs, a black-oriented resort community on Martha's Vineyard.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Cecelia Antoinette, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Lani Guinier, Manning Marable

Votes: 26

39. The Crocodile Hunter (1996–2004)

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

Steve and wife Terri educate and entertain on the subject of Australia's all too often dangerous wildlife.

Stars: Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Wes Mannion, Dick Buck

Votes: 2,613

40. The Jeff Corwin Experience (2001– )

60 min | Adventure, Documentary

A documentary series about the adventures of Jeff Corwin, who entertains and educates people on all types of wildlife around the world.

Stars: Jeff Corwin, Carey Harmer

Votes: 347

42. Naked Science (2004– )

60 min | Documentary, Adventure

Documentary series featuring various subjects related to science and technology.

Stars: Eric Meyers, Michael Izquierdo, Rushmore DeNooyer, Roger Tilling

Votes: 301

43. Ancient Impossible (2014– )
Episode: Extreme Engineering (2014)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, History

When faced with impossible situations, the ancients didn't simply give up, they pursued the impossible. How did they get troops across a nearly 4,000 foot river? How do you get oil from the... See full summary »

Director: Bo Channon | Stars: Darius Arya, Alan Gilchrist

Votes: 13

44. Extreme Engineering (2003– )

50 min | Documentary

Each episode of Extreme Engineering features a major construction and engineering project. Some projects are completed ones, like the new Hong Kong airport. Other projects are those under ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Forster, Joseph Giotta, Larc Spies, John Littlefield

Votes: 1,010

45. Nova ScienceNow (2005– )

60 min | Documentary