Top 50 Documentary TV Shows
1. House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths (2021)
TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Crime, History
Suicide, murder or something else? This docuseries examines chilling truths and theories around the deaths of 11 members of a Delhi family.
5. The Way Down (2021– )
TV-MA | Documentary
Follows the Remnant Fellowship Church and its leader Gwen Shamblin Lara. Exploring Lara's fame and power as a diet guru and church leader, and truth behind her carefully curated image, detailing the controversial practices of the church.
6. Buried (2021– )
Follows the story of Eileen Franklin who suddenly remembered witnessing the rape and murder of her childhood best friend, and reveals the repercussions of that fateful assertion of the subconscious and the infinite questions it sparked.
8. What Happened, Brittany Murphy? (2021)
TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Presents an in-depth, intimate character portrait exploring the life and career and mysterious circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 90's actress and rising star, Brittany Murphy.
9. Love on the Spectrum (2019– )
TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Romance
A documentary series following young adults on the autism spectrum as they explore the unpredictable world of love, dating and relationships.
10. Planet Earth II (2016)
TV-G | 298 min | Documentary
Wildlife documentary series with David Attenborough, beginning with a look at the remote islands which offer sanctuary to some of the planet's rarest creatures, to the beauty of cities, which are home to humans, and animals..
Star: David Attenborough
TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery
14. Dark Side of the Ring (2019– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Drama, History
From backstage controversies to mysterious deaths and unsolved homicides, this series explores the darkest stories from the golden age of professional wrestling, and tries to find truth at the intersection of fantasy and reality.
In the late 1970s, an accused serial rapist claims multiple personalities control his behavior, setting off a legal odyssey that captivates America.
24. 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.
29. 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.
31. A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad (2020)
209 min | Documentary, History
This documentary series plunges into the abyss of German sect, Colonia Dignidad. It shows the way of life of an isolated community that, far from the world, even influenced international politics.
32. 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.
35. Wild Crime (2021– )
Documentary, Crime, Mystery
Follows the uniquely qualified team of special agents that are responsible for investigating crimes that occur in the National Park System, as they tackle cases and bring law and order to this public land.
37. Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (2017–2021)
TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy
Follows Jack Whitehall as he embarks on the trip of a lifetime with his father, Michael. The two set off on a journey across South East Asia to partake in a series of adventures, mishaps and escapades with two very different perspectives.
39. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (2021)
TV-MA | 189 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery
This limited docu-series tells the true story of how one of the most notorious serial killers in American history was hunted down and brought to justice.
40. Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space (2021)
TV-14 | 244 min | Documentary
A trailblazing mission captured in near-real time as four crew members make history in the first all-civilian mission into orbit.
41. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020)
44 min | Documentary, Drama, History
Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.
43. Making a Murderer (2015–2018)
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.
44. Escape to the Chateau (2016–2021)
TV-PG | Documentary
British engineer Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel buy a rundown French chateau. The series shows them over the course of a year, as they restore the building that has stood empty for 40 years.
TV-14 | 5 min | Documentary, Short
Inside the series of the same name.
48. Pawn Stars (2009– )
TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Reality-TV
Rick Harrison and his family own and run a pawn shop on the Las Vegas strip. They buy, sell, and appraise items of historical value.
49. The Walking Dead: Origins (2021– )
Revisiting the stories of major characters, presented and narrated by the cast members who play them; taking a look back at key moments and events that affected them the most on their journeys through The Walking Dead Universe.
50. 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