Top 50 Documentary TV Shows



1. House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths (2021)

TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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Suicide, murder or something else? This docuseries examines chilling truths and theories around the deaths of 11 members of a Delhi family.

Stars: Anita Anand, Naresh Bhatia, Barkha Dutt, Manoj Kumar

Votes: 4,830

2. Bad Sport (2021– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.3
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Follows six stories of sports and crime, told by the athletes, coaches and law enforcement officials.

Stars: Pete Cullen, Randy Lanier, Pino Narducci, Jamie Salé

Votes: 606

3. The Movies That Made Us (2019– )

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

7.8
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The histories of classic popular movies are examined.

Stars: Danny Wallace, Donald Ian Black, Jennifer Julian, Ryan Turek

Votes: 4,843

4. The Beatles: Get Back (2021– )

Documentary, Music | Post-production

Documentary about the music group The Beatles featuring in-studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film 'Let It Be.'

Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

5. The Way Down (2021– )

TV-MA | Documentary

7.2
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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.

Stars: Natasha Pavlovich, Carey Wingerd, Glen Wingerd, Brendan Charles

Votes: 602

6. Buried (2021– )

Documentary

7.4
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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.

Votes: 118

7. Clarkson's Farm (2021– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

9.1
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Follow Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run a farm in the countryside.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Kaleb Cooper, Charlie Ireland, Gerald Cooper

Votes: 23,917

8. What Happened, Brittany Murphy? (2021)

TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.5
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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.

Stars: Paige Westbrook, Alex Hodgins, Kathy Najimy, Lisa Rieffel

Votes: 468

9. Love on the Spectrum (2019– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Romance

8.6
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A documentary series following young adults on the autism spectrum as they explore the unpredictable world of love, dating and relationships.

Stars: Brooke Satchwell, Michael Theo, Mark Radburn, Ronan Soussa

Votes: 4,445

10. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

9.5
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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

Votes: 105,401

11. Ghost Adventures (2008– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

7.4
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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: 8,697

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

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

8.6
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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: 42,453

13. The Last Dance (2020)

TV-MA | 491 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.1
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Charting the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

Stars: Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, David Aldridge, Scottie Pippen

Votes: 98,095

14. Dark Side of the Ring (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.8
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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.

Stars: Chris Jericho, James E. Cornette, Jim Ross, Steve Kasan

Votes: 2,421

15. Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan (2021)

Documentary, Crime

6.2
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In the late 1970s, an accused serial rapist claims multiple personalities control his behavior, setting off a legal odyssey that captivates America.

Stars: Kathy Preston, Bob Ruth, Sheila Porter, Frank W. Putnam

Votes: 1,618

16. Crime Stories: India Detectives (2021– )

TV-MA | 47 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.3
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Follows major criminal investigations from the time the crime is reported until the suspect gets captured.

Stars: N. Shashi Kumar, V. Dhananjaya, Roopa K.S., B.N. Lohith

Votes: 658

17. Nuclear Family (2021)

TV-MA | 158 min | Documentary

6.5
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Ry Russo-Young turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family.

Stars: Cade Russo-Young, Dominique Dibbell, Jacob Estes, Dawn Marie

Votes: 241

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

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary, Sport

8.6
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Docuseries following the FIA Formula One World Championship across multiple seasons.

Stars: Valtteri Bottas, Will Buxton, Pierre Gasly, Lewis Hamilton

Votes: 28,572

19. Eli Roth's History of Horror (2018–2021)

TV-MA | 42 min | Documentary, Horror

8.1
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An in-depth look at the history and pop cultural significance of horror films.

Stars: Eli Roth, Alan Maxson, Greg Nicotero, Rob Zombie

Votes: 1,872

20. 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, Samira Wiley, Maria Bello, Kristen Bell

Votes: 8,205

21. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.0
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Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Corey Brennan, Jerry Toner, Steve West

Votes: 6,872

22. Among the Stars (2021– )

TV-PG | Documentary

8.5
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Behind-the-scenes access to the critically important NASA mission of repairing a $2 billion science experiment, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which aims to reveal the origins of the universe.

Star: Chris Cassidy

Votes: 101

23. Tiger King (2020)

TV-MA | 358 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.5
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A rivalry between big cat eccentrics takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot.

Stars: John Reinke, Kelci Saffery, John Finlay, Rick Kirkham

Votes: 72,053

24. 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: 4,806

25. LuLaRich (2021– )

TV-14 | Documentary

7.8
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LuLaRoe, the billion dollar clothing empire accused of misleading thousands of women with their multi-level marketing platform.

Stars: Roberta Blevins, Áine Cain, Lauren Covey Carson, Jill Drehmer

Votes: 2,419

26. Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror (2021)

TV-14 | 312 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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This unflinching series documents the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from Al Qaeda's roots in the 1980s to America's forceful response, both at home and abroad.

Star: James LaPorta

Votes: 7,342

27. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (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, Christopher Emerson, Keythe Farley, Piotr Michael

Votes: 115,827

28. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Fantasy, History

7.2
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, William Henry

Votes: 10,455

29. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.9
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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, Brian S. Wolfe, Simon Kellog

Votes: 23,082

30. Alone (2015– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.4
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Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Dan, David, Desmond

Votes: 4,177

31. A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad (2020)

209 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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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.

Stars: Jonas Baeck, Edeltraud Bohnau, Wolfgang Kneese, Willi Malessa

Votes: 316

32. 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, Nikolay Drozdov, Thomas Anguti Johnston

Votes: 174,285

33. Air Crash Investigation (2003– )

TV-14 | 46 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.8
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Dramatized reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews with aviation experts and eyewitnesses.

Stars: Jonathan Aris, Stephen Bogaert, Gregory Feith, John Cox

Votes: 4,360

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

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime

8.0
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A group of online justice seekers track down a guy who posted a video of himself killing kittens.

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

Votes: 44,711

35. Wild Crime (2021– )

Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.7
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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.

Stars: David Wenzel, Tiffany Petranto, Beth Shott, Jonny Grusing

Votes: 177

36. 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, James Willbanks, Duong Van Mai Elliott

Votes: 22,381

37. Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (2017–2021)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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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.

Stars: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, Hilary Whitehall, Steven Seagal

Votes: 4,886

38. The World at War (1973–1974)

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: 23,853

39. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (2021)

TV-MA | 189 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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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.

Stars: Gil Carrillo, Frank Salerno, Tony Valdez, Laurel Erickson

Votes: 21,451

40. Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space (2021)

TV-14 | 244 min | Documentary

8.1
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A trailblazing mission captured in near-real time as four crew members make history in the first all-civilian mission into orbit.

Stars: Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor, Christopher Sembroski

Votes: 1,088

41. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020)

44 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.9
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Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.

Stars: Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, Tommaso Basili, Selim Bayraktar, Birkan Sokullu

Votes: 20,698

42. The D'Amelio Show (2021– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

2.6
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Follow Charli, Dixie, dad Marc and mom Heidi as they navigate their sudden rise to fame.

Stars: Charli D'Amelio, Dixie D'Amelio, Pascal D'Amelio, Heidi D'Amelio

Votes: 1,033

43. Making a Murderer (2015–2018)

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: Steven Avery, Dolores Avery, Laura Nirider, Jerry Buting

Votes: 90,499

44. Escape to the Chateau (2016–2021)

TV-PG | Documentary

8.7
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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.

Stars: Angel Adoree, Dick Strawbridge, Tracy Ann Oberman, Jennifer Newman

Votes: 1,158

45. Dateline NBC (1992– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, News

6.9
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Long-running news-magazine/investigation series.

Stars: Lester Holt, Keith Morrison, Dennis Murphy, Josh Mankiewicz

Votes: 2,364

46. 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, Sterling K. Brown, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson

Votes: 24,774

47. Sex Life (2019– )

TV-MA | Documentary

5.2
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Voyeuristic documentary series about titillating sexual and erotic experiences.

Stars: Rev Rucifer, Barbara Ann Duffy, Vera Duffy, Natasha Estrada

Votes: 162

48. Pawn Stars (2009– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Reality-TV

7.2
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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.

Stars: Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison, Austin 'Chumlee' Russell, Richard Harrison

Votes: 16,055

49. The Walking Dead: Origins (2021– )

Documentary

7.8
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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.

Stars: Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus

Votes: 301

50. 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: 37,874


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