Most Popular Documentary TV Series/TV Mini-Series


1. Planet Earth II (2016– )

TV-G | 360 min | Documentary

9.6
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David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 29,197

2. The Keepers (II) (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Star: Sister Cathy Cesnik

Votes: 942

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

46 min | Documentary

6.9
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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: Lena Anderson, James Bartholet, Lily Cade, Eva Celeste

Votes: 507

4. Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Crime Story (2016–2017)

Documentary

8.6
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The story of the 1994-1995 trial of former NFL superstar running back Orenthal James "OJ" Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson

Votes: 2,314

5. American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (2017– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.5
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The Amazon Original Series draws from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal archives, chronicling the life of an American icon and the history of the brand he created.

Stars: Matt Whelan, Emmett Skilton, Adam Jonas Segaller, Chelsie Preston Crayford

Votes: 535

6. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

9.3
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A documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 71,549

7. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-G | 533 min | Documentary

9.5
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 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 Allen

Votes: 118,146

8. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.8
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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. ... See full summary »

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 53,582

9. The World at War (1973–2001)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A series of documentaries about World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 13,641

10. Roman Empire: Reign of Blood (2016– )

48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.7
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Chronicles the reign of Commodus, the emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome's fall

Stars: Sean Bean, Aaron Irvin, Aaron Jakubenko, Edwin Wright

Votes: 1,061

11. 30 for 30 (2009–2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.9
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ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Chuck D., Brent Musburger, Patrick Ewing, Jalen Rose

Votes: 3,106

12. All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams (2017– )

60 min | Documentary, Sport

The Los Angeles Rams search for a new identity in their old stomping grounds during one of the most challenging seasons in recent NFL history.

Stars: Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Sean McVay

13. Deadliest Catch (2005– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

8.0
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A documentary series chronicling the real-life high-sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen. This is the most deadly profession in the world.

Stars: Mike Rowe, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen, Jonathan Hillstrand

Votes: 6,461

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

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary

8.8
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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: 24,071

15. Forensic Files (1996– )

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, Skip Palenik, Tom Bevel, Lowell Levine

Votes: 2,372

16. Chef's Table (2015– )

50 min | Documentary

8.7
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Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Stars: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford, Lara Gilmore

Votes: 5,647

17. Five Came Back (2017– )

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

8.7
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The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.

Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan

Votes: 1,040

18. Life (2009– )

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

9.1
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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Doug Allen, Michael Pitts

Votes: 27,394

19. Real Detective (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Each episode is a crime solution reenactment of a real murder. The actual detectives offer commentary throughout the show.

Stars: Michael Douglas Cake, Liana Montoro, Tyrone Benskin, Mizinga Mwinga

Votes: 760

20. River Monsters (2009– )

42 min | Documentary, Adventure, Mystery

8.2
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Jeremy Wade searches the world for legendary and flesh-eating freshwater fish.

Stars: Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz, Tim Mousseau, Stan Groves

Votes: 3,511

21. An Idiot Abroad (2010–2013)

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: 25,114

22. 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: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Robert Lee, Kari Byron

Votes: 46,966

23. Little People, Big World (2006– )

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

6.5
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In the most in-depth television documentation of the lives of Little People, the series follows the Roloffs - an extraordinary family composed of both little and average-sized people. Over ... See full summary »

Stars: Matthew Roloff, Amy Roloff, Jeremy Roloff, Molly Roloff

Votes: 2,019

24. Cooper's Treasure (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

6.4
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Treasure hunter Darrell Miklos sets out to find shipwrecks originally located by astronaut Gordon Cooper from space in 1963.

Stars: Gordon Cooper, Darrell Miklos, Manuel Rodriguez

Votes: 46

25. The Civil War (1990– )

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 7,269

26. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

90 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

7.4
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress, Jonathan Young

Votes: 6,693

27. The Bible (2013– )

TV-14 | 440 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

7.5
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A religious historical dramatic miniseries about God's creation and physical landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Stars: Keith David, Robert Powell, Diogo Morgado, Darwin Shaw

Votes: 8,789

28. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (2016– )

47 min | Documentary

9.2
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A series featuring stories from former members of the Church of Scientology whose lives have been affected by the Church's harmful practices.

Stars: Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Alex Weresow, Jeffrey Augustine

Votes: 1,646

29. Nathan for You (2013– )

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, William Heath, Anthony Filosa, Brian S. Wolfe

Votes: 7,728

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

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

8.5
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Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Jaffar Smith, Rachel Glenn

Votes: 4,937

31. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 3,194

32. Abstract: The Art of Design (2017– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

8.6
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A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.

Stars: Platon, Elisabeth Biondi, Ilse Crawford, Es Devlin

Votes: 1,441

33. American Pickers (2010– )

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

7.0
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Mike and Frank are pickers that travel the country and literally would go anywhere just for the prospects of finding antique gold. With the assistance of Danielle they often find themselves in a comedic pickle.

Stars: Frank Fritz, Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby-Cushman, Robbie Wolfe

Votes: 5,369

34. Vice (2013– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, News

8.9
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Documentary series featuring startling, groundbreaking stories from around the world.

Stars: Shane Smith, Thomas Morton, Ben Anderson, Gianna Toboni

Votes: 3,424

35. Through the Wormhole (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 13,658

36. Cosmos (1980– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 24,903

37. American Experience (1988– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Oliver Platt

Votes: 1,037

38. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Anthony Bourdain visits country's and delves into political issues as well as indigenous food and culture.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, David Holloway, Eric Ripert, Tom Vitale

Votes: 2,255

39. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.4
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Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Zamir Gotta, Jerry Risius, Todd Liebler

Votes: 4,702

40. Dark Net (2016– )

30 min | Documentary

7.3
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Explores the furthest reaches of the internet and the people who frequently use it, providing a revealing and cautionary look inside a vast cyber netherworld.

Stars: Lauren Terp, Kristie, Drew, Anisha Vora

Votes: 474

41. Grand Designs (1999– )

50 min | Documentary

8.6
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Kevin McCloud follows people as they build their dream house, often focusing on modern design, energy efficiency, maximizing space and views.

Stars: Kevin McCloud, Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth, Chris Ostwald

Votes: 1,277

42. Overhaulin' (2004– )

60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport

6.8
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People trick unsuspecting car owners into thinking their car was towed and instead fix them up.

Stars: Lee Reherman, Chip Foose, Craig Chaffers, Chris Jacobs

Votes: 1,052

43. The Staircase (2004– )

Not Rated | 360 min | Documentary, Crime

8.3
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 3,414

44. Frozen Planet (2011– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.0
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Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 14,588

45. Breaking Amish (2012– )

60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

4.9
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Follows five young adults who find the courage to leave their restrictive Amish communities. The group head to New York City, where the somewhat sheltered youths begin experimenting with ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremiah Raber, Rebecca, Sabrina, Abe Schmucker

Votes: 922

46. The Victorian Slum (2016– )

59 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

8.2
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A group of 15 volunteers aged between 10 and 59 are transported back to Victorian London as they spend three weeks living and working in a recreation of the notorious Old Nichol slum in Bethnal Green in London's East End.

Star: Michael Mosley

Votes: 34

47. Alone (2015– )

44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

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

Stars: Alan Kay, Dustin Feher, Sam Larson, Mitch Mitchell

Votes: 1,319

48. Elizabeth I (2017)

180 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.0
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Docu-drama starring Lily Cole as a young Elizabeth I, featuring dramatic reconstructions of key moments in her life. Presented by historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.

Stars: Vincent Kerschbaum, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones, Lily Cole

Votes: 13

49. The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (2016– )

Documentary

7.7
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Come one, come all to THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH. This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race, revealing the intense, inspiring... See full summary »

Stars: Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton

Votes: 289

50. The Untold History of the United States (2012– )

58 min | Documentary, History

8.9
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Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 4,707