Most Popular Documentary TV Series/TV Mini-Series


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

Documentary, Biography, Drama | Post-production

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, Ian Bell, Adam Jonas Segaller, Emmett Skilton

2. Planet Earth II (2016– )

TV-G | 360 min | Documentary

9.7
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David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 24,150

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

Documentary

8.4
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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: 303

4. 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: 115,397

5. 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: 51,530

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: 69,214

7. Chef's Table (2015– )

50 min | Documentary

8.8
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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: 5,062

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

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

8.8
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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: 992

9. Real Detective (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.9
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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, Teneisha Collins, Liana Montoro, Tyrone Benskin

Votes: 647

10. 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: 13,228

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

48 min | Documentary, 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: 945

12. 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: 23,272

13. 1000 Ways to Die (2008–2012)

TV-14 | 23 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Several different deaths based on true stories.

Stars: Alisdair Simpson, Ron Perlman, Khyber Zaffarkhan, Boyd Flinders

Votes: 2,522

14. Life (2009– )

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

9.2
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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: 26,756

15. Mutiny (2017)

300 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

8.2
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Anthony Middleton leads a team of eight volunteers to recreate the perilous voyage led by Captain William Bligh in 1789 following the famous mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty.

Star: Anthony Middleton

Votes: 29

16. 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: 46,763

17. 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: 2,273

18. Your Worst Nightmare (2014– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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Your Worst Nightmare is a typical ID show where each episode includes commentary from law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, and friends and family of the victims. The show brings... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Abraham, Clark Sarullo, Kevin Todde Coughlin, D.C. Goode

Votes: 138

19. 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: 7,009

20. Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery. (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

4.9
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The world's foremost scholars, historians and scientists examine six ancient relics thought to be connected to Jesus of Nazareth.

Stars: Adam Bond, Mehdi Aissaoui, Mark Goodacre, Taha Mesbah

Votes: 198

21. 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: 1,180

22. The Bible (2013– )

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

7.5
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The story of God's creation of the Earth and the landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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

Votes: 8,651

23. 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: 6,614

24. 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: 1,514

25. 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, Lauren Wray Grisham

Votes: 5,289

26. Hunting Hitler (2015– )

42 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

7.4
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After declassified FBI files about Hitler have been released, a group of specialists work together to try and find the truth of Hitler's supposed death. Did he really die in the bunker?

Stars: Bob Baer, Alasdair Brooks, John Cencich, Lenny DePaul

Votes: 905

27. Human Planet (2011– )

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

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Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Star: John Hurt

Votes: 14,946

28. 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: 3,046

29. 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, Vikram Gandhi, Ben Anderson

Votes: 3,332

30. Teen Mom 2 (2011– )

60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

4.3
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Follows the cast of the second season of '16 and Pregnant', giving viewers an intimate look at the challenges Chelsea, Leah, Jenelle, and Kailyn face raising a child as a teenager.

Stars: Jenelle Evans, Kailyn Lowry, Chelsea Houska, Leah Messer-Calvert

Votes: 1,680

31. Africa (2013– )

Documentary

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Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred, Katrina Bartlam

Votes: 5,479

32. The Real Marigold Hotel (2016– )

60 min | Documentary

8.3
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A group of famous faces travel to India to see if retiring in India would be better than retiring in England.

Stars: Patti Boulaye, Bobby George, Tom Hollander, Jan Leeming

Votes: 44

33. 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: 24,909

34. 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: 13,367

35. 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: 7,470

36. The Staircase (2004– )

Not Rated | 360 min | Documentary, Crime

8.4
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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: 3,236

37. 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: 24,392

38. 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: 6,382

39. 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, Charles Pol, Diane Pol, Brenda Grettenberger

Votes: 437

40. Who Do You Think You Are? (2010– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results.

Stars: Mocean Melvin, Cherie Lunghi, D. Joshua Taylor, Ken Rogers

Votes: 974

41. A Haunting (2005–2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History, Horror

8.0
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An American paranormal anthology previewing stories told by the victims. Victims tell their terrifing encounters with the paranormal. This show contains narrations, frightening reanactments, & religious content.

Stars: Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren, Kera O'Bryon

Votes: 2,369

42. 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: 3,143

43. 1066: A Year to Conquer England (2017)

180 min | Documentary, Drama, History

6.3
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Drama-Documentary in which historian Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to the Battle of Hastings.

Stars: Jotham Annan, Andrew Havill, Adam James, Simon Meacock

Votes: 39

44. Origins: The Journey of Humankind (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

7.1
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Add a Plot

Stars: Jason Silva, Vere Tindale, John Hedgecoth, Chad Joyce

Votes: 43

45. Air Emergency (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.9
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Dramatized reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews with aviation experts and eyewitnesses.

Stars: Stephen Bogaert, Jonathan Aris, Gregory Feith, Daniel Park

Votes: 2,459

46. Brain Games (2011– )

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

8.6
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An examination of the nature of human perception and how it can be fooled.

Stars: Jason Silva, Bert Thomas Morris, Apollo Robbins, Eric Leclerc

Votes: 1,987

47. The History of Comedy (2017– )

Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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Utilizing archival footage punctuated by contemporary interviews with comedy legends and scholars, this is the history of not only what makes us laugh, but how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history.

Stars: Robert B. Weide, Bea Arthur, Roseanne Barr, Elayne Boosler

Votes: 29

48. 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: 4,564

49. Lockup (2005– )

60 min | Documentary, News

7.9
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An insight, to the many lives of the women and men that enter jail.

Stars: Rasha Drachkovitch, Tracy Powell, Jacob Hekter, Susan Carney

Votes: 318

50. 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: 4,638