Most Popular Documentary TV Series/TV Mini-Series


1. No Small Parts (2014– )

30 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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No Small Parts is a fan-made documentary web series about character actors. Most episodes focus on a specific character actor and chronicle their life and career in the entertainment industry.

Stars: Brandon Hardesty, Wesley Mann, Josh Perry, Scott Allen Perry

Votes: 251

2. 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: 34,505

3. The Defiant Ones (2017)

Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.9
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"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Jimmy Iovine, Mark Anthony Petrucelli

Votes: 2,176

4. Last Chance U (2016– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, Sport

8.5
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"Last Chance U" follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. Based at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), "Last Chance U" takes us on a journey to ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Ollie, Frank Wilson Jr., John Iii Franklin, Brittany Wagner

Votes: 3,033

5. Hard Knocks (2001– )

55 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport

8.5
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Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary produced by the NFL and HBO. Each season the show follows an NFL team during training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Jerry Jones, Emmitt Smith, Brian Billick

Votes: 903

6. The Keepers (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 432 min | Documentary, Crime

8.3
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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.

Stars: Gemma Hoskins, Tom Nugent, Abbie Schaub, Jean Hargadon Wehner

Votes: 5,909

7. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-G | 533 min | Documentary

9.5
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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, Huw Cordey, Doug Allen

Votes: 121,794

8. 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: Aaron Michael Miller, Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 4,251

9. 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, Vicki Marshall

Votes: 1,931

10. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.7
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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: 56,445

11. Dates in Movie & TV History (2016– )

2 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.5
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Brandon Hardesty reports on some of the most shocking, influential, and noteworthy dates in movie and television history.

Star: Brandon Hardesty

Votes: 86

12. 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: 74,627

13. 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: 14,215

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

TV-MA | 46 min | Documentary

6.7
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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: James Rhine, Lena Anderson, James Bartholet, Lily Cade

Votes: 780

15. 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: Robin Banks, Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Robert Lee

Votes: 47,262

16. 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: 955

17. 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, Gianna Toboni, Ben Anderson

Votes: 3,533

18. 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, Keith Colburn

Votes: 6,564

19. 30 for 30 (2009–2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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: Ice Cube, Chuck D., Brent Musburger, Patrick Ewing

Votes: 3,182

20. Forensic Files (1996– )

TV-14 | 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: 2,497

21. Paranormal Survivor (2015– )

41 min | Documentary

6.2
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Real people share the terrifing and supernatural stories of their experience.

Stars: Morgan O'Dwyer, Kristen Keller, Alex Pryce, Jack Kenna

Votes: 202

22. 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: 25,457

23. 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: 1,209

24. The Nineties (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

8.3
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A TV documentary miniseries chronicling the trends, pop culture, and important events that took place from 1990 to 1999.

Stars: Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Jeffrey Toobin, Gil Troy

Votes: 77

25. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

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

8.4
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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: 3,265

26. Chef's Table (2015– )

TV-MA | 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: 6,272

27. 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: Megan Hanecek, Zachary Fowler, Dave Nessia, Callie North

Votes: 1,447

28. 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: 7,681

29. 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: 28,253

30. Shahs of Sunset (2012– )

44 min | Documentary

4.7
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Follows a group of affluent young Persian-American friends who juggle their flamboyant, fast-paced L.A. lifestyles with the demands of their families and traditions.

Stars: Reza Farahan, Golnesa Gharachedaghi, Mercedes Javid, Asa Soltan Rahmati

Votes: 1,073

31. 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: 1,731

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

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

7.3
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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: 762

33. Human Planet (2011– )

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

9.1
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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: 16,180

34. Ghost Hunters (2004– )

60 min | Documentary

6.5
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This one-hour weekly docu-soap from the creator/executive producer of "American Chopper" follows a group of real-life paranormal researchers as they investigate haunted houses throughout ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Grant Wilson

Votes: 5,754

35. Daughters of Destiny (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

8.3
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Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth follows a group of rural India's most disadvantaged children over the course of seven years.

Stars: Shilpa Anthony Raj, Abraham George, Ajit George, Mariam George

Votes: 231

36. The Putin Interviews (2017– )

TV-PG | 58 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone interviews the Russian president Vladimir Putin about divisive issues related to the US-Russia relations.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Vladimir Putin, Sergei Chudinov, George Bush

Votes: 1,863

37. 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: 2,379

38. 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: 25,482

39. 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: 8,158

40. 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: 6,853

41. 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, Elayne Boosler, Sarah Silverman, W. Kamau Bell

Votes: 65

42. 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, Jake Canuso, Diogo Morgado

Votes: 8,929

43. Life Below Zero (2013– )

44 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

8.2
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The everyday struggles of living in the secluded state of Alaska where one wrong decision could cost you your life.

Stars: James Franzo, Sue Aikens, Agnes Hailstone, Chip Hailstone

Votes: 822

44. 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: 5,481

45. 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: 25,602

46. Top Gear USA (2008– )

45 min | Documentary

5.4
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The hosts Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust talk about what ever you need to know about cars and in every episode they go through a list of challenges to know who chose the best ... See full summary »

Stars: Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood, Eric A. Stromer

Votes: 5,391

47. Five Came Back (2017)

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

8.6
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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: 1,492

48. World War II in Colour (2009– )

Documentary, War

8.8
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Recounts the events of world War II in color.

Stars: Robert Powell, Erich von Manstein, Mamoru Shigemitsu

Votes: 1,040

49. Dark Net (2016– )

30 min | Documentary

7.2
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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: 534

50. 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: 1,809