Most Popular Documentary TV Series/TV Mini-Series


1. The Keepers (II) (2017)

432 min | Documentary, Crime

8.4
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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: 4,054

2. 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: 1,128

3. 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: 31,127

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

46 min | Documentary

6.8
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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: 637

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: 54,708

6. 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: 3,015

7. 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: 1,362

8. 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: 3,136

9. 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: 72,681

10. The Defiant Ones (2017)

Documentary, Biography, Crime

"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: Bono, Sean Combs, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube

11. 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: 119,411

12. Le Mans: Racing Is Everything (2017– )

25 min | Documentary

7.3
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Limited series follows the participants of France's 24-hour car race that takes place annually in Le Mans.

Stars: Shea Adam, John Hindhaugh, André Lotterer, Louis Mellis

Votes: 102

13. 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: 47,084

14. 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: 1,122

15. 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: 13,857

16. 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: 2,304

17. 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: 24,621

18. Year Million (2017)

Documentary

7.1
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An in depth look into what our future will look like

Stars: Miklós Bányai, Joe Corrigall, Siobhan Dillon, Judit Fekete

Votes: 53

19. 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: 6,494

20. 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: 5,883

21. 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: 2,023

22. 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: 3,460

23. 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: 2,422

24. 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: 642

25. 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: 6,742

26. 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: 27,745

27. Untold Stories of the ER (2004– )

60 min | Documentary, Drama

7.9
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Dramatizations of patients in life threatening moments while doctors do their best to help them in the E.R.

Stars: Jenne Kang, Linda America, Roy Vongtama, Lucy Doty

Votes: 449

28. 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: 3,575

29. 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: 1,776

30. Killer Kids (2011– )

Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.5
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Dramatized reconstruction documentaries on juveniles, teens, who become killers for differend needs or psychopathic urges. Alone, duos or groups; single to serial killings.

Stars: Misty Lee, John S. Howell Sr., Erika Fong, Lisa Cole

Votes: 331

31. 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: 7,425

32. Cooper's Treasure (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

7.1
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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: 96

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: 5,404

34. 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: 15,762

35. 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: 25,250

36. 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: 8,841

37. 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: 7,870

38. 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: 803

39. 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: 3,220

40. 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: 4,800

41. Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (2011– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime

8.9
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Lt. Joe Kenda solves cases.

Stars: Josh Casaubon, Joe Kenda, Carl Marino, Sandra Mann

Votes: 1,577

42. 1000 Ways to Die (2008–2012)

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

7.0
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Several different deaths based on true stories.

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

Votes: 2,614

43. 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: 1,582

44. 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: 1,191

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: 25,138

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

2 min | Documentary

7.6
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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: 80

47. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-14 | 384 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: 3,484

48. Africa (2013– )

Documentary

9.1
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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: 6,360

49. Paranormal Witness (2011– )

60 min | Documentary, Mystery

7.9
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Series brings to life the stories of people who have lived through paranormal experiences that defy explanation.

Stars: Daniel Cannis, Frances Townend, Robert Nolan, Colin Murphy

Votes: 1,992

50. Disappeared (2009–2017)

Documentary, Crime

8.1
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The heartbreaking, mystifying and unbelievable stories of loved ones who have disappeared and the families that never give up hope. Some stories remain unresolved; some reveal tragic ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Crutchfield Walker, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Dennis Hindman, David Van Norman

Votes: 603