Best Biography TV shows

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Biography TV shows" contains films with the following parameters. Style: captivating, realistic, serious, stylized, based on true events and suspense. Plot: ambition, politics, state affairs, husband wife relationship, female protagonist, royal family, society, rise to the top, female nudity and true crime. Genre: Biography, Drama and History. Country: USA, UK and Canada.
Best Biography TV shows
Best Biography TV shows
TOP TV shows: The Crown (2016), The Act (2019), Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), FEUD (2017), Narcos (2015), When They See Us (2019), Genius (2017), The Loudest Voice (2019), Manhunt: Unabomber (2017), Victoria (2016), Mrs. America (2020), Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019), John Adams (2008), For Life (2020), Da Vinci's Demons (2013), Alias Grace (2017), Wolf Hall (2015), Selena: The Series (2020), Escape at Dannemora (2018), Dickinson (2019).

List of Best TV shows

 8.7
 151K
The Crown (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham ...
Style: atmospheric, clever, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: royal family, british royal family, monarchy, queen, british history, winston churchill, woman, prime minister, power, monarch, palace intrigue, politics ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: england, buckingham palace, london
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 8.0
 20K
The Act (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy's quest for independence opens up a Pandora's box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. The ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, rough, based on true events, thought provoking ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, overprotective parent, treatment, pretense, teenage life, deception, fake illness, murder of mother, true crime, manipulation, hate, mockery ...
Place: usa
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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals.
Style: anthology, realistic, captivating, serious, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: crime investigation, crimes, murder, criminal, courtroom drama, racism, police, society, legal action, legal investigation, murder trial, district attorney ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, europe, beverly hills, california
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Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Spartacus is an American television series inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BCE led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic departing from Capua.
Style: epic, sexual, sexy, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, gladiator, rebellion, ancient rome, battles, slavery, sword fight, warrior, gory, sword and sandal, ambition, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
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 8.5
 17K
FEUD (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 406 min.
TV show
Story: Anthology series of famous feuds with the first season based on the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford which began early on their careers, climaxed on the set of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and evolved into an ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, melancholic, humorous, factual ...
Plot: filmmaking, feud, movie star, hollywood, actress, jealousy, glory, woman, aging, family problems, workplace problem, loneliness ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles
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 8.8
 359K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia, Mexico
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, gangsters, drug dealer, drug dealing, smuggling, master criminal, cartel, crimes, rise to the top, politics, criminal heroes, illegal drugs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s, 70s
Place: colombia, latin america, mexico, south america, miami ...
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When They See Us (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 296 min.
TV show
Story: Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
Style: suspense, psychological, rough, thought provoking, based on true events ...
Plot: investigation, rape, racial issues, interracial relations, black cast, social issues, suspect, central park, racism, false accusation, lawyer, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: new york
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 8.4
 16K
Genius (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Anthology series about famous geniuses with the first season charting how Albert Einstein unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe, and the second exploring the passionate nature and relentless creative drive of Pablo Picasso.
Style: anthology, intellectual, captivating, enigmatic, inspirational ...
Plot: genius, physicist, adolescence vs adulthood, husband wife relationship, life, painter, painting, passage of time, nazi germany, nazi
Time: 1930s
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Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A chronicle of the two major police investigations by LAPD Detective Greg Kading into the deaths of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.
Style: tense, factual, captivating, suspense
Plot: rapper, murder investigation, murder, police, friendship, conspiracy, corruption, interview, shooting, feud, police investigator, uncover truth ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, las vegas
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The Loudest Voice (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: The rise and fall of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while flashing back to defining events in his life.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, captivating
Plot: politics, husband wife relationship, impotence, infidelity, political corruption, ambition, paranoia, corruption, state affairs, fighting illness, political intrigue, sexual harassment ...
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Manhunt: Unabomber (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An in-depth look at how an FBI profiler helped track down the terrorist Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.
Style: suspense, tense, enigmatic, suspenseful
Plot: terrorism, psychoanalysis, serial killer, federal bureau of investigation, terrorist, mathematics, fbi, neo noir, true crime, danger, crime investigation, mountain cabin ...
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 8.2
 23K
Victoria (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image ...
Style: realistic, romantic, touching, factual, based on true events ...
Plot: british history, monarchy, royal family, queen victoria, queen of england, european history, queen, royalty, power, female protagonist, prime minister, husband wife relationship ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s
Place: britain, london, buckingham palace
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 7.9
 9K
Mrs. America (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 458 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.”
Style: inspirational, touching, uplifting
Plot: conservative, feminist, activist, politics, labor union, feminism, society, sexism, corporate world, strong female character, female protagonist, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: Tracks the Wu-Tang Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.
Style: suspense, realistic, exciting, sincere
Plot: rapper, hip hop culture, urban ghetto life, hip hop, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, music, life is a bitch, rise to the top, lifestyle, friends ...
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 8.5
 29K
John Adams (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
TV show
Story: The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: american history, historical character, leadership, politics, lawyer, president, freedom, human spirit, state affairs, head of state, army, politician ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, 1770s
Place: usa, philadelphia, boston, paris france, france ...
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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015)
Genre: Biography
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
TV show
Story: A chronicle of Marilyn Monroe's family life and how she succeeded in hiding her most intimate secrets from the press and an invasive world.
Style: realistic, sexy, emotional, serious, touching
Plot: family relations, actor's life, parents and children, mental illness, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, celebrity, mental disorders, mental disorder, famous, drugs/alcohol, female director ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s
Place: usa
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 7.6
 3K
For Life (2020)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
TV show
Story: A prisoner becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing, twists and turns
Plot: confined, prisoner, lawyer, mind game, prison, wrongful conviction, vengeance, justice, legal system, danger, fighting the system, corruption ...
Time: contemporary
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Da Vinci's Demons (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows the "untold" story of Leonardo Da Vinci: the genius during his early years in Renaissance Florence. As a 25-year old artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist, he struggles to live within the confines of ...
Style: intellectual, exciting, captivating, witty, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, leonardo da vinci, adventure, inventor, escapades, historical character, talented, a vision, visionary, unconventional method, magical, lust ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: italy, europe, florence, florence italy, istanbul turkey ...
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 7.8
 26K
Alias Grace (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 267 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A ...
Style: based on true events, captivating, atmospheric, psychological
Plot: female prisoner, female assassin, immigrants, chambermaid, female murderer, women in society, murder investigation, maid, mad woman, amnesia, psychiatrist, assassin ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: canada
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 8.1
 10K
Wolf Hall (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
Story: England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, factual, suspense ...
Plot: rise to the top, political intrigue, royal family, ambition, state affairs, manipulations, manipulation, society, politics, blind ambition, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe, london
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Selena: The Series (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: As Mexican-American Tejano singer Selena comes of age and realizes her dreams, she and her family make tough choices to hold on to love and music.
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, factual
Plot: music, singer, dying young, performer's life, lifestyle, showbiz, female protagonist, musician's life, tragedy, human spirit, embezzlement, ambition ...
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Escape at Dannemora (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 440 min.
TV show
Story: The stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became ...
Style: based on true events, melancholic, captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric
Plot: prison escape, prison life, love triangle, prison guard, jail cell, escape, prison, crime, deception, prisoner, crimes, love affair ...
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 7.3
 6K
Dickinson (2019)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Emily Dickinson. Poet. Daughter. Total rebel. In this coming-of-age story, Emily’s determined to become the world’s greatest poet.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, scenic, inspirational, factual
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: lesbian kiss, women, rebellious daughter, lesbian interest, lgbt, poetry, father daughter relationship, female protagonist, longing, sexual orientation, women's rights, anachronism ...
Time: 19th century
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 7.4
 11K
Houdini (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 174 min.
TV show
Story: Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: seance, rise to the top, undercover, ambition, performer's life, couple relations, artists and showbiz, espionage, magic, wizards and magicians, husband wife relationship, stage magician ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1890s, 1910s
Place: usa, san francisco, new york, budapest, washington d.c. ...
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 8.2
 8K
The Durrells (2016)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: In 1935, financially strapped widow Louisa Durrell, whose life has fallen apart, decides to move from England, with her four children (three sons, one daughter), to the island of Corfu, Greece. Once there, the family moves into a dilapidated old ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, exciting, stylized, based on true events
Plot: family, friendship, greek island, englishwoman abroad, expatriate, female protagonist, province, adventure, culture shock, dead husband, island, based on a novel ...
Time: 1930s, year 1935
Place: greece, mediterranean sea
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Z: The Beginning of Everything (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 27 min.
TV show
Story: A biography series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s. Z starts before Zelda Fitzgerald meets the ...
Plot: fall in love, skinny dipping, husband wife relationship, falling in love, southern belle, flapper, female nudity, party, writers
Time: 1920s
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 8.1
 18K
The Great (2020)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia following the rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great and her explosive relationship with husband Peter, the emperor of Russia.
Style: stylized, realistic, epic, humorous, dark humor
Plot: royal court, king, empress, royal family, queen, palaces castles and temples, monarch, intrigue, ambition, russian empire, rivalry, political intrigue ...
Time: 18th century
Place: russia
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 7.1
 8K
Tut (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: Explores the drama of power, political back-stabbing, war and murder and chronicles King Tut's rise to glory, his efforts to rule a chaotic empire and the enigma surrounding his death.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, erotic
Plot: pharaoh, ancient egypt, ambition, political intrigue, rise to the top, head of state, rivalry, state affairs, royal family, dishonesty, king
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt
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 7.9
 14K
Versailles (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a young Louis XIV on his journey to become the most powerful monarch in Europe, from his battles with the fronde through his development into the Sun King. Historical and fictional characters guide us in a world of betrayal and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, stylized, intellectual ...
Plot: royal court, king, royal family, intrigue, betrayal, rivalry, ambition, palaces castles and temples, state affairs, political intrigue, graphic violence, rise to the top ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles
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Gentleman Jack (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, 1832. Anne Lister attempts to revitalize her inherited home, Shibden Hall. Most notably for the time period, a part of her plan is to help the fate of her own family - by taking a wife.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, captivating, psychological
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, strongman, love and romance, british history, social relations, society, discrimination, private vs public, heroes, rivalry, protest ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england
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