Best Documentary TV shows

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Documentary TV shows" contains films with the following parameters. Style: serious, realistic, captivating, semi documentary, suspenseful and tense. Plot: reenactment, murder, religion, war, battles, roman empire, death, uncover truth, investigation and rebellion. Genre: Documentary, History and Drama. Country: USA, UK and Canada.
Best Documentary TV shows
Best Documentary TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Tudor Monastery Farm (2013), Barbarians Rising (2016), Back in Time for Dinner (2015), Ghost Adventures (2008), Everything Wrong with... (2012), Autopsy: The Last Hours Of (2014), Wonders of the Monsoon (2014), Club Reps (2002), Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016), Deadly Devotion (2013), Deep Undercover (2016), 1914-1918 (1996), The French Chef (1962), The World Wars (2014), The Body (1981), The Ha!ifax Comedy Fest (2002), Just for Laughs (2002), Unsolved Mysteries (1987), 100 Greatest Teen Stars (2006), Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020).

List of Best TV Shows

Tudor Monastery Farm (2013)
Genre: Documentary, History
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold turn the clock back 500 years to the early Tudor period to become tenant farmers on monastery land.
Plot: farming, monastery, friendship, historian, tudors
Time: 15th century
Place: england
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Barbarians Rising (2016)
Genre: Documentary, Action, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Told from the perspective of the rebel leaders, the series chronicles a wave of rebellions against absolute power by those the Roman Empire called “barbarians” – tribes they viewed as beyond the fringe of civilization that lived a brutish and ...
Style: captivating, serious, semi documentary
Plot: roman soldier, ancient rome, roman empire, rebellion, ancient civilization, druid, roman emperor, warrior, brutality, siege, paganism, battles ...
Place: hungary, italy, romania, mediterranean sea, north africa ...
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Back in Time for Dinner (2015)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: One British family embark on an extraordinary time-travelling adventure to discover how a post-war revolution in the food we eat has transformed the way we live. Starting in 1950 and guided by real records of what ordinary families ate for ...
Plot: food, family, dinner, social experiment, house, father, children, mother, eating, kitchen
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Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer (2017)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Yellowstone is one of the most remarkable places on the planet. It’s home to North America’s most iconic wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, great grey owls, beavers and bison. Every year they must survive extreme weather as the thaw ...
Style: nature documentary
Plot: grizzly bear, bison, climate change, beaver, owl
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Dawkins: Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life (2012)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: Ideas about the soul and the afterlife, of sin and God's purpose have shaped human thinking for thousands of years. Religious rituals remain embedded in the major events of our lives. In this thought-provoking series, evolutionary biologist ...
Plot: religion, science, belief, life, atheist, death
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Ghost Adventures (2008)
Genre: Documentary, History
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans and his crew, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, search for haunted locations both domestically and internationally. During their investigations, Zak and crew acquaint themselves with the general area; interview locals ...
Style: atmospheric, scary, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: ghost, investigation, paranormal activity, ghost story, paranormal phenomena, supernatural, mysterious place, uncover truth, reality, haunted house, experimenting, obsessive quest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, new mexico, yuma arizona, arizona, tucson arizona
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The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (2016)
Genre: Documentary, Adventure, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Morgan Freeman presents his quest in order to find how most religions perceive life after death, what different civilizations thought about the act of creation and other big questions that mankind has continuously asked.
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, realistic, mind bending, captivating ...
Plot: religion, hinduism, culture, travel, scientific research, religions or cults, customs, human existence, ancient mystery, creator, god or devil, belief in god ...
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Everything Wrong with... (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Jeremy, a movie goer, reviews movies and points out mistakes.
Plot: film critic, satire, youtube, sarcasm, internet, sexual humor, irony, critic, criticism, vulgarity, talking to the audience, profanity
Time: 2010s, 2020s
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Autopsy: The Last Hours Of (2014)
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Revealing the truth behind the controversial deaths of some of the most famous celebrities. Crucial medical evidence gained from the actual autopsies explains what killed the stars and reveals how they died, finally putting an end to the speculation.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sincere, clever
Plot: uncover truth, addiction, artists and showbiz, investigation, celebrity culture, death, pop star, pathology, british, pop singer, pathologist, medication ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire is a 2006 BBC One docudrama series, with each episode looking at a different key turning point in the history of the Roman Empire.
Style: captivating, realistic, epic, serious
Plot: roman empire, emperor, ancient history, historical character, politics, religions or cults, political intrigue, dishonesty, state affairs, power struggle, head of state, political unrest ...
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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Wonders of the Monsoon (2014)
Genre: Documentary
TV show
Story: The wildlife and cultures of southern Asia have been shaped by one of the greatest phenomena on Earth: the mighty monsoon winds that sweep across this vast region, turning drought into deluge. All life – human and animal – is dominated by this ...
Style: nature documentary, realistic, captivating, serious, stylized
Plot: nature, world spanning, forces of nature, escapades, dangerous animal, animal life
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: himalaya, australia, cambodia, india, bangladesh
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Club Reps (2002)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Club Reps was a factual entertainment programme made for ITV by STV Productions. It ran from 2001 to 2004. The programme has been repeated on Sky Real Lives and Pick TV.
Plot: sex show, nightlife, slutty attitude, sexual attraction, drunkenness, police, boss, slut, sexism, sex on first date, tourism, sexual predator ...
Place: greece
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Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In an ambitious and groundbreaking approach to drama and history featuring dramatic reconstruction, historian Lucy Worsley time travels back to the Tudor Court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII's six wives.
Style: captivating, light, entertaining, semi documentary
Plot: palace intrigue, british royal family, king of england, palace, british history, love affair, relationships, royal family, mistress, royal court, historical figure, love story ...
Time: 16th century
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Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire (2008)
Genre: Documentary, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A thirteen hour series which focuses on the Germanic, Britannic and other barbarian tribal wars with Rome which ultimately led to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. This series is centered on the campaigns and battles with the barbarian ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, captivating, epic
Plot: julius caesar, roman soldier, rebellion, murder, corruption, betrayal, invasion, emperor, barbarian, roman empire, historian, tyranny ...
Place: rome italy, england
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Deadly Devotion (2013)
Genre: Documentary, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: This season of DEADLY DEVOTION reveals a family's clash with Scientology over their son's medical treatment; the story of a Jehovah's Witness with serious cold feet; the ungodly actions of an Amish woman's husband; a loving ...
Plot: religion, guru, bookies, true crime, hare krishna, murder, self help, loyalty, mormon, amish, gypsy, deadly
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I Hate Everything, the Search for the Worst (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Alex Beltman, the host of I Hate Everything (IHE), goes the IMDb's bottom 100 rated films (or other films he knows will be terrible) to find the worst film of all time.
Plot: irony, sarcasm, internet, sexual humor, critic, dark humor, criticism, film critic, film criticism
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Deep Undercover (2016)
Genre: Documentary, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Deep Undercover is a true crimes series from writer and producer Joe Pistone, the real "Donnie Brasco." Each episode tells the story of a different undercover operation from the POV of the undercover officers involved.
Plot: cia, evidence, criminal, crime scene, victim, fbi, police detective, undercover, murder, tragedy, true crime, secret ...
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1914-1918 (1996)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, History, Sport, War
Country: UK, USA
TV show
Story: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century is a 1996 documentary series that aired on PBS. It chronicles World War I over eight episodes. It was narrated by Dame Judi Dench in the UK and Salome Jens in the United States. The series won two ...
Plot: world war one, handicapped, zeppelin, lynching, genocide, hospital, riot, anarchy, intervention, factory, civil war, cannibalism ...
Time: 1910s
Place: belgium, france, turkey, versailles, mexico
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The French Chef (1962)
Genre: Documentary, Short, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The French Chef is a television cooking show created and hosted by Julia Child, and produced and broadcast by WGBH, the public television station in Boston, Massachusetts, from February 11, 1963 to 1973. It was one of the first cooking shows on ...
Plot: food, cooking, cooking and food, chef, cookery, recipe, kitchen
Time: 60s
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The Making of the Mob: New York (2015)
Genre: Documentary, Crime, History
Country: USA
Duration: 343 min.
TV show
Story: A docudrama series chronicling some of America's most notorious mobsters, each season dealing with a different city/region.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, semi documentary ...
Plot: mafia, mob boss, gangsters, crime boss, crimes, dishonesty, money, police investigation, life is a bitch, rivalry, murder, showdown ...
Time: 1920s
Place: usa, italy, new york
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The World Wars (2014)
Genre: Documentary, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: The World Wars tells the story of three decades of war told through the eyes of various men who were its key players: Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and MacArthur. The documentary examines the two wars as one ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing
Plot: soldier, world war one, war, historical character, infantrymen, politics, military, state affairs, head of state, totalitarianism, nazism, leadership ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: usa, europe
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The Body (1981)
Genre: Documentary
Country: Norway
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Norwegian educational series about human body and how it works.
Style: educational
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), cell, puberty, illness, change, doctor, medicine, influenza, birth, blood, body, ear ...
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The Ha!ifax Comedy Fest (2002)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: Canada
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The Halifax Comedy Festival is an annual comedy festival held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The festival is sponsored by the CBC which tapes and broadcasts the comedians' sets as a series of television specials, and is usually about one week ...
Style: parody, live comedy
Plot: live performance, topical humor, comedy club, guest, stand up comedian, social satire, joke, monologue, comedian, performance, festival, satire ...
Place: nova scotia
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Just for Laughs (2002)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: This show features stand-up comedy at it's best.
Plot: festival, live performance, canadian humor
Place: montreal
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Unsolved Mysteries (1987)
Genre: Documentary, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Unsolved Mysteries is an American television program, hosted by Robert Stack from 1987 until 2002 and later by Dennis Farina starting in 2008. In addition, TV presenter Keely Shaye Smith and actress Virginia Madsen contributed greatly to its ...
Style: scary, mind bending, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: unsolved mystery, unsolved crime, uncover truth, investigation, supernatural, ufo, paranormal activity, who done it, crimes, supernatural ability, mystery, forensics ...
Place: usa
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100 Greatest Teen Stars (2006)
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: 100 Greatest Teen Stars, a countdown of the most awesome teen celebrities ever from TV, movies and music. We'll look back at what made them famous, plus check out what they're up to today.
Plot: teenager, celebrity
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Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, History, War
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.
Plot: sultan, muslim, conquering, turk, battles, harem, war, sword, roman empire, castle, dream, christian ...
Place: ottoman empire, turkey, istanbul turkey, constantinople
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Prehistoric Park (2006)
Genre: Documentary, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A BBC miniseries about Nigel Marvin's quest to bring the extinct dinosaurs through time to Prehistoric Park.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, colourful, educational
Plot: dinosaur, time travel, dangerous animal, experiment gone awry, adventure, escapades, extinction, giant, animal life, disorder, deadly creature, tyrannosaurus rex ...
Time: prehistory
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