100 best documentary series

List of the best TV series in the documentary genre, selected by visitors to our site: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Planet Earth II, The Last Dance, Walking with Beasts, Walking with Monsters, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, The Putin Interviews, Through the Wormhole, Their Italy, Wonders of the Solar System, How the Universe Works, Earth's Tropical Islands, To Remember, Our Planet, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, Catfish: The TV Show, One Strange Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Life, Making a Murderer
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Markimdb: 9.3
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration09:17

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey invents new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. Uniting scepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with visual, emotional and spiritual elements, it is a transcendent experience – a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale we know.

Planet Earth II (2016)
Markimdb: 9.5
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:17

David Attenborough presents a documentary series exploring how animals meet the challenges of surviving in the most iconic habitats on earth.

The Last Dance (2020)
Markimdb: 9.1
Genredocumentary, biography, sport
CountryUSA

A 10-part documentary chronicling the untold story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty with rare, never-before-seen footage and sound from the 1997-98 championship season – plus over 100 interviews with famous figures and basketball’s biggest names.

Walking with Monsters (2005)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:27

A three-part British documentary film series about life in the Paleozoic, bringing to life extinct arthropods, fish, amphibians, synapsids, and reptiles. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh and using state-of-the-art visual effects, this prequel to Walking with Dinosaurs shows nearly 300 million years of Paleozoic history, from the Cambrian Period (530 million years ago) to the Early Triassic Period (248 million years ago).

Walking with Beasts (2001)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration03:00

The story of life on Earth from the death of the dinosaurs to the dawn of the age of man.

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:52

Hawking gives us the ultimate guide to the universe, a ripping yarn based on real science, spanning the whole of space and time -- from the nature of the universe itself, to the chances of alien life, and the real possibility of time travel.

The Putin Interviews (2017)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:19

A revealing series of interviews between renowned filmmaker Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin in which the Russian President speaks candidly on the US Election, Trump, Syria, Snowden and more.

Through the Wormhole (2010)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole explores the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there before the beginning? Are we really alone? Is there a creator? These questions have been pondered by the most exquisite minds of the human race. Now, science has evolved to the point where hard facts and evidence may be able to provide us with answers instead of philosophical theories. Through the Wormhole brings together the brightest minds and best ideas from the very edges of science - Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and more - to reveal the extraordinary truth of our Universe.

Their Italy (2012)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredocumentary
CountryRussia
Duration07:30

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Earth's Tropical Islands (2020)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA

Exploring some of the world's most isolated and iconic tropical islands.

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Wonders of the Solar System (2010)
Markimdb: 8.8
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:00

Wonders of the Solar System is an award-winning 2010 television series co-produced by the BBC and Science Channel, and hosted by physicist Brian Cox. Wonders of the Solar System was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 7 March 2010. The series comprises five episodes, each of which focuses on an aspect of the Solar System and features a 'wonder' relevant to the theme. The series was described as one of the most successful to appear on BBC Two in recent years. On 31 March 2011, the series won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in documentary film-making.

How the Universe Works (2010)
Markimdb: 8.9
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

A users' guide to the cosmos, from the Big Bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons: where did it all come from and how does it all fit together? A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

Our Planet (2019)
Markimdb: 9.3
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:07

Experience our planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.

To Remember (1993)
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Genredocumentary
CountryRussia

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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, crime, biography
CountryUSA

A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.

Catfish: The TV Show (2012)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, documentary
CountryUSA

Nev and his co-hosts -- from Max to Kamie to celebrity guests -- help people in dubious online relationships track down their baes IRL so they can sort out what's fact and what's fiction.

One Strange Rock (2018)
Markimdb: 8.8
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration01:45

A mind-bending, thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of planet Earth, one of the most peculiar, unique places in the entire universe, brought to life by the only people to have left it behind – the world’s most well known and leading astronauts.

The Big Bang Theory (2007)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, documentary, short, biography
CountryUSA
Duration00:22

The Big Bang Theory is centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense.

Life (2009)
Markimdb: 9.1
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Greece, Italy, Germany
Duration01:00

David Attenborough looks at the extraordinary ends to which animals and plants go in order to survive. Featuring epic spectacles, amazing TV firsts and examples of new wildlife behaviour.

Making a Murderer (2015)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredocumentary, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:00

Filmed over 10 years, this real-life thriller follows a DNA exoneree who, while exposing police corruption, becomes a suspect in a grisly new crime.

Planet Dinosaur (2011)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrehorror, action, adventure, documentary, cartoon
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration03:00

The stories of the biggest, deadliest and weirdest creatures ever to walk the Earth, using the latest fossil evidence and immersive computer graphics.

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredocumentary, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:00

Robert Durst, scion of one of New York’s billionaire real estate families, has been accused of three murders but never convicted. Brilliant, reclusive, and the subject of relentless media scrutiny, he’s never spoken publicly—until now. During interviews with Andrew Jarecki, he reveals secrets of the case that baffled authorities for 30 years. In 2010, Jarecki made the narrative film All Good Things based on the infamous story of Robert Durst. After Durst saw the film, he contacted Jarecki wanting to tell his story. What began as a feature documentary ultimately became a six-part series as more and more of his incredible story was revealed.

Clarkson's Farm (2021)
Markimdb: 9
Genrecomedy, documentary
CountryUnited Kingdom

Follow Jeremy Clarkson as he embarks on his latest adventure, farming. The man who on several occasions claims to be allergic to manual labour takes on the most manually labour intensive job there is. What could possibly go wrong?

Apocalypse: World War I (2014)
Markimdb: 8.9
Genredocumentary, military, history
CountryFrance
Duration04:20

Colorized historical footage in ascending order of World War 1. Not only the relatively known Flanders and France battles, but also the generally unknown Italian-Austrian, German-Polish-Russian, Japanese-German, Ottoman Empire- Allied and African German Colonies, and other unknown or forgotten fronts and battles. Original French production retold in English for National Geographic channel as: World War 1: The Apocalypse

Long Way Up (2020)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreadventure, documentary
CountryUnited Kingdom

Follow Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman as they travel on electric Harley-Davidsons 13,000 miles through Central and South America. A follow up to previous series Long Way Round and Long Way Down.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredocumentary, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:48

Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane -- both on and off the track -- during one cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.

Long Way Down (2007)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreadventure, documentary
CountryUnited Kingdom

Three years after Long Way Round, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman set off on a 15,000-mile journey from the northernmost tip of Scotland to the southernmost tip of South Africa, mixing their love of motorcycles with the lure of far-flung roads.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredocumentary, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:00

A unique look inside the mind of an infamous serial killer with this cinematic self-portrait crafted from statements made by Ted Bundy, including present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings from death row.

The Blue Planet (2001)
Markimdb: 9
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:50

David Attenborough narrates a natural history of the oceans.

The Planets (2019)
Markimdb: 9.1
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:58

Professor Brian Cox explores the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets/worlds that make up our solar system.




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