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The Best Documentary TV Shows

List Criteria: Shows near the top must be only the best Documentary TV series.

The very best documentary shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest documentary shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular documentary TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining documentary show of all time is. Don't let your favorite documentary television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of documentary television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This is a list that features shows like Be the Creature and See It Now.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best documentary show of all time?" and "What are the greatest documentary shows?"

The Best Documentary TV Shows TV Programs
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    Sigourney Weaver

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    Ben Collins, Perry McCarthy

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    Mike Rowe

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    Anthony Bourdain

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    Robert Lee, Scottie Chapman, Christine Chamberlain

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    Jay O. Sanders, Neil Ross, Lance Lewman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, Chris Isaak

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    Lloyd Sherr

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    Les Stroud

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    Arthur Negus, Angela Rippon, Fiona Bruce

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    Bear Grylls

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    Joan Lunden, Peter Graves, David Hart Smith

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    Jeremy Wade

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    Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman

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    Danny Pino, Anthony Green

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    Neil Morrissey

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    Sebastian Knapp, Eric Meyers, Tom McKay

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    Jael de Pardo, Casey Brumels, Jarrod Tomassi

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    Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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    David Carradine, Keith Carradine

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    Michael Madsen, Timothy Stack

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    Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

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    Heather Graham, Steve Buscemi, Selma Blair

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    Michael Palin

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    Liev Schreiber

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    Corey Harrison

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    Christian Rodska

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    Matthew Broderick, John Lithgow, Gary Sinise

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    Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson, Eddie Kennison

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    Martin Bashir, Ted Koppel, Charles Gibson

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    Bill Kerr

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    Edward R. Murrow

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    Dave Salmoni

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    Michael Moore, Janeane Garofalo, Karen Duffy

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    Zelda Rubinstein, Siwan Morris

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    Michaela Strachan, Liz Bonnin

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    Mario Lopez

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    Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb

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