The Best Documentary TV Shows TV Programs

The Best Documentary TV Shows

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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?"

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    Sigourney Weaver

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    Mike Rowe

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    Robert Lee, Scottie Chapman, Christine Chamberlain

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    Jay O. Sanders, Neil Ross, Lance Lewman

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    Peter Thomas

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    Ben Collins, Perry McCarthy

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    Danny Pino, Anthony Green

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    Anthony Bourdain

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    Les Stroud

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    Jeremy Wade

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    Sebastian Knapp, Eric Meyers, Tom McKay

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    Bear Grylls

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    Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, Chris Isaak

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    Lloyd Sherr

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    Joan Lunden, Peter Graves, David Hart Smith

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    Jael de Pardo, Casey Brumels, Jarrod Tomassi

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    Neil Morrissey

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    Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman

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    Arthur Negus, Angela Rippon, Fiona Bruce

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    Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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    David Carradine, Keith Carradine

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    Zelda Rubinstein, Siwan Morris

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    Michael Madsen, Timothy Stack

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    Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

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    Michael Palin

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    Liev Schreiber

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    Martin Bashir, Ted Koppel, Charles Gibson

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    Adam Richman

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    Corey Harrison

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    Christian Rodska

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    Heather Graham, Steve Buscemi, Selma Blair

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    Matthew Broderick, John Lithgow, Gary Sinise

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    Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson, Eddie Kennison

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    David Wells, Karl Beattie, Iain Cash

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    Bill Kerr

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    Edward R. Murrow

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