Documentary The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime  

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It must be nice having an Amazon Prime membership. Access to free shipping and a range of movies and television—what more could you ask for? How about a lineup of documentary shows? Yeah, Amazon has that. Though most people seek out humor, suspense, or something else along those lines in a great TV series, that's not to say we can't all enjoy a documentary show here and there, and you can find some good ones with Prime. 

Whether you're looking for a trip through America's national parks (The National Parks) or an extensive history lesson in jazz (Jazz), you'll find quite a few popular documentary series on Amazon Prime. Whatever it is, you'll be learning at the least—and nothing beats good education. 

So, take a lesson in something you've never heard of or catch up on your favorite series from the list below. Also be sure to vote up the ones you like to help determine the best documentary shows on Prime. You can also add any that aren't already on the list. 

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The National Parks: America's ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
The National Parks: America's Best Idea Tom Hanks, Amy Madigan, Peter Coyote The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a 2009 documentary film for television, DVD and companion book by director/producer Ken Burns and producer/writer Dayton Duncan which features the ...more

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The New Yorker Presents is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
The New Yorker Presents Farley Katz, Roz Chast, Liana Finck The New Yorker Presents (Amazon Video, 2015) is a documentary television series. A groundbreaking new series that brings America's most award-winning magazine, The New Yorker, to the screen with ...more

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Nova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
Nova Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman, Craig Sechler Nova is a United States popular science television series produced by WGBH Boston. It is broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service in the U.S., and in more than 100 other countries. The series ...more

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American Experience is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
American Experience David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy American Experience is a television program airing on the Public Broadcasting Service Public television stations in the United States. The program airs documentaries, many of which have won ...more

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The Story of India is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
The Story of India Michael Wood The Story of India is a BBC documentary series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, about the history of India. It was originally aired on BBC Two in six episodes in August and ...more

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Jazz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
Jazz Keith David Jazz is a 2000 documentary miniseries, directed by Ken Burns. It was broadcast on PBS in 2001, and was released on DVD and VHS in January 2, 2001 later that year by the same company. Its ...more

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This American Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
This American Life Ira Glass This American Life is an American television series based on the radio program of the same name. Like the radio program, the series is hosted by Ira Glass. The series premiered on March 22, ...more

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Forensic Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
Forensic Files Dayle Hinman, Peter Thomas, Roy Shuler Forensic Files is an American documentary-style series that reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and even outbreaks of illness. The show was ...more

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The Dust Bowl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
The Dust Bowl The Dust Bowl is a documentary film directed by Ken Burns which aired on Public Broadcasting System on November 18 and 19, 2012. The four-part miniseries recounts the impact of the Dust Bowl on ...more

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The Story of the Jews is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
The Story of the Jews The Story of the Jews is a television series, in five parts, presented by British historian Simon Schama. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two in September 2013 and in the United ...more

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The Life of Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
The Life of Muhammad The Life of Muhammad is a 2011 British three-part documentary miniseries examining the life of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the origins of Islam. The documentary was directed by Faris ...more

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Carrier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
Carrier Carrier is a PBS documentary television series about the six-month deployment of the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in 2005 from the United States to the Middle East and back. ...more

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How We Got to Now is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
How We Got to Now Steven Johnson How We Got to Now is a British-American factual television series that was broadcast on PBS in 2014 and BBC Two in 2015. The series was commissioned by the BBC in the United Kingdom and made by ...more

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When the Levees Broke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
When the Levees Broke When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana due to the failure of the levees during Hurricane ...more

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The African Americans: Many Ri... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is an award-winning six-part Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television series written and presented by Harvard University scholar Henry ...more

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American Playboy: The Hugh Hef... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story Matt Whelan, Emmett Skilton, Adam Jonas Segaller American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American documentary series directed by Richard Lopez. A combination of interviews, archival footage, and cinematic ...more

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Kingdom of David is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
Kingdom of David Kingdom of David was a part of the Empire Series of history documentaries for the Public Broadcasting Service Public television stations produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting in joint venture ...more

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All or Nothing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
All or Nothing Michael Bidwill, Steve Keim, Bruce Arians All or Nothing (Amazon Video, 2016) is a sports documentary series. An unprecedented inside look at the lives of players, coaches, and owners of a franchise over the course of an entire NFL

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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
Top Gear Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the most widely watched factual television programme in the world. It began in 1977 as a conventional ...more

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Long Strange Trip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentary Shows On Amazon Prime
Long Strange Trip John Perry Barlow, Tom Constanten, Sam Cutler Long Strange Trip is a documentary film about the rock band the Grateful Dead, directed by Amir Bar-Lev. The film features newly conducted interviews with living band members and friends ...more