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The Best New TV Docuseries of 2019

Updated September 16, 2020 802 votes 149 voters 14.9k views47 items

List RulesOnly documentary television series that premiered their first season in 2019 - no dramas, even if they're based on real events.

UPDATE: Check out the best new documentary series of 2020!

The best documentary shows and docuseries on TV inform while entertaining - and they've been doing it for far longer than true crime podcasts have. Many documentary series in 2019 are limited series or miniseries, allowing the show an arc that can transcribe an overall theme across the episodes. The best docuseries of 2019 are ones that fill up every social media channel the night after each new episode airs, as we share the facts and gasp at the revelations.

There are television documentary series for just about everyone. People who like drama about the famous have docudramas, with their balance of interviews and dramatic reenactments. If you like solving mysteries then investigative documentaries should be under your magnifying glass. And if you just like learning cool things about history then plain ol' television documentaries have got your back.

From hard truths and horrifying facts, like in Surviving R. Kelly and Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes to lighter but still fascinating fare like the history of fashion in the United States shown in American Style, the best docuseries of 2019 might end up being some of the best documentary miniseries of all time. Vote up the best documentary shows in 2019 and add any docuseries or docudramas we might have missed!