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The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series

Updated May 11, 2021 27.7k votes 7.5k voters 362.0k views157 items

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Here are the best Netflix original documentary series currently streaming online on Netflix, ranked from the most popular to the least by the Ranker community. This list shows all Netflix original docu-series on Netflix Instant. Also check out the best Netflix original movies and the best Netflix original documentaries. Original Netflix docuseries cover nearly anything you're curious to learn more about, from true crime to natural history and the stars.

The latest and newest netflix documentary series cover murder cases, cooking, foods from around the world, sports, and science. Featuring Russell Peters, Chelsea Handler, Guillermo del Toro, and more, must-watch Netflix original docu-series include Five Came Back, Chef's Table, Making a Murderer, and Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

Netflix is quickly becoming a successful independent movie studio by producing quality documentary shows. Most anticipated Netflix original documentary series include Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, which is based on the critically acclaimed Netflix original documentary film.

Sometimes there's nothing better than to just binge watch Netflix originals and chill. Which Netflix original docu-series is the best? From Abstract: The Art of Design to Captive to Dirty Money, they're all here for the Ranker community to vote on. If there's a Netflix original documentary series that you don't see, feel free to add it to the list, but make sure that it's currently streaming on Netflix. Vote up your favorites and vote down the ones you don't think are so good.

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    Evil Genius is a 2018 crime docuseries directed by Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder. The...  more

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    The Keepers

    Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub
    The Keepers (Netflix, 2017) is a seven-episode American documentary web series. It explores...  more


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    Making a Murderer

    Dolores Avery, Steven Avery
    Making a Murderer (Netflix, 2015) is a crime documentary series written and directed by Laura...  more

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    Drug Lords (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series exploring the stories of history's most...  more
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    Somebody Feed Phil

    Philip Rosenthal
    Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix, 2018) is a travel documentary series directed by John Bedolis....  more


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    Bobby Kennedy for President

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    Five Came Back

    Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro
    Five Came Back (2017, Netflix) is a three-part American documentary based on the 2014 book...  more
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    Wild Wild Country

    Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, George Meredith
    Wild Wild Country (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series directed by Maclain and Chapman Way....  more

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    The Confession Tapes (Netflix, 2017) is a true crime television documentary series created by...  more
  • 10

    Flint Town

    Karen Weaver, Hillary Clinton
    Flint Town (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-episode American documentary television series that...  more
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    White Rabbit Project

    Tory Belleci, Kari Byron
    White Rabbit Project is a 2016 Netflix series starring Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari...  more
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    The Toys That Made Us

    Donald Ian Black, Mark Bellomo
    The Toys That Made Us (Netflix, 2017) is a documentary series on the minds behind history's...  more
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    Dirty Money (Netflix, 2018) is an American documentary television series documenting various...  more
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    Last Chance U

    Ron Ollie, John Iii Franklin
    Last Chance U is a 2016 documentary series produced by Netflix showcasing the 2015 American...  more

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    Girls Incarcerated (Netflix, 2018) is a coming-of-age documentary series about troubled girls...  more

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    Dope (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime documentary television series. Filmed from the...  more


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    Chef's Table

    Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura
    Chef's Table (Netflix, 2015) is an American documentary web series released on Netflix. Each...  more
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    Gudrun Beckh, Susan Berfield
    Rotten (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series that dives deep into the food production...  more
  • 19

    Roman Empire: Reign of Blood

    Sean Bean, Aaron Irvin
    Roman Empire (Netflix, 2016) is an American/Canadia docuseries directed by Richard Lopez, and...  more
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    Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker
    Wormwood (Netflix, 2017) is an American six-part docudrama miniseries directed by Errol...  more
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    Shot in the Dark

    Howard Raishbrook, Marc Raishbrook
    Shot in the Dark (Netflix, 2017) is an American documentary television series directed by Jeff...  more
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    Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Netflix, 2019) is an American true crime...  more

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    Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father

    Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
    Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (Netflix, 2017) is a travel documentary/road trip...  more

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    Ugly Delicious

    David Chang
    Ugly Delicious (Netflix, 2018) is a food and travel documentary series. Hosted by David Chang,...  more

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    Chris Smith

    The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience on a posh private island, but it failed spectacularly in the hands of a cocky entrepreneur.