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The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series

Updated March 3, 2021 27.2k votes 7.5k voters 361.2k views145 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.

  • Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist1


    Evil Genius is a 2018 crime docuseries directed by Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder. The...  more
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  • The Keepers2

    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 Murderer3

    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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  • Somebody Feed Phil4

    Somebody Feed Phil

    Philip Rosenthal


    Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix, 2018) is a travel documentary series directed by John Bedolis....  more
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  • Shot in the Dark5

    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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  • Wild Wild Country6

    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 Tapes7
    The Confession Tapes (Netflix, 2017) is a true crime television documentary series created by...  more
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  • Flint Town8

    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 Project9

    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 Us10

    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 Money11
    Dirty Money (Netflix, 2018) is an American documentary television series documenting various...  more
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  • Girls Incarcerated12
    Girls Incarcerated (Netflix, 2018) is a coming-of-age documentary series about troubled girls...  more
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  • Last Chance U13

    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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  • Dope14


    Dope (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime documentary television series. Filmed from the...  more
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  • Chef's Table15

    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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  • Drug Lords16
    Drug Lords (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series exploring the stories of history's most...  more
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  • Rotten17


    Gudrun Beckh, Susan Berfield
    Rotten (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series that dives deep into the food production...  more
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  • Roman Empire: Reign of Blood18

    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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  • Wormwood19


    Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker
    Wormwood (Netflix, 2017) is an American six-part docudrama miniseries directed by Errol...  more
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  • Bobby Kennedy for President20

    Bobby Kennedy for President

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  • Chelsea Does21

    Chelsea Does

    Chelsea Handler, Steven David


    Chelsea Does (Netflix, 2016) is a web television documentary series first released on Netflix...  more
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  • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father22

    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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  • Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer23


    Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Netflix, 2019) is an American true crime...  more
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  • Ugly Delicious24

    Ugly Delicious

    David Chang


    Ugly Delicious (Netflix, 2018) is a food and travel documentary series. Hosted by David Chang,...  more
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  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes25
    Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix, 2019) is an American four-part...  more
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