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The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series 

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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 Chelsea Does.

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, 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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Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

This series is an American documentary television series that premiered on Netflix in 2015. The ten-episode first season, written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, explores the ...more

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The Keepers Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: Ryan White

The Keepers (Netflix, 2017) is a seven-episode American documentary web series. It explores the unsolved murder of the nun Sister Cathy Cesnik who taught English and drama at Baltimore's ...more
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Judy Ho
Evil Genius is a 2018 crime docuseries directed by Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder. The baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza man who robs a bank with a bomb ...more
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Karen Weaver, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders
Flint Town (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-episode American documentary television series that focuses on the thoughts and conflicted emotions of the men and women serving to protect urban areas of ...more
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The Confession Tapes (Netflix, 2017) is a true crime television documentary series created by Kelly Loudenberg. A critical look into some true crime cases where American law enforcement made up ...more
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Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, George Meredith, Ma Anand Sheela

Premiered: 2018

Number of Episodes: 6

Wild Wild Country (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series directed by Maclain and Chapman Way. When Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh AKA Osho, the world's most controversial guru, builds a utopian city ...more
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Donald Ian Black, Mark Bellomo, David Vonner
The Toys That Made Us (Netflix, 2017) is a documentary series on the minds behind history's most iconic toy franchises discussing the rise (and sometimes fall) of their billion-dollar
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Girls Incarcerated is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series

Premiered: 2018

Girls Incarcerated (Netflix, 2018) is a coming-of-age documentary series about troubled girls who are are juvenile delinquents in Madison Juvenile Center.
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Premiered: 2018

Number of Episodes: 6

Dirty Money (Netflix, 2018 is an American documentary television series documenting various stories about exposing the greed, corruption, and crime spreading through the global economy.
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Ron Ollie, John Iii Franklin, Brittany Wagner

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

Last Chance U is a 2016 documentary series produced by Netflix showcasing the 2015 American football season for East Mississippi Community College as they attempted to win their third ...more
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Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 30

Chef's Table (Netflix, 2015) is an American documentary web series released on Netflix. Each episode of the series profiles a single world-renowned chef. Creator David Gelb considers it a ...more
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Dope

Premiered: 2017

Dope (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime documentary television series. Filmed from the perspectives of dealers, users and the police, this vivid series offers a bracing look at the war on
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Gudrun Beckh, Susan Berfield, Andrew Boutros
Rotten (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series that dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste, and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits.
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Drug Lords is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series
Drug Lords (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series exploring the stories of history's most notorious kingpins, their terrifying enforcers, and the men and women who've sworn to bring them down.
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Somebody Feed Phil Philip Rosenthal
Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix, 2018) is a travel documentary series directed by John Bedolis. Everybody Loves Raymond creator Philip Rosenthal travels to popular locations around the world to ...more
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Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Christian Camargo
Wormwood (Netflix, 2017) is an American six-part docudrama miniseries directed by Errol Morris. In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson (Peter Sarsgaard) takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window, ...more
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Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series
Sean Bean, Aaron Irvin, Aaron Jakubenko

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

Roman Empire (Netflix, 2016) is an American/Canadia docuseries directed by Richard Lopez, and based on historical events. Narrated by Sean Bean, the series chronicles the reign of Commodus, the ...more
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David Chang

Premiered: 2018

Ugly Delicious (Netflix, 2018) is a food and travel documentary series. Hosted by David Chang, the show examines the cultural, sociological, and culinary history of specific popular foods.

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Howard Raishbrook, Marc Raishbrook, Austin Raishbrook
Shot in the Dark (Netflix, 2017) is an American documentary television series directed by Jeff Daniels. Three rival freelance stringers scour the streets at night to film crime scenes, fires, ...more
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Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall

Premiered: 2017

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (Netflix, 2017) is a travel documentary/road trip comedy television series. Comedian Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael Whitehall, set off on a journey ...more
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James Bartholet, Lily Cade, Tyler Knight

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 1

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Bobby Kennedy for President
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Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 1

Five Came Back (2017, Netflix) is a three-part American documentary based on the 2014 book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by journalist Mark Harris. Five Came Back ...more
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72 Dangerous Animals: La... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series
Bob Brisbane

Premiered: 2017

72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America (Netflix, 2017) is a nature documentary series presented by Bob Brisbane. Powerful cats, indestructible arachnids, and flesh-melting pit vipers are just the ...more
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Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

White Rabbit Project is a 2016 Netflix series starring Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron, the build team from MythBusters. The team investigates topics such as "jailbreaks, ...more