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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.

The latest and newest Netflix original 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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The Keepers (2017, Netflix) 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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Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz Making a Murderer 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 ...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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Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, George Meredith, Ma Anand Sheela 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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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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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
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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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 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 Chef's Table 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 follow-up to his ...more

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Drug Lords is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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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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Roman Empire: Reign of Blood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series
Sean Bean, Aaron Irvin, Aaron Jakubenko Roman Empire: Reign of Blood (Netflix, 2016) is a 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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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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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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Bobby Kennedy for President

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David Chang 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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Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall 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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Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass 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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James Bartholet, Lily Cade, Tyler Knight Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (Netflix, 2017) is a six-part documentary series attached to the 2015 young adult pornography documentary Hot Girls Wanted. The series examines a variety of issues ...more

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72 Dangerous Animals: Latin Am... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series
Bob Brisbane 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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Mass Nokhas, Mehdi Aissaoui, Thaer Al-Shayei Captive was a New Zealand reality TV show that was broadcast on TV2 at 7 pm on week nights, the timeslot usually occupied by Shortland Street, in early 2004.

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Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara 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

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Platon, Elisabeth Biondi, Ilse Crawford Abstract: The Art of Design (Netflix, 2017) is a documentary series created by Scott Dadich. A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers ...more

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Maria Bello, Estelle Caswell, Joss Fong Explained (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series. This enlightening series from Vox digs into a wide range of topics such as the rise of cryptocurrency, why diets fail, and the wild world of

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November 13: Attack on Paris (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series. Survivors and first responders share personal stories of anguish, kindness and bravery that unfolded amid the Paris terror ...more

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Alexandre Couillon, Alain Passard Chef's Table: France (Netflix, 2016) is a documentary web series and a spinoff of Chef's Table. Explore the lives and kitchens of some of the world's most renowned French chefs.

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Afflicted is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series

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Marching Orders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series
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Mercury 13 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series
Mercury 13 David Sington, Heather Wash

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Seeing Allred is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series
Seeing Allred Sophie Sartain, Roberta Grossman

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Shaun Mazoka, Brent Bondy, Joel Bishop

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Kate del Castillo The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story (Netflix, 2017) is an American biographical documentary web television series created by David Broome. Famed Mexican actress Kate del Castillo ...more

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Coach Snoop

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Grant Crookes

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Chelsea Handler, Steven David, Mary McCormack Chelsea Does (Netflix, 2016) is a web television documentary series first released on Netflix on January 22, 2016. The episodes follow comedian Chelsea Handler as she explores different ...more

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Logic, 2 Chainz, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Rapture (Netflix, 2018) is a hip hop music documentary series. Featuring rappers Logic, 2 Chainz, and G-Eazy, the show showcases hip-hop's impact on global culture.

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Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Bernardeschi, Giorgio Chiellini First Team: Juventus (Netflix, 2018) is an American and Italian six-part docu-series about the Italian association football club Juventus F.C.

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Shilpa Anthony Raj, Abraham George, Ajit George Daughters of Destiny (Netflix, 2017) is a documentary series directed by Vanessa Roth, who follows a group of rural India's most disadvantaged children over the course of seven years.

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Matt Schichter, Russell Peters What's better than a ticket to a sold-out Russell Peters show? An exclusive, behind-the-scenes trip around the world with his record-breaking "Notorious" tour. It's a four-part ...more