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The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series

Updated November 20, 2020 27.6k votes 7.5k voters 359.8k views118 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: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
    Evil Genius is a 2018 crime docuseries directed by Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder. The...Amazon buy button
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    The Keepers
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    The Keepers

    Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub

    Premiered2017

    The Keepers (Netflix, 2017) is a seven-episode American documentary web series. It explores... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Making a Murderer
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    Making a Murderer

    Dolores Avery, Steven Avery

    Premiered2015

    Making a Murderer (Netflix, 2015) is a crime documentary series written and directed by Laura... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Wild Wild Country
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    Wild Wild Country

    Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, George Meredith

    Premiered2018

    Wild Wild Country (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series directed by Maclain and Chapman Way.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Confession Tapes
    The Confession Tapes (Netflix, 2017) is a true crime television documentary series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Flint Town
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    Flint Town

    Karen Weaver, Hillary Clinton

    Premiered2018

    Flint Town (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-episode American documentary television series that... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Toys That Made Us
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    The Toys That Made Us

    Donald Ian Black, Mark Bellomo

    Premiered2018

    The Toys That Made Us (Netflix, 2017) is a documentary series on the minds behind history's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Dirty Money
    Dirty Money (Netflix, 2018) is an American documentary television series documenting various... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Girls Incarcerated
    Girls Incarcerated (Netflix, 2018) is a coming-of-age documentary series about troubled girls... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Last Chance U
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    Last Chance U

    Ron Ollie, John Iii Franklin

    Premiered2016

    Last Chance U is a 2016 documentary series produced by Netflix showcasing the 2015 American... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Dope
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    Dope

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

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    Chef's Table
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    Chef's Table

    Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura

    Premiered2015

    Chef's Table (Netflix, 2015) is an American documentary web series released on Netflix. Each... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Rotten
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    Rotten

    Gudrun Beckh, Susan Berfield
    Rotten (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series that dives deep into the food production...Amazon buy button
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    Roman Empire: Reign of Blood
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    Roman Empire: Reign of Blood

    Sean Bean, Aaron Irvin

    Premiered2016

    Roman Empire (Netflix, 2016) is an American/Canadia docuseries directed by Richard Lopez, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Bobby Kennedy for President
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    Bobby Kennedy for President

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    Wormwood
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    Wormwood

    Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker
    Wormwood (Netflix, 2017) is an American six-part docudrama miniseries directed by Errol... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Chelsea Does
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    Chelsea Does

    Chelsea Handler, Steven David

    Premiered2016

    Chelsea Does (Netflix, 2016) is a web television documentary series first released on Netflix... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Shot in the Dark
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ugly Delicious
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    Ugly Delicious

    David Chang

    Premiered2018

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

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    Explained
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    Explained

    Maria Bello, Estelle Caswell

    Premiered2018

    Explained (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series. This enlightening series from Vox digs into...Amazon buy button
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    Five Came Back
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    Five Came Back

    Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro

    Premiered2017

    Five Came Back (2017, Netflix) is a three-part American documentary based on the 2014 book... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
    Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix, 2019) is an American four-part... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Fyre
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    8

    Fyre

    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.

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    72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America

    Premiered2017

    72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America (Netflix, 2017) is a nature documentary series presented...Amazon buy button
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    Dark Tourist
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    Dark Tourist

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