The best new documentaries range from the captivating docudrama to the hard-bitten and news-heavy, but what they all have in common is sharing true stories and experiences with a wider audience. The increase of streaming services has made it even easier to find a new docuseries about what you're interested in, whether it's baby animals or true crime. Recent Amazon docuseries and new Netflix original documentaries have captured the audience's attention as surely as the latest HBO documentaries. With so many great new documentary television series airing in the past few years, it can be tough to choose what to watch so this list is ranked by your votes.
Mixing scripted drama based on real events with expert opinion makes for captivating television, and series like The Lost Pirate Kingdom and The Last Czars blend both formats handily, while Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, offers more reenactment than scripted drama. Docu-reality series such as Cheer and Couple's Therapy work in the other direction, balancing the immersive style of reality with the story arc of a documentary. True crime documentaries are also a staple of the docuseries, and the past few years have given audiences shows like Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, The Vow, Lorena, and more. But not all documentaries are dour. Educational docuseries like The World According to Jeff Goldblum, nature docs like Life in Color With David Attenborough, and the comedy documentary History of Swear Words are informative series that add curiosity and color to the world.
Whatever topic you're interested in learning in, there are new TV documentaries that will satisfy your curiosity. Vote up the best recent documentary shows, and see where your favorites rank.