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The Best Biography TV Series

Updated October 26, 2020 330 votes 49 voters 9.9k views30 items

List RulesVote up the best television biographies, whether documentaries or dramas.

Famous people are fascinating and the very best biography TV shows capture the most memorable moments of lives. This list of the best television biographies includes both docuseries and dramas and is ranked from best to worst thanks to your votes. Biography TV shows have been a staple of television for years thanks to audience's love of celebrities and history, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining biography shows of all time are.

This list of the best biography TV series of all time includes both shows that focus on a single subject, like the John Adams miniseries, and programs that look at multiple subjects over seperate episodes, like This Is Your Life.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best biography show of all time?" and "What are the greatest biography shows?" Don't let your favorite biography television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top.

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  • American Masters1
    23
    7

    American Masters

    Julianna Margulies, Laura Linney

    Premiered1986

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  • John Adams2
    19
    4

    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

    Premiered2008

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  • Anne Frank: The Whole Story3
    18
    4

    Anne Frank: The Whole Story

    Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn

    Premiered2001

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  • American Playhouse4
    17
    11

    American Playhouse

    Christopher Walken, Helen Hunt

    Premiered1982

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  • I Shouldn't Be Alive5
    13
    9

    I Shouldn't Be Alive

    Sebastian Knapp, Eric Meyers

    Premiered2005

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  • Benjamin Franklin6
    12
    10

    Benjamin Franklin

    Richard Widmark, Beau Bridges

    Premiered1974

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  • Intimate Portrait7
    12
    9

    Intimate Portrait

    Meredith Vieira

    Premiered1995

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  • The Living Century8
    14
    13

    The Living Century

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Cronkite

    Premiered2000

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  • Cambodia Year Ten9
    6
    4

    Premiered1989

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  • Narcos10
    5
    4

    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura

    Premiered2015

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  • Golden Boy11
    7
    7

    Golden Boy

    Chi McBride, Bonnie Somerville

    Premiered2013

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  • This Is Your Life12
    9
    10

    This Is Your Life

    Michael Aspel, Eamonn Andrews

    Premiered1955

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  • Eleanor and Franklin13
    4
    4

    Eleanor and Franklin

    Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann

    Premiered1987

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  • 5th Republic14
    0
    4

    5th Republic

    Lee Deok-hwa

    Premiered1999

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  • The Gangster Chronicles15
    6
    10

    The Gangster Chronicles

    Madeleine Stowe, Markie Post

    Premiered1981

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  • Amor Sincero16
    0
    4

    Amor Sincero

    Marcela Benjumea, Indhira Serrano

    Premiered2010

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  • Mussolini: The Untold Story17
    0
    4

    Mussolini: The Untold Story

    Robert Downey Jr., Gabriel Byrne

    Premiered1985

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  • I Survived...Beyond and Back18
    2
    4

    I Survived...Beyond and Back

    Lucas Cox, Matthew Dovel

    Premiered2010

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  • Oscar19
    2
    4

    Oscar

    Michael Gambon, Norman Rodway

    Premiered1985

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  • Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa20
    2
    4

    Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa

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  • Finding Your Roots21
    0
    0

    Finding Your Roots

    Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Premiered2012

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  • Spartacus22
    5
    0

    Spartacus

    Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray

    Premiered2010

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  • Versailles23
    2
    0

    Versailles

    George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos

    Premiered2015

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  • Victoria24
    6
    2

    Victoria

    Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes

    Premiered2016

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  • American Crime Story25
    8
    0

    American Crime Story

    Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

    Premiered2016

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