Entertainment The Best Biography TV Shows  

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Biography TV series.

The very best biography shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest biography shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular biography TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining biography show of all time is. 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 spot. The list of biography television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List is made up of a variety of shows, including Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa and American Playhouse.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best biography show of all time?" and "What are the greatest biography shows?"
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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett
John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John ...more
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American Masters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Julianna Margulies, Laura Linney, William Hurt
American Masters is a PBS television show which produces biographies on artists, actors and writers of the United States who have left a profound impact on the nation's popular culture. It is ...more
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American Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Christopher Walken, Helen Hunt, Megan Mullally
American Playhouse was an anthology television series periodically broadcast by Public Broadcasting Service in the United States.
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Anne Frank: The Whole Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn, Lili Taylor
Anne Frank: The Whole Story is a two-part mini-series based on the book Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller. The mini-series aired on ABC on May 20 and 21, 2001. The series starred ...more
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The Living Century is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
The Living Century is an American biography television series that premiered on PBS on December 3, 2000. Each episode of the half-hour series documents the life of someone who is over 100 years ...more
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I Shouldn't Be Alive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Sebastian Knapp, Eric Meyers, Tom McKay
I Shouldn't Be Alive is a documentary television series that airs on multiple networks in the United States, Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, India, Iran, Pakistan, ...more
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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Benjamin Franklin Richard Widmark, Beau Bridges, Eddie Albert
Benjamin Franklin is a 1974 American television miniseries that chronicles the life of Benjamin Franklin. It was broadcast by CBS and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series.
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This Is Your Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Michael Aspel, Eamonn Andrews
This is Your Life is a British biographical television documentary, based on the 1952 American show of the same name. It was hosted by Eamonn Andrews from 1955 until 1964, and then from 1969 ...more
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Intimate Portrait is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Meredith Vieira
Intimate Portrait is a biographical television series on the Lifetime cable network focusing on different celebrities, which includes interviews with each subject. People which have been ...more
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Golden Boy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Chi McBride, Bonnie Somerville, Kevin Alejandro
As he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. flashes back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement. After only three ...more
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Cambodia Year Ten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Cambodia Year Ten is a 1989 award-winning work of Central Independent Television for the coverage of the Vietnam War.
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Trust is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson
Trust (FX, 2018) is an American television anthology series directed by Danny Boyle. In 1973, heir John Paul Getty III is kidnapped by the Italian mafia, but the family seems disinterested in ...more
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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson
This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles
Victoria (ITV, 2016) is a drama television series created by Daisy Goodwin. The show depicts first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her accession to the throne at ...more
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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan
Versailles (Canal+, 2015) is a television series created by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft. In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV (George Blagden), decides to build ...more
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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook
Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian Pablo Escobar, as well ...more
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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law
Spartacus (Starz, 2010) is a British television series produced in New Zealand, inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BCE led a major slave ...more
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Fear and Loathing in Gonzovisi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision
Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood, also known as Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, is a documentary film produced by BBC Omnibus in 1978 on the subject of Hunter S. Thompson, directed ...more
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Eleanor and Franklin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, Linda Purl
Eleanor and Franklin is a television movie released on January 11, 1976, starring Edward Herrmann as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jane Alexander as Eleanor Roosevelt. It is the first part in a ...more
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The Gangster Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
The Gangster Chronicles Madeleine Stowe, Markie Post, Jonathan Banks
The Gangster Chronicles is an NBC American television crime drama mini series starring Michael Nouri, Joe Penny, Jon Polito, Louis Giambalvo and narrated by E.G. Marshall.
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Japanland: A Year in Search of... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa
Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa is a 2004 documentary television series and book by American documentary filmmaker and travel author Karin Muller, who spent a year in Japan searching for wa, ...more
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Oscar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Oscar Michael Gambon, Norman Rodway, Bryan Murray
Oscar is a British TV serial first transmitted by BBC 2 in March 1985. Michael Gambon portrayed Oscar Wilde while other actors included Robin Lermitte as Lord Alfred Douglas, Tim Hardy as Alfred ...more
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I Survived...Beyond and Back is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Lucas Cox, Matthew Dovel
"I Survived... Beyond and Back" reveals one of life's greatest mysteries by profiling the extraordinary stories of people who have literally passed on to the other side. The series ...more
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Mussolini: The Untold Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Robert Downey Jr., Gabriel Byrne, Virginia Madsen
Mussolini: The Untold Story is an epic television biographical miniseries drama that aired in November 1985. The series followed the rise, rule, and downfall of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini ...more
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Amor Sincero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Amor Sincero Marcela Benjumea, Indhira Serrano, Carlos Manuel Vesga