TV 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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The Living Century is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Anne Frank: The Whole Story is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Intimate Portrait is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Intimate Portrait 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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This Is Your Life is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Cambodia Year Ten is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Golden Boy is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave Wagner is a 1983 film on the life of Richard Wagner. The title role was played by Richard Burton. It was directed by Tony Palmer and written by Charles Wood. The film was later released on DVD ...more

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Fear and Loathing in Gonzovisi... is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 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) 15 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) 16 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) 17 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) 18 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) 19 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) 20 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Amor Sincero Marcela Benjumea, Indhira Serrano, Carlos Manuel Vesga

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Complaints of a Dutiful Daught... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Deborah Hoffmann, with her wife, Frances Reid, as cinematographer. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best ...more

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5th Republic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Biography TV Shows
5th Republic Lee Deok-hwa 5th Republic is a 2005 South Korean television series that aired on MBC from April 23 to September 1, 2005 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:40 for 41 episodes. It depicted the Fifth Republic of ...more