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The Best Docudrama TV Shows

Updated May 21, 2021 986 votes 101 voters 17.7k views124 items

List RulesShows near the top must be only the best Docudrama TV series.

The very best docudrama shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest docudrama shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular docudrama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining docudrama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite docudrama 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 docudrama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List shows include Extreme Evidence, Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories and many additional shows as well.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best docudrama show of all time?" and "What are the greatest docudrama shows?"

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    Ghost Hunters

    Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves

    PremieredOctober 15, 1999

    Ghost Hunters is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on October 6, 2004, on Syfy and was revived in 2019 on A&E. The program features paranormal investigators Jason Hawes...  more

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    Storage Hunters

    Storage Hunters is a reality television series featuring a series of storage auctions, created by and starring auctioneer Sean Kelly. It originally ran in the US from 2011 to 2013 on TruTV and has...  more
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    Heroes and Villains

    Harry Lloyd, Gina Bellman

    Premiered2007

    Heroes and Villains was a 2007–2008 BBC Television docudrama series looking at key moments in the lives and reputations of some of the greatest warriors of history. Each hour-long episode featured a...  more
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    Lost Tapes

    Loren Coleman, Dallas Santana

    PremieredOctober 30, 2008

    Lost Tapes is an American television horror series that aired on Animal Planet. Produced by Go Go Luckey Entertainment, the program presents found footage depicting traumatic encounters with...  more

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    Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story

    Hugh Bonneville, Alun Armstrong

    Premiered2008

    Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story is a 2008 BBC Television docudrama written by Amanda Coe. Set in the 1960s, it recounts the initial campaigning activities of the British morality campaigner Mary...  more
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    Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories

    Jared Rushton, Stacy Keach

    Premiered1991

    Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories was an American paranormal anthology television miniseries that originally broadcast from May 15, 1991 to November 28, 1995, on CBS and UPN. This short-lived program...  more
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    Paranormal State

    Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey

    PremieredDecember 10, 2007

    Paranormal State is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on the A&E Network on December 10, 2007. The program follows and stars the Pennsylvania State University Paranormal...  more

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    The Staircase

    The Staircase is a nine-episode series produced by and broadcast on the Sundance Channel....
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    Pompeii: The Last Day

    Jim Carter, Tim Pigott-Smith

    Premiered2003

    Pompeii: The Last Day is a 2003 dramatized documentary that tells of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD. This eruption covered the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash and...  more
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    Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

    Michael Sheen, Catherine McCormack

    PremieredSeptember 21, 2006

    Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire is a 2006 BBC One docudrama series, with each episode looking at a different key turning points in the history of the Roman Empire....  more
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    Arrest & Trial

    Brian Dennehy

    Premiered2000

    Arrest & Trial is an American, syndicated nontraditional court show which follows individual criminal cases via a combination of reenactments and real trial footage. Episodes run for 30 minutes, and...  more
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    Prehistoric Park

    Nigel Marven, Rod Arthur

    Premiered2006

    Prehistoric Park is a six-episode Docu-fiction television mini-series that premiered on ITV on 22 July 2006 and on Animal Planet on 29 October 2006. The program was produced by Impossible Pictures,...  more
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    Last Chance U

    John Beam, Jason Brown

    PremieredJuly 29, 2016

    Last Chance U is a 2016 documentary series produced by Netflix showcasing the 2015 American football season for East Mississippi Community College as they attempted to win their third consecutive...  more

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    Zero Hour

    David Morrissey, Paul McGann

    PremieredAugust 29, 2004

    Zero Hour is a Canadian/British documentary-style television series, which airs on The History Channel in the United States, History Television in Canada, and on the BBC in the United Kingdom. Zero...  more
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    The Rachel Zoe Project

    Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman

    PremieredSeptember 9, 2008

    The Rachel Zoe Project is an American reality documentary series starring celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe. The series premiered on September 9, 2008 on the Bravo television network. The show also airs...  more
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    PitchMen

    Billy Mays, Anthony Sullivan

    Premiered2009

    PitchMen is a docudrama television program produced for the Discovery Channel in the United States. The show followed infomercial producers and talent Billy Mays and Anthony "Sully" Sullivan as they...  more
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    From the Earth to the Moon

    Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy

    Premiered1998

    From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO television miniseries co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick, telling the story of the landmark Apollo expeditions to...  more

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    A Haunting

    Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy

    PremieredOctober 28, 2005

    A Haunting is a 2005 American paranormal anthology television series that depicts eyewitness accounts of possession, exorcism, and ghostly encounters. The show originally aired from October 28, 2005...  more

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    Killing Hitler

    Keith Allen, Kenneth Cranham

    Premiered2003

    Killing Hitler is a BBC docudrama that examines the Operation Foxley plot to kill Adolf Hitler....  more
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    Obsession: Dark Desires

    Obsession: Dark Desires is a drama television series whose first episode aired on January 14, 2014. The show dramatizes real life accounts from people who have been the victim of stalking....  more
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    Taking the Stage

    Taking the Stage is a musical reality show set at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is produced by Nick Lachey, a SCPA alumnnus, for MTV. The first season chronicled...  more
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    Making a Murderer

    Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey

    PremieredDecember 18, 2015

    Making a Murderer (Netflix, 2015) is a crime documentary series written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. The series explores the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County,...  more

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    Superstorm

    Tom Sizemore, Chris Potter

    Premiered2007

    Superstorm is a three-part British docudrama miniseries written and directed by Julian Simpson, about a group of scientists that try to divert and weaken hurricanes using cloud seeding. Superstorm...  more
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    Premiered2004

    Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder is a British five-part docudrama series produced by Touchpaper Television, which premièred on BBC One on 16 October 2004....  more
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    Untold Stories of the E.R.

    Jenne Kang, Linda America

    PremieredApril 26, 2004

    Untold Stories of the E.R. (TLC, 2004) is an American docudrama television series. In this program real-life emergency room doctors tell about their most bizarre and puzzling cases....  more

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