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?"
Premiered: October 15, 1999Ghost 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
Storage HuntersStorage 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
Heroes and VillainsHarry Lloyd, Gina Bellman
Premiered: 2007Heroes 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
Premiered: October 30, 2008Lost 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
Premiered: 2008Filth: 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
Premiered: 1991Haunted 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
Premiered: December 10, 2007Paranormal 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
The StaircaseThe Staircase is a nine-episode series produced by and broadcast on the Sundance Channel....
Premiered: 2003Pompeii: 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
Premiered: September 21, 2006Ancient 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
Arrest & TrialBrian Dennehy
Premiered: 2000Arrest & 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
Premiered: 2006Prehistoric 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
Premiered: July 29, 2016Last 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
Premiered: August 29, 2004Zero 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
Premiered: September 9, 2008The 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
PitchMenBilly Mays, Anthony Sullivan
Premiered: 2009PitchMen 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
Premiered: 1998From 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
Premiered: October 28, 2005A 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
Premiered: 2003Killing Hitler is a BBC docudrama that examines the Operation Foxley plot to kill Adolf Hitler.... more
Obsession: Dark DesiresObsession: 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
Taking the StageTaking 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
Premiered: December 18, 2015Making 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
Premiered: 2007Superstorm 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
Premiered: 2004Julian 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
Untold Stories of the E.R.Jenne Kang, Linda America
Premiered: April 26, 2004Untold 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