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The Best Docudrama TV Shows 

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Updated June 26, 2020 504 votes 87 voters 16.3k views 100 items

List Rules Shows 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Grant Wilson

Premiered: 2004

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 ...more

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Ancient Rome: The Rise a... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Michael Sheen, Catherine McCormack, Sean Pertwee

Premiered: 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.
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I Shouldn't Be Alive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Sebastian Knapp, Eric Meyers, Tom McKay

Premiered: 2005

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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Prehistoric Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Nigel Marven, Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb

Premiered: 2006

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 ...more
5
From the Earth to the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith

Premiered: 1998

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 ...more

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Heroes and Villains is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Heroes and Villains Harry Lloyd, Gina Bellman, Rory McCann

Premiered: 2007

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 ...more
7
Untold Stories of the E.... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Untold Stories of the E.R. Jenne Kang, Linda America, Roy Vongtama

Premiered: 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.

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A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren

Premiered: 2002

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, ...more

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Pompeii: The Last Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Jim Carter, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jonathan Firth

Premiered: 2003

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 ...more
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Killing Hitler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Keith Allen, Kenneth Cranham, Kate Ashfield

Premiered: 2003

Killing Hitler is a BBC docudrama that examines the Operation Foxley plot to kill Adolf Hitler.
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Obsession: Dark Desires ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Obsession: Dark Desires

Premiered: 2013

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.
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Seven Wonders of the Ind... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Seven Wonders of the Industrial World Robert Lindsay

Premiered: 2003

Seven Wonders of the Industrial World is a 7-part British documentary/docudrama television miniseries that originally aired from 4 September 2003 to 16 October 2003 on BBC and was later released ...more
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'Til Death Do Us Part is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
John Waters

Premiered: 2007

'Til Death Do Us Part is a legal drama television series that debuted on Court TV on March 19, 2007; not to be confused with the similarly named Fox sitcom 'Til Death. 'Til Death Do Us Part goes ...more
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Lost Tapes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Loren Coleman, Dallas Santana, Jessica Lynch Alfaro

Premiered: 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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Superstorm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Tom Sizemore, Chris Potter, Dan Abrams

Premiered: 2007

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. ...more
16
Julian Fellowes Investig... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Michael Fassbender, David Calder, Christina Cole

Premiered: 2004

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.
17
Storage Hunters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Storage Hunters

Premiered: 2011

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 ...more
18
Haunted Lives: True Ghos... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Jared Rushton, Stacy Keach, Marianne Muellerleile

Premiered: 1991

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 ...more

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Filth: The Mary Whitehou... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Hugh Bonneville, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Woodeson

Premiered: 2008

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 ...more
20
Paranormal State is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey, Chad Calek

Premiered: 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 ...more

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The Staircase is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
The Staircase

Premiered: 2005

The Staircase is a nine-episode series produced by and broadcast on the Sundance Channel.
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Arrest & Trial is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Arrest & Trial Brian Dennehy

Premiered: 2000

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 ...more
23
Zero Hour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
David Morrissey, Paul McGann, Addison Timlin

Premiered: 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. ...more
24
PitchMen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
PitchMen Billy Mays, Anthony Sullivan, Thom Beers

Premiered: 2009

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" ...more
25
Moonshiners is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows

Premiered: 2011

Moonshiners is an American docudrama television series on the Discovery Channel that dramatizes the life of people who produce moonshine in the Appalachian Mountains of North and South Carolina ...more