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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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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fal... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Michael Sheen, Catherine McCormack, Sean Pertwee 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) 2 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
I Shouldn't Be Alive 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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Ghost Hunters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Grant Wilson Ghost Hunters is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on October 6, 2004, on Syfy. The program features paranormal investigators Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who ...more

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Killing Hitler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Killing Hitler Keith Allen, Kenneth Cranham, Kate Ashfield Killing Hitler is a BBC docudrama that examines the Operation Foxley plot to kill Adolf Hitler.

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Heroes and Villains is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Heroes and Villains Harry Lloyd, Gina Bellman, Rory McCann 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

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From the Earth to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
From the Earth to the Moon Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith 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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Obsession: Dark Desires is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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.

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A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
A Haunting Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren 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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Untold Stories of the E.R. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Untold Stories of the E.R. Jenne Kang, Linda America, Roy Vongtama Untold Stories of the E.R. is a docudrama television series which airs on TLC and Discovery Fit & Health. In this program real-life emergency room doctors tell about their most bizarre and ...more

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Lost Tapes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Lost Tapes Loren Coleman, Dallas Santana, Jessica Lynch Alfaro 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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Prehistoric Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Prehistoric Park Nigel Marven^! Rod Arthur^! Suzanne McNabb 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

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Seven Wonders of the Industria... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Seven Wonders of the Industrial World Robert Lindsay 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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Julian Fellowes Investigates: ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder Michael Fassbender, David Calder, Christina Cole 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.

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Superstorm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Superstorm Tom Sizemore, Chris Potter, Dan Abrams 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

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'Til Death Do Us Part is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
'Til Death Do Us Part John Waters '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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Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Sto... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story Hugh Bonneville, Alun Armstrong, Nicholas Woodeson 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

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Pompeii: The Last Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Pompeii: The Last Day Jim Carter, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jonathan Firth 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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Arrest & Trial is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Arrest & Trial Brian Dennehy 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

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Krakatoa: The Last Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Krakatoa: The Last Days Krakatoa: The Last Days is a 2006 drama film directed by Sam Miller.

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Moonshiners is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Moonshiners 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

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Tumbledown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Tumbledown David Calder, Paul Rhys Tumbledown is a 1988 BBC Television drama film set during the Falklands War.

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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the '... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' Linda Hunt, Linda Ellerbee, Samuel West Auschwitz: The Nazis and 'The Final Solution' is a BBC six-episode documentary film series presenting the story of Auschwitz through interviews with former inmates and guards to include ...more

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Banged Up Abroad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Banged Up Abroad Banged Up Abroad was a British documentary/docudrama television series created by Bart Layton that was produced for Channel 5 and that premiered in March 2006. Most episodes feature stories of ...more

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Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial Nathaniel Parker, Ben Cross, Robert Pugh Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial, is a BBC documentary film series consisting of three one-hour films that re-enact the Nuremberg War Trials of Albert Speer, Hermann Göring, and Rudolf Hess. They ...more

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The Age of the Medici is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
The Age of the Medici The Age of the Medici, originally released in Italy as L'età di Cosimo de Medici, is a 1973 3-part TV series about the Renaissance in Florence, directed by Roberto Rossellini. The series ...more

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Victoria Cross Heroes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Victoria Cross Heroes Tom Hiddleston, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Chris Rankin Victoria Cross Heroes is a three-part television docudrama recipients first broadcast by Five in 2006 that tells the stories of some of the recipients of the Victoria Cross.

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Extreme Evidence is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Extreme Evidence Extreme Evidence is an American reality television series that premiered on Court TV on September 29, 2003. Each half-hour episode attempts to use forensic science to uncover the cause of a ...more

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stor... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories Jared Rushton^! Stacy Keach^! Marianne Muellerleile 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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Paranormal State is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Paranormal State Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey, Chad Calek 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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Storage Hunters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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 ...more

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Zero Hour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Zero Hour David Morrissey, Paul McGann, Addison Timlin 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

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PitchMen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
PitchMen Billy Mays, Anthony Sullivan, Thom Beers 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

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The Staircase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
The Staircase The Staircase is a nine-episode series produced by and broadcast on the Sundance Channel.

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1000 Ways to Lie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
1000 Ways to Lie 1000 Ways to Lie was a special and satire of the television series 1000 Ways to Die. It recreates intricate lies that people have told, as well as how, and what happened when they were found ...more

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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Dunkirk Timothy Dalton, Simon Russell Beale, Phil Cornwell Dunkirk is a 2004 BBC television docudrama about the Battle of Dunkirk and the Dunkirk evacuation in World War II.

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Call 911 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Call 911 Call 911 is a television show that premiered as a Court TV special on August 21, 2007, and began airing as a series on July 30, 2008 on Investigation Discovery. The series began airing on ...more

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A Good Dissonance Like a Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
A Good Dissonance Like a Man A Good Dissonance Like a Man is a television program that examines the life of Charles Ives.

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999 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
999 999 is a British docudrama television series presented by Michael Buerk, that premiered on June 25th 1992 on BBC One and ran until September 17th 2003. The series got its name from the emergency ...more

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Draw the Line is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Draw the Line Draw the Line is a public service program produced by GMA Network through GMA News and Public Affairs and aired on Q in 2005 as "Women's Desk". The program was hosted by Rhea Santos. ...more

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Emergency Call is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Emergency Call Emergency Call is an American informational reality-based television series that aired in syndication from 1991 to 1998.

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Killing Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Killing Lincoln Killing Lincoln is an American television film inspired by the 2011 novel of the same title by Bill O'Reilly. The two-hour political docudrama was originally broadcast on National Geographic ...more

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Dickens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Dickens Anton Lesser, Natasha Little Dickens was a 2002 BBC docudrama on the life of the author Charles Dickens. It was presented by Peter Ackroyd, on whose biography of Dickens it was based, and Dickens was played by Anton Lesser. ...more

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Blonde Charity Mafia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Blonde Charity Mafia Sophie Pyle Blonde Charity Mafia was a reality television series produced by Patty Ivins and Julie Pizzi that followed the lives of three socialites whose lives revolved around charity events. The show did ...more

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Bhoot Aaya is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Bhoot Aaya Bhoot Aaya was an Indian drama documentary television series created by Akashdeep Sabir and directed by Ayush Raina for Sony Entertainment Television India and Sony Entertainment Television ...more

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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
The Queen Katie McGrath, Samantha Bond, Emilia Fox The Queen was a 2009 British drama-documentary showing Queen Elizabeth II at different points during her life. Broadcast on Channel 4 over five consecutive nights from 29 November 2009, the ...more

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The Real Estate Adventures of ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
The Real Estate Adventures of Sandy & Maryse The Real Estate Adventures of Sandy & Maryse is a Canadian television series which premiered on September 8, 2008 on the W Network. Produced by Mountain Road Productions the series is the ...more

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Bernhard, schavuit van Oranje is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Bernhard, schavuit van Oranje Daan Schuurmans, Ellen Vogel, Eric Schneider Bernhard, schavuit van Oranje is a Dutch television program depicting the more than only turbulent life of a prince consort. It is a compelling drama concerning a man who tries to be himself, ...more

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Behind Closed Doors is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Behind Closed Doors Bruce Gordon Behind Closed Doors is an American dramatic anthology series set during the Cold War hosted by and occasionally starring Bruce Gordon in the role of Commander Matson. The series, which aired on ...more

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Shoot to Kill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Shoot to Kill David Calder, Jack Shepherd, T. P. McKenna Shoot to Kill is a four-hour drama documentary reconstruction of the events that led to the 1984–86 Stalker Inquiry into the shooting of six terrorist suspects in Northern Ireland in 1982 by a ...more

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Aircrash Confidential is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Aircrash Confidential Aircrash Confidential is a television series produced by WMR Productions and IMG Entertainment. The programme investigates air-disasters from around the world. Aircrash Confidential currently ...more