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The Best Docudrama TV Shows  

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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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Heroes and Villains is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fal... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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) 3 on the list The Best Docudrama 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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From the Earth to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Ghost Hunters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Grant Wilson
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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Untold Stories of the E.R. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Pompeii: The Last Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Obsession: Dark Desires is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Killing Hitler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Prehistoric Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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'Til Death Do Us Part is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Seven Wonders of the Industria... is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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) 15 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Sto... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Victoria Cross Heroes is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the '... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
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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Behind Closed Doors is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Egypt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Andrew Sachs, Julian Wadham, Matthew Kelly
Egypt is a BBC television drama serial about various archaeological discoveries taking place in that country's history, with the occasional 'flashback' scene involving actors portraying the ...more
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The Age of the Medici is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Tumbledown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
David Calder, Paul Rhys
Tumbledown is a 1988 BBC Television drama film set during the Falklands War.
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Arthur of the Britons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Docudrama TV Shows
Arthur of the Britons Brian Blessed, Jack Watson, Rupert Davies
Arthur of the Britons is a British television show about the historical King Arthur. Produced by the HTV regional franchise, it consisted of two series, released between 1972 and 1973. ITV had ...more