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The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows

Updated October 19, 2020 783 votes 142 voters 37.8k views56 items

List RulesVote up the best investigative journalism shows and docuseries to have ever aired on television.

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

Shows include everything from CNN Perspectives to To Save Our Schools, To Save Our Children.

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

    Will Lyman, Arun Rath

    Premiered1983

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  • 2
    Vanguard
    23
    16

    Vanguard

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  • 3
    Dateline NBC
    9
    2

    Dateline NBC

    Lester Holt, Ann Curry

    Premiered1992

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    Investigative Documentaries
    21
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    Investigative Documentaries

    Malou Mangahas

    Premiered2011

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    Watchdog
    19
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    Watchdog

    Anne Robinson, Lynn Faulds Wood

    Premiered1980

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  • 6
    The Darfur Crisis
    9
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    The Darfur Crisis

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  • 7
    Marketplace
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  • 8
    How Far Will the Army Go?
    9
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    How Far Will the Army Go?

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  • 9
    Buyer Beware!
    9
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    Buyer Beware!

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    Broken Arrow: Can a Nuclear Weapons Accident Happen Here?
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    Broken Arrow: Can a Nuclear Weapons Accident Happen Here?

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  • 11
    Chesapeake Bay Pollution Investigation
    4
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    Chesapeake Bay Pollution Investigation

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  • 12
    Israel's Secret Weapon
    7
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    Israel's Secret Weapon

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  • 13
    Slavery
    7
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    Slavery

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  • 14
    7
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    Friends in High Places

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  • 15
    6
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    Medicaid Dental Centers Investigation

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  • 16
    4
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    Caution: Precious Cargo.

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  • 17
    Prisoners of the Harvest
    4
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    Prisoners of the Harvest

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  • 18
    Don't Get Done, Get Dom
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    Periodismo para todos
    4
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    Periodismo para todos

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    16:9
    4
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    16:9

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  • 21
    2
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    I-Team

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    Carte Blanche
    2
    11

    Carte Blanche

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    2
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    Inside Bridgewater

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    2
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    MCA and the Mob.

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