TV The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows  

Reference
356 votes 101 voters 32.5k views 50 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Investigative Journalism TV series.

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?"
list ordered by

1
22 11
Vanguard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Vanguard Vanguard is a television documentary series that was broadcast on the now defunct Current TV television network. Vanguard reported on such issues as the environment, drugs, and the effects of ...more

2
12 5
Marketplace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Marketplace is a Canadian television series, broadcast on CBC Television. Launched in 1972, the series is a consumer advocacy newsmagazine, which airs investigative reports on issues such as ...more

3
14 12
Investigative Documentaries is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Investigative Documentaries Investigative Documentaries or simply referred as ID is a Philippine public affairs program being aired on GMA News TV.

4
9 8
Watchdog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Anne Robinson, Lynn Faulds Wood, Matt Allwright Watchdog is a BBC television series that investigates viewers' reports of problematic experiences with traders, retailers, and other companies around the UK. It has had great success in changing ...more

5
4 3
How Far Will the Army Go? is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
How Far Will the Army Go? How Far Will the Army Go? was a series of reports on unethical Army recruiting practices.

6
4 4
Buyer Beware! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Buyer Beware! Buyer Beware! is an Irish television consumer affairs series. The show, hosted by Philip Boucher-Hayes, is broadcast on Thursdays at 20:30 on RTÉ One. It follows a similar format to BBC's ...more

7
3 3
The Darfur Crisis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
The Darfur Crisis The Darfur Crisis is a series of reports which exposes the tragedy of genocide and racial cleansing in the Darfur region of Sudan. It won a Peabody award in 2004.

8
2 3
Chesapeake Bay Pollution Inves... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Chesapeake Bay Pollution Investigation Chesapeake Bay Pollution Investigation is an ongoing series of reporting and investigation of pollution in Chesapeake Bay that appeared on WBAL-TV.

9
1 2
Give Me That Bigtime Religion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Give Me That Bigtime Religion Give Me That Bigtime Religion is a television program produced by WBRZ-TV.

10
3 5
Broken Arrow: Can a Nuclear We... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Broken Arrow: Can a Nuclear Weapons Accident Happen Here? Broken Arrow: Can a Nuclear Weapons Accident Happen Here? is a television documentary created by KQED-TV, San Francisco, California.

11
2 4
Prisoners of the Harvest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Prisoners of the Harvest Prisoners of the Harvest is a documentary television program about migrant workers in Florida.

12
2 4
Caution: Precious Cargo. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Caution: Precious Cargo. "Caution: Precious Cargo" is a 1988 award-winning work of WPLG-TV about school bus investigations.

13
2 4
Friends in High Places is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Friends in High Places Friends in High Places is an investigative report which includes more than 50 individual reports and two documentaries about the three-year investigation of former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist. ...more

14
2 5
16:9 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
16:9 16x9 is a Canadian investigative newsmagazine television program which airs on Global. The series debuted on November 30, 2008. The show was hosted by Mary Garofalo from September 2008 until ...more

15
2 5
Israel's Secret Weapon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Israel's Secret Weapon The United States and Britain are preparing to wage war on Iraq, for its undisclosed weapons of mass destruction. Israel's nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities have remained ...more

16
2 5
Slavery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Slavery Slavery is a television program that examined modern slavery.

17
2 5
Medicaid Dental Centers Invest... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Medicaid Dental Centers Investigation Medicaid Dental Centers Investigation is an investigative report of WCNC-TV exposing the shady practices of a group of North Carolina dental clinics. Although the clinics were not government ...more

18
1 4
Who's Watching the Store? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Who's Watching the Store? "Who's Watching the Store?," is a three-part series that documented discrimination against black shoppers by Minnesota department stores, by KSTP-TV in St. Paul.

19
1 4
A Higher Standard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
A Higher Standard is a documentary television program.

20
1 4
A World of Difference is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
A World of Difference is a collection of television specials, documentaries, news features, and public service announcements concerning prejudice, produced by WCVB-TV.

21
1 4
I-Team is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
I-Team I-Team is the investigative reporting team made up of WCCO-TV  reporters, and the name of the special investigative reports that they produce.

22
1 4
MCA and the Mob. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
MCA and the Mob. "MCA and the Mob" is a TV program.

23
1 4
For the Record is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
For the Record For the Record is an investigative documentary television series on TheBlaze. The show was born from the idea from Glenn Beck that "real investigative journalism is dead" and that For ...more

24
1 4
State of Denial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
State of Denial State of Denial is an investigative report produced and broadcast by WFAA-TV.  State of Denial addresses the way injured workers' claims are routinely denied by insurers.

25
1 4
Inside Bridgewater is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Inside Bridgewater Inside Bridgwater was a series of television reports on conditions inside Massachusetts State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, or Bridgewater, as it is commonly known.

26
3 7
Don't Get Done, Get Dom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Don't Get Done, Get Dom is a British consumer rights television series. The show is named for its presenter Dominic Littlewood. Each series is transmitted, usually daily during daytime, on BBC ...more

27
2 6
Periodismo para todos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Periodismo para todos Periodismo para todos is an Argentine investigative journalism television program. It is hosted by the journalist Jorge Lanata, and airs on Sunday nights in El Trece. It is highly critical of ...more

28
1 5
Burning Questions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Burning Questions Burning Questions is a series of reports which In four segments, from May through October 2005, KNBC-TV, Burbank, exposed potentially disastrous environmental features threatening the safety of ...more

29
1 5
Séptimo día is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Séptimo día is a Colombian television newsmagazine broadcast by Caracol TV on Sunday evenings. It proclaims itself as "a weapon against injustice". Séptimo ...more

30
1 5
AIDS Lifeline is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
AIDS Lifeline is a series of 62 television public service announcements produced by KPIX-TV.

31
1 5
Political Parasites is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Political Parasites Political Parasites was a nine-month series of reports produced by WMAQ-TV.

32
1 6
Apartheid's People is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Apartheid's People Apartheid's People is a five-part television series that was part of the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour.

33
1 6
To Save Our Schools, To Save O... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
To Save Our Schools, To Save Our Children To Save Our Schools, To Save Our Children is a 1984 documentary TV Movie written by Joseph Angier, Judy Crichton, Marshall Frady, Richard Gerdau, and Kathy Slobogin and directed by Richard ...more

34
1 6
Deadly Mistakes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Deadly Mistakes Deadly Mistakes is a television program about mistakes made in the diagnosis of fatal diseases.

35
0 4
Studebaker: Less Than They Pro... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Studebaker: Less Than They Promised Studebaker: Less Than They Promised is a television program.

36
0 4
Investigation of Dr. Milan Vui... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Investigation of Dr. Milan Vuitch Investigation of Dr. Milan Vuitch is a three-part series broadcast by WDVM-TV.

37
0 4
Patterns of Practice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Patterns of Practice Patterns of Practice was a 25-part television series about the practices of Vermont doctors and hospitals.

38
0 4
Rajneesh Update is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Rajneesh Update Rajneesh Update was a televison special report produced by KGW-TV.

39
0 4
Killing Crime: A Police Cop-ou... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Killing Crime: A Police Cop-out Killing Crime: A Police Cop-out is a documentary produced by WBBM-TV.

40
0 4
Target Seven: Armed and Angry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Target Seven: Armed and Angry Target Seven: Armed and Angry is an investigation of the origins of the militia movement in the United States.

41
0 4
Drake Hospital Investigation is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Drake Hospital Investigation Drake Hospital Investigation was a news report examining suspicious deaths at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati.

42
0 4
The Best Insurance Commissione... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
The Best Insurance Commissioner Money Can Buy. "The Best Insurance Commissioner Money Can Buy" is a TV program.

43
0 5
Pièces à Conviction is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Pièces à Conviction is a monthly French investigative journalism TV program that airs on France 3. Elise Lucet has hosted the program since 2000.

44
0 5
Carte Blanche is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Carte Blanche Carte Blanche is a South African investigative journalism television series that airs on M-Net during prime time viewing on Sunday nights, currently at 19:00. It was launched in 1988 and has ...more

45
0 5
Ombudsman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Ombudsman was a Canadian television programme which sought to investigate and resolve disputes between people and government or business systems. When the series began, government ombudsman ...more

46
0 5
Armed and Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Armed and Dangerous Armed and Dangerous was a four-part news series produced by WBBM-TV.

47
0 5
A Call for Help is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
A Call for Help A Call for Help was a series of reports on the Dallas Emergency Medical Service.

48
0 6
Home Health Care is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Home Health Care Home Health Care was an I-Team news investigation that aired on WCCO-TV in a series of news reports but also as a special 1/2 hour program.

49
0 7
Oklahoma Shame is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Oklahoma Shame Oklahoma Shame is a television program of documentary reports produced by KOCO-TV.

50
0 7
CNN Perspectives is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
CNN Perspectives is CNN's long form documentary program that launched in 1998.