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The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows  

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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?"
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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
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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
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Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison
Dateline NBC, or simply Dateline, is a weekly American television newsmagazine/reality legal show that is broadcast on NBC. It was previously the network's flagship news magazine, but now ...more
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Investigative Documentaries is listed (or ranked) 4 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.
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Watchdog is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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The Darfur Crisis is listed (or ranked) 6 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.
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Buyer Beware! is listed (or ranked) 7 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
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How Far Will the Army Go? is listed (or ranked) 8 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.
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Frontline is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Will Lyman, Arun Rath, Sarah Childress
Frontline is a public affairs television program that produces and broadcasts in-depth documentaries about various subjects. Produced at WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts and distributed through ...more
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The Weekly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
The Weekly (FX, 2019) is an American news-docuseries television program produced by The New York Times. Times writers walk viewers through their reporting, looking deeper into stories covered on ...more
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World in Action is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
World in Action was a British investigative current affairs programme made by Granada Television from 1963 until 1998. Its campaigning journalism frequently had a major impact on events of the ...more
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Give Me That Bigtime Religion is listed (or ranked) 12 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.
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Broken Arrow: Can a Nuclear We... is listed (or ranked) 13 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.
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Chesapeake Bay Pollution Inves... is listed (or ranked) 14 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.
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Friends in High Places is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Medicaid Dental Centers Invest... is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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Israel's Secret Weapon is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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Slavery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Slavery
Slavery is a television program that examined modern slavery.
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Caution: Precious Cargo. is listed (or ranked) 19 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.
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Prisoners of the Harvest is listed (or ranked) 20 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.
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Drake Hospital Investigation is listed (or ranked) 21 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.
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Rajneesh Update is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Investigative Journalism TV Shows
Rajneesh Update
Rajneesh Update was a televison special report produced by KGW-TV.
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Investigation of Dr. Milan Vui... is listed (or ranked) 23 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.
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Killing Crime: A Police Cop-ou... is listed (or ranked) 24 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.
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The Best Insurance Commissione... is listed (or ranked) 25 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.