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The Best Non-Fiction TV Series

Updated July 22, 2021 1.6k votes 197 voters 38.1k views87 items

List RulesVote up the best non-fiction, not scripted, television shows.

The very best non-fiction shows on television are truly unscripted and range from feeling like reality TV to having the energy of documentaries while being neither and everything in between. What separates the best non-fiction shows from regular reality shows or docuseries is a sense of informative documentation. Many news broadcasts or public television shows are non-fiction. Non-fiction TV shows have been a popular staple of television for years, so there's often debate about not just what non-fiction shows are but which series are the most best non-fiction shows of all time. This list of the greatest non-fiction shows is ranked from best to worst thanks to your votes.

Don't let your favorite non-fiction 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. The list of non-fiction television shows includes series such Mythbusters, American Experience, Ancient Aliens - even The Joy Of Painting is a non-fiction TV show. It's easy to get "non fiction shows" confused with "unscripted shows" as both terms imply a truthfulness to the content, but lists like this one - can help clear up the definitions.

What are television's best non-fiction shows? Did the shows you think were the best make this list? Vote up the non-fiction shows you think are the best and see where your favorites rank.

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