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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Non-fiction TV series.

The very best non-fiction shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest non-fiction shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular non-fiction TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining non-fiction show of all time is. 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 spot. The list of non-fiction television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

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This list answers the questions, "What is the best non-fiction show of all time?" and "What are the greatest non-fiction shows?"

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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

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The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
The Joy of Painting Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross

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Trauma: Life in the E.R. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Destination Truth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
mac1949 added Destination Truth Josh Gates, Gabriel Copeland, Mike Morrell

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Secrets & Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Secrets & Mysteries Edward Mulhare

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Home Computing Starring Tim Te... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Home Computing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
IanDavies added Home Computing

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Biography is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Biography Joan Lunden, Peter Graves, David Hart Smith

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Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stor... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories Jared Rushton^! Stacy Keach^! Marianne Muellerleile

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Celebrity Poker Showdown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Celebrity Poker Showdown Dave Foley, Kevin Pollak, Phil Gordon

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Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
lalispeter added Ancient Aliens Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress

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Computer Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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For Love or Money is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
For Love or Money Ben, Rachel Veltri, Steve Alten

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Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
lalispeter added Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Jonathan Frakes, Don LaFontaine, James Brolin

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Watchdog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Watchdog Anne Robinson, Lynn Faulds Wood, Matt Allwright

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The Awful Truth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
The Awful Truth Michael Moore, Karen Duffy

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Call 911 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Book TV is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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American Masters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
American Masters Julianna Margulies, Laura Linney, William Hurt

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Fact or Faked: Paranormal File... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
mac1949 added Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files Austin Porter, Jael De Pardo, Ben Hansen

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Don't Get Done, Get Dom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Psychic Detectives is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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It's Effin' Science is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Juvies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Pro-Am Poker Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Pro-Am Poker Equalizer Jose Canseco, Cheryl Hines, Cindy Margolis

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Cheap Seats is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Cheap Seats Kate Walsh, David Cross, H. Jon Benjamin

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Be the Creature is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Be the Creature Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt

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Biker Build-Off is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Cybernet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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The Unbelievable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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The Lab with Leo Laporte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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American Experience is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
MarySSpiegel added American Experience David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy

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Movie Lounge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Net Cafe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Check, Please! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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You're a Star is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
You're a Star Louis Walsh, Linda Martin

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Charity You're a Star is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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BodyShaping is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Picture Page is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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America Now TV is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Dr. Know is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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FYI is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
FYI

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After Dark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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That's Tough is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Campus PD is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Doing DaVinci is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Live It Up! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows

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Hey! Spring of Trivia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows
Hey! Spring of Trivia Jim Fyfe, Michael Yurchak

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Break the Silence: Kids Agains... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Non-fiction TV Shows