Popular Documentary TV Shows

American Gladiators
American Gladiators
American Gladiators is an American competition television program that aired weekly in syndication from September 1989 to May 1996. The series matched a cast of amateur athletes against each other, as well as against the show's own gladiators, in contests of strength and agility. The concept was created by Dan Carr and John C. Ferraro, who held the original competition at Erie Tech High School in Erie, Pennsylvania. They sold the show to The Samuel Goldwyn Company where the concept was enhanced and became American Gladiators. An effort in 2004 to launch a live American Gladiators show on the Las Vegas Strip became mired in a securities fraud prosecution. However, the television series was restarted in 2008. Episodes from the original series were played on ESPN Classic from 2007 to 2009. Several episodes are available for download on Apple's iTunes Service.
American Gladiators 1988
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people discover long-lost relatives hidden for generations within the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left behind by our ancestors and the world’s leading geneticists to decode our DNA and help us travel thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of our earliest forebears.
Finding Your Roots 2012
Informe especial
Informe especial
Investigative news magazine on Chile's social and political contingency.
Informe especial 1984
Sex Sent Me to the ER
Sex Sent Me to the ER
Sex in a tree? A quickie in the closet? Laundry room relations? These are just a few of the out-of-the-ordinary places where amorous adventurers go to get intimate with their other halves. But few people expect to land themselves in the emergency room as a result! Brought to life for Discovery Fit & Health by GRB Entertainment, the production company behind the hit show UNTOLD STORIES OF THE ER, this all-new series documents the real-life and often hilarious stories of what happens when a little action leads to a medical crisis. Retold by emergency room physicians and the actual couples who, in the heat of the moment, got themselves into a fix and needed a doctor to fix it, this series illustrates how loving couples cope when sex goes outrageously wrong.
Sex Sent Me to the ER 2013
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Don Wildman unearths relics from the world's greatest institutions to reveal secrets from the past. He examines each artifact to illuminate history's most incredible triumphs, sensational crimes and bizarre encounters.
Mysteries at the Museum 2010
The Boat
The Boat
A global cataclysm, caused by a fatal accident in Geneva (Switzerland) during the implementation of the particle accelerator will lead to the crew and students of the school-ship Polar Star to live the greatest adventure of their lives. Isolated and aware that we only have each other, the ship will become their only home.
The Boat 2011
Echappées Belles
Echappées Belles
Échappées Belles is a French weekly discovery magazine, broadcast on Saturdays in the first part of the evening on France 5 since September 30, 2006. It is presented in turn by Sophie Jovillard, Jérôme Pitorin, Ismaël Khelifa, Tiga, Sabine Quindou, Théo Curin and Anto Cocagne.
Echappées Belles 2006
Behind the Music
Behind the Music
An intimate look into the personal lives of pop music's greatest and most influential artists.
Behind the Music 1997
Il était une fois Champs-Élysées
Il était une fois Champs-Élysées
Il était une fois Champs-Élysées 2022
News Treasury
News Treasury
"News Treasury" explores historical news events and rarely seen footage, allowing viewers to dig into the news archives. From Bruce Lee's funeral and the Baoshang Bank robbery to Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Hong Kong and the Sha Tin measles outbreak, viewers can relive important moments in history. The show offers a chance to revisit key events that shaped modern Hong Kong.
News Treasury 2020
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Follow Tia Torres, founder of Villalobos Rescue Center, and her family as they rehabilitate both felons and ill-reputed pit bulls who come together to rescue one another from their dim pasts, and bring new meaning to life.
Pit Bulls and Parolees 2009
Good Eats
Good Eats
Host Alton Brown explores the origins of ingredients, decodes culinary customs and presents food and equipment trends. Punctuated by unusual interludes, simple preparations and unconventional discussions, he'll bring you food in its finest and funniest form.
Good Eats 1999
Top Gear France
Top Gear France
Top Gear France is a french TV show on cars, based on the english original tv show Top Gear. IT is shwon on TNT RMC Découverte and will be hosted by the french actor Philippe Lellouche, the professional racing driver Bruce Jouanny and EDM musician and journalist Yann Larret-Menezo.
Top Gear France 2015
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
This compelling series investigates the motives and m.o. of female murderers. While males are often driven by anger, impulse and destruction, women usually have more complex, long-term reasons to kill.
Deadly Women 2005
Makers: Women Who Make America
Makers: Women Who Make America
The story of the modern American women’s movement and its impact on work fields once largely closed to women.
Makers: Women Who Make America 2013
The Art of Action
The Art of Action
International action star Scott Adkins talks with some of the world's most renowned names in the action and martial arts film industry to discover what it takes to make good action movies and how to film fights.
The Art of Action 2020
America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions
America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions
America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions is an annual documentary series created by NFL Films (broadcast on the NFL Network and CBS). Each of its 55 (and counting) installments profile the National Football League's annual Super Bowl champion through highlights, interviews with players and coaches, and a celebrity narrator. A spin-off debuted on September 18, 2008, titled America's Game: The Missing Rings which chronicled five of the best teams to never win the Super Bowl.
America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions 2006
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
Follow brothers Marty and Rick Lagina through their effort to find the speculated - and as of yet undiscovered - buried treasure believed to have been concealed through extraordinary means on Oak Island.
The Curse of Oak Island 2014
Doc – Nelle tue mani
Doc – Nelle tue mani
When Doctor Andrea Fanti loses 12 years of memories from a brain injury, he finds himself adjusting to a world full of strangers.
Doc – Nelle tue mani 2020
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
Honoring service members whose courage merited the awarding of a Medal of Honor, this docudrama series re-creates their inspiring true stories.
Medal of Honor 2018
Narcos
Narcos
A gritty chronicle of the war against Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Narcos 2015
Playing Shakespeare
Playing Shakespeare
John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.
Playing Shakespeare 1984
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
From roots in the Deep South to the slums of New Jersey, "Who Do You Think You Are?" follows the journeys of some of the most well-known names in American popular culture. Watch as celebrities discover unknown details about themselves and their families while researching their ancestry with the help of historians and genealogical experts.
Who Do You Think You Are? 2010
Vetenskapens värld
Vetenskapens värld
Vetenskapens värld is a popular science TV documentary program broadcast on Swedish Television (SVT).
Vetenskapens värld 1971
SportsCentury
SportsCentury
SportsCentury is an ESPN biography program that reviews the people and athletic events that defined sports in North America throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. In 1999, ESPN counted down the Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century, selected from North American athletes and voted on by a panel of sports journalists and observers, premiering a new biography highlighting each top athlete every week throughout the year. The episodes for the top two athletes, Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth, appeared on a special combined edition broadcast on Christmas Day on ABC. The top two names were announced in no particular order, and the final positioning was announced at the conclusion of the two episodes. An additional list of numbers 51-100 were announced on the ESPN SportsCentury website. Themed specials such as Greatest Games, Greatest Coaches, Greatest Dynasties, and Most Influential Individuals were premiered throughout the year, as well as six SportsCenter of the Decade programs. After the initial run was complete, the episodes were rerun at various times on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic. The original plan for the series was to expand to include #51-#100. Ultimately, the series featured nearly every athlete from #51-#100, and numerous other personalities, especially those who were recently deceased, or notable for more recent accomplishments.
SportsCentury 1999
Allen v. Farrow
Allen v. Farrow
The story of one Hollywood's most notorious and public scandals: the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then 7-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow; their subsequent custody trial, the revelation of Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s daughter, Soon-Yi; and the controversial aftermath in the years that followed.
Allen v. Farrow 2021
My Family
My Family
Ben Harper is a moderately successful family man and dentist. He is also undergoing a mid-life crisis and trying to cope with the bizarre reality of raising teenage children. His wife Susan seems quite happy, enjoys her job as a London tour guide, however at home her ability to find her way around a cookbook or pantry is less successful. Their three children Nick, Janey, and Michael are as different as chalk and cheese. Nick (19) is on his gap year, but doesn't get much further than the sofa or job centre, Janey is as sharp as a tack and 16 going on 25, while Michael is a very bright, computer-nerdish 12 year old who is just discovering girls.
My Family 2000
Animal
Animal
This immersive series follows the world's most magnificent creatures, capturing never-before-seen moments from the heartwarming to the outrageous.
Animal 2021
This World
This World
The series is mainly focused on social issues and current affairs stories around the world. International current affairs documentaries, replacing "Correspondent".
This World 2004
Court Cam
Court Cam
An in-depth examination of some of the most stunning and emotional courtroom moments caught on camera, from frightening outbursts to furious judges.
Court Cam 2019
Gardeners' World
Gardeners' World
Gardeners' World is a long-running BBC Television programme about gardening, first broadcast in 1968 and still running as of 2013. Its first episode was presented by Ken Burras and came from Oxford Botanical Gardens. The magazine BBC Gardeners' World is a tie-in to the programme. Most of its episodes have been 30 minutes in length, although there are many specials that last longer. The 2008 and 2009 series used a 60-minute format.
Gardeners' World 1968
Rides
Rides
Rides is an automotive reality TV show produced for the TLC Network. The show's host is automobile enthusiast and amateur racer Jason Priestly. Rides debuted in the Summer of 2004 and became TLC's highest-rated series of the year.
Rides 2004
Secrets of Playboy
Secrets of Playboy
Explore the hidden truths behind the fable and philosophy of the Playboy empire through a modern-day lens. The documentary series delves into the complex world Hugh Hefner created and examines its far-reaching consequences on our culture’s view of power and sexuality.
Secrets of Playboy 2022
The Most Dangerous Roads in the World
The Most Dangerous Roads in the World
Eight celebrities couples venture on the perilous mud roads along deep chasms and ravines, extreme mountain passes and terrifying jungle routes in The Most Dangerous Roads.
The Most Dangerous Roads in the World 2016
Le Monde En Face
Le Monde En Face
Weekly current affairs show
Le Monde En Face 1987
Countryfile
Countryfile
The people, places and stories making news in the British countryside.
Countryfile 1988
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
The science of living and the randomness of death are combined with a dash of Darwinism. Forensic experts, pathologists, toxicologists, herpetologists, and other experts offer eloquent explanations of mortality.
1000 Ways to Die 2009
McMillion$
McMillion$
A detailed account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents who caught the security officer who orchestrated the entire scheme.
McMillion$ 2020
Salvage Hunters: The Restorers
Salvage Hunters: The Restorers
Modern day treasure hunter, Drew Pritchard is one of Britain's leading architectural salvage dealers, traveling the length and breadth of the country in search of weird and wonderful objects. Drew loves the thrill of the hunt and while he gets his hands dirty in the country's architectural backwaters, a crack team of restorers are back at base giving old and rare finds a new lease of life. We've seen them at work on Salvage Hunters, restoring, repairing and refining Drew's finds but for the first time, Salvage Hunters: The Restorers is going behind-the-scenes with this expert team to see what it really takes to transform junk into gems.
Salvage Hunters: The Restorers 2018
Money Heist: From Tokyo to Berlin
Money Heist: From Tokyo to Berlin
The filmmakers and actors behind "Money Heist" characters like Tokyo and the Professor talk about the emotional and artistic process of filming Money Heist.
Money Heist: From Tokyo to Berlin 2021