Documentaries I Saw In 2018

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1. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (2013)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography

In 60-years in show business, he has earned more awards than any other living entertainer. A comedy giant of our time, Melvin Kaminsky developed his aggressively funny personality on the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Trachtenberg | Stars: Mel Brooks, Robert Trachtenberg, Johnny Carson, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 342

2. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll (2016)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

The New Orleans rhythm and blues of Fats Domino helped aid integration in the South.

Director: Joe Lauro | Stars: David Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Cosimo Matassa, Clarke Peters

Votes: 43

3. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: This Is Bob Hope... (2017)

TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at the life and career of Bob Hope.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Gracie Allen, Woody Allen, Ann-Margret, Pearl Bailey

Votes: 91

4. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Bing Crosby Rediscovered (2014)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

American Masters looks at one of the most prolific entertainers in history; Bing Crosby. The special looks into his family life and into a career that spanned decades over film, music, and live entertainment.

Director: Robert Trachtenberg | Stars: Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Pearl Bailey, Tony Bennett

Votes: 81

5. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Power Surge (2011)

TV-G | Documentary

Add a Plot

Director: Doug Hamilton | Stars: Richard Branson, Steven Chu, Al Gore, John Holdren

Votes: 21

6. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Meteor Strike (2013)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary

Scientist relish the wealth of data available from the Chelyabinsk meteor impact to determine, for the first time, the physical details of a large meteor strike.

Stars: Corey Johnson, Richard Greenwood, Mark Boslough, Caroline Smith

Votes: 80

7. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Pilgrims (2015)

TV-PG | 129 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Recounts the founding (1620) and early years of the Plymouth Colony in the 17th century. Includes the real story of the "First Thanksgiving".

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Artemus Cragg, Calypso Cragg, Julian Elfer, Michael Elwyn

Votes: 93

8. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Wild Ways (2016)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary

From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa's elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of... See full summary »

Director: James Brundige | Stars: Michael Chase, Thomas Chobe, Martin Davis, Harvey Locke

Votes: 47

9. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Nazi Attack on America (2015)

TV-PG | Documentary

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor German seizes the opportunity to attack cargo ships along the United State East coast while the United States is unprepared. This program describes the ... See full summary »

Directors: Owen Palmquist, Kirk Wolfinger | Stars: Robert Ballard, Robert Church, Gordon Claudius, Homer H. Hickam Jr.

Votes: 52

10. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl (2016)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary, Biography

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn balances family and a music career that has spanned 50 years.

Director: Vikram Jayanti | Stars: Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson, Michael Apted, Garth Brooks

Votes: 65

11. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (2017)

TV-14 | 84 min | Documentary, Biography

The life of noted American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe is examined in this PBS documentary.

Director: Eric Stange | Stars: Chris Sarandon, Ben Schnetzer, Kathleen Turner, Denis O'Hare

Votes: 42

13. Killer Legends (2014)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Delving into our collective nightmares, this horror-documentary investigates the origins of our most terrifying urban legends and the true stories that may have inspired them.

Director: Joshua Zeman | Stars: Rachel Mills, Joshua Zeman, Stephen Winick, James Presley

Votes: 2,985

14. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Escape from Nazi Alcatraz (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

From PBS - Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers ... See full summary »

Directors: Tom Cook, Ian Duncan | Stars: J.W. Best, Jim Carter, Grismond Davies-Scourfield, George Drew

Votes: 38

15. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Secrets of the Sun (2012)

TV-G | 54 min | Documentary

Nova reviews what scientists have learned in recent years about the sun's behavior and how it works. Most significantly, astronomers are at last beginning to understand the the solar ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Copp | Stars: Lance Lewman, Holly Gilbert, Bill Murtagh, Jim Green

Votes: 84

16. The Manners of Downton Abbey (2015)


Detailing the daily lives, responsibilities, and dress of the upper class, Alastair Bruce, historical Downton Abbey advisor, takes us on a journey through 1900s Britain.

Director: Louise Wardle | Star: Alastair Bruce

Votes: 73

17. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Lizard Kings (2009)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary

This program reviews the monitor lizard genus which, dispute the incredible diversity between species, share common traits such as the ability to count, that lead biologists to peg them as ... See full summary »

Director: Gisela Kaufmann | Stars: Gordon Burghardt, Eric Pianka, Christian Rutz, Ian Stephen

Votes: 36

18. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Death Dive to Saturn (2017)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn's breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join Nova on a suspenseful ride during Cassini's final hours as it dives into Saturn's atmosphere.

Director: Terri Randall | Stars: Craig Sechler, Richard French, Jonathan Lunine, Athena Coustenis

Votes: 275

19. Nature (1982– )
Episode: Animal Homes: The Nest (2015)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Family

Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from a diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Johnson Prum | Star: Chris Morgan

Votes: 30

20. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Emperor's Ghost Army (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

Nova's examination or how thousands to terra cotta soldiers in Qin dynasty's terra cotta army were created digresses into reviews of Qin history and technology.

Director: Ian Bremner | Stars: Andrew Bevan, John Clements, Xiuzhen Li, Mike Loades

Votes: 105

21. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Day the Dinosaurs Died (2017)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that ... See full summary »

Directors: Sarah Holt, Ben Lawrie, Ross Young | Stars: Mark B. Boslough, Timothy Bralower, Stephen Brusatte, Philippe Claeys

Votes: 84

22. Great Old Amusement Parks (1999 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Celebrate pre-Disney parks and check out old wooden roller coasters and other classic rides across America's historic amusement parks today.

Director: Rick Sebak | Star: Rick Sebak

Votes: 41

24. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Extreme Animal Weapons (2017)

TV-G | 52 min | Documentary

Why some animals have extreme armaments, including claws, horns, fangs and stings.

Director: Peter Fison | Stars: Eric Meyers, Doug Emlen, Doug Averill, Stephen Emlen

Votes: 43

25. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Bird Brain (2017)

TV-G | 52 min | Documentary

Join NOVA to witness the brainpower of birds. Long mocked as empty-headed, our feathered friends hide surprisingly acute intelligence. But how smart are they? Watch as scientists test avian... See full summary »

Director: John Capener | Stars: Craig Sechler, Auguste von Bayern, John Marzluff, Christina Riehl

Votes: 55

26. Nature (1982– )
Episode: Owl Power (2015)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary, Family

For centuries, the mysterious nighttime lives and uncanny hunting skills of owls have made them fascinating hallmarks of children's stories and folk tales the world over. But what actually ... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Smith | Star: Paul Christie

Votes: 100

27. Nature (1982– )
Episode: The Mystery of Eels (2013)

TV-G | 54 min | Documentary, Family

From PBS - Though much of the natural world is discovered and understood, a few great mysteries remain. Consider the eel: snakelike, slimy, with a row of jagged teeth. Aside from these ... See full summary »

Star: James Prosek

Votes: 40

28. Nature (1982– )
Episode: My Life as a Turkey (2011)

TV-G | 52 min | Documentary, Family

Naturalist Jim Hutto's remarkable experience of being imprinted on by a group of wild turkey hatchlings, and raising them to adulthood and beyond, in the remote wilderness of northern Florida.

Director: David Allen | Stars: Joe Hutto, Jeff Palmer

Votes: 241

29. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Black Hole Apocalypse (2018)

TV-G | 111 min | Documentary

A Two part documentary sharing detailed information on Black holes.

Director: Rushmore DeNooyer | Stars: Janna Levin, Nia-Imara Barberousse, Marcia Bartusiak, Shep Doeleman

Votes: 697

30. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Memory Hackers (2016)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

Memory is the glue that binds our mental lives. But how does it work? Neuroscientists using cutting-edge techniques are exploring the precise molecular mechanisms of memory. By studying a ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Lee Strachan | Stars: Jan Maxwell, Joseph LeDoux, Daniela Schiller, Julia Shaw

Votes: 179

31. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Rise of the Robots (2016)

TV-G | 52 min | Documentary

Machines with human-like capabilities have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now. Meet the world's most advanced humanoid robots as they leave the lab, battle real-world ... See full summary »

Director: Terri Randall | Stars: Ronald Arkin, Rodney Brooks, Armando De La Rosa, Teresa Ghilarducci

Votes: 60

32. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped? (2016)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

Alzheimer�۪s disease ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. The cause of Alzheimer�۪s and whether it can be stopped is one of the greatest medical... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Holt | Stars: Sean Bohan, Arthur Carter, Tony Estrella, Alison Goate

Votes: 41

33. Nova (1974– )
Episode: School of the Future (2016)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary

Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. Can the science of learning- including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators-reveal how kids' ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Bertelsen | Stars: Amir Abo-Shaeer, Rene Alderete, Russlynn Ali, Patrice Bain

Votes: 41

34. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Treasures of the Earth: Gems (2016)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary

This program explains the formation, chemistry, variations and allure of the most notable gemstones; diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, jade and opals.

Directors: Kate Dart, Doug Hamilton | Stars: Debbie Berebichez, Lung S. Chan, Lisa Dong, Robert Hazen

Votes: 71

35. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Treasures of the Earth: Metals (2016)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary

History's most important metals and how they advanced civilization.

Director: Terri Randall | Stars: Aomawa Baker, Edo Berger, Jeanette Caines, Helen M. Chan

Votes: 60

36. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Treasures of the Earth: Power (2016)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary

Drill down to discover the treasures beneath our feet that power our world. Fossil fuels-coal, oil, and natural gas-powered the industrial revolution and allowed us to build a way of life ... See full summary »

Directors: Kate Dart, Doug Hamilton | Stars: Paul Ekins, Zhiqiang Feng, Janice Gillespie, Liz Hajek

Votes: 49

37. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (2016)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

Saarinen designed National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis Gateway Arch and General Motors Technical Center and also modernist pedestal furniture. This influential American architect's life was cut short by his sudden death at age 51.

Stars: Blythe Danner, Peter Franzén

Votes: 17

38. 10 Parks That Changed America (2016 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

Ten city parks designed by visionaries to offer an oasis for city dwellers are discussed. An overview of the evolution of American city parks and their history, as well as development of landscape architecture.

Star: Geoffrey Baer

Votes: 24

39. 10 Buildings That Changed America (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary, History

10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society.

Star: Geoffrey Baer

Votes: 43

40. 10 Towns That Changed America (2016 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary, History

Ten towns designed or re-designed by visionary architects, corporations and citizen are highlighted. All share the goal to transform the lives of their residents through architecture, design and urban planning.

Star: Geoffrey Baer

Votes: 27

41. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Great Escape at Dunkirk (2018)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary

Archaeologists and divers recover remains of ships and planes that were lost in Dunkirk, France during World War II.

Director: John Hayes Fisher | Stars: Simon Foster, Nigel Froude, Don Hall, Jeff Haward

Votes: 44

42. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Chasing Pluto (2015)

TV-G | 54 min | Documentary

NOVA captures New Horizons' historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft's nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Director: Terri Randall | Stars: Alice Bowman, Mike Brown, Andrew Cheng, Sigrid Close

Votes: 54

43. 10 Homes That Changed America (2016 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

Ten American homes designed by visionary architects, their eclectic clients and current homeowners are highlighted. Each home combined form, function and art to challenge the nature of a home and evolving relationship with it.

Star: Geoffrey Baer

Votes: 25

44. Nova (1974– )
Episode: First Face of America (2018)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

The remains of a 13,000-year-old skeleton of a prehistoric teenager are located in an underwater cave in Mexico.

Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Alberto Nava, Alex Alvarez, Dominique Rissolo

Votes: 222

45. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Impossible Flight (2018)

TV-PG | 112 min | Documentary

Two pilots fly a solar-powered airplane around the world.

Directors: Noel Dockstader, Quinn Kanaly | Stars: Michael Angerlead, Ki-moon Ban, Marcus Basien, Gregory Blatt

Votes: 60

46. Africa's Great Civilizations (2017)
Episode: Origins (2017)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History