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Documentary series is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. “Documentary” has been described as a “filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception” that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

 

If you’re a fan of documentary TV shows, check below some of the best documentary series that you should be watching right now.

1. Dark Tourist

When people think of vacations, they likely think of visiting famous landmarks, fancy restaurants, or gorgeous beaches, but some people are drawn to a different sort of exploration. So-called “dark tourists” seek out the macabre corners of the world, skipping the Eiffel Tower and heading straight for the Catacombs, and David Farrier’s travel series Dark Tourist follows the journalist as he ventures into these eerie places. Each episode, Farrier visits a different country, looking for sites associated with death, disaster, even war. In Japan, for example, he joins a guided tour of a ghost town abandoned after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, where the tourists bring their own Geiger counters, panicking slightly as they pick up more radiation than they expected. In another episode he visits Medellin, home of drug lord Pablo Escobar, where an industry has sprung up around veneration of the dead crime boss. Dark Tourist is a unique exploration of places and cultures out of the mainstream, and a journey into humanity’s fascination with death and destruction.

2. Dirty Money

Netflix’s documentary series Dirty Money brings together a number of documentarians, including Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and Erin Lee Carr (Mommy Dead and Dearest), to delve into the shady dealings of big businesses around the world. Each episode features a different director tackling a different subject, ranging from the outrageous (the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the payday loan industry) to the strange (a massive heist of maple syrup, which gives the filmmaker a chance to examine the cartel-esque nature of Quebec’s maple syrup industry). Dirty Money is an incisive examination of the behavior businesses will engage when nobody is looking — and sometimes, even when people are.

3. The Staircase

Long before Making a Murderer, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s The Staircase pioneered the format of true crime miniseries, following an ongoing murder case with incredible access to the defense and — for a while at least — the prosecution. The Staircase examines the trial of crime novelist Michael Peterson, who stood accused of murdering his wife, Kathleen. Peterson claimed Kathleen fell down the stairs after drinking; the prosecution thought otherwise. The facts of the case make rendering judgment difficult to begin with, and the case gets murkier as the prosecution zeroes in on Michael’s bisexuality as a motive. The series — which originally aired in 2005, and got new episodes in 2012 and again in 2018 — examines the case from varying perspectives, and while it won’t necessarily convince viewers of Peterson’s guilt or innocence, it provides a fascinating window into a contentious trial.

4. Explained

News site Vox has been publishing short, informative “explainer” videos for a while now. Explained, Vox’s new series on Netflix, offers longer, deeper dives into the topics of the day. Episodes — generally between 15 and 20 minutes in length — target a range of subjects, including the evolution of monogamy, the racial wealth gap in the United States, even the rise of K-pop. Explained makes use of interviews with experts, clever infographics, and other tools to convey information, and the show’s breezy attitude keeps even the most academic topics from getting too dry.

5. Evil Genius

Netflix continues its string of gripping true-crime documentaries with Evil Genius, which examines a case that is so bizarre it seems like the plot of a movie. As detailed in the first episode, the case begins with a robbery. A man named Brian Wells walks into a bank with a bomb attached to his chest via a locked, metal collar. The police apprehend Wells after he makes his escape, and he tells them that he is a hostage; a group of people ambushed him and fastened the collar around his neck, giving him instructions to follow — including robbing the bank — to get the key that would unlock the collar. The device explodes before the bomb squad arrives, leaving the police to figure out just what happened. If you aren’t familiar with the case, Evil Genius is a strange ride, full of shady characters and betrayals, but even those who know the details can appreciate the series’ compelling analysis of the twisted story.

6. Wild Wild Country

The documentary series Wild Wild Country follows a fascinating yet obscure episode in American history: The rise and fall of the Rajneeshpuram, a religious community that sprang up in remote Central Oregon in the 1980s and was built around the teachings of a guru named Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The group’s cultish tendencies grated on the locals, and as tensions rose, the Rajneeshees became more militant, attempting to hijack the voting process in Antelope, Oregon, and even staging a bioterror attack. Wild Wild Country makes extensive use of archival footage, as well as interviews with the people who lived through the conflict. The perspectives of the former Rajneeshees are intriguing; many look back fondly on their time in the community. Rajneesh’s lieutenant, Ma Anand Sheela, is a particularly fascinating character. Expertly crafted and highly informative, Wild Wild Country is a sharp exploration of how cults develop, and why they create friction with mainstream America.

7. Ugly Delicious

Chef David Chang has built a career on bucking culinary authority, and his Netflix series, Ugly Delicious, finds the restaurateur waging total war on the concept of “authenticity.” The first episode is a great example of the show’s thesis, as it examines the ways in which chefs around the world have taken a simple dish like pizza and reinvented it. Ugly Delicious is less about gorgeous shots of cooking than it is about the way culture shapes cuisine, and the show is conscious of how different styles of food are tied to ethnicity. A conversation between two Italian-American pizza chefs takes a sorrowful turn as they reflect on the disintegration of the old Italian-American communities, and the fact that pizza is more an American icon now. Although Chang is not always on screen, his presence always comes through in the show’s dynamic energy.

8. Rotten

In a globalized world, the food industry has grown so large, its networks so long and tangled, that most Americans probably don’t know where their food comes from. As the documentary series Rotten shows, that’s dangerous, because where there is obscurity, there is fraud. The show makes use of extensive interviews with people in the industries, offering first-person insights into these esoteric worlds. From companies cutting honey with other substances, to companies allegedly using forced prison labor to produce garlic, Rotten uncovers depravity in the strangest places.

9. Chef’s Table

David Gelb, director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, returns to the world of cooking with Chef’s Table, a documentary series where each episode follows a different chef. With Jiro, Gelb found not only a guide to the art of sushi, but a story of fatherhood and the burden of legacy. In Chef’s Table, he similarly presents the chefs not as mere professionals, but complex people whose lives inform their work. The chefs involved include traditional culinary icons such as Massimo Bottura and new-wave chefs like Grant Achatz. Of course, those who crave footage of culinary grace will not be disappointed. Gelb has an eye for the sublime, his camera drifting slowly, gently across completed plates.

10. Making a Murderer

Heralded as Netflix’s answer to the hit podcast Serial, Making a Murderer tells the tragic story of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, native Steven Avery. After serving 18 years in prison for a horrific sexual assault and attempted murder crime he maintains he never committed, new evidence exonerates Avery, making him a free man. Now 41 years old and looking to clear his name, Avery sues Manitowoc County for a whopping $36 million in damages. However, shortly after filing the lawsuit, Avery’s name is once again tied to a grisly crime, this time the disappearance and assumed death of photographer Teresa Halbach. Coincidentally, Avery faces the same people who wrongfully put him behind bars in the mid-’80s and yet again maintain his innocence. Incredibly riveting yet downright infuriating at times, Netflix’s Making a Murderer is one of the most fascinating true crime documentaries you’ll find anywhere.

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  1. “Everybody has an addiction, mine happens to be success.”
  2. “I was born to make mistakes, not to fake perfection.”
  3. “When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”
  4. “Patience is key for getting over a breakup. That, and trailing off your interaction after the breakup.”
  5.  “Haters will broadcast your failures, but whisper your success.”
  6. “Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.”
  7.  “Strength isn’t always shown in what you can hold on to, sometimes it’s shown in what you can let go of.”
  8.  “Life can always change, you have to adjust.”
  9. “Before you give up, think of the reason you held on so long.”
  10.  “It’s never too late to realize what you want in your life and it’s never wrong to fight for it.”
  11. “Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.”
  12.  “Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.”
  13. “Always felt like my vision been bigger than the bigger picture.”
  14. “I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down.”
  15. “The moment I stop having fun with it, I’ll be done with it.”
  16. “Pain makes you stronger. Fear makes you braver. Heartbreak makes you wiser.”
  17. “Life is just a game in which the cards are facing down. I’m in the world where things are taken, never given how long they choose to love you will never be your decision.”
  18. “Everybody dies but not everybody lives.”
  19. “I’m trying to do better than good enough.”
  20. “Count your blessings, not problems.”
  21. “Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending.”
  22. “All in all I learned a lesson from it though, you never see it coming you just get to see it go.”
  23. “It’s funny when you coming in first but you hope that you’re last, you just hope that it last.”
  24. “When it comes to knowing what to say, to charm, I always had it.”
  25. “The girl that I want to save is like a danger to my health. Try being with somebody that want to be somebody else.”
  26. “I’m more than just a number, I doubt you’ll find another. So every single summer, I’ll be the one that you remember.”
  27. “People like to build their own story about my life. I don’t know if it makes them feel better, or if it makes it okay for them not to like me. But the last thing I grew up as was rich.”
  28. “If you think I’mma quit before I die dream on.”
  29. “They ain’t make me what I am, they just found me like this.”
  30. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.”
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  1. “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”
  2. “When I say or do something, I do it. I don’t give a damn what you think. I’m doing this for me.”
  3. “Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.”
  4.  “I just can’t sit back and wallow, in my own sorrow, but I know one fact: I’ll be one tough act to follow.”
  5.  “I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.”
  6.  “If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.”
  7.  “Nobody likes to fail. I want to succeed in everything I do, which isn’t much. But the things that I’m really passionate about, if I fail at those, if I’m not successful, what do I have?”
  8.  “I’m standing up, I’mma face my demons, I’m manning up, I’mma hold my ground.”
  9. “People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now.”
  10. “You don’t get another chance, life is no Nintendo game.”
  11.  “Don’t ever try to judge me dude, you don’t know what the f**k I’ve been through.”
  12. “You’ve got enemies? Good, that means you actually stood up for something.”
  13. “You can make something of your life. It just depends on your drive.”
  14. “Sometimes you just gotta let s*** go and say ‘To hell with it’ and move on.”
  15.  “Don’t let them say you ain’t beautiful. They can all get f****d, just stay true to you.”
  16.  “Be proud of who you are.”
  17.  “In my mind I’ma fighter, my heart’s a lighter, my soul is the fluid. My flow sparks it right up.”
  18.  “You gotta find that inner strength and just pull that s*** out of you. And get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall on your face and collapse.”
  19. “Nobody knows me I’m cold, walk down this road all alone. It’s no one’s fault but my own, it’s the path I’ve chosen to go.”
  20. “Behind every successful person lies a pack of haters.”
  21. “Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.”
  22. “If I could take it all back now, I wouldn’t. I would have done more s*** people said I shouldn’t.”
  23. “The moment I used my adversity to my advantage, my career exploded.”
  24. “The writing process, the way I go about it is I do whatever the beat feels like, whatever the beat is telling me to do. Usually, when the beat comes on, I think of a hook or the subject I want to rap about almost instantly. Within four, eight bars of it playing I’m just like, ‘Oh, OK. This is what I wanna do’.”
  25. “Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment. Would you capture it or just let it slip?”
  26. “I try to treat all the money I’m making like it’s the last time I’m going to make it.”
  27. “I do say things that I think will shock people. But I don’t do things to shock people. I’m not trying to be the next Tupac, but I don’t know how long I’m going to be on this planet. So while I’m here, I might as well make the most of it.”
  28. “Love is just a word, but you bring it definition.”
  29. “Straighten up little soldier, stiffen up that upper lip. What are you crying about? You got me.”
  30. “Yeah, it’s been a ride I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one. Now some of you might still be in that place. If you’re trying to get out, just follow me, I’ll get you there.”
  31. “A normal life is boring.”
  32. “I don’t think I’ve ever read poetry, ever. I’m not really book-smart.”
  33. “I can see you’re sad, even when you smile, even when you laugh. I can see it in your eyes, deep inside you wanna cry.”
  34. “You know, not to sound corny or nuthin’, but I felt like a fighter comin’ up, man. I felt like, you know, I’m being attacked for this reason or that reason, and I gotta fight my way through this.”
  35. “I started learning how to not be so angry about things, learning how to count my f—ing blessings instead. By doing that, I’ve become a happier person, instead of all this self-loathing I was doing for a while.”
  36. “And to the rest of the world, God gave you them shoes to fit you, so put them on and wear them. Be yourself man, be proud of who you are.”
  37. “Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert’s Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion.”
  38. “Cause sometimes, you just feel tired. Feel weak. And when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you. You gotta find that inner strength, and just pull that shit out of you. And get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter.”
  39. “Have you ever loved someone so much you’d give an arm for? Not the expression. No, literally give an arm for!”
  40. “There was certainly, like, a rebellious, like, youthful rage in me. And there was also the fact of no getting away from fact that I am white, and you know, this is predominantly black music, you know.”
  41. “I didn’t have nothin’ going for me… school, home… until I found something I loved, which was music, and that changed everything.”
  42. “I’d do whatever it takes, when I’m with you I get the shakes. My body aches when I ain’t with you I have zero strength.”
  43. “Throughout my career, I fed off the fuel of people not being able to understand me.”
  44. “I’m just a little bit sicker than the average individual I think.”
  45. “I’m supposed to be the soldier who never blows his composure. Even though I hold the weight of the whole world on my shoulders, I ain’t even supposed to show it, my crew ain’t supposed to know it.”
  46. “We’ll walk this road together, through the storm. Whatever weather, cold or warm.”
  47. “Trust is hard to come by. That’s why my circle is small and tight. I’m kind of funny about making new friends.”
  48. “I have a slight bit of OCD, I think. I’m not walking around flipping light switches. But when I say I’m going to do something, I have to do it.”
  49.  “Let me self-empower you. When you’re down and they’re try’na clown the f**k outta you. And you feel like you’re running out of fuel. I’ll show you how to use doubt as fuel.”
  50. “I’ve accomplished enough with the music that I haven’t had to go out there and do other things to over-saturate.”
  51. “I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit.”
  52. “For anyone who’s ever been through s**t in their lives, ’til they sit and they cry at night, wishin’ they’d die, ’til they throw on a rap record and they sit and they vibe.”
  53. “You better lose yourself in the music. The moment, you own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo.”
  54. “I don’t do ‘black music,’ I don’t do ‘white music’…I make fight music, for high school kids.”
  55. “There’s no limit on how far I would go, no boundaries, no lengths.”
  56. “Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from. But, it’s like, anything that happened in the past between black and white, I can’t really speak on it, because I wasn’t there. I don’t feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person.”
  57. “It happens all the time. They take your heart and steal your life. And it’s as though you feel you’ve died ’cause you’ve been killed inside. But yet you’re still alive, which means you will survive.”
  58. “I felt like I had a really bad case of writer’s block… Music is so therapeutic for me that if I can’t get it out, I start feeling bad about myself – a lot of self-loathing.”
  59. “The album requires a certain focus of mine that I can’t really explain – let’s just say it’s all I can really do while I’m doing it.”
  60. “Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned.”
  61. “You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay ’em, But you won’t take the sting out these words before I say ’em”
  62. “And I am, whatever you say I am. If I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?”
  63. “Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I’ll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I’ve written a whole song in an hour.”
  64. “If there’s not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.”
  65. “I act like sh*t don’t phase me, inside it drives me crazy. My insecurities could eat me alive.”
  66. “I want to solidify as an artist and show that as I grow as a person and make mistakes and learn from them, I’m going to grow artistically.”
  67. “Trust is hard to come by. That’s why my circle is small and tight. I’m kind of funny about making new friends.”
  68. “There is no mountain I can’t climb. There’s no tower too high. No plane that I can’t learn how to fly.”
  69. “Ultimately, who you choose to be in a relationship with and what you do in your bedroom is your business.”
  70. “Nobody asked for life to deal us with these bulls**t hands we’re dealt. We’ve gotta take these cards ourselves and flip them don’t expect no help.”
  71. “Hip-hop saved my life, man. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been even decent at. I don’t know how to do anything else.”
  72. “They can trigger me. But they’ll never figure me out.”
  73. “That’s why we seize the moment try to freeze it and own it, squeeze it and hold it.”
  74. “Imma be what I set out to be without a doubt undoubtedly.”
  75. “Just promise you’ll think of me, every time you look up in the sky and see a star.”
  76. “Anybody with a sense of humor is going to put on my album and laugh from beginning to end.”
  77. “It creeps me out sometimes to think of the person I was. I was a terrible person. I was mean to people.”
  78. “From the beginning, it wasn’t about the ends. It was about busting raps and standing for something.”
  79. “When you’re a little kid, you don’t see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap.”
  80. “There was a while when I was feeling like, ‘Damn, if I’d just been born black, I would not have to go through all this’.”
  81. “Maybe one day we’ll all wake up and this will just be a dream.”
  82. “I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I’m not ashamed of anything.”
  83. “To the people I forgot, you weren’t on my mind for some reason and you probably don’t deserve any thanks anyway.”
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  1. “People respect success. They respect big. They don’t even have to like your music. If you’re big enough, people are drawn to you.”
  2. “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.”
  3. “You learn more in failure than you ever do in success.”
  4. “Those who are successful overcome their fears and take action. Those who aren’t submit to their fears and live with regrets.”
  5. “Either love me or leave me alone.”
  6. “When you’re growing up, your dad is your superhero. Once you’ve let yourself fall that in love with someone, once you put him on such a high pedestal and he lets you down, you never want to experience that pain again.”
  7. “By the time I got to record my first album, I was 26, I didn’t need pen or paper – my memory had been trained just to listen to a song, think of the words, and lay them to tape.”
  8. “I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about.”
  9. “You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip, you can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.”
  10. “I believe everyone in the world is born with genius-level talent. Apply yourself to whatever you’re genius at, and you can do anything in the world.”
  11. “Life is for living, not living uptight. See ya somewhere up in the sky.”
  12. “Don’t tell me what was said about me… Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it to you.”
  13. “I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over.”
  14. “People look at you strange, say you changed. Like you worked that hard to stay the same.”
  15. “I’m like a dog. I never speak, but I understand.”
  16. “I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of not trying.”
  17. “A wise man told me don’t argue with fools. Because people from a distance can’t tell who is who.”
  18. “I would run into the corner store, the bodega, and just grab a paper bag or buy juice – anything just to get a paper bag. And I’d write the words on the paper bag and stuff these ideas in my pocket until I got back. Then I would transfer them into the notebook.”
  19. “As kids we didn’t complain about being poor; we talked about how rich we were going to be and made moves to get the lifestyle we aspired to by any means we could. And as soon as we had a little money, we were eager to show it.”
  20. “I’m a mirror. If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are.”
  21. “I’ve never looked at myself and said that I need to be a certain way to be around a certain sort of people. I’ve always wanted to stay true to myself, and I’ve managed to do that. People have to accept that.”
  22. “Rap for me is like making movies, telling stories, and getting the emotions of the songs through in just as deep a way. And I grew up in rap and movies the same way.”
  23. “They say a midget standing on a giant’s shoulders can see much further than the giant. So I got the whole rap world on my shoulders, they trying to see further than I am.”
  24. “I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.”
  25. “It’s hilarious a lot of times. You have a conversation with someone, and he’s like, ‘You speak so well!’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean? Do you understand that’s an insult?”
  26. “All I got is dreams. Nobody else believes. Nobody else can see, nobody else but me.”
  27. “You can pay for school but you can’t buy class.”
  28. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
  29. “They talk. We live. Who cares what they say?”
  30. “We change people through conversation, not through censorship.”
  31. “I went through hell, I’m expecting heaven.”
  32. “I’m a hustler baby; I sell water to a well.”
  33. “If people don’t hate you, you’re probably not doing very big things.”
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