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Chernobyl
  • Chernobyl (2019)
  • Drama, Documentary,
  • The true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history: the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
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Chernobyl
Top Gear
  • Top Gear (2002)
  • Comedy, Documentary,
  • The hosts talk about the latest cars and its specifications. They review the performance of the car and also find out if it is as good as the manufacturers claim. The current hosts are Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc with The Stig.
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Top Gear
The Curse of Oak Island
  • The Curse of Oak Island (2014)
  • Documentary, Mystery,
  • Follows 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.
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The Curse of Oak Island
The Grand Tour
  • The Grand Tour (2016)
  • Comedy, Documentary,
  • Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back with a show about adventure, excitement and friendship... as long as you accept that the people you call friends are also the ones you find extremely annoying. Sometimes it's even a show about cars. Follow them on their global adventure.
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The Grand Tour
Rotten
  • Rotten (2018)
  • Documentary,
  • This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.
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Rotten
Mayday
  • Mayday (2003)
  • Drama, Documentary,
  • Revealing the dark truth that aviation safety improves one crash at a time, Mayday investigates legendary aviation disasters to find out what went wrong and why. Based on cockpit voice recorders, accident reports and eyewitness accounts, every episode also features interviews, state-of-the-art CGI and gripping reenactments.
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Mayday
NOVA
  • NOVA (1974)
  • Documentary,
  • PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA demystifies science and technology, and highlights the people involved in scientific pursuits.
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NOVA
Ancient Aliens
  • Ancient Aliens (2010)
  • Documentary, Mystery,
  • Did intelligent beings from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago? From the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US, each episode gives historic depth to the questions, speculations, provocative controversies, first-hand accounts and grounded theories surrounding this age old debate.
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Ancient Aliens
MythBusters
  • MythBusters (2003)
  • Comedy, Documentary,
  • MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The show's hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories.
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MythBusters
Abstract: The Art of Design
  • Abstract: The Art of Design (2017)
  • Documentary,
  • Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.
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Abstract: The Art of Design
Gold Rush
  • Gold Rush (2011)
  • Documentary, Reality,
  • Follow the lives of ambitious miners as they head north in pursuit of gold. With new miners, new claims, new machines and new ways to pull gold out of the ground, the stakes are higher than ever. But will big risks lead to an even bigger pay out?
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Gold Rush
Nature
  • Nature (1982)
  • Documentary, News,
  • Consistently stunning documentaries transport viewers to far-flung locations ranging from the torrid African plains to the chilly splendours of icy Antarctica. The show's primary focus is on animals and ecosystems around the world. A comic book based on the show, meant to be used an as educational tool for kids, was briefly distributed to museums and schools at no cost in the mid-2000s.
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Nature
Horizon
  • Horizon (1974)
  • Documentary,
  • Horizon tells amazing science stories, unravels mysteries and reveals worlds you've never seen before.
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Horizon
Austin City Limits
  • Austin City Limits (1975)
  • Documentary,
  • Great music. No limits. Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre.
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Austin City Limits
Wheeler Dealers
  • Wheeler Dealers (2003)
  • Documentary,
  • Experienced car dealer Mike Brewer is joined by multi-talented mechanics in a monumental motoring mission: to find and restore iconic cars to later sell for a profit at their LA-based shop. In the series, Mike has the challenging job of finding vehicles that have money-making potential. He then hands them over to a mechanic, who tackles everything from bare metal re-sprays to gearbox swaps to bring them back to their former glory.
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Wheeler Dealers
Planet Earth II
  • Planet Earth II (2016)
  • Documentary,
  • David Attenborough presents a documentary series exploring how animals meet the challenges of surviving in the most iconic habitats on earth.
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Planet Earth II
Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda
  • Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda (2011)
  • Documentary, Reality,
  • A non-fiction investigative series of murder cases told through the personal experience of retired detective, Lieutenant Joe Kenda. Through re-enactments, discussions with investigation teams, and interviews with victims' families and other involved persons, the show highlights Kenda's successes with his 400 homicide case history and 92 percent solution rate.
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Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda
Planet Earth
  • Planet Earth (2006)
  • Documentary,
  • David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries.
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Planet Earth
This Old House
  • This Old House (1979)
  • Documentary,
  • TV's original home-improvement show, following one whole-house renovation over several episodes.
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This Old House
The Devil Next Door
  • The Devil Next Door (2019)
  • Documentary,
  • A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.
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The Devil Next Door
Home Away from Home
  • Home Away from Home (2019)
  • Documentary,
  • Filmmaker Benji Sandergaard goes on vacation to his home away from home, "Hollywood, California" in this vlog series.
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Home Away from Home
The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park
  • The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park (2019)
  • Documentary,
  • True crime series which re-examines one of the most infamous crimes in recent U.S. history – the 1986 killing of Jennifer Levin at the hands of Robert Chambers.
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The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park
Australian Story
  • Australian Story (1996)
  • Documentary, News,
  • Putting the "real" back into reality television, Australian Story is an award-winning documentary series with no narrator and no agendas — just authentic stories told entirely in people's own words. Take 30 minutes to immerse yourself in the life of an extraordinary Australian. They're sometimes high profile, sometimes controversial, but always compelling. It’s television guaranteed to make you think and feel.
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Australian Story
The Heart of Sergio Ramos
The Heart of Sergio Ramos
Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies
  • Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies (2016)
  • Documentary, Mystery, Action & Adventure, War & Politics,
  • Explore the true stories of America's covert operations told firsthand by the agents who lived it, while getting unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage.
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Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies
Natural World
  • Natural World (1983)
  • Documentary,
  • Natural World is a nature documentary television series broadcast annually on BBC Two and regarded by the BBC as its flagship natural history brand. It is currently the longest-running series in its genre on British television, with more than 400 episodes broadcast since its inception in 1983. Natural World is produced by the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, but individual programmes can be in-house productions, collaborative productions with other broadcasters or films made and distributed by independent production companies and purchased by the BBC. Natural World programmes are often broadcast as PBS Nature episodes in the USA. Since 2008, most Natural World programmes have been shot and broadcast in high definition.
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Natural World
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
  • Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (2007)
  • Documentary,
  • Host Guy Fieri takes a cross-country road trip to visit some of America's classic "greasy spoon" restaurants — diners, drive-ins and dives — that have been doing it right for decades.
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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Ghost Adventures
  • Ghost Adventures (2008)
  • Documentary, Mystery, Reality, Sci-Fi & Fantasy,
  • Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans and his crew, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, search for haunted locations both domestically and internationally. During their investigations, Zak and crew acquaint themselves with the general area; interview locals about the hauntings; and go face-to-face with the evil spirits who reportedly haunt these locations.
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Ghost Adventures
Antiques Roadshow
  • Antiques Roadshow (1979)
  • Documentary, Family,
  • Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running since 1979. There are also international versions of the programme.
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Antiques Roadshow
Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
  • Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (2019)
  • Documentary,
  • This three-part documentary tells Bill Gates’ life story, in-depth and unfiltered, as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems.
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Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
Long Island Medium
  • Long Island Medium (2011)
  • Documentary, Mystery, Reality,
  • Theresa Caputo is an average mom from Long Island in every way except one: she talks to the dead. Theresa spends her days with her loving family and helping individuals connect to the spirits of their departed loved ones. This is not her job…this is her life.
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Long Island Medium
American Experience
  • American Experience (1988)
  • Documentary, News,
  • TV's most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.
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American Experience
The Toys That Made Us
  • The Toys That Made Us (2017)
  • Documentary,
  • The minds behind history's most iconic toy franchises discuss the rise -- and sometimes fall -- of their billion-dollar creations.
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The Toys That Made Us
Wild Metropolis
  • Wild Metropolis (2019)
  • Documentary,
  • Discover the extraordinary animals adapting to life in the world’s most loved cities, and witness the remarkable ways they meet the challenges of surviving in the newest habitat on the planet.
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Wild Metropolis
Making a Murderer
  • Making a Murderer (2015)
  • Documentary,
  • Filmed over 10 years, this real-life thriller follows a DNA exoneree who, while exposing police corruption, becomes a suspect in a grisly new crime.
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Making a Murderer
Democracy Now!
  • Democracy Now! (2001)
  • Documentary, News,
  • A United States daily progressive, nonprofit, independently syndicated program of news, analysis, and opinion.
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Democracy Now!
VICE
  • VICE (2013)
  • Documentary, News, War & Politics,
  • A documentary news series with a taboo-breaking team who deliver incredible news stories from around the world.
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VICE
Frontline
  • Frontline (1983)
  • Documentary, News,
  • Since it began in 1983, Frontline has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide scope of the complex human experience. Frontline's goal is to extend the impact of the documentary beyond its initial broadcast by serving as a catalyst for change.
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Frontline
1000 Ways to Die
  • 1000 Ways to Die (2009)
  • Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Reality,
  • 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.
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1000 Ways to Die
Highway Thru Hell
  • Highway Thru Hell (2012)
  • Documentary, Reality,
  • Follow the operations of Jamie Davis Motor Truck, a heavy vehicle rescue and recovery towing company based in Hope, British Columbia focusing on the hardships of operating along the highways of the BC Interior, especially the Coquihalla Highway, which is notorious for rapidly changing weather.
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Highway Thru Hell