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Making the Video
  • Making the Video (1999)
  • Documentary,
  • Making the Video is an MTV show, consisting of half-hour episodes, which chronicles the process of filming various music videos. Usually the director outlines the concept of the video and the show often includes light-hearted and humorous moments. It always concludes with a premiere of the finished video. The show premiered on July 11, 1999 and is currently on a hiatus as of 2009. MTV2 has a similar show entitled [Name of Band/Artist] Makes a Video that has featured artists such as 50 Cent, Fall Out Boy, Dashboard Confessional, Evanescence, and Mos Def among others.
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Making the Video 1999
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 2013
American Greed
  • American Greed (2007)
  • Documentary,
  • American Greed, also called American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels, And Suckers and American Greed: Scams, Schemes, And Broken Dreams, is a weekly American "true crime" television documentary series aired on CNBC. The program is narrated by Stacy Keach Jr. and produced by Kurtis Productions. The program focuses on the stories behind some of the biggest corporate and white collar crimes in recent U.S. history; examples include WorldCom, HealthSouth and Tyco International. In addition, stories about common financial crimes that affect scores of everyday citizens are also featured. Other topics have included the story behind Nevada's infamous Mustang Ranch, and rise-and-fall pieces on such highly successful, high-profile businesspeople as boy band impresario Lou Pearlman and Mark Dreier. The series has also produced specials on subjects like Bernie Madoff's life behind bars, and how organized crime groups earn money. In season four, the show covered stories including high-profile cases such as Raffaello Follieri, Marcus Schrenker, and Sholam Weiss.
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American Greed 2007
Intervention
  • Intervention (2005)
  • Documentary,
  • People whose uncontrollable addiction to drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior has brought them to the brink of destruction and has devastated their family and friends are presented with a life-changing opportunity of intervention and rehab. Each addict must confront their darkest demons in order to begin their journey to recovery in the hopes that they can turn their lives around before it’s too late.
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Intervention 2005
On the Case with Paula Zahn
  • On the Case with Paula Zahn (2009)
  • Documentary,
  • Award winning journalist Paula Zahn unravels shocking crimes interviewing those closest to the case including lawyers, the victim's family, detectives and the convicted murderer themselves.
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On the Case with Paula Zahn 2009
How It's Made
  • How It's Made (2001)
  • Documentary,
  • Have you ever wondered how the products you use every day are made? How It's Made leads you through the process of how everyday products, such as apple juice, skateboards, engines, contact lenses, and many more objects are manufactured.
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How It's Made 2001
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! 2001
Mars
  • Mars (2016)
  • Documentary, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy,
  • The maiden crew of the Daedalus spacecraft must push itself to the brink of human capability in order to successfully establish the first sustainable colony on Mars. Set both in the future and in the present day, this series blends scripted elements set in the future with documentary vérité interviews with today’s best and brightest minds in modern science and innovation, illuminating how research and development is creating the space technology that will enable our first attempt at a mission to Mars.
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Mars 2016
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 2007
American Ninja Warrior
  • American Ninja Warrior (2009)
  • Documentary,
  • Follow competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.
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American Ninja Warrior 2009
The Incredible Dr. Pol
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011)
  • Documentary,
  • Set in Central Michigan's farm country, this reality series follows the work done at Pol Veterinary Services. Specializing in large farm animals, Dr. Pol treats horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens and even an occasional reindeer. The program also features Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, who has worked with Dr. Pol since 1992.
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The Incredible Dr. Pol 2011
Cosmos
  • Cosmos (2014)
  • Documentary,
  • Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson provides clarity for the vision of the cosmos as he voyages across the universe with never-before-told stories that delve into the scientific concepts of the laws of gravity and the origins of space and time.
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Cosmos 2014
Adam Ruins Everything
  • Adam Ruins Everything (2015)
  • Comedy, Documentary,
  • Host Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted.
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Adam Ruins Everything 2015
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 1996
Live PD
  • Live PD (2016)
  • Documentary,
  • Dash cams capture footage from urban and rural police forces while on the job. A live look inside the everyday calls of police officers across the nation.
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Live PD 2016
MTV Unplugged
  • MTV Unplugged (1989)
  • Documentary,
  • MTV Unplugged is a TV series showcasing many popular musical artists usually playing acoustic instruments. The show has received the George Foster Peabody Award and 3 Primetime Emmy nominations among many accolades.
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MTV Unplugged 1989
The Dead Files
  • The Dead Files (2011)
  • Documentary, Mystery,
  • Psychic medium Amy Allan and former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi investigate locations that are reported to be haunted.
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The Dead Files 2011
Gardening Australia
  • Gardening Australia (2005)
  • Documentary,
  • Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining Australian gardeners around the nation.
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Gardening Australia 2005
Shark Week
  • Shark Week (1987)
  • Documentary,
  • The Discovery Channel's Shark Week, first broadcast on July 17, 1987, is a weeklong series of feature television programs dedicated to sharks. Held annually, normally in July or August, Shark Week was originally developed to raise awareness and respect for sharks. It is the longest-running cable television programming event in history. Now broadcast in over 72 countries, Shark Week is promoted heavily via social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
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Shark Week 1987
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 1983
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 2011
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 1979
The Blue Planet
  • The Blue Planet (2001)
  • Documentary,
  • David Attenborough narrates a natural history of the oceans.
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The Blue Planet 2001
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 2003
Expedition Unknown
  • Expedition Unknown (2015)
  • Documentary,
  • The adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates unsolved iconic stories across the globe.
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Expedition Unknown 2015
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 1988
30 for 30
  • 30 for 30 (2009)
  • Documentary,
  • 30 for 30 is the umbrella title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN and its sister networks and online properties. The series, which highlights people and events in the sports world that have generally received small amounts of attention, has featured two "volumes" of 30 episodes each, a 13-episode series under the ESPN Films Presents title in 2011-2012, and a series of 30 for 30 Shorts shown through the ESPN.com website.
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30 for 30 2009
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013)
  • Documentary,
  • Bourdain travels across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Known for his curiosity, candor, and acerbic wit, Bourdain takes viewers off the beaten path of tourist destinations – including some war-torn parts of the world – and meets with a variety of local citizens to offer a window into their lifestyles, and occasionally communes with an internationally lauded chef on his journeys.
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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown 2013
Human Planet
  • Human Planet (2011)
  • Documentary,
  • A cinematic experience bringing you the most amazing human stories in the world. Humans and wildlife surviving in the most extreme environments on Earth.
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Human Planet 2011
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 1983
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