The Best Episodes of Documentary Now!

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2019

From the minds of Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers comes a new new series that looks back on 50 years of excellence and integrity in documentary filmmaking. See Fred and Bill investigate drug cartels, join an indifferent ‘70s rock band, reenact Iceland’s annual Al Capone Festival, take part in a dramatic exposé of the world’s first documentary about the Inuit and much more.

Waiting for the Artist

#1 - Waiting for the Artist

Season 3 - Episode 4

An internationally-acclaimed performance artist prepares for a major career retrospective while reconciling her relationship with her former lover and performance partner, who she hasn't seen in two decades.

star 8.39
49 votes
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Juan Likes Rice & Chicken

#2 - Juan Likes Rice & Chicken

Season 2 - Episode 2

Young Colombian chefs learn the tricks of the restaurant trade from their strict father Juan, whose celebrated restaurant only serves one dish: chicken and rice.

star 8.32
138 votes
Writers: Seth Meyers
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Any Given Saturday Afternoon

#3 - Any Given Saturday Afternoon

Season 3 - Episode 7

A profile of life at the top of the Professional Bowling League during the 2003 tournament season, shining a spotlight on the highs and lows of its three most beloved competitors.

star 8.06
35 votes
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Batshit Valley: Part 1

#4 - Batshit Valley: Part 1

Season 3 - Episode 1

Self-appointed spiritual guru Father Ra-Shawbard starts a commune in rural Oregon with the help of overly devoted assistant Ra-Sharir; exasperated FBI agent Bill Doss dedicates himself to exposing the man behind the mantras.

star 7.84
63 votes
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Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 2

#5 - Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 2

Season 2 - Episode 7

An in-depth look at Hollywood legend Jerry Wallach and his 40-year quest to win an Oscar.

star 7.82
67 votes
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Batshit Valley: Part 2

#6 - Batshit Valley: Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 2

Self-appointed spiritual guru Father Ra-Shawbard starts a commune in rural Oregon with the help of overly devoted assistant Ra-Sharir; exasperated FBI agent Bill Doss dedicates himself to exposing the man behind the mantras.

star 7.80
25 votes
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The Eye Doesn't Lie

#7 - The Eye Doesn't Lie

Season 1 - Episode 4

An investigation into the wrongful conviction of a man sentenced to death of the 1986 murder of John Patrick Winslow. Inspired by the documentary The Thin Blue Line.

star 7.78
170 votes
Writers: Bill Hader, John Mulaney
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Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 2

#8 - Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 7

Part two of the documentary chronicling the rise and fall of a seminal soft-rock band called the Blue Jean Committee.

star 7.74
121 votes
Writers: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Erik Kenward
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Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 1

#9 - Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 6

Part one of the documentary chronicling the rise and fall of a seminal soft-rock band called the Blue Jean Committee.

star 7.73
128 votes
Writers: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Erik Kenward
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Parker Gail's Location Is Everything

#10 - Parker Gail's Location Is Everything

Season 2 - Episode 3

Monologist Parker Gail and director Harrison Renzi team up to present Gail's theater piece, "Location Is Everything".

star 7.66
101 votes
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The Bunker

#11 - The Bunker

Season 2 - Episode 1

A different and interesting look at the 1992 Ohio Gubernatorial campaign.

star 7.64
152 votes
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Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 1

#12 - Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 1

Season 2 - Episode 6

An in-depth look at Hollywood legend Jerry Wallach and his 40-year quest to win an Oscar.

star 7.57
87 votes
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Searching for Mr. Larson: A Love Letter From the Far Side

#13 - Searching for Mr. Larson: A Love Letter From the Far Side

Season 3 - Episode 5

A fan sets out to make a documentary about the comic strip that changed his life and personally deliver the film to its reclusive creator.

star 7.56
39 votes
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Original Cast Album: Co-Op

#14 - Original Cast Album: Co-Op

Season 3 - Episode 3

A fly-on-the-wall look at the marathon cast album recording of the ill-fated 1970 Broadway musical comedy centered around a cast of characters who work, live, or want to live in the same co-op.

star 7.56
45 votes
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Globesman

#15 - Globesman

Season 2 - Episode 4

A tribute to the 1968 Maysles documentary "Salesman" that followed a wearied quartet of door-to-door Bible salesmen, "Globesmen" shares a similar story about four hard-working business men trying their best to sell globes to a community of people who find them too expensive and ultimately prefer atlases. Feeling pressure from their regional manager, and dealing with the constant rejection from customers, the salesmen do anything they can to reinvent the globe as a need-to-have household item.

star 7.55
104 votes
Writers: Seth Meyers
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Final Transmission

#16 - Final Transmission

Season 2 - Episode 5

A new wave band from the late 1970s and early 1980s play their final concert.

star 7.52
95 votes
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DRONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon

#17 - DRONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon

Season 1 - Episode 3

The hipster media empire DRONEZ sends two of its notoriously fearless journalists to track down Mexico's most wanted drug lord. Inspired by VICE News documentaries.

star 7.51
146 votes
Writers: Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Rob Klein
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Kunuk Uncovered

#18 - Kunuk Uncovered

Season 1 - Episode 2

An investigation into the seminal documentary "Kunuk The Hunter" that attempts to separate what is real from what is fabrication. Inspired by the documentary Nanook of the North.

star 7.45
177 votes
Writers: Seth Meyers
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A Town, a Gangster, a Festival

#19 - A Town, a Gangster, a Festival

Season 1 - Episode 5

A documentary crew travels to Arborg, Iceland for the annual festival honoring American gangster Al Capone.

star 7.32
125 votes
Writers: Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers
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Sandy Passage

#20 - Sandy Passage

Season 1 - Episode 1

An in depth look at the daily lives of two aging socialites and their crumbling estate. Inspired by the documentary Grey Gardens.

star 7.20
267 votes
Writers: Seth Meyers
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Long Gone

#21 - Long Gone

Season 3 - Episode 6

An impressionistic look at the turbulent life of American jazz guitarist Rex Logan, who became a cultural icon in Eastern Europe when his music provided the soundtrack for the 1991 revolution in the Republic of Sárdasovinia.

star 7.03
31 votes
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