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Best Documentaries on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video & Disney+

Check out our list of the best documentaries on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and Disney+ right now. We always keep this post updated, so bookmark it and check back regularly. 

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As much as I love to binge watch entertaining shows and movies (and I do!), I also love a good documentary. I love how I can be entertained and learn something new at the same time.

I also love exposing our children to documentaries so they aren’t watching the same cartoons over and over again. Watching documentaries together is a great family activity.

We use documentaries to supplement our homeschool curriculum. So, over the years, both of the girls have really come to enjoy watching documentaries with us.

Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and Disney+ make discovering new documentaries to watch so easy! There are always great documentaries that I’ve been wanting to watch and ones that I have never even heard of.

And if you’ve watched all of these documentaries and are looking for some new ones, be sure to check out CuriosityStream. It’s an entire streaming service dedicated to documentaries!

Best Documentaries on Netflix

1. A Plastic Ocean

2. Memory Games

3. Chasing Coral

4. American Factory

5. National Parks Adventure

6. Untamed Romania

7. Dream Big: Engineering Our World

8. Waterschool

9. Dancing with the Birds

10. Brene Brown: The Call to Courage

11. Unrest

12. Heal

13. Diagnosis

14. Minimalism

15. The Secret

16. Expedition Happiness

17. Cowspiracy

18. 13th

19. Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

20. Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable


21. Blackfish

22. Pick of the Litter

23. The Mars Generation

24. The Social Dilemma

25. My Octopus Teacher

26. Kiss the Ground

27. The Beginning of Life

Best Documentaries on Hulu

1. Free Solo

2. Blackfish

3. Tiny Shoulders: Re-Thinking Barbie

4. Far From the Tree

5. The Biggest Little Farm

6. Saving Jaws

7. Honeyland

8. March of the Penguins

9. March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step

10. Apollo 11

11. The Riot and the Dance: Earth

12. Margaret Atwood

13. Jane

14. Grizzly Man

15. Food, Inc.

Best Documentaries on Prime Video

1. Generation Wealth

2. United States of Tents

3. Life Off Grid

4. Secrets of Quantum Physics

5. The Far Green Country (free with ads)

6. Living in the Future’s Past

7. The Men Who Built America

8. World War 1 – America and the Great War

9. Alien Artifacts: The Lost World

10. America: The Story of Us

11. Museum Secrets

12. How the Universe Works

13. The Ultimate Civil War Series

14. Inventions That Shook the World

15. Quark Science

Best Documentaries on Disney+

1. African Cats

2. Disney Nature Bears

3. Born in China

4. Atlantis Rising

5. Disney Nature Chimpanzee

6. Free Solo

7. Giants of the Deep Blue

8. Disney Nature Wings of Life

9. The African Lion

10. Apollo Missions to the Moon

11. Before the Flood

12. Bizarre Dinosaurs

13. How Dogs Got Their Shapes

14. Tree Climbing Lions

15. Great Migrations

16. Secrets of the King Cobra

17. Science Fair

18. Los Treasures of the Maya

These are just a handful of the documentaries that are currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and Prime Video. There are more educational shows and movies listed on each of these streaming services to explore!

And don’t forget to check out CuriosityStream for more great documentaries! It’s so affordable, you’ll want to buy a year up front!

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