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Documentary Now!

Documentary Now!

IFC 2015

Loving parodies of some of the world's best-known documentaries. Each episode is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking, and honors some of the most important stories that didn't actually happen.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Documentary Now!

Documentary Now! - S2E2

#1 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 156 votes.

Documentary Now! - S3E4

#2 - Waiting for the Artist (Season 3 - Episode 4)

The story of an internationally-acclaimed performance artist preparing for a major career retrospective while reconciling her relationship with her former lover and performance partner whom she hasn't seen in two decades.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 84 votes.

Documentary Now! - S3E1

#3 - Batsh*t Valley (1) (Season 3 - Episode 1)

In 1980, enigmatic cult leader Father Ra-Shawbard and his followers descended on the small town of Chinook, Oregon, sparking a feud with the local residents that catapulted to national attention.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 103 votes.

Documentary Now! - S3E7

#4 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 69 votes.

Documentary Now! - S1E4

#5 - The Eye Doesn't Lie (Season 1 - Episode 4)

An investigation into the wrongful conviction of a man sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of John Patrick Winslow.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 198 votes.

Documentary Now! - S3E2

#6 - Batsh*t Valley (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.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 57 votes.

Documentary Now! - S4E5

#7 - My Monkey Grifter (2020) (Season 4 - Episode 5)

Drawing inspiration from My Octopus Teacher, filmmaker Benjamin Clay forms a deep, emotional, and financially taxing relationship with a monkey who may have ulterior motives.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 13 votes.

Documentary Now! - S2E7

#8 - Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid (2) (Season 2 - Episode 7)

A fun and candid docu-memoir of Hollywood Legend Jerry Wallach, and his forty-year quest to win an Oscar.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 90 votes.

Documentary Now! - S4E4

#9 - How They Threw Rocks (1996) (Season 4 - Episode 4)

A chronicle the Welsh sport of Craig Maes, also known as “Field Rock,” and the iconic 1974 bout dubbed “The Melon vs. The Felon” in the vein of When We Were Kingsand other great explorations of sport.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 15 votes.

Documentary Now! - S1E7

#10 - Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee (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.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 142 votes.

Documentary Now! - S1E6
#11 - Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee (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.

The episode was rated from 151 votes.
Documentary Now! - S4E1
#12 - Soldier of Illusion (1) (1983)
Season 4 - Episode 1

In the early 1980s, a visionary German filmmaker tries to will his magnum opus into existence while working in the remote, punishing conditions of the Russian Ular mountains. Inspired by the Werner Herzog-focused documentary Burden of Dreams.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
Documentary Now! - S1E3
#13 - 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.

The episode was rated from 186 votes.
Documentary Now! - S2E1
#14 - The Bunker
Season 2 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated from 166 votes.
Documentary Now! - S3E3
#15 - 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.

The episode was rated from 79 votes.
Documentary Now! - S2E3
#16 - 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".

The episode was rated from 125 votes.
Documentary Now! - S2E6
#17 - Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid (1)
Season 2 - Episode 6

A fun and candid docu-memoir of Hollywood Legend Jerry Wallach, and his forty-year quest to win an Oscar.

The episode was rated from 109 votes.
Documentary Now! - S1E2
#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.

The episode was rated from 203 votes.
Documentary Now! - S2E4
#19 - Globesman
Season 2 - Episode 4

A landmark documentary from the Fein Brothers (Sandy Passage) follows four door-to-door salesmen as they travel across the country selling globes and battling rejection.

The episode was rated from 129 votes.
Documentary Now! - S2E5
#20 - Final Transmission
Season 2 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated from 111 votes.

Last updated: nov 16, 2022



Absolutely love this! I dont watch documentaries but I find these very funny. Some episodes I can’t stop laughing. I also love snl so seeing fred and bill work together again brings me so much happiness


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