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10 Worst Episodes of Documentary Now!

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 08, 2023.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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#10 - 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 7.44 from 131 votes.

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#9 - Soldier of Illusion (1) (1983) (Season 4 - Episode 1)

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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 7.41 from 32 votes.

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#8 - Trouver Frisson (Season 4 - Episode 6)

Celebrated French filmmaker Ida Leos searches for why she no longer experiences “frisson” – the goosebumps that have always been her guide. Inspired by Agnes Varda’s Gleaners and I and Beaches of Agnes.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 16 votes.

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#7 - Final Transmission (Season 2 - Episode 5)

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

The episode was rated 7.30 from 112 votes.

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#6 - Searching for Mr. Larson: A Love Letter from the Far Side (Season 3 - Episode 5)

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

The episode was rated 7.30 from 70 votes.

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#5 - A Town, A Gangster, A Festival (Season 1 - Episode 5)

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

The episode was rated 7.21 from 149 votes.

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#4 - Soldier of Illusion (2) (1983) (Season 4 - Episode 2)

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 7.21 from 29 votes.

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#3 - Sandy Passage (Season 1 - Episode 1)

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An in depth look at the daily lives of two aging socialites and their crumbling estate. This mother and daughter live in extreme squalor, but the documentarians find more than just dirt and clutter on the property.

The episode was rated 7.19 from 298 votes.

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#2 - Two Hairdressers in Bagglyport (1994) (Season 4 - Episode 3)

A fly-on-the-wall portrait of a hair salon in the small coastal town of Bagglyport as they prepare their annual stylebook in an homage to documentaries 3 Salons at the Seaside and The September Issue.

The episode was rated 6.74 from 27 votes.

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#1 - Long Gone (Season 3 - Episode 6)

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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.

The episode was rated 6.74 from 61 votes.

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