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The 10 Best War Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

If you want to watch the best war documentaries ever made, look no further than Netflix.

Netflix has lots of great documentaries to watch. Whether you like biographies, science, music, or history, there is something for everyone. But Netflix really excels with its choice of war documentaries.

Here are the best war documentaries to watch on Netflix right now.

1. World War II in Colour

If you enjoy watching original footage rather than talking heads, World War II in Colour is the best documentary about the Second World War that you’ll find on Netflix.

This series was first released in 2009 on British TV. It combines original and digitally colorized footage, some of which had never been seen before. Robert Powell narrates the entire series.

Powell has narrated some of the other best World War II documentaries. They include Hitler’s Bodyguard, The Story of the Third Reich, and Secrets of World War II. Sadly, none of these are on Netflix.

World War II in Colour consists of 13 episodes. They cover the action on the Western Front and Eastern Front, as well as in North Africa and the Pacific.

After learning about the historical events between 1939 and 1945, you should watch the best World War II movies on Netflix.

2. The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War is a 10-part TV series directed by the famed documentary maker, Ken Burns. First broadcast on PBS in 2017, it is an epic series and is unquestionably one of the greatest war documentaries ever made; the entire series took more than 10 years to put together.

It contains original first-hand interviews with 79 witnesses (including those who fought in the war and those who protested against it). Burns also worked through 24,000 photos and 1,500 hours of video in a bid to leave no stone unturned.

The series contains 10 episodes and has a total runtime of more than 17 hours.

3. The Russian Revolution

Despite lasting for less than an hour, this British documentary about the build-up to the Russian Revolution provides a surprisingly detailed, engaging insight into the growing rivalry between the Romanov and the Ulyanov families.

The Romanovs had been the ruling house in Russia since the early 1600s, but Lenin and his followers had become dissatisfied with life under their leadership. The story culminates in the abolition of the monarchy, the execution of the most prominent Romanovs, and the rise of Lenin’s Bolshevik party.

4. The Age of Tanks

The Age of Tanks traces the history of one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary creations—the tank.

The series begins with the story of Basil Henriques. During World War I, the British soldier became the first man to drive a tank in active combat and use it to fire on enemy combatants. Over the following four episodes, the series examines the use of tanks in the German Blitzkrieg, the Cold War, and 21st-century wars.

5. Five Came Back

Five Came Back is an adaptation of the book of the same name. It tells the story of five famous American film directors (John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens), all of whom found themselves on the frontlines during the Second World War.

Narrated by Meryl Streep, the three-part series used more than 100 hours of archival footage to discuss the 40 documentaries and training films that the directors made to help the war effort. There’s a particular focus on Ford’s Battle of Midway, Capra’s Why We Fight, and Stevens’ life-changing experiences at Dachau.

6.  Dying to Tell

In the modern age, we wouldn’t know what was happening on the frontlines if it wasn’t for the work of brave journalists who put their own lives in danger to bring us the stories and the footage.

Dying to Tell offers a fascinating insight into the effects the job has on those war reporters’ lives. We hear the stories of reporters who have been kidnapped, shot at by tanks, and even killed. There are interviews, unseen footage, and discussions with health professionals.

Directed by Hernan Zin, the film won “Best Documentary” at the Montreal World Film Festival.

7. Medal of Honor

The “Medal of Honor” is the most prestigious personal military decoration in the United States. To date, the US military has only given 3,500 people the award, with more than half of those occurring during the American Civil War.

This TV series tells the heroic stories of eight of the recipients, with one episode dedicated to each person. The eight people represent four momentous battles in America’s history: the Second World War, the War in Afganistan, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Content in the documentary is a mix of interviews, reenactments, and archive footage.

8. Behind Enemy Lines

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This isn’t the 2001 movie starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. We’re talking about the excellent BBC documentary of the same name (also from 2001).

In 1940, the UK was in a precarious position. Western Europe had collapsed, the Battle of Britain raged in the skies, and Hitler was desperate to force Churchill into signing a peace agreement. In response, Churchill created the Commandos, a specialist unit designed to help turn the tide of the war.

This four-part documentary explores the new units’ role at four critical junctures in the progression of the conflict: Dunkirk, the St Nazaire Raid, the North African campaign, and Operation Market Garden.

9. November 13: Attack on Paris

Terrorism is a type of warfare unlike any other. The most noteworthy terrorist events in history—9/11, the Lockerbie Bombing, the 2011 Norway attacks—will be ingrained in our collective minds forever.

One such incident is the November 2015 Paris attacks. 130 people lost their lives in a series of coordinated bombings and shootings across the city. The attack became the deadliest on French soil since the Second World War.

This three-part Netflix documentary chronicles the events of the day. It includes a timeline of proceedings and dozens of interviews with survivors and eyewitnesses.

10. Nazi Concentration Camps

Of all the horrors which occurred during World War II, the Nazi concentration camps were the worst. Today, experts believe that the Nazis either killed or imprisoned between 15 million and 20 million people between 1933 and 1945.

This film, from 1945, opened the world’s eyes to the scenes that lay within. Compiled from 80,000 feet of film taken by Allied military photographers after liberation, it is a camp-by-camp analysis of the atrocities committed.

The Allies used the film as evidence in the Nuremberg trials. Ultimately, the footage proved vital in securing convictions against many of the Nazi high command, including Karl Dönitz, Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Alfred Jodl, and Wilhelm Frick.

More Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

We hope you agree with our list of the best war documentaries on Netflix. And if you think we’ve missed out on a must-watch documentary, be sure to let us know in the comments.

If you would like to learn about some of the other great documentaries available, read our article listings the best travel documentaries to watch on Netflix and the best nature documentaries to watch on Netflix.

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Netflix Wants You to Understand Why Black Lives Matter

Netflix has launched a collection of films, TV shows, and documentaries which it hopes will help people understand the Black Lives Matter movement. The collection includes dozens of titles dealing with “racial injustice and the Black experience in America”.

What Is the Black Lives Matter Movement?

Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement which originated in the US in 2013. It has since grown into an international movement campaigning against police brutality, racial profiling, racial inequality, and systemic racism in the US and beyond.

The recent protests against George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department have brought these issues back to the fore. Making this the perfect time to learn about the issues involved and the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole.

Learn About the Black Experience on Netflix

To help everyone do that, Netflix has launched a Black Lives Matter collection of films, TV shows, and documentaries. These address the issues being raised around right now, and many were made by black filmmakers and storytellers.

The content in the collection includes Orange Is the New Black, 13th, When They See Us, Becoming, Dear White People, Seven Seconds, All Day and a Night, Mudbound, and See You Yesterday. The contents of the collection may differ based on your location.

The easiest way to find Netflix’ Black Lives Matter collection is to click here. However, it should also be available as its own genre in the dropdown menu, will appear if you search “Black Lives Matter,” and may even be promoted via a popup when you sign in.

It’s There for the People Who Want to Learn

Netflix isn’t forcing anyone to watch these films, TV shows, and documentaries. However, by curating the collection, the streaming service is making it much easier for people who want to do so learn about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Netflix has plenty of other content worth watching. So much, in fact, that we were able to put together an A-Z of TV shows to binge-watch. They cover the full gamut of genres, including intriguing dramas, funny comedies, and mysterious horrors.

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“Dear…” documentary inspired by Apple’s ad campaign launches on Apple TV+

It profiles globally recognized leaders including Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland and more.

The 15 Best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix

There is evil in this world. The kind of evil that you can’t even imagine. To get a glimpse into these stark realities, watch the best true crime documentaries on Netflix. True crime is an addictive genre, and these are the best examples of the genre to binge-watch.

This list of true crime documentaries is available on Netflix USA and most other regions. And if something is not available in your area, you could always try one of the VPNs that work with Netflix in order to watch them.

1. Making a Murderer (2015)

  • How long is it? 20 episodes, one hour each.
  • In one line: Don’t always trust the cops.

This is Netflix’s biggest hit in the true crime documentaries genre. Making a Murderer tells the story of Steven Avery, and it gripped viewers across two seasons. Having been proved innocent for one crime, the same cops charge him with murder. Is he guilty or is he being framed? This eye-opening documentary is one of the best shows to binge-watch on Netflix.

2. Strong Island (2017)

  • How long is it? 1 hour 47 minutes.
  • In one line: A rare insider’s look at a family’s struggle to deal with injustice.

If you get the rare 100% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you’re definitely among the best true crime documentaries on Netflix. Strong Island is a filmmaker’s internal search for answers. It’s the story of a murdered brother, a killer that goes free, and a family that struggles with grief and injustice. This deeply personal film is like nothing you’ve seen before.

3. Wild Wild Country (2018)

  • How long is it? 6 episodes, 64-71 minutes each.
  • In one line: A religious cult takes over a country, plans mass poisoning and bomb blasts.

Controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Rajneesh Osho and his follower Ma Anand Sheela bought a large piece of land in Oregon. The idea was to set up a commune for their followers. But the local townspeople weren’t happy with how Osho, Sheela, and their followers conducted themselves. It quickly devolved and escalated into a violent battle.

This true crime documentary gets plenty of interview footage with Sheela from 2018, who makes no denials about what she did, making this a riveting watch.

4. The Keepers (2017)

  • How long is it? 7 episodes, 1 hour each.
  • In one line: Can you solve a murder mystery 50 years after it happened?.

What starts off as a murder investigation of a case from the 1960s turns into something far more sinister in The Keepers. This mini-series uncovers the corruption of officials and exploitation of children in a school in the US And it’s remarkable how as the investigators find more clues, the stories of witnesses start changing.

This one is a must-watch for fans of Twin Peaks.

5. Casting JonBenet (2017)

  • How long is it? 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • In one line: Revisit an infamous murder mystery from the 1990s in a whole new way.

Another one for Twin Peaks fans, Casting JonBenet is a different kind of true crime documentary film. It’s about the unsolved death of six-year-old child beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. Now, filmmakers try to cast people from the local community in a re-enactment of the murder mystery. And in the process, they uncover startling tales from all participants.

6. Amanda Knox (2016)

  • How long is it? 1 hour 32 minutes.
  • In one line: An international miscarriage of justice in the new media world.

Amanda Knox is a name you probably already know. In 2007, as an exchange student in Italy, Knox was jailed for murdering another student. It was an international media sensation, as she spent four years in prison. Eventually, she appealed her ruling and the Supreme Court of Italy freed her in 2015.

This documentary traces the whole saga and shows how the media and social networks affected this trial. It’s one of the best Netflix documentaries of 2016.

7. Evil Genius (2018)

  • How long is it? 4 episodes, around 50 minutes each.
  • In one line: One of the most bizarre crimes in US history has an even stranger backstory.

Pizza delivery man Brian Wells shot to fame as the “pizza bomber.” In 2003, Wells was in a live televised standoff with the police, where he had a bomb around his neck, which eventually went off. If that sounds bizarre, wait till you see the backstory about the people who forced him into that situation.

The tapes and interviews of purported mastermind Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong will send chills down your spine. In our opinion, after Making a Murderer, this is the best true crime documentary currently on Netflix.

8. The Confession Killer (2019)

  • How long is it? 6 episodes, around 45 minutes each.
  • In one line: Henry Lee Lucas confessed to over 100 murders, but did he really do it?

Henry Lee Lucas confessed to killing over 100 people, and was convicted of killing 11 of them. It was a sensational case in the 1980s, earning him the notorious title of America’s most prolific murderer. But once this Netflix documentary shines a harsh light on the facts, things start to unravel.

Was Lucas not mentally sound? Did the police lead him to confess crimes he didn’t commit so that they could shut cases? The fallout of the investigation is as interesting as the case itself.

9. The Confession Tapes (2017)

  • How long is it? 7 episodes, 50 minutes each.
  • In one line: A signed confession doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

Once the suspect gives a full confession, that’s the end of the case, right? It has to be the truth, our brain says. Watch The Confession Tapes to see why this couldn’t be farther from it.

The seven-episode series is a shocking look at police tactics to make a suspect confess to something he or she didn’t do. These are cases where the confession was overturned, so the victims get to talk about how they were duped by the people meant to protect us.

10. Don’t F*** With Cats: Hunting an internet Killer (2019)

  • How long is it? 3 episodes, around one hour each.
  • In one line: Internet sleuths try to figure out the identity of a cat murderer before things escalate.

The internet loves cats. But one day, a grisly video went viral about a boy suffocating two cats to death. The killer was careful to leave no clues, but internet sleuths banded together to figure out who he was. It was only a matter of time before he escalated his crimes. And as they started getting closer, an even ghastlier video surfaced.

Don’t F*** With Cats isn’t earning points for its narration or editing, but it’s a must-watch true crime documentary for the internet age.

11. The Staircase (2018)

  • How long is it? 13 episodes, 45 minutes each.
  • In one line: A high-profile murder trial under the media glare, and often touted as one of the best true crime documentaries.

Several critics hail The Staircase as one of the best true crime documentaries of all time.

In 2001, Author Michael Peterson’s wife Kathleen fell down the stairs and died. But investigators were quick to point out that the injuries were not consistent, and suspected the husband of murder. And slowly it emerged that a friend of Peterson’s died 18 years ago at the bottom of a staircase with injuries to her head.

The media and the documentary closely follow Peterson’s trial over 18 years to make for a riveting binge watch. Originally a 10-part series, Netflix produced three new episodes on updates to the case, and you can now stream all 13 episodes.

12. Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

  • How long is it? 4 episodes, one hour each.
  • In one line: Extensive interviews with one of the most famous serial killers of all time.

After Ted Bundy’s imprisonment, journalists Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth interviewed him extensively, with over 100 hours of conversation. Conversations With a Killer exposes these tapes, mixed with interviews of Bundy’s family and friends, law enforcement officers, and survivors of his attacks. It’s a unique look into the mind of one of the most famous serial killers of all time.

13. The Fear of 13 (2015)

  • How long is it? 1 hour 36 minutes.
  • In one line: The greatest “standup crime” act you’ll ever see.

Nick Yarris is a death row inmate who petitions the state for the only thing he can ask for: an execution. And to plead his case, he stars in this tell-all documentary.

Like the best stand-up comedians, Yarris has a gift of verbal storytelling that will give you goosebumps. He makes you live ever single moment with him. No recreations, no silly effects. It’s just a man talking into the camera. And it’s the greatest true crime story you’ll ever hear.

14. The Innocence Files (2020) and Exhibit A (2019)

  • How long is it? 8 episodes, around one hour each.
  • In one line: Attempts to set free those inmates who were wrongfully convicted

Both Exhibit A and The Innocence Files have a similar theme: wrongful convictions. Exhibit A focuses on how prosecutors can misinterpret and manipulate forensic evidence. The Innocence Files follows eight cases by The Innocent Project, which seeks to exonerate inmates who don’t deserve to be behind bars.

Neither series necessarily has a happy ending, so keep that in mind while you watch. It’s more about facing the realities of a harsh legal system. While separate, these are some of the best true crime documentaries to watch.

15. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

  • How long is it? 90 minutes.
  • In one line: One of the strangest crimes where a girl is kidnapped by the same man twice, while the family knows about it…

It’s almost impossible to believe what’s happening on the screen while watching Abducted in Plain Sight. A teenage girl in suburban America goes missing. And it turns out that a neighbor and family friend abducted her, drugged her, and molested here.

However it then gets even stranger, with extramarital affairs involving the kidnapper, alien conspiracy theories, and a second kidnapping and abuse of the same girl by the same man. Abducted in Plain Sight is a shocking revelation of how criminals use grooming and manipulation.

Go Beyond Documentaries for More Crime Viewing

In case you missed it, there’s a must-watch Netflix show called American Vandal that parodies this new genre of true crime documentaries. Plus there are plenty of true crime shows that aren’t documentaries but faithful recreations. You should check out Wormwood, American Crime Story, and The Legend of Cocaine Island.

While true crime documentaries are currently in vogue on Netflix, don’t miss out on crime shows either. Many of them use true crime for inspiration. In fact, if you like them gritty, shows from the UK tend to be better than American series. Try the best British crime dramas on Netflix to get a taste of high quality television.

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Well-timed Apple TV+ documentary “Dads” debuting June 19 ahead of Father’s Day

"Dads" is being billed as a joyful exploration of contemporary fatherhood which offers a firsthand glimpse into the trials and tribulations of modern-day parenting.

The 10 Best Nature Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

For a variety of different reasons, a lot of us are craving the great outdoors right now. However, not all of us have the time, money, or ability to get away from it all.

So, how else can you explore nature? Well, you can watch nature documentaries, of course. And these are the best nature documentaries currently available to watch on Netflix.

1. The Tigers of Scotland

Don’t let the subject matter fool you! We thought this documentary would be boring based upon the trailer, but after giving it a go, we can thoroughly recommend The Tigers of Scotland.

Clocking in at just under an hour, The Tigers of Scotland is all about the elusive, critically endangered Scottish Wildcat, along with the conservation efforts by local authorities to protect it.

With stunning panoramic shots of the Scottish Highlands, interviews with wildlife experts, and acerbic commentary from the narrator, this film is infused with a dry sense of humor and optimism. It’s equal parts practical, hopeful, and informative.

Watch The Tigers of Scotland on Netflix

2. Pacificum

Pacificum is a Spanish-language documentary about the Peruvian coastline. Weaving together hand-drawn animations with vast aerial footage, it tells the story of the Pacific Ocean. This documentary details the ocean’s prehistoric beginnings to its present state, along with the impact of human expansion on the area.

Beautifully edited and almost ethereal, this documentary’s aerial footage is complemented by a host of experts explaining the importance of the ocean’s influence on the local landscape. Surprisingly—for a documentary about water—Pacificum also shows plenty of footage of nearby deserts, although this divergence does have a point.

As one of the experts explains, these deserts were once oceans; we need to study them to see what may happen to us in the future.

Watch Pacificum on Netflix

3. Dancing With The Birds

Looking for an absolutely hilarious, superbly edited nature documentary that can be finished in an afternoon? Then we wholeheartedly recommend Dancing With The Birds, voiced by an eternally amusing Stephen Fry.

Supremely funny but also informative, this bite-sized nature documentary on Netflix details the absolutely absurd lengths that tropical birds will go to in order to secure a mate. In the words of Fry, the entire show can be summed up as “the pursuit of love is his life’s work, but looking good is only half the story.”

Additionally, if you’re looking for more documentaries with a British influence, you can also check out the best BBC documentaries to watch on Netflix.

Watch Dancing With the Birds on Netflix

4. Mission Blue

Are you looking for a nature documentary that has a political edge to it? If so, we recommend Mission Blue. It follows Dr. Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer and legendary diver, as she tries to educate government policymakers on the state of the world’s oceans.

Part nature documentary, part biography, Mission Blue begins with Sylvia’s origins as a young woman working in a male-dominated field. It then follows her all the way up to her appointment as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and her activism work thereafter.

Combining in-person interviews, historical dive footage, and deep-sea exploration, Mission Blue illustrates the overall declining health of ocean ecosystems. It’s definitely one of the best nature documentaries on Netflix.

Watch Mission Blue on Netflix

5. Terra

We almost didn’t recommend this documentary because we were worried it would get too “dark.” However, Terra is so beautifully shot that we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it. It also has an important message for us all.

When you first start watching the documentary, you may think that Terra is about deforestation, industrial agriculture, animal welfare, and nothing but. However, this French film contains so much more.

Beautifully filmed with haunting, panoramic imagery and eerie, forceful music, this philosophical documentary feels like a real-life Fantasia, weaving science, mythology, and religion together as it explains the history of earth’s inhabitants, and the importance of protecting them.

Watch Terra on Netflix

6. Untamed Romania

Looking for a film that is easy on the eyes, pleasant to watch, and not too taxing on the brain cells? Check out Untamed Romania, a nature documentary about the wild spaces in Romania.

As one of the last—and largest—natural habitats left in Europe, Untamed Romania sets out to educate the public about the local wildlife they may have overlooked. It also shows you the stunning landscapes that these creatures inhabit.

From the desolate Carpathian Mountains, to old world forests, to the lazy, curling sprawl of the Danube River; this nature documentary looks like it came straight out a fairytale.

Watch Untamed Romania on Netflix

7. Moving Art

Are you looking for a nature documentary with no stress, no narration, or anything even remotely related to politics? Then check out Moving Art.

Featuring shot after shot of beautiful imagery set to classical music, each episode of Moving Art focuses on a specific sort of subject matter, and is considered its own mini “film.”

From lakes to mountains, to deserts and entire countries (along with their unique ecosystems), Moving Art mixes real-time footage with time-lapses to weave together a story of peace and tranquility. It’s currently one of the best nature documentaries around.

Watch Moving Art on Netflix

8. Chasing Coral

Do you want a documentary that will leave you with an understanding of ecological collapse, but also with the overwhelming determination to do something about it? Check out Chasing Coral, a nature documentary by a former advertiser-turned-climate change activist.

With a tech-savvy crew of camera geeks and coral enthusiasts, the film sets out to record coral “bleaching” and educate the public about rising ocean temperatures. Part Google Street View, part advertisement—all wrapped up into one slick package—this documentary is for anyone who loves coral reefs.

Watch Chasing Coral on Netflix

9. Magical Andes

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Magical Andes is probably the most human-centric documentary on this list, but it still revolves around nature.

A Spanish-language TV series, Magical Andes follows the Andes mountain range from the tip of South America all the way up to the Caribbean. It explores the different environments that have arisen around these geological features, along with the people that have settled there.

Featuring beautiful close-up shots and stunning panoramas, along with intimate, personable interviews from the locals, Magical Andes is perfect for anyone who wants to do some virtual travel.

Watch Magical Andes on Netflix

10. Our Planet

When it comes to the best nature documentaries on Netflix, none can beat Our Planet. It’s a show that aims to celebrate earth’s natural beauty, while also talking about what we can do to protect it in the future.

Using gorgeous footage and soothing narration by David Attenborough, each episode of Our Planet focuses on an important ecosystem and the intricacies of that environment. If you’re looking for a film that has a “classic nature documentary” feel to it with a modern twist, then Our Planet is for you.

Watch Our Planet on Netflix

Other Great Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

Now that we’ve dived deep into the oceans and ventured far into the forests, you know about the best nature documentaries on Netflix. So all that’s left to do is watch them.

Are you looking for other documentaries that will take you to faraway places? Then check out the best travel documentaries to watch on Netflix.

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Is CuriosityStream the Best Streaming Service for Documentaries?

CuriosityStream is a streaming service dedicated to documentaries. It offers countless documentaries to watch whenever and wherever you want, and they cover a wide range of topics for all ages. CuriosityStream is also one of the cheapest streaming services around.

Here’s everything you need to know about CuriosityStream, which may just be the best streaming service for documentaries.

What Is CuriosityStream?

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CuriosityStream is an on-demand video streaming service that deals entirely in documentaries. It aims to inspire viewers to learn, create, understand, and explore the world around them, and it comes from the founder of The Discovery Channel.

After 20 years of “scheming and dreaming,” John Hendricks retired from Discovery Communications in 2014 to work on this new streaming service. He hopes it can offer a new way for viewers to watch documentary movies online whenever they want. So if you’re a fan of The Discovery Channel, you’re likely to enjoy CuriosityStream as well.

It includes over 3,000 documentaries of varying length, adding up to over 1,000 hours of content. The library covers science, history, technology, nature, civilization, and lifestyle. And there are programs suitable for a wide range of ages.

CuriosityStream includes third-party shows alongside award-winning originals. It doesn’t have a lot of well-known titles yet, but there are plenty of great documentaries to discover.

How Much Does CuriosityStream Cost?

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You can sign up for CuriosityStream for the low cost of $2.99/month. Doing so unlocks the entire library of content in HD quality, available to stream on multiple devices at once. Ultra high-definition 4K streaming is also available for $9.99/month. But of course, it’s only worth paying for if you plan to watch it on a 4K screen.

Both subscription plans offer a discount if you choose to pay annually, rather than monthly. The HD plan costs $19.99/year while 4K comes in at $69.99/year. Although these discounts work out about 40 percent cheaper, it’s only worth paying for an entire year if you plan to subscribe for that long anyway.

At the moment CuriosityStream is also running a Stay In promotion. This offers a further 40 percent off annual subscriptions, bringing the prices down to $11.99/year and $41.99/year for HD and 4K subscriptions, respectively.

Before subscribing, take advantage of CuriosityStream’s seven-day free trial to get a feel for what’s on offer. You can access the entire library of content and watch it on all of your devices. This is a safe way to make sure you’re happy signing up for a year before you need to pay for anything.

A lot of educational YouTubers offer promotional codes to extend that free trial to 31 days. Many of these codes also give you a free subscription to Nebula alongside your paid CuriosityStream subscription. This is a great way to get extra value from your subscription if you’re concerned about the cost.

How to Watch CuriosityStream

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CuriosityStream is available to watch on almost every device you can think of. Download an app for your smartphone, tablet, Roku, Fire Stick, or Apple TV. Or watch CuriosityStream in the web browser on your computer.

You can even download an app for the Xbox One. Although there isn’t currently a PS4 app, unfortunately.

After signing up and logging in, CuriosityStream’s homescreen lists some recommended shows to start watching. These cover CuriosityStream’s newest additions, programs you have already started watching, and suggestions based on other titles you have enjoyed.

Alternatively, use the Browse button to take a look at particular categories, like Science, History, Technology, Nature, Society, Lifestyle, or Kids. You can also visit the Collections page for curated collections of shows, such as Leading Ladies, Dinosaurs, or Early Man.

Add programs to your Watchlist using the Add (+) button. Or tap Save on mobile devices to download programs for offline viewing. You can view your Watchlist and Saved programs from the My Stuff tab or by clicking your name in a web browser.

CuriosityStream’s user interface is perfectly usable, but not quite as smooth as other, better-known, streaming services. Occasionally a video freezes or refuses to go fullscreen. But these are fairly minor issues that usually fix themselves without you needing to do anything.

What Content Is Available on CuriosityStream?

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CuriosityStream offers over 3,000 non-fiction documentaries to watch. It covers everything from space to insects to robots, and everything in between. Every video is fully tagged, so all you need to do is search for a vague term to turn up a wealth of related programs to watch.

Most titles range from 10-minute episodes to hour-long documentaries. Sometimes the episodes feel too short to get into much detail. But at least it’s easy to find something to watch when you only have a short amount of free time to spare.

CuriosityStream includes exclusive original content alongside third-party programs. New original content is released weekly and includes award-winning shows such as Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places and David Attenborough’s Light On Earth.

Unfortunately, some of the best BBC documentaries available on Netflix and other streaming services aren’t available on CuriosityStream due to licensing conflicts. That means you won’t find highly-rated shows like Planet Earth, Cosmos, or Blackfish on CuriosityStream.

Some of the best titles to watch on CuriosityStream include…

Eclipse Across America

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This four-part series explores the total solar eclipse that took place across America in 2017. The first episode follows lifelong eclipse hunters as they tour the best viewing spots.

Deep Time History

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This series is split into three 50-minute episodes. Each one explores different prehistorical events that shaped the human story. Learn about different factors like the rise of civilization or the industrial revolution.

The History of Food

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Humankind’s relationship with food has dramatically transformed over hundreds of thousands of years. This five-part series explores all there is to know from the invention of cooking to the modern food industry.

Out of the Cradle

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Out of the Cradle is a two-hour-long documentary about how we became the dominant species on Earth. It investigates everything from climate change, to tools, to art, and more.

Is It Worth Subscribing to CuriosityStream?

At $2.99/month, CuriosityStream is one of the most-affordable streaming services available. It’s worth subscribing to if you enjoy watching shows from The Discovery Channel and want to learn more about the world around you.

That said, most other streaming services already offer plenty of documentaries to watch. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and other services combine fiction and non-fiction programming, so their libraries aren’t as limited as CuriosityStream. However, they cost a lot more money as a result.

We’re confident enough to say that CuriosityStream is the best streaming service for die-hard documentary fans who have no time for fictional shows.

However, we recommend you compare it to the best streaming TV services before signing up, to make sure you can’t get everything you want and more elsewhere.

Read the full article: Is CuriosityStream the Best Streaming Service for Documentaries?


“Beastie Boys Story”, “Defending Jacob” and other new Apple TV+ arrivals

Here’s a little story they’re about to tell…now on Apple TV+. Plus, the new thriller "Defending Jacob", starring Chris Evans, is also available to stream now.