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I'm feeling like watching a good documentary today. History Channel / BBC level. What do you guys recommend?

For instance, I watched The Men Who Built America when it went out and I really liked it!


God, I miss History classes...
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My child self recommends walking with dinosaurs. On the other hand, by this point it's pretty outdated dinosaur-wise. Its sequels are somewhat more relevenant still from what I can remember. Walking with beasts is post-dinosaurs, walking with monsters is pre-dinosaurs, walking with sea monsters is all over the place (it's weird and fun) and walking with cavemen is just lame.
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Planet Earth 2
Watch it, some of the most stunning and gripping footage of wildlife i've ever seen. Specifically, some of the craziest things one would never assume. Jaguars hunting kaimans, all i'm saying.
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Old 05-13-2017, 08:08 AM
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Blackfish. Seriously. Everyone should take the time to watch that.

If you have the stomach for it, Earthlings.

My husband has a lot of documentaries from the Middle Ages, though they sadly touch on the same subjects.

Oh, Shakespeare Behind Bars!
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Last Train Home was pretty interesting. It's about a family of Chinese factory workers.
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Hello,

I'm feeling like watching a good documentary today. History Channel / BBC level. What do you guys recommend?

For instance, I watched The Men Who Built America when it went out and I really liked it!


God, I miss History classes...
The Men Who Built America is awesome.

Have you watched Ken Burns docs? He does several absolutely amazing documentaries on American history. The Civil War is probably his most famous, and it really sets the bar for historical documentaries. He's made over a dozen different films and series. Other honorable mentions by Ken include Baseball, Jazz, The Roosevelts, Lewis & Clark, and The National Parks.

On nature docs: can't recommend the Planet Earth/Blue Planet series enough. Blue Planet II will release sometime this year and I am super stoked. These should be cultural touchstones that every person needs to watch at some point.
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I'll add Cosmos to the list, both the original and the new one with Tyson.
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Old 05-13-2017, 03:19 PM
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I thought this one was kinda neat.
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This one is short and it is not really a documentary in the classical sense, but Juggalos are strange and interesting.

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On nature docs: can't recommend the Planet Earth/Blue Planet series enough. Blue Planet II will release sometime this year and I am super stoked. These should be cultural touchstones that every person needs to watch at some point.
Holy shit really? I'm very happy now, I was disappointed that there was no marine wildlife part of Planet Earth 2, now it makes sense though.

I also agree that they should pretty much be mandatory viewing for teenagers etc. There's hardly a better way to show kids what our planet is really all about.
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Lol i am retarded.

This seems interesting.

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The Beatles are the dopest of the dope. This documentary is pretty dope too.
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Some notable ones I forgot:
We Feed The World
The Dark Side Of Chocolate
Plastic Planet (not sure if available in English or with English subtitles, but likely)
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I forgot about The Dark Side of Chocolate. Another reason not to buy from Nestle.
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Why travel so far to steal white women?
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Those are all great suggestions, thanks!

What about more historical documentaries?
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Those are all great suggestions, thanks!

What about more historical documentaries?
If you've never seen it, I heavily recommend The World at War, probably the most comprehensive overall documentary of the 2nd World War, with stellar narration by Laurence Olivier (!). Since it's from 1973 it contains a LOT of fascinating firsthand experiences in interviews, something you rarely see nowadays as obviously most of that generation are dead or pretty frail. Of particular interest are the interview segments with elements of the former governments and staff involved in key decisions before and during the war.

Even as someone who has devoured pretty much every major documentary and fictional adaptation of the events, this one contained a ton of footage I'd never seen before.
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Old 05-26-2017, 08:36 PM
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Old 06-01-2017, 09:50 AM
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Those are all great suggestions, thanks!

What about more historical documentaries?
Some historical documentaries from my and my husband's library:

Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets
Medieval Times
The Normans - The Complete Epic Saga
Monarchy with David Starky
Rulers of the Ancient World: Tyrants, Conquerors, and Heroes
Seven Deadly Sins
The Plague
The History of Sex
Ancients Behaving Badly
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A while ago, I watched The Best Worst Movie, which is about Troll 2. I liked it, though I thought the film was a bit longer than it needed to be.
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This is almost more of a first-hand account than a documentary, but here's a video on Merrill's Marauders in the CBI theater. Bonus points for not having all those sounds that most war documentaries like to add in (blech).
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