#AtoZChallenge Bonus: Favorite Documentaries

Sunday is a rest day in the Blogging A to Z Challenge, so it’s a good time to relax and reflect on all the documentary films I’ve been watching and reviewing lately.  I hope you’ve noticed that I’ve been linking to earlier reviews of documentaries I watched over the years since I started blogging.  This is not just a trick to get more page views, but I do like to make my readers aware of these movies and open discussions.
Of course, I haven’t always had a blog, so here are some of my favorite documentaries that I watched before 2006:
Documentary TV Series:
In addition to movies, here are some high quality documentary tv shows I’ve loved watching.
  • Connections (1978-1997)
  • Eyes on the Prize (1987-1990)
  • Ken Burns films – probably the premiere historical documentary filmmaker of our times. I’m a big fan yet it seems that I’ve only watched a portion of his output:
    • Brooklyn Bridge (1981)
    • The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984)
    • The Statue of Liberty (1985)
    • The Civil War (1990)
    • Baseball (1994)
    • Thomas Jefferson (1997)
    • Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997)
    • Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)
    • The War (2007)
    • The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009)
    • Prohibition (2011)
    • The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)
  • National Geographic Specials – These specials were always a highlight of my childhood (more on that when we get to the letter “J” on Wednesday).  Here are two of the most memorable episodes:
    • Polar Bear Alert (1982)
    • Among the Wild Chimpanzees (1984)
  • Nature (1982-present)
  • Our World (1986-1987)
  • The Zoo (2017-present)

Leave me a comment if you have a favorite documentary film or tv show that you’d recommend!

7 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge Bonus: Favorite Documentaries

  1. I’m new to your blog, so maybe you’ve seen these. But anyway…

    Escape from Jonestown – CNN / Soledad O’Brien
    The Weather Underground
    Word Wars – about competitive Scrabble
    One Day in September – the Munich Olympics terrorist attack – narrated by Michael Douglas


    1. I’ll have to look for “Searching for Sugarman.” I’ve heard other positive responses to that movie. And I somehow have yet to watch “Jazz!”


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