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The Best Documentaries on Hulu Right Now


So, you have got through the best series on Hulu, and even the best scary movies to be found there, what next? Hulu has a fantastic collection of documentaries that are both entertaining and educational and should definitely be added to your to watch list.

Here is a list of what we think are the best documentaries streaming on Hulu right now.

Far From The Tree (2018)

This documentary lets us spend time with families that have one member that has been labeled as “not normal” by society’s standards. The movie looks at the impact of this kind of labeling, and how families as a whole develop and deal when one of their members is considered different. It is all about seeing past labels to the person inside. 

The First Monday in May (2016)


Fashionistas and celebrity watchers know that the annual Met Gala is one of the most important events of the year. This is always the launch of a major fashion exhibition in the museum, and celebrities show up in the latest designs from the hottest contemporary talents. This documentary looks at what it actually takes to pull off this amazing event.

Hail Satan? (2019)

Who are the Satanic Temple (not to be confused with the Satanic Church), who are taking a leading role in campaigning for Planned Parenthood and the right of a woman to choose? This film takes us inside this non-theistic religious group that is dedicated to social progress and unraveling the control that religion has within politics. 

I Am Greta (2020)

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you have probably heard of Swedish child environmental activist Greta Tunberg. What you think of her is another question. Gain a better understanding of who she is, what exactly she has done, and why she has become so influential in this fascinating documentary.

Jane (2017)

This is another documentary that delves into the life and work of the amazing Jane Goodall. This documentary is a bit different and more intimate than others you may have seen. It looks more at her early life and work, and her personal relationships, in particular with her husband and cameraman Hugo van Lawick.

March of the Penguins (2005)

This documentary has been around for a while now, but is still highly influential. A film team based in a French scientific base in the Antarctic spent a year watching the social habits and mating rituals of Emperor Penguins. But the most heart-wrenching part of the story is watching the extreme struggle involved in ensuring that chicks are hatched and survive.

Minding the Gap (2018)

Ostensibly about skateboarding, this Bing Liu documentary is really about growing up when you don’t have the structure and support you need. The three protagonists of the film are from Rockford, Illinois, and they all love to skate. But this is an outlet for their frustration and desperation as they deal with deep challenges in other areas of their lives.

RBG (2018)

A timely documentary film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the woman who served more than 25 years on the supreme court. Filmed before her recent passing, the documentary looks at the making of the icon, interviewing people who knew her both before and after her rise to prominence. It also looks at how RBG changed the system of which she was a part.

Slay the Dragon (2019)

Never has the district boundaries of voting districts been more important as we see presidents being elected without a majority of the popular vote. This hard-hitting documentary looks at the history and the impact of the current system, and highlights why it is such a complex but important problem to resolve.

Three Identical Strangers (2018)


This film tells the unlikely story of Bobby, Eddy, and David, triplets that were separated at birth and find one another by chance at the age of 19. Thie documentary explains hows this happened, and what the three young men went on to do afterward. It raises disturbing questions about nature versus nurture and how much of us is really written in our genetics.

Too Funny to Fail (2017)

Old School fans of comedian Dana Carvey were very excited just a few years ago when production began on The Dana Carvey Show. Unfortunately, despite a lot of promise, the sketch show never took off and was quickly axed. This documentary looks at everything that went wrong, and at why it was a recipe for failure rather than success.

What To Watch Next?

If these fantastic documentaries have left you well and truly with the documentary bug, then keep feeding the fever with the best documentaries on Amazon Prime Video and the best murder documentaries on Netflix.

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