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The Best Based On True Story TV Shows on Prime Video

Finding a good Based On True Story TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Based On True Story TV shows of all time streaming on Prime Video.

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1. American Experience

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65/100
Year: 1988-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 33
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: TV's most-watched history series brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.

Where to Watch: 23 episodes (6%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 51 episodes (12%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla). 74 episodes (18%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Victoria

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Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Drama, Biography

What it's about: The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image and become “grandmother of Europe”.

Where to Watch: 25 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 25 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. The Durrells

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Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
Biography, Comedy

What it's about: In 1935, financially strapped widow Louisa Durrell, whose life has fallen apart, decides to move from England, with her four children (three sons, one daughter), to the island of Corfu, Greece. Once there, the family moves into a dilapidated old house that has no electricity and that is crumbling apart. But life on Corfu is cheap, it's an earthly paradise, and the Durrells proceed to forge their new existence, with all its challenges, adventures, and forming relationships.

Where to Watch: 26 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 26 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Isabel

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Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Charting the life of Isabella I of Castile, one of the most important women in Spain’s history, Isabel follows her passionate story from childhood to being crowned Queen. From her political struggles within King Henry IV's court to her wedding to Ferdinand of Aragon, the drama encapsulates the passions, emotions and sacrifices of a woman who refused to just be a figurehead and whose outlook was ahead of her time.

Where to Watch: 39 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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5. NOVA

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Year: 1974-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 48
Action & Adventure, Documentary

What it's about: PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA demystifies science and technology, and highlights the people involved in scientific pursuits.

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (3%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 22 episodes (3%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla). 212 episodes (24%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. A Very English Scandal

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72/100
Year: 2018-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Comedy, History

What it's about: It's the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been legalised and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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7. I Survived...

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Year: 2008-2021Seasons: 9
Documentary, Reality

What it's about: What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck, chance, instinct? In a stripped-down, simple-yet-cinematic interview style, “I Survived…” allows survivors to explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances — offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever.

Where to Watch: 29 episodes (18%) are available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV). 6 episodes (4%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 68 episodes (43%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. The Men Who Built America

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67/100
Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: Influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen. The Men Who Built America is the story of a nation at the crossroads and of the people who catapulted it to prosperity.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (20%) are available to watch free online (History). 10 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & History Vault). 10 episodes (67%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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9. The Haunting Of...

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54/100
Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 7
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: "The Haunting Of..." is an original series featuring world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo as she gives an exclusive look at celebrities who have had their lives changed by paranormal events. Each one-hour episode of "The Haunting Of..."

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (10%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV & Lifetime). 7 episodes (8%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & fuboTV). 28 episodes (34%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Lifetime).

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10. Z: The Beginning of Everything

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Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A biography series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s. Z starts before Zelda Fitzgerald meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage-made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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11. Jesus of Nazareth

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Year: 1977-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus largely according to the Christian Bible's New Testament Gospels.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (50%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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12. I Shouldn't Be Alive

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Year: 2005-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 6
Biography, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The show features accounts of individuals and groups caught in dangerous scenarios, presented both through interviews and dramatic reenactments. The main focus is how the survivors survived and the decisions they made that kept them alive.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (33%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 22 episodes (36%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 13 episodes (21%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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13. The Legend of Bruce Lee

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Year: 2008-2021Seasons: 1
Biography, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The story of the legendary martial arts icon Bruce Lee following him from Hong Kong to America and back again, leading up to his tragic death at the age of 32.

Where to Watch: 50 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video).

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14. Rick Steves' Europe

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Year: 2000-2021Rated: TV-GSeasons: 11
Documentary

What it's about: Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside.

Where to Watch: 15 episodes (10%) are available to watch free online (Tubi & PBS). 48 episodes (33%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Docurama). 130 episodes (88%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. The FBI Files

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Year: 1998-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 8
Drama, History

What it's about: Witness the crime busting techniques and forensic science used by the FBI to break the most baffling cases. From crime scene analysis to the most up-to-date laboratories, FBI agents relentlessly comb through mountains of evidence to narrow their search, ultimately prevailing over the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.

Where to Watch: 127 episodes (98%) are available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, IMDb TV & 1 other). 43 episodes (33%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 38 episodes (29%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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16. American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story

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Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: A fascinating docuseries chronicling Playboy magazine’s charismatic founder, Hugh Hefner, and his impact on global culture. Told from his unique perspective with never-before-seen footage from his private archive, discover the captivating story about the man behind the bunny.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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17. Lillie

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Year: 1978-2021Seasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The Rise and Fall of a Professional Beauty. It was the affair that shook Victorian society to its core. He was the Prince of Wales, the future monarch; she was a professional beauty, who became a royal bedmate. Follow the fascinating life of the Dean of Jersey's daughter from her modest childhood to her emergence as one of the most celebrated beauties of her time. Lillie's liaison with the heir to the throne marked only the beginning of a remarkable, scandalous and daring series of adventures in open defiance of accepted morality imposed by Victorian and Edwardian society.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV & The Roku Channel). 13 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 5 episodes (38%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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18. A Fortunate Life

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Year: 1986-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: At eight years old, an impoverished Bert Facey was forced to start the backbreaking, dawn-to-dusk life of a farm labourer. Unschooled, his father dead, abandoned by his mother, by the age of twenty he had survived the rigours of pioneering the harsh Australian bush and the slaughter of the bloody WWI campaign at Gallipoli.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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19. Charles II: The Power and The Passion

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Year: 2003-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Charles II: The Power and the Passion is an award-winning British television mini-series, broadcast on BBC One in 2003, and produced by the BBC in association with the A&E Network in the United States depicting the reign of Charles II.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, BritBox & Hoopla). 4 episodes (67%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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20. Wagner

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Year: 1983-2021Seasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at Bayreuth.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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21. Benito: The Rise and Fall of Mussolini

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Year: 1994-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: After rapidly ascending the ranks of the Socialist Party, Benito Mussolini created a Fascist state in 1920s Italy through his use of propaganda and diplomacy and led his people in a bloody war that would ultimately result in his downfall.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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22. A Woman Named Jackie

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Year: 1991-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A Woman Named Jackie is a 1991 American made for television miniseries chronicling the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It was based on C. David Heymann's 1989 book of the same title.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV). 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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23. Екатерина

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Year: 2014-2021Seasons: 2
Animation, Drama

What it's about: In 1745 in Saint Petersburg, Empress Elizabeth is childless, and she appoints her nephew Peter Fedorovich as the heir to Russian throne. But what it means to leave the country in his hands? As he was born in Prussia and could hardly speak Russian.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (4%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV). 10 episodes (42%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 10 episodes (42%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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24. Mumbai Diaries 26/11

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Year: 2021-2021Seasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Set against the backdrop of the terror attacks of November 26, 2008, "Mumbai Diaries 26/11" plays out in a hospital and depicts the untold story of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and hospital staff, who worked tirelessly to save lives during the attacks that ravaged the city.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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25. Appropriate Adult

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Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: The extraordinary story of Gloucester housewife Janet Leach who played a key role in the uncovering of the crimes of Fred and Rosemary West.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV & The Roku Channel). 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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26. The Last Place on Earth

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Year: 1985-2021Seasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The Last Place on Earth is a 1985 Central Television seven part serial, written by Trevor Griffiths based on the book Scott and Amundsen by Roland Huntford. The book is an exploration of the expeditions of Captain Robert F. Scott and his Norwegian rival in polar exploration, Roald Amundsen in their attempts to reach the South Pole. The series ran for seven episodes and starred a wide range of UK and Norwegian character actors as well as featuring some famous names, such as Max von Sydow, Richard Wilson, Sylvester McCoy and Pat Roach. It also featured performances early in their careers by Bill Nighy and Hugh Grant.Subsequently Huntford's book was republished under the same name. The book put forth the point of view that Amundsen's success in reaching the South Pole was abetted by much superior planning, whereas errors by Scott ultimately resulted in the death of him and his companions.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, IMDb TV & 1 other). 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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27. INXS : Never Tear Us Apart

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Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: The uncensored story of one of Australia's most successful bands, INXS. A story of mateship, a story of success and excess, talent and sheer bloody will, set to a pulsating soundtrack including all of INXSs greatest hits.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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28. El Presidente

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Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The head of a small Chilean football club becomes a key player in the 2015 FIFA corruption scandal.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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