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The Best Based On True Story TV Shows on Free Services

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 Free Services.

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1. Genius

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69/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Anthology series about famous geniuses with the first season charting how Albert Einstein unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe, and the second exploring the passionate nature and relentless creative drive of Pablo Picasso.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (19%) are available to watch free online (NatGeo). 20 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 20 episodes (95%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Project Blue Book

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Year: 2019-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A chronicle of the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as “Project Blue Book.”

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (10%) are available to watch free online (YouTube). 10 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Vudu & Verizon).

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3. NOVA

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Year: 1974-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 46
Documentary, Biography

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: 46 episodes (5%) are available to watch free online (PBS & YouTube). 144 episodes (16%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video). 362 episodes (41%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. American Experience

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Year: 1988-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 32
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: 36 episodes (9%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 45 episodes (11%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video). 98 episodes (25%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Gangland Undercover

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Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Drama, Biography

What it's about: This drama series is a fictionalized retelling of the story of meth dealer-turned-ATF informant Charles Falco, who spent three years inside one of America's most dangerous motorcycle gangs, the Vagos. Although Falco originally took on the assignment to avoid spending 20 years in prison on drug charges, it eventually evolved into a quest for justice for him. “Gangland Undercover” documents the lives of outlaw bikers, who live in a world in which respect is earned through fear. The series is based on Falco's memoir, “Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws,” and documented historical research of gang rivalries.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (29%) are available to watch free online (History & YouTube). 6 episodes (43%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 11 episodes (79%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (History). 14 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. The Great Train Robbery

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Year: 2013-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: 8 August 1963: Britain wakes up to news of the biggest robbery in the country’s history. A train has been hijacked and robbed, 35 miles from its arrival in central London. The country is stunned. Who could be behind it? How did they pull off such an audacious raid?

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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7. Tut

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56/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, History

What it's about: The story of the Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most renowned leaders in human history. This ambitious special-event series tells the story of Tut’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisers, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. “Tut” opens up a fascinating window into a world filled with heart-breaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy, and even murder — proving his world was not far removed from our own — and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (25%) are available to watch free online (Spike). 3 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. I Survived...

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Year: 2008-2019Seasons: 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: 40 episodes (25%) are available to watch free online (Lifetime & Tubi TV). 50 episodes (32%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Lifetime). 69 episodes (44%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Sun Records

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52/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, Sun Records tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles the young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (13%) are available to watch free online (CMT). 7 episodes (88%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (CMT). 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. American Masters

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Year: 1986-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 33
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: American Masters is a PBS television show which produces biographies on artists, actors and writers of the United States who have left a profound impact on the nation's popular culture. It is produced by WNET in New York City. The show debuted on PBS in 1986.Groups or organizations featured include: Actors Studio, Algonquin Round Table, Group Theatre, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Women of Tin Pan Alley, Negro Ensemble Company, Juilliard School, the Beat Generation, The Singer-songwriters of the 1970s, Sun Records, Vaudeville, and Warner Bros. Pictures.

Where to Watch: 28 episodes (11%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 1 episodes (0%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 24 episodes (9%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Rick Steves' Europe

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Year: 2000-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 10
Documentary, Travel

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 (11%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 113 episodes (83%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & Docurama). 120 episodes (88%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Mysteries at the Museum

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Year: 2010-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 24
Reality, Documentary

What it's about: Museums are where America displays its wondrous treasures of the past -- often strange and curious remnants of the momentous events that have shaped our history. Behind each artifact is yet another story to be told and secrets to be revealed -- tales brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue. Whether a diary from an Arctic exploration, a stone giant thought to be the remnant of a race of enormous people or a futuristic house that almost changed the world, iconic museum artifacts help us uncover who we are and what we've become. Each hour of this series will take viewers on a captivating, revealing and at times shocking tour of America's past, revisiting its most crucial events by reexamining what has been left behind. The series casts its net wide, exploring the corners and backrooms of institutions dedicated to a variety of popular and entertaining subjects -- invisible spies, cold-blooded assassins, dinosaurs, the paranormal, the Old West, the Cold War and more. We'll tackle some of history's most enduring mysteries -- both familiar tales and little-known episodes that have never been told before on television.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 3 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Travel Channel). 205 episodes (68%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. The Astronaut Wives Club

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Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Based on the book by Lily Koppel, this 10 episode limited series tells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, Life Magazine documented the astronauts’ families, capturing the behind-the-scenes lives of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. As their celebrity rose and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (ABC). 10 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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14. The FBI Files

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Year: 1998-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 8
Documentary, Biography

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: 122 episodes (95%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV & IMDb TV). 72 episodes (56%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 6 episodes (5%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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15. Killer Kids

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Year: 2011-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Killer Kids provides an in-depth profile of the lives of kids who kill. What can possibly motivate kids to commit criminal acts and even murder? From hate crimes to gang initiations, murders of family members to occult ceremonies, each case in the series exposes different motives and methods of murders by children.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (21%) are available to watch free online (Lifetime). 8 episodes (14%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 31 episodes (53%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Lifetime).

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16. Fresh Off the Boat

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Year: 2012-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Biography, Comedy

What it's about: Fresh Off the Boat is a genre-bending venture into subculture through the lens of food. Raw, wild, and heartfelt, Eddie Huang gets down in the underbellies of cities around the world in search of what's cooking in their back alleys and underground spots. He's hunting rabbits with biker gangs in Oakland, eating seafood and surfing in Taiwan, hitting low-rider BBQs in East LA, and dining on rice and beans with your drug dealer's grandmother in Miami.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (2%) are available to watch free online (YouTube). 18 episodes (33%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 18 episodes (33%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Viceland). 18 episodes (33%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. American Soul

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Year: 2019-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: The story of entrepreneur Don Cornelius, who developed the Soul Train show, which rose to prominence in the 1970s.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (20%) are available to watch free online (BET). 8 episodes (80%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (BET).

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18. Unspeakable

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Year: 2019-2019Seasons: 2
Drama, History

What it's about: In the early 1980’s, AIDS emerged and quickly became an epidemic. Those responsible for public safety failed. People were kept in the dark, afraid to speak out. Ignorance, arrogance, politics and economics all lead to betrayal, to cover-up, to scandal. Unspeakable is told from the perspective of two families caught in a tragedy that gripped a nation, as well as the doctors, nurses, corporations and bureaucracy responsible.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (11%) are available to watch free online (Sundance). 7 episodes (78%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Sundance & AMC).

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19. The Haunting Of...

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Year: 2012-2019Rated: 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: 17 episodes (20%) are available to watch free online (Lifetime). 37 episodes (45%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Lifetime & Lifetime).

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20. Unsealed: Conspiracy Files

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Year: 2012-2019Seasons: 1
Documentary, Reality

What it's about: We've all heard them ... the Mafia killed JFK, the government had a hand in 9/11 and the existence of aliens is the world's best-kept secret. Conspiracy theories are as old as mankind itself, and for just as long people have been taking sides. The advent of the internet provides a unique opportunity to level the playing field and give all men equal access to the facts. In April 2011, the FBI finally relented and established an online repository of files, documents and reports called "The Vault". Unsealed: Conspiracy Files is a ground breaking new show that shines a light on many of these archived case files.

Where to Watch: 21 episodes (95%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 22 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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21. Monsters Among Us

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Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Monsters. Ghosts. Zombies. From horror movies to Halloween, we see the creatures that go bump in the night everywhere, but where did they come from?

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 7 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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22. Omnibus

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Year: 2011-2019Seasons: 41
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Omnibus was an arts-based BBC television documentary series, broadcast mainly on BBC1 in the United Kingdom. The programme was the successor to the long-running arts-based series 'Monitor'.It ran from 1967 until 2003, usually being transmitted on Sunday evenings. During its 35-year history, the programme won 12 Bafta awards.Among the series' best remembered documentaries are Cracked Actor, a profile of David Bowie, and Rene Magritte, a graduate film by David Wheatley, “Madonna: Behind the American dream”, a film produced by Nadia Hagger, and a profile of the British film director Ridley Scott.For a season in 1982, the series was in a magazine format presented by Barry Norman.In 2001, the BBC announced that the programme was being switched to BBC2, prompting accusations that the Corporation was further marginalising its arts programming. Regarded as its "flagship arts programme", 'Omnibus' was one of only two regular arts platforms still broadcast by the BBC. In late 2002 the BBC announced that 'Omnibus' was being axed the following year.The series was replaced by Imagine hosted by Alan Yentob.

Where to Watch: 1131 episodes (91%) are available to watch free online (YouTube).

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23. Where Are They Now?

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Year: 2012-2019Seasons: 6
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Where Are They Now? was a television series on VH1 that featured past celebrities and updated on their current professional and personal status. Each episode was dedicated to another genre.

Where to Watch: 11 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV).

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24. La Selección

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Year: 2013-2019Seasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: First season (2013) "El juego de la vida" - "The game of life" The Selection is a review of the exciting world of football and the troubled lives of four emblematic players of the Selection...

Where to Watch: 70 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV).

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25. Who Killed Tupac?

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Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: A six-hour limited series focusing on the investigation of the death of prolific and influential rapper and actor, Tupac Shakur. Each installment includes aspects from the legendary artist's life as well as follow famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump as he conducts a full-scale, intensive investigation into key theories behind his murder.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 5 episodes (83%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (A&E). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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26. Earth Odyssey with Dylan Dreyer

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21/100
Year: 2019-2019Seasons: 2
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What it's about: Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer travels to the wildest points on the globe, ranging from Africa to Indochina and the Middle East, as well as untamed islands, coming face-to-face with native animals and uncovering the connection between the environment, wildlife and human beings of exotic locales.

Where to Watch: 21 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (NBC). 3 episodes (14%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).