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The Best Based On True Story TV Shows on Hoopla

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 Hoopla.

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1. American Experience

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

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). 53 episodes (13%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla). 73 episodes (18%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. 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). 220 episodes (25%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. The Men Who Built America

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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: 4 episodes (27%) are available to watch free online (History). 11 episodes (73%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Philo, Hoopla & 1 other). 8 episodes (53%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. I, Claudius

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74/100
Year: 1976-2021Seasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Acclaimed blackly comic historical drama series. Set amidst a web of power, corruption and lies, it chronicles the reigns of the Roman emperors - Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and finally Claudius.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 12 episodes (92%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. Finding Your Roots

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Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 9
Biography, History

What it's about: Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people discover long-lost relatives hidden for generations within the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left behind by our ancestors and the world’s leading geneticists to decode our DNA and help us travel thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of our earliest forebears.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (5%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 29 episodes (38%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla). 75 episodes (97%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. 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 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Fleming

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Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Romance, Thriller

What it's about: Set at the outbreak of WWII – mischievous playboy Ian Fleming is untroubled by the specter of impending war – chasing women, collecting rare books and living off his family fortune. Forever in the shadow of his brother Peter, and an eternal disappointment to his formidable mother Eve, Fleming dreams of becoming the ‘ultimate’ man – a hero, a lover, a brute and the one who always gets the girl. He is finally given some direction in his life when he’s recruited by the Director of Naval Intelligence to help in the effort against the Nazis. Suddenly, Fleming finds his chance to shine and prove his worth.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Elizabeth R

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Year: 1971-2021Seasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: This historical mini-series documents the reign of Elizabeth I with each episode focusing on one dramatic period in the lengthy reign of the Virgin Queen, including her ascension to the throne, her various marital intrigues, her problems with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, and the threatened invasion of the Spanish Armada.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Hoopla).

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9. Code of a Killer

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51/100
Year: 2015-2021Seasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Based on the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker in catching a double murderer.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. Monsters Among Us

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Year: 2015-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Biography, Documentary

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 & Vudu). 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla). 7 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. Garrow's Law

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Year: 2009-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Drama, Biography

What it's about: The true tale of pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (33%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla). 12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. NASA: A Journey Through Space

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Year: 2016-2021Seasons: 1
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: This exciting documentary series takes you on the incredible journey of the past, present and future of NASA that shaped the 20th Century and will boldly go further in the 21st Century and beyond!

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla). 7 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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13. The Devil You Know

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Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Documentary

What it's about: A journalist races to learn the truth when human remains are found in the home of self-proclaimed Satanist "Pazuzu".

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (36%) are available to watch free online (PlutoTV). 11 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Philo & Hoopla). 11 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Viceland). 11 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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14. Manhunt

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Year: 2019-2021Seasons: 2
Biography, Crime

What it's about: The true story of London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton's manhunt for serial killer Levi Bellfield.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Hoopla & AcornTV). 3 episodes (50%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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15. I Am the Night

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Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Fauna Hodel, who was given away by her teenage birth mother, begins to investigate the secrets to her past, following a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist connected to the legendary Black Dahlia murder.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Hoopla). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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16. Little Boy Blue

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Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Based on a true story, this four-part drama tells the story of the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007. It explores Melanie’s and Steve’s ordeal, and tells of how Rhys’ murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Hoopla). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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17. Rillington Place

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Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Thriller

What it's about: A three-part drama about serial killer John Christie and the murders at 10 Rillington Place in the 1940s and early 1950s.

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

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