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The Best Based On True Story TV Shows on Netflix

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 Netflix.

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1. Mindhunter

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8.6/10
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91/100
Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.

Where to Watch: 19 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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2. Narcos

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8.8/10
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Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A gritty chronicle of the war against Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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3. When They See Us

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88/100
Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Thriller, Biography

What it's about: Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (25%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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4. Orange Is the New Black

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8.1/10
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Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: A crime she committed in her youthful past sends Piper Chapman to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric group of fellow inmates.

Where to Watch: 91 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 91 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. American Crime Story

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8.4/10
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86/100
Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Biography, Drama

What it's about: An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals.

Where to Watch: 19 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 19 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Alias Grace

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7.8/10
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80/100
Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Biography, Crime

What it's about: Based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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7. GLOW

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79/100
Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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8. Reign

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78/100
Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Where to Watch: 78 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 78 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Waco

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7.9/10
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74/100
Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Crime, Cult

What it's about: The harrowing true story of the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and the Branch Davidians, a spiritual sect led by David Koresh in Waco, TX that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Versailles

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7.9/10
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72/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The story of a young Louis XIV on his journey to become the most powerful monarch in Europe, from his battles with the fronde through his development into the Sun King. Historical and fictional characters guide us in a world of betrayal and political maneuvering, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 30 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Five Came Back

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8.3/10
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72/100
Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: The extraordinary story of how Hollywood changed World War II – and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the interwoven experiences of five legendary filmmakers who went to war to serve their country and bring the truth to the American people: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. Based on Mark Harris’ best-selling book, “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.”

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

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12. Formula 1: Drive to Survive

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8.6/10
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71/100
Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Documentary, Sport

What it's about: Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane -- both on and off the track -- during one cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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13. Undercover

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70/100
Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Undercover agents infiltrate a drug kingpin's operation by posing as a couple at the campground where he spends his weekends. Inspired by real events.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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14. Medici: Masters of Florence

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70/100
Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
History, Biography

What it's about: The story of the Medici family of Florence, their ascent from simple merchants to power brokers sparking an economic and cultural revolution. Along the way, they also accrue a long list of powerful enemies.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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15. Time: The Kalief Browder Story

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8.5/10
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70/100
Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: The story of a teenager wrongfully charged with theft and jailed at Riker's Island prison for over 1,000 days.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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16. Aquarius

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68/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Drama, Cult

What it's about: In the late 1960s, a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson.

Where to Watch: 26 episodes (96%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 26 episodes (96%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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17. Wormwood

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66/100
Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Documentary, Crime

What it's about: In this genre-bending tale, Errol Morris explores the mysterious death of a U.S. scientist entangled in a secret Cold War program known as MK-Ultra.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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18. Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord

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Year: 2012-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal is a 2012 Colombian television series produced and broadcast on Caracol TV, about the life of Pablo Escobar. It is only available in Spanish. There is a version available with English subtitles.

Where to Watch: 74 episodes (44%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 74 episodes (44%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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19. Sinatra: All or Nothing at All

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65/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: An up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, the documentary weaves the music and images from Sinatra’s life together with rarely seen footage of his famous 1971 “Retirement Concert” in Los Angeles. The film’s narrative is shaped by Sinatra’s song choices for that concert, which Gibney interprets as the singer’s personal guide through his own life.

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

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20. Borgia

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65/100
Year: 2011-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Borgia is a French-German-Czech historical drama television series created by Tom Fontana. The show recounts the Borgia family's rise to power and subsequent domination of the Papal States during the Renaissance.

Where to Watch: 14 episodes (37%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 24 episodes (63%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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21. Bobby Kennedy for President

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61/100
Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Documentary

What it's about: Historic footage and leading voices of the era examine the "Bobby Phenomenon" of the 1960s and the legacy of the man who helped redefine the country.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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22. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.

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61/100
Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Biography, Crime

What it's about: A chronicle of the two major police investigations by LAPD Detective Greg Kading into the deaths of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (91%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 11 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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23. Roman Empire

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61/100
Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: This stylish mix of documentary and historical epic chronicles the reign of Commodus, the emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome's fall.

Where to Watch: 15 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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24. Who Killed Little Gregory?

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60/100
Year: 2019-2020Seasons: 1
Crime, Documentary

What it's about: When their 4-year-old son is murdered, a young couple fights a twisting and arduous battle trying to identify a frustratingly elusive killer.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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25. Shaka Zulu

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59/100
Year: 1986-2020Seasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: South Africa, 1823. The Zulu Empire, headed by King Shaka, a brilliant but ruthless military strategist, begin to encroach on the British colony of Cape Town. A volunteer cadre of explorers, mercenaries and professional soldiers are sent to Zululand to try to make contact with Shaka and assess the real threat of his army.

Where to Watch: 9 episodes (90%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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26. Yunus Emre: Aşkın Yolculuğu

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59/100
Year: 2015-2020Seasons: 42
Biography, History

What it's about: As Mongol invasions are getting more frequent, Yunus travels to Nallihan where he establishes himself as Seldjuk official. After joining Taptuk Emre's dergâh (dervish monastery), he proceeds to follow his journey on becoming a dervish.

Where to Watch: 45 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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27. Trotsky

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59/100
Year: 2017-2020Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: The life pages of a man who changed the world but paid back everything he had. Leon Trotsky is being interviewed in Mexico city of the year 1940 by Canadian journalist Frank Jackson. During eight days they have eight interview sessions revealing the true face of Comrade Trotsky.

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

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28. Braxton Family Values

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Year: 2011-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Reality, Drama

What it's about: Like their famous sister Toni Braxton, Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar were all blessed with the gift of song and shared that gift as a group called "The Braxtons," managed by their mom Evelyn. Now, after battling debilitating illnesses that left her out of the spotlight, Toni Braxton is now fighting her way back to the top. She enlists the help of her sisters, but the drama they bring proves to be too much at times.

Where to Watch: 50 episodes (34%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Philo & fuboTV). 12 episodes (8%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (WE). 143 episodes (97%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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29. Hitler's Circle of Evil

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57/100
Year: 2017-2020Seasons: 1
Documentary

What it's about: Surviving power struggles, betrayals and plots, Hitler's inner circle of Nazi leaders seizes control of Germany and designs its disastrous future.

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

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30. Trump: An American Dream

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56/100
Year: 2017-2020Seasons: 1
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Friends, associates and critics reveal the truly American story of Donald Trump, the brash businessman who defied the odds to become U.S. president.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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31. The Legend of Bruce Lee

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54/100
Year: 2008-2020Seasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Biography

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 & Hiyah).

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32. American Masters

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8.0/10
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54/100
Year: 1986-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 34
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: American Masters is a PBS television series which produces biographies on enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists, filmmakers, and others who have left an indelible impression on the cultural landscape of the United States.

Where to Watch: 26 episodes (10%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 2 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 23 episodes (8%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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33. Hymn of Death

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7.2/10
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54/100
Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Based on a true story, the drama tells the tragic love story of Kim Woo Jin, a married stage drama writer, and Yun Shim Duk, Korea's first professional soprano, who meet while studying at Tokyo University in the 1920s. Yun Shim Duk's recording of "Death Song" became the first Korean pop song in 1926.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (50%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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34. Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)

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8.1/10
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54/100
Year: 2009-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Comedy, Documentary

What it's about: The story of Monty Python through brand new interviews with the Pythons: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones & Michael Palin and archive material from the late Graham Chapman.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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35. Juana Inés

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7.6/10
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54/100
Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Biography, History

What it's about: She was a self-taught scholar and a nun. And she refused to apologize for being a woman born into a man's world.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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36. Genius of the Modern World

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7.6/10
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52/100
Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 1
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Historian Bettany Hughes retraces the lives of three great thinkers whose ideas shaped the modern world - Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (67%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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37. The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story

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50/100
Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: Mexican superstar actress Kate del Castillo reveals the untold story of her encounter with El Chapo Guzmán, the world’s most-wanted drug lord.

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

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38. Razia Sultan

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5.7/10
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44/100
Year: 2015-2020Seasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Razia Sultan is a historical drama. The serial is about Razia Sultan(Razia Sultana), the first woman ruler of the Delhi Sultanate in 13th century.

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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39. The Hollywood Masters

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7.2/10
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38/100
Year: 2017-2020Seasons: 3
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Personal. Provocative. Hollywood's greatest successes reveal the secrets behind their careers.

Where to Watch: 37 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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