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Last updated July 22, 2018

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Blackfish

2013 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum -- who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity -- and questions the safety and humaneness of confining these intelligent creatures.
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The Whale

2011 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, this documentary introduces Luna, a killer whale who befriends a community living off Vancouver Island. Conflicted emotions rise to the surface as officials try to determine what's best for the extraordinary animal.
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The Gerson Miracle

2004 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Sharing the stories of nine longtime cancer survivors, this program explores the principles and effectiveness of Gerson Therapy, a holistic method of treating cancer and other degenerative diseases developed by Dr. Max Gerson in 1928. Gerson's daughter, Charlotte -- founder of the Gerson Institute -- also discusses her fight to keep the controversial therapy going despite objections from those who question its effectiveness.
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Forks Over Knives

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
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Wild Horse Wild Ride

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

An annual contest challenges 100 people across the United States to tame a wild mustang in 100 days. Following this dangerous and harrowing feat is a public showcase that determines whether these horses can be saved from a life in captivity.
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Chasing Ice

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world's changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate.
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Forks Over Knives - The Extended Interviews

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This companion to the acclaimed documentary about veganism includes never-before-seen footage of expert interviews, covering several themes in greater depth and addressing important issues that weren't touched on in the film.
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National Geographic: Amazing Planet

2005 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This three-part journey from National Geographic travels into the distant past to watch our planet take shape through the actions of lava, magma and time; explores Earth's magnificent seas; and reveals the awesome power of wind, water and ice. Narrated by Emmy-winning actress Patricia Clarkson and featuring stunning photography and effects, the collection includes the programs "Born of Fire," "Ocean Realm" and "Destructive Forces."
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David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Naturalist David Attenborough travels around the world to get up-close footage of polar bears, leopards and other amazing creatures, visiting stunning locations like the ice caves of Europe and South America's Angel Falls.
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DisneyNature: Wings of Life

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Full of intrigue, drama and beauty, this mesmerizing documentary looks at bats, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees -- increasingly endangered little creatures that a third of the world's food supply depends on. Meryl Streep narrates.
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National Geographic: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas

2006 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Travel deep into the dark and mysterious animal world of Botswana where never-before-seen footage reveals the intensely brutal and often bloody conflict between lions and spotted hyenas. Filmed primarily at night, this nature documentary provides viewers a "hiding in the shadows" glimpse into the creatures' ancient rivalry -- a savage, almost ganglike feud between the powerful Southern Clan of hyenas and the Central Pride of stately lions.
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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Venerated documentarian Werner Herzog teams with director Dmitry Vasyukov for this observant look at life along the River Yenisei in northern Russia, where the industrious inhabitants of a rural village truly live off the land.
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Dirt! The Movie

2009 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Dirt takes center stage in this entertaining yet poignant documentary from Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil and explores how diverse groups of people are uniting to save the natural resource.
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Vanishing of the Bees

2009 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It's a phenomenon with a name -- Colony Collapse Disorder -- but no explanation or solution exists.
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180° South

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.
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Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

2009 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

The award-winning documentarian turns his insight and cameras to the history and breathtaking splendor of America's national parks. The words of early naturalists and modern advocates accompany panoramas of Yosemite, Glacier, Redwood and other parks.
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National Geographic: Amazing Planet

2005 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This three-part journey from National Geographic travels into the distant past to watch our planet take shape through the actions of lava, magma and time; explores Earth's magnificent seas; and reveals the awesome power of wind, water and ice.
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Dying to Have Known

2006 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Filmmaker Steve Kroschel sets out to determine the legitimacy of a holistic cancer treatment that has been around -- and been dismissed by the American medical establishment -- for nearly a century.
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David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

World-renowned naturalist David Attenborough -- considered the father of the modern nature documentary -- headlines this collection of programs that explore the planet's most fascinating animals and most breathtaking landscapes. Attenborough travels around the world to get up-close footage of polar bears, leopards and other amazing creatures, and visits stunning locations such as the ice caves of Europe and South America's Angel Falls.
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Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

2009 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Trace the history of American national parks with director Ken Burns's rousing documentary, which recounts how remarkable heroes fought to preserve nature for all people and offers striking views from Yosemite, Yellowstone and other stunning locales. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this Emmy-nominated program also features the voices of talented actors like Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, John Lithgow, George Takei and Sam Waterston.
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National Geographic: Explorer: 25 Years

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Celebrate "Explorer's" 25 years of compelling programming with this commemorative special that recaps such show highlights as an undersea expedition to the Titanic wreckage, a tour of the Guantanamo Bay detention center and a report from North Korea. Throughout this documentary television series' quarter century on the air, its viewers have visited more than 100 countries and learned fascinating lessons about science, wildlife and humankind.
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Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

2010 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Queen of the Sun takes viewers on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, revealing the dramatic stories of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.
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Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

2007 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Writing a book about his past experiences and the current situation in Africa, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former head of Doctors Without Borders Dr. James Orbinski travels to Somalia, Rwanda and the Congo, where he confronts disturbing truths. This documentary follows Orbinski's incredible journey as he recalls troubling memories of violence and despair but also finds signs of solidarity, compassion and true humanitarianism.
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Cosmic Collisions

2009 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Asteroids and other cosmic objects fill our solar system, and Earth could be in the path of many of them. This Discovery Channel documentary reveals the planet's precarious position in the cosmos and what scientists are doing to prevent catastrophe.
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National Geographic: American Serengeti

2010 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This beautifully filmed documentary takes viewers on a journey to the past -- and future -- of America's Great Plains as it traces a conservation project to re-create a region filled with bison, grizzly bears, wolves, prairie dogs and more. Tom Selleck narrates the story of the impressive effort to establish a one-million-acre wildlife reserve, and a CGI segment illustrates the projected results in stunning visual detail.
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