50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

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50 Documentaries to See Before You Die
50 Docs Before You Die logo.jpg
Presented byMorgan Spurlock
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Executive producersJim Fraenkel (series producer/director)
Tom Barbor-Might
ProducersJason Berger
Jesse Dixon
Neil Edson
Toby Lichtig
Mark Marraccini
EditorsGabriel Edvy
Kieran Ridgers
Steven McInerney
Paul Mills
David Thompson
Running time52 minutes
Production companiesKids at Play Media
Current TV
Original networkCurrent TV
Original release2 August (2011-08-02) –
30 August 2011 (2011-08-30)

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die is a 2011 television special aired on Current TV. Presented by Morgan Spurlock, the series features a ranking of fifty documentary films.


This limited series, presented by Morgan Spurlock and on the television network Current TV, featured what editors regard as fifty of the most influential and/or important documentary films from the 25 years prior to the series' debut.[1] It aired in five hour-long episodes, each detailing ten entries on the list in a clip show format. In association with the series, Current TV aired some of the documentaries featured on the list.[2]

The fifty titles were selected by a panel including film professor Michael Renov, International Documentary Association's then-president Eddie Schmidt, and television executive Brian Graden.[3]


"Life After Donkey Kong"[edit]

"The Boy Who Loves Jesus Grows Up"[edit]

"When Morgan Spurlock Met Mr. Brainwash"[edit]

"When Morgan Spurlock Went to a Drag Ball"[edit]

"Top 10 Docs To See Before You Die"[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "50 documentaries to see before you die". Sunday Tribune. August 28, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  2. ^ "Supersize my clip show". Mail on Sunday. July 31, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "The One Must-See Documentary?". The New York Times. August 29, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  4. ^ The One Must-See Documentary?-The New York Times
  5. ^ IDA Editorial Staff (1 August 2011). "50 Documentaries to See Before You Die". International Documentary Association. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2011.

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