Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special
Awarded forOutstanding Informational Series or Special
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded1978
Currently held byAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2018)
Websiteemmys.com

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special is handed out annually at the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony. The award was established in 2013 as the awards restructured previous categories for Outstanding Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Nonfiction Special. The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series was also awarded prior to 1998, but from 1998–2012 was called Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

Winners and nominations[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
1978
(30th)
Outstanding Informational Series[1]
The Body Human Thomas W. Moore, executive producer; Alfred R. Kelman, producer CBS
Between the Wars Alan Landsburg, executive producer; Anthony Potter, series producer Syndicated
Cousteau: Oasis in Space Philippe Cousteau, executive producer; Andrew Solt, producer PBS
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Don Meier, producer Syndicated
Nova John Angier, executive producer PBS
Outstanding Informational Special[2]
The Great Whales: National Geographic Special Thomas Skinner and Dennis B. Kane, executive producers; Nicolas Noxon, producer PBS
Bing Crosby: His Life and Legend Frank Konigsberg, executive producer; Marshall Flaum, producer ABC
Calypso's Search for Atlantis: The Cousteau Odyssey Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Cousteau, executive producers; Andrew Solt, producer PBS
The Treasures of Tutankhamun Donald Knox, executive producer; Valerie Gentile, producer
Tut: The Boy King George A. Heinemann, executive producer NBC
1979
(31st)
Outstanding Informational Program[3]
Scared Straight! Arnold Shapiro, producer Syndicated
The Body Human: The Sexes Thomas W. Moore, executive producer; Robert E. Fuisz and Alfred R. Kelman, producers; Charles A. Bangert and Vivian R. Moss, co-producers CBS
Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? Henry Winkler, executive producer; John Korty, Warren Lockhart and Dan McCann, producers ABC

1980s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
1980
(32nd)
Outstanding Informational Program[4]
The Body Human: The Magic Sense Thomas W. Moore, executive producer; Robert E. Fuisz and Alfred R. Kelman, producers; Charles A. Bangert and Vivian R. Moss, co-producers CBS
Bill Moyers Journal Joan Konner, executive producer; Bill Moyers, star PBS
The Body Human: The Body Beautiful Thomas W. Moore, executive producer; Robert E. Fuisz and Alfred R. Kelman, producers; Charles A. Bangert, Vivian R. Moss and Geof Bartz, co-producers CBS
The Nile: The Cousteau Odyssey Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Cousteau, executive producers PBS
Picasso: A Painter's Diary George Page, executive producer; Perry Miller Adato, producer
1981
(33rd)
Outstanding Informational Series[5]
Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds Loring d'Usseau, producer PBS
The Barbara Walters Specials Don Mischer, executive producer; Joann Goldberg, producer ABC
Cosmos Adrian Malone, executive producer; Geoffrey Haines-Stiles and David Kennard, senior producers; Gregory Andorfer, producer PBS
Profile: Lillian Hellman David Dowe, producer
Real People George Schlatter, executive producer; Bob Wynn and John Barbour, producers NBC
Outstanding Informational Special[6]
The Body Human: The Bionic Breakthrough Thomas W. Moore, executive producer; Robert E. Fuisz and Alfred R. Kelman, producers; Charles A. Bangert and Nancy Smith, co-producers CBS
The Body Human: The Sexes II Thomas W. Moore, executive producer; Robert E. Fuisz and Alfred R. Kelman, producers; Charles A. Bangert and Vivian R. Moss, co-producers CBS
Gorilla: National Geographic Special Dennis B. Kane and Thomas Skinner, executive producers; Barbara Jampel, producer PBS
Making M*A*S*H Michael Hirsh, producer
Starring Katharine Hepburn George Page, executive producer; David Heeley, producer
1982
(34th)
Outstanding Informational Series[7]
Creativity with Bill Moyers Mert Koplin, Charles Grinker and Bill Moyers, executive producers; Betsy McCarthy, coordinating producer PBS
The Barbara Walters Specials Don Mischer, executive producer; Joann Goldberg, producer ABC
The Dick Cavett Show Robin Breed, producer PBS
Entertainment Tonight Jim Bellows, executive producer; Andy Friendly, John Goldhammer and Vin Di Bona, producers Syndicated
Middletown Peter Davis, producer PBS
Outstanding Informational Special[8]
The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark Sid Ganis, executive producer; Howard Kazanjian, producer PBS
Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark Sid Ganis, executive producer; Robert Guenette, producer CBS
High Hopes: The Capra Years Carl Pingitore and Frank Capra Jr., producers NBC
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter David L. Wolper, executive producer; Jack Haley Jr., producer ABC
Marva Collins: Excellence in Education Kathleen Maloney, producer PBS
1983
(35th)
Outstanding Informational Series[9]
The Barbara Walters Specials Beth Polson, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Entertainment Tonight George Merlis and Jim Bellows, executive producers; Vin Di Bona, producer; Bruce Cook, coordinating producer Syndicated
Over Easy with Mary Martin & Jim Hartz Richard R. Rector and Jules Power, executive producers; Ben Bayol and Janice Tunder, producers; Jim Hartz and Mary Martin, hosts PBS
Real People George Schlatter, executive producer; Bob Wynn, producer NBC
Screenwriters: Words Into Image Terry Sanders and Freida Lee Mock, producers PBS
Outstanding Informational Special[10]
The Body Human: The Living Code Thomas W. Moore, executive producer; Robert E. Fuisz and Alfred R. Kelman, producers; Charles A. Bangert, Franklin Getchel and Nancy Smith, co-producer CBS
I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind Chandler Cowles and Helen Kristt Radin, executive producers; Lee R. Bobker, producer CBS
King Penguin: Stranded Beyond the Falklands Aubrey Buxton, executive producer; Colin Willock, producer
The Making of Gandhi: Mr. Attenborough and Mr. Gandhi Jenny Barraclough, producer PBS
Mario Lanza: The American Caruso John Musilli and Stephan Chodorov, executive producers; JoAnn Young, producer
1984
(36th)
Outstanding Informational Series[11]
A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers Mert Koplin, senior executive producer; Charles Grinker and Sanford H. Fisher, executive producers; Betsy McCarthy, coordinating producer; David Grubin and Ronald Blumer, producers; Bill Moyers, host PBS
The Barbara Walters Specials Beth Polson, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Cousteau/Amazon Jacques-Yves Cousteau, executive producer/host; Jean-Michel Cousteau, executive producer; Mose Richards and John Soh, producers Syndicated
Entertainment Tonight George Merlis, executive producer; Jack Reilly and Vin Di Bona, producers; Stuart Crowner and Bruce Cook, coordinating producers
Siskel & Ebert at the Movies Joseph Antelo, executive producer; Nancy De Los Santos, producer; Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, hosts
Outstanding Informational Special[12]
America Remembers John F. Kennedy Thomas Horton, producer Syndicated
The Body Human: The Journey Within John D. Backe and Thomas W. Moore, executive producer; Alfred R. Kelman and Robert E. Fuisz, producers; Bob Eisenhardt and Nancy Smith, co-producers CBS
Dance in America: Balanchine (Great Performances) Jac Venza, executive producer; Judy Kinberg, producer PBS
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Robin Leach, executive producer; Jim Cross, supervising producer Syndicated
The Lions of Etosha: King of the Beasts Aubrey Buxton, executive producer; Colin Willock, producer CBS
1985
(37th)
Outstanding Informational Series[13]
The Living Planet Richard Brock, executive producer; Adrian Warren, Ned Kelly and Andrew Neal, producers PBS
At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert Joseph Antelo, executive producer; Laura C. Hernandez and Nancy De Los Santos, producers; Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, hosts Syndicated
The Barbara Walters Specials Beth Polson, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Entertainment Tonight Jack Reilly, producer; Stuart Crowner and Gary Grossman, coordinating producers Syndicated
Heart of the Dragon Peter Montagnon, executive producer; Patrick W. Lui, Nigel Houghton and Alasdair Clayre, producers; Herb Bloom, coordinating producer PBS
Outstanding Informational Special[14]
Cousteau: Mississippi Jacques-Yves Cousteau, executive producer/host; Jean-Michel Cousteau, executive producer; Andrew Solt, producer Syndicated
Cousteau/Amazon: Snowstorm in the Jungle Jacques-Yves Cousteau, executive producer/host; Jean-Michel Cousteau, executive producer Syndicated
A Day in the Country: Impressionism and the French Landscape Ann Zane Shanks and Bob Shanks, producers PBS
Judy Garland: The Concert Years (Great Performances) Jac Venza, executive producer; Joan Kramer and David Heeley, producers
Missing... Have You Seen This Person? Dave Bell, executive producer; John Cosgrove, Terry Dunn Meurer and Chris Pye, producers NBC
1986
(38th)
Outstanding Informational Series[15]
Laurence Olivier: A Life (Great Performances) Nick Evans and Nick Elliott, executive producers; Bob Bee, producer PBS
Planet Earth Thomas Skinner, executive producer; Gregory Andorfer, series producer; Georgann Kane, coordinating producer
The Barbara Walters Specials Beth Polson, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Entertainment Tonight Jack Reilly, producer; Stuart Crowner and Gary Grossman, coordinating producers Syndicated
In Search of the Trojan War Bill Lyons, producer PBS
Outstanding Informational Special[16]
W.C. Fields: Straight Up Robert B. Weide, executive producer; Ronald J. Fields, co-producer PBS
The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt Harrison Engle, producer; Marilyn S. Engle, co-producer ABC
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn George Paris and George Paige, executive producers; David Heeley and Joan Kramer, producers; Katharine Hepburn, host PBS
The Statue of Liberty Marcie Setlow, executive producer; Ken Burns and Buddy Squires, producers
We Are The World: A Year of Giving Ken Kragen and Kenneth Yates, executive producers; Howard G. Malley and Craig Golin, producers CBS
1987
(39th)
Outstanding Informational Series[17]
Smithsonian World Adrian Malone, executive producer; David Grubin, producer PBS
Unknown Chaplin (American Masters) Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, producers
The Barbara Walters Specials Phyllis McGrady, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Entertainment Tonight David Nuell, executive producer; Jim Van Messel, senior producer; Barry Berk, supervising producer; Bob Flick, line producer; Gary Grossman, coordinating producer Syndicated
Siskel & Ebert Donna La Pietra, executive producer; Andrea Gronvall, producer; Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, hosts
Outstanding Informational Special[18]
Agnes, the Indomitable DeMille (Great Performances) Jac Venza, executive producer; Judy Kinberg, producer PBS
Billie Holiday: The Long Night of Lady Day (American Masters) Angus Trowbridge, executive producer; Alan Yentob, producer PBS
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (Great Performances) Jac Venza and George Paris, executive producers; Joan Kramer and David Heeley, producers
Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente David Niven Jr., Jack Haley Jr. and Richard Schickel, producers; Liza Minnelli, host
Scared Straight! 10 Years Later Arnold Shapiro, executive producer/producer; Anthony Cassara and Greg Nathanson, executive producers Syndicated
1988
(40th)
Outstanding Informational Series[19]
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (American Masters) Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, producers PBS
Nature David Heeley, executive producer; Fred Kaufman, series producer
The Barbara Walters Specials Phyllis McGrady, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Entertainment Tonight David Nuell, executive producer; Jim Van Messel, senior producer; Barry Berk, supervising producer; Gary Grossman, coordinating producer Syndicated
Siskel & Ebert Larry J. Dieckhaus, executive producer; Andrea Gronvall, producer; Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, hosts
Outstanding Informational Special[20]
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Bill Couturié and Thomas Bird, producers HBO
Bacall on Bogart (Great Performances) Jac Venza, executive producer; Joan Kramer and David Heeley, producers; Lauren Bacall, host PBS
Directed by William Wyler (American Masters) Catherine Wyler, executive producer; Catherine Tatge, producer
George Gershwin Remembered (American Masters) John H. Williams and Kirk D'Amico, executive producers; Peter Adam, producer
Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist Loren Stephens, executive producer; Ellen Geiger, executive producer for KCET; Judy Chaikin, producer
1989
(41st)
Outstanding Informational Series[21]
Nature David Heeley, executive producer; Fred Kaufman, series producer PBS
Cops John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, executive producers; Paul Stojanovich and Andrew Thomas, co-producers Fox
A Current Affair Gerald Stone, executive producer; Peter Brennan, senior producer Syndicated
Entertainment Tonight David Nuell, executive producer; Jim Van Messel, senior producer; Barry Berk, supervising producer; Cliff Lachman, coordinating producer
Unsolved Mysteries Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove, executive producers; Ed Horwitz and Chris Pye, supervising producers; Stuart Schwartz, coordinating producer NBC
Outstanding Informational Special[22]
Lillian Gish: The Actor's Life for Me (American Masters) Freida Lee Mock and Susan Lacy, executive producers; Terry Sanders, producer; William T. Cartwright, co-producer PBS
AIDS: The Global Expansion Bob Cawley, executive producer; Alex Paen and Keith Shaw, producers Syndicated
A Duke Named Ellington (American Masters) Susan Lacy, executive producer; Terry Carter, producer; Leonard Malone, co-producer PBS
The 50th Barbara Walters Special Bill Geddie, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
The Unforgettable Nat 'King' Cole Martin Haxby and Anthony Wall, executive producers; Jo Lustig, producer Disney

1990s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
1990
(42nd)
Outstanding Informational Series[23]
Smithsonian World Adrian Malone, executive producer; Sandra W. Bradley, producer PBS
America's Most Wanted Michael Linder, executive producer; Dan Kavanaugh, producer; Cord Keller, co-producer Fox
Cops John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, executive producers; Paul Stojanovich, producer; Bertram van Munster, co-producer
Entertainment Tonight Jim Van Messel and David Nuell, executive producers; Barry Berk, supervising producer Syndicated
Unsolved Mysteries John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, executive producers; Chris Pye and Ed Horwitz, supervising producers; Stuart Schwartz, coordinating producer NBC
Outstanding Informational Special[24]
Bob Fosse: Steam Heat (Great Performances) Jac Venza, executive producer; Judy Kinberg, producer PBS
Broadway's Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theatre (American Masters) Jac Venza and Susan Lacy, executive producers; Joan Kramer, David Heeley and Joanne Woodward, producers
The Barbara Walters Summer Special with Billy Crystal, Jay Leno and Robin Williams Bill Geddie, producer; Wendy Roth, coordinating producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (American Masters) Susan Lacy and Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, executive producers; David Gill and Kevin Brownlow, producers; Harlene Freezer, coordinating producer PBS
I Love Lucy: The Very First Show B. Donald Grant, executive producer; Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, producers; Jason Shubb, coordinating producer CBS
1991
(43rd)
Outstanding Informational Series[25]
The Civil War Ken Burns and Ric Burns, producers; Stephen Ives, Julie Dunfey and Mike Hill, co-producers; Catherine Eisele-Yang, coordinating producer PBS
The Astronomers Blaine Baggett, executive producer; Peter R. Baker, series producer; James F. Golway, producer; Julio Moline, coordinating producer PBS
Entertainment Tonight David Nuell and Jim Van Messel, executive producers; Barry Berk, supervising producer; Jim Ziegler and Bill Olsen, producers Syndicated
Smithsonian World Adrian Malone, executive producer; Sandra Wentworth Bradley, producer PBS
Unsolved Mysteries John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, executive producers; Ed Horwitz and Raymond Bridgers, supervising producers; Stuart Schwartz, coordinating producer NBC
Outstanding Informational Special[26]
Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter (American Masters) Susan Lacy, executive producer; Susan Steinberg, producer; Elizabeth Kreutz and Harlene Freezer, co-producers PBS
All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special Norman Lear and Mark E. Pollack, executive producers; Michael Doqui, supervising producer; George Zaloom and Les Mayfield, producers; Jean-Michel Michenaud, line producer CBS
The Barbara Walters Summer Special with Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons and Sophia Loren Bill Geddie, producer; Wendy Roth, coordinating producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Cheers: 200th Anniversary Special James Burrows, Glen Charles, Les Charles, Cherie Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Phoef Sutton, executive producers; Tim Berry, producer; Andy Ackerman, Brian Pollack, Mert Rich, Dan O'Shannon, Tom Anderson and Larry Balmagia, co-producers NBC
The Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show Andrew Solt, executive producer; Susan F. Walker, supervising producer CBS
1992
(44th)
Outstanding Informational Series[27]
MGM: When Lions Roared Joni Levin, producer TNT
Entertainment Tonight Jim Van Messel and David Nuell, executive producers; Barry Berk, supervising producer; Bill Olson and Jim Ziegler, producers Syndicated
Later with Bob Costas Lou Del Prete and Matthew McCarthy, executive producers; Bruce Cornblatt and Fred Rothenberg, senior producers; Cynthia Parsons and Michael Weinberg, producers; Bob Costas, host NBC
Siskel & Ebert Larry Dieckhaus, executive producer; Jim Murphy, supervising producer; Andrea Gronvall, producer; Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, hosts Syndicated
Unsolved Mysteries Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove, executive producers; Stuart Schwartz, coordinating producer; Raymond Bridgers and Ed Horwitz, supervising producers NBC
Outstanding Informational Special[28]
Abortion: Desperate Choices Susan Froemke, executive producer HBO
The Barbara Walters Summer Special with Michelle Pfeiffer, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Cruise Bill Geddie, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio Ken Burns, Morgan Wesson and Tom Lewis, producers PBS
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Doug Claybourne and Fred Roos, executive producers; George Zaloom and Les Mayfield, producers Showtime
In the Company of Whales Tim Cowling, executive producer; Robin Brown, producer Discovery
1993
(45th)
Outstanding Informational Series[29]
Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers David Grubin, executive producer; Bill Moyers, editorial producer/host; Alice Markowitz, producer; Judith Davidson Moyers, editorial producer PBS
Cops John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, executive producers; Murray Jordan, supervising producer; Bertram van Munster, producer; Karla Bair, co-producer Fox
Entertainment Tonight Jim Van Messel, executive producer; Barry Berk, senior producer; Linda Ellman, supervising producer; Bill Olson, Jim Ziegler and Steve Skinner, producers Syndicated
Unsolved Mysteries Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove, executive producers; Stuart Schwartz and Raymond Bridgers, supervising producers; Tim Rogan, coordinating producer NBC
The Wild West Douglas Netter, executive producer; John Copeland and Kieth Merrill, producer; Jamie Smith and Fabian Forte, co-producers Syndicated
Outstanding Informational Special[30]
Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill, executive producers; Don Buford, producer NBC
The Barbara Walters Summer Special with Kathie Lee Gifford & Frank Gifford, Al Pacino, Jerry Seinfeld and Clint Eastwood Bill Geddie, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
D.W. Griffith: Father of Film (American Masters) Susan Lacy and Ian Martin, executive producers; Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, producers PBS
Katherine Hepburn: All About Me Joan Kramer and David Heeley, producers; Katharine Hepburn, host TNT
Michael Jackson Talks to... Oprah Live Oprah Winfrey, executive producer; Debra Di Maio, producer; Wendy Roth, coordinating producer ABC
1994
(46th)
Outstanding Informational Series[31]
Later with Bob Costas Lou Del Prete and Matthew McCarthy, executive producers; Fred Rothenberg and Bruce Cornblatt, senior producers; Michael Weinberg, producer; Bob Costas, host NBC
Cooking with Master Chefs: Hosted by Julia Child Geoffrey Drummond, Natan Katzman and John Potthast, executive producers; Susie Heller, coordinating producer; Julia Child, host PBS
Cops John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, executive producers; Murray Jordan, supervising producer; Bertram van Munster, producer; Karla Bair, co-producer Fox
Entertainment Tonight Jim Van Messel, executive producer; Bill Olson, Jim Ziegler and Kathryn McEachern, supervising producers; Barry Berk, senior producer Syndicated
Siskel & Ebert Larry Dieckhaus, executive producer; Don DuPree, supervising producer/director; Andrea Gronvall, producer; Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, hosts
Outstanding Informational Special[32]
I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond, producers HBO
Audrey Hepburn Remembered Gene Feldman and Suzette Winter, co-producers PBS
The Barbara Walters Summer Special with Elton John, Meg Ryan and Steven Spielberg Bill Geddie, producer; Barbara Walters, host ABC
George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin George Stevens Jr., producer Disney
Leonard Bernstein: The Gift of Music Harry J. Kraut and Klaus Hallig, executive producers; Michael Bronson, producer; Elaine Warner, coordinating producer PBS
1995
(47th)
Outstanding Informational Series[33]
Baseball Ken Burns, producer/director/writer; Lynn Novick, producer; Geoffrey C. Ward, writer; John Chancellor, narrator PBS
TV Nation Michael Moore, executive producer/director/writer/host; Jerry Kupfer, supervising producer; David Wald, senior producer; Kathleen Glynn, producer; Eric Zicklin, Steve Sherrill, Chris Kelly and Randy Cohen, writers NBC
A Century of Women Jacoba Atlas, executive producer/writer; Pat Mitchell, executive producer for TBS; Susan Krakower, supervising producer; Vivian Schiller, supervising producer for TBS; Carol Romo, coordinating producer; Lynne Tuite, producer: fiction; Kyra Thompson, producer/writer; Barbara Kopple, director: fictional family; Judy Korin, Chris Harty and Sylvia Morales, directors; Lynn Roth, co-producer/writer: fictional family; Heidi Schulman, writer; Jane Fonda, narrator TBS
The Hermitage: A Russian Odyssey Daniel Wilson, executive producer; John Baehrend, producer; Rod MacLeish, writer Syndicated
The History of Rock 'n' Roll Jeffrey Peisch, series producer; Andrew Solt, Robert B. Meyrowitz, David Salzman and Quincy Jones, executive producers; Ted Haimes, producer/director/writer; Greg Vines, co-producer; Marc Sachnoff, supervising producer; David Axlerod, line producer WBN
Unsolved Mysteries Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove, executive producers; Stuart Schwartz and Raymond Bridgers, supervising producers; Tim Rogan, coordinating producer; Joshua Alper, Glenn Kirschbaum and Lynn Lawrence, writers; Jim Lindsay, Mike Mathis and Robert M. Wise, directors; Robert Stack, host NBC
Outstanding Informational Special[34]
One Survivor Remembers Kary Antholis, producer; Sheila Nevins, senior producer; Michael Berenbaum and Raye Farr, co-producers HBO
Taxicab Confessions Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Joe Gantz and Harry Gantz, producers/directors
5 American Kids – 5 American Handguns Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Vince DiPersio and Bill Guttentag, producers/writers/directors; Beau Bridges, narrator HBO
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream Michael Tollin, executive producer/director/writer; Denzel Washington, Debra Martin Chase and Brian Robbins, executive producers; David Houle and Jack Myers, executive producers for TV Prod. Partners; Fredric Golding, producer; Dorian Harewood, narrator; Pat Mitchell, executive producer for TBS; Tom McMahon, supervising producer for TBS; Vivian Schiller, senior producer for TBS TBS
Moon Shot David Hoffman, executive producer; Kirk Wolfinger, director; Rushmore DeNooyer, producer: 3rd hour/chief writer; Dana Rae Warren, writer/producer: 1st hour; Aaron Fische and Dan Gordon-Levitt, producers: 2nd hour; Jim Ohm, producer: 3rd hour; Sarah Kerruish, writer/producer: 4th hour; Barry Corbin, narrator; Pat Mitchell and John Savage, executive producers for TBS; Vivian Schiller, supervising producer for TBS
30 Years of National Geographic Specials Nicolas Noxon, executive producer; Gail Willumsen, producer/writer; Barry Nye, producer; Richard Kiley, narrator NBC
1996
(48th)
Outstanding Informational Series[35]
Time Life's Lost Civilizations Joel Westbrook, executive producer; Jason Williams, producer; Robert H. Gardner, producer/director/writer; William Morgan, coordinating producer; Ed Fields, writer; Sam Waterston, host NBC
The Beatles Anthology Neil Aspinall, executive producer; Chips Chipperfield, producer; Geoff Wonfor, director; Bob Smeaton, series director/writer ABC
Biography Josh Howard and Michael Cascio, executive producers; Michael Rosenbaum, senior producer; Randy Martin and Brooke Runnette, producers; Bill Harris, series producer/director; Diane Ferenczi, coordinating producer A&E
The Private Life of Plants Pat Mitchell, executive producer; Mike Salisbury, executive producer/producer; Vivian Schiller, senior producer; Neil Nightingale and Keith Scholey, producers; Neil Lucas, directors; David Attenborough, writer/host TBS
TV Nation Michael Moore. executive producer/director/writer; Kathleen Glynn, producer; Jerry Kupfer, supervising producer; Annie Cohen, John Derevlany, Francis Gasparini, Jay Martel, Jeff Stilson and Louis Theroux, writers Fox
Outstanding Informational Special[36]
Survivors of the Holocaust Pat Mitchell, executive producer; Vivian Schiller, senior producer; June Beallor and James Moll, producers; Jacoba Atlas, supervising producer; Allan Holzman, director TBS
Andersonville Diaries Kaye Zusmann, executive producer; Amy Walter Richards, producer/writer; Charlton Heston, narrator TNT
The Battle Over Citizen Kane (American Experience) Thomas Lennon and Michael Epstein, producers PBS
The Celluloid Closet Howard Rosenman, Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; Lily Tomlin, co-executive producer/narrator; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, producers/directors/writers; Michael Lumpkin, co-producer; Sharon Wood and Armistead Maupin, writers HBO
1997
(49th)
Outstanding Informational Series[37]
Biography Michael Cascio, executive producer; CarolAnne Dolan, supervising producer; Diane Ferenczi, coordinating producer; Peter Graves and Jack Perkins, hosts A&E
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Blaine Baggett, executive producer/writer; Jay Winter, co-producer/writer; Carl Byker, producer/director/writer PBS
Discover Magazine Suzy Geller-Wolf and David McKillop, executive producers; Evan Hadingham, executive producer/writer; Mark Etkind, producer/director/writer; Nancy Dubuc, coordinating producer; Dan Gordon-Levitt, co-producer; Peter DeMeo, host Discovery
Inside the Actors Studio James Lipton, executive producer/host; Michael Kostel, producer; Caroline Kaplan, series producer; Jeff Wurtz, director Bravo
Siskel & Ebert Larry Dieckhaus, executive producer; Andrea Gronvall, producer; Don DuPree, director; Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, hosts Syndicated
Outstanding Informational Special[38]
National Geographic Special: Tigers of the Snow Nicolas Noxon, executive producer; Mark Stouffer, producer/director; Kevin McCarey, writer; Richard Kiley, narrator NBC
Without Pity: A Film About Abilities Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Michael Mierendorf, producer/director/writer; Jonathan Moss, coordinating producer; Christopher Reeve, narrator HBO
Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant Garde (American Masters) Susan Lacy, executive producer; Tamar Hacker, senior producer; Mel Stuart, producer/director; William T. Cartwright, co-producer; Neil Baldwin, writer PBS
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, producers/directors; Jonathan Moss, coordinating producer HBO
Talked to Death Sheila Nevins, executive producer; John Parsons Peditto, producer; Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Diane Rosenberg, co-producers; Nancy Abraham, associate producer; Eames Yeates, director
Taxicab Confessions III Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Joe Gantz and Harry Gantz, producers/directors

Between 1998–2012, the award was bestowed as Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

2010s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
2013
(65th)
[39]
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig, executive producers; Nick Brigden, Michael Steed, Tom Vitale and Jared Andrukanis, producers CNN
Inside the Actors Studio James Lipton and Christian Barcellos, executive producers; Shawn Tesser and Jeff Wurtz, producers Bravo
Brain Games Jerry Kolber and Allan Butler, executive producers; Adam 'Tex' Davis and Isaac Holub, supervising producers; Jason Williams, producer; Jason Silva, host Nat Geo
Oprah's Master Class Justin Wilkes, Jon Kamen, Jon Sinclair and Oprah Winfrey, executive producers OWN
Stand Up to Cancer Joel Gallen and Gwyneth Paltrow, executive producers; Nikki Varhely-Gillingham and Rick Austin, supervising producers; Emily Wolfe, producer ABC/CBS/NBC
2014
(66th)
[40]
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig, executive producers; Nick Brigden, Michael Steed, Tom Vitale and Jared Andrukanis, producers CNN
Vice Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and Bradley J. Levin, executive producers; Jedd Thomas, senior producer; Jonah Kaplan, series producer HBO
Inside the Actors Studio James Lipton, executive producer; Shawn Tesser and Jeff Wurtz, producers Bravo
Through the Wormhole Producing Team Science
The Writers' Room Tom Forman, Brad Bishop, Mike Maloy and Neal Kendall, executive producers; Jim Rash, producer/host Sundance
2015
(67th)
[41]
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig, executive producers; Tom Vitale and Erik Osterholm, producers CNN
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways James A. Rota, John Ramsay and Dave Grohl, executive producers; John Silva, Gaby Skolnek, John Cutcliffe and Kristen Welsh, produced by HBO
Inside the Actors Studio James Lipton, executive producer; Shawn Tesser and Jeff Wurtz, producers Bravo
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson, Helen Matsos, Brian Lovett and Michael Kovnat, executive producers; Drew Pulley, co-executive producer Nat Geo
Vice Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and Bradley J. Levin, executive producers; Jonah Kaplan, co-executive producer; Tim Clancy, supervising producer; Ben Anderson, senior producer HBO
2016
(68th)
[42]
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain, executive producer/host; Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig, executive producers; Toby Oppenheimer, Mike Steed and Tom Vitale, producers CNN
Inside the Actors Studio James Lipton, executive producer/host; Shawn E. Tesser and Jeff Wurtz, producers Bravo
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson, executive producer/host; Helen Matsos, Brian Lovett and Michael Kovnat, executive producers; Drew Pulley, co-executive producer Nat Geo
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman, executive producer/host; James Younger, Lori McCreary, Michael J. Miller and Simon Andreae, executive producers; Scott Tiffany, supervising producer; Frank Kosa, producer
Vice Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, Bradley J. Levin and Bill Maher, executive producers; Jonah Kaplan, co-executive producer; Tim Clancy, supervising producer; Ben Anderson, produced by HBO
2017
(69th)
[43]
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Leah Remini, Alex Weresow and Devon Graham Hammonds, executive producers; Erin Gamble and Rachelle Mendez, co-executive producers; Jeana Dill, supervising producer A&E
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig, executive producers; Tom Vitale and Jeffrey D. Allen, producers CNN
Inside the Actors Studio James Lipton, executive producer; Shawn E. Tesser and Jeff Wurtz, producers Bravo
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson, executive producer/host; Helen Matsos, Brian Lovett, Drew Pulley and Michael J. Miller, executive producers Nat Geo
Vice Shane Smith, Jonah Kaplan, Tim Clancy and Bill Maher, executive producers; Beverly Chase and David Schankula, supervising producers; Ben Anderson, senior producer HBO
2018
(70th)
[44]
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig, executive producers; Morgan Fallon, producer CNN
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Leah Remini, Devon Graham Hammonds, Myles Reiff, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Amy Savitsky, executive producers A&E
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman Justin Wilkes, Dave Sirulnick, Jon Kamen and Tom Keaney, executive producers; Louise Shelton, supervising producer; Aaron Bergeron, series producer; Mary Barclay, producer Netflix
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson, executive producer/host; Helen Matsos, Brian Lovett, Drew Pulley and Betsy Forhan, executive producers Nat Geo
Vice Shane Smith, Jonah Kaplan, Tim Clancy, Bill Maher and Michael Kenneth Williams, executive producers; Beverly Chase and David Schankula, supervising producers; Ben Anderson, senior producer HBO

Programs with multiple awards[edit]

Programs with multiple nominations[edit]

Totals are for nominees since 2013 and include nominations for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

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