Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
Awarded forOutstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held byAnthony Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2019)
Websiteemmys.com

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming is awarded to one television documentary or nonfiction series each year.

In the following list, the first titles listed in gold are the winners; those not in gold are nominees, which are listed in alphabetical order. The years given are those in which the ceremonies took place:

Winners and nominations[edit]

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

2000s[edit]

Year Program Episode(s) Nominees Network
2003
[1]
American Experience "Seabiscuit" Michelle Ferrari PBS
American Experience "The Murder of Emmett Till" Marcia A. Smith PBS
Da Ali G Show Sacha Baron Cohen, Dan Mazer, Anthony Hines, Jamie Glassman and James Bobin HBO
Journeys with George Alexandra Pelosi
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Mark Jonathan Harris
2004
[2]
American Masters "Judy Garland: By Myself" Susan Lacy and Stephen Stept PBS
Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor Rick Sebak PBS
JFK: A Presidency Revealed David C. Taylor History
Pandemic: Facing AIDS "Uganda/Thailand" Mark Bailey HBO
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! "War on Drugs" Penn Jillette, Teller, Emma Webster, Star Price and Michael Goudeau Showtime
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives "The Peasant" Terry Jones History
2005
[3]
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Geoffrey C. Ward PBS
Beyond the Da Vinci Code Thomas Quinn and Rob Blumenstein History
Broadway: The American Musical "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" JoAnn Young PBS
Death in Gaza Saira Shah HBO
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! "Profanity" Penn Jillette, Teller, Jon Hotchkiss, Star Price and Michael Goudeau Showtime
2006
[4]
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story Peter Jones TCM
American Masters "John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend" Kenneth Bowser PBS
"Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea" DeWitt Sage
How William Shatner Changed the World Alan Handel and Julian Jones History
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! "Prostitution" Penn Jillette, Teller, Cliff Schoenberg, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau and Star Price Showtime
2007
[5]
American Masters "Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film" James Sanders and Ric Burns PBS
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! "Wal-Mart" Penn Jillette, Teller, Sheryl Zohn, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Star Price, Cliff Schoenberg and David Weiss Showtime
Planet Earth "Mountains" Vanessa Berlowitz and Gary Parker Discovery
Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed Steven Smith, David Comtois and Kevin Burns History
This American Life "God's Close-Up" Nancy Updike Showtime
2008
[6]
The War "Pride of Our Nation (June–August 1944)" Geoffrey C. Ward PBS
American Experience "Walt Whitman" Mark Zwonitzer PBS
Intervention "Caylee" Jeff Grogan A&E
Life After People David de Vries History
This American Life "Escape" Ira Glass Showtime
2009
[7]
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Joe Bini, P.G. Morgan and Marina Zenovich HBO
American Experience "The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer" David Grubin PBS
American Masters "Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About" Amanda Vaill
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America "When I'm Bad, I'm Better — The Groundbreakers" Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! "New Age Medicine" Penn Jillette, Teller, Star Price, Rich Nathanson, Michael Goudeau, David Wechter, Cliff Schoenberg and Sheryl Zohn Showtime

2010s[edit]

Year Program Episode(s) Nominees Network
2010
[8]
The National Parks: America's Best Idea "The Last Refuge (1890–1915)" Dayton Duncan PBS
America: The Story of Us "Division" Jenny Ash and Ed Fields History
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations "Prague" Anthony Bourdain Travel
The Buddha David Grubin PBS
Life "Challenges of Life" Paul Spillenger Discovery
2011
[9]
American Experience "Freedom Riders" Stanley Nelson Jr. PBS
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations "Haiti" Anthony Bourdain Travel
Gasland Josh Fox HBO
Gettysburg Richard Bedser and Ed Fields History
Moguls & Movie Stars "The Birth of Hollywood" Jon Wilkman TCM
2012
[10]
Prohibition "A Nation of Hypocrites" Geoffrey C. Ward PBS
American Experience "Clinton" Barak Goodman PBS
American Masters "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night" Peter Jones
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations "Cuba" Anthony Bourdain Travel
Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger Christine Ferraro PBS
2013
[11]
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Alex Gibney HBO
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Libya" Anthony Bourdain CNN
The Dust Bowl "The Great Plow-Up" Dayton Duncan PBS
Ethel Mark Bailey HBO
The Men Who Built America "A New War Begins" Stephen David, Patrick Reams, David C. White, Keith Palmer, Randy Counsman and Ed Fields History
2014
[12]
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey "Standing Up in the Milky Way" Ann Druyan and Steven Soter Fox
American Experience "JFK" Mark Zwonitzer PBS
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Congo" Anthony Bourdain CNN
The World Wars "Trial by Fire" Stephen David, David C. White, John Ealer, Alec Michod, Chelsea Coates, Randy Counsman, Russ McCarroll, Jordan Rosenblum and David Schaye History
Years of Living Dangerously "The Surge" Adam Bolt Showtime
2015
[13]
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Alex Gibney HBO
American Experience "Last Days in Vietnam" Keven McAlester and Mark Bailey PBS
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Iran" Anthony Bourdain CNN
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Brett Morgen HBO
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History "The Rising Road (1933–1939)" Geoffrey C. Ward PBS
2016
[14]
Making a Murderer "Eighteen Years Lost" Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos Netflix
American Experience "Walt Disney" Mark Zwonitzer, Sarah Colt and Tom Jennings PBS
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Borneo" Anthony Bourdain CNN
Everything Is Copy — Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted Jacob Bernstein HBO
Jackie Robinson David McMahon and Sarah Burns PBS
2017
[15]
13th Ava DuVernay and Spencer Averick Netflix
Amanda Knox Matthew Hamachek and Brian McGinn Netflix
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Houston" Anthony Bourdain CNN
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years Mark Monroe Hulu
Bill Nye Saves the World "The Sexual Spectrum" Prashanth Venkataramanujam, CeCe Pleasants, Sanden Totten, Mike Drucker and Flora Lichtman Netflix
2018
[16]
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Southern Italy" Anthony Bourdain CNN
The Defiant Ones "Episode 1" Allen Hughes, Lasse Järvi and Doug Pray HBO
Icarus Bryan Fogel, Mark Monroe and Jon Bertain Netflix
Jane Brett Morgen Nat Geo
Mister Rogers: It's You I Like JoAnn Young PBS
The Vietnam War "Episode 8: The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)" Geoffrey C. Ward
2019
[17]
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown "Kenya" Anthony Bourdain CNN
The Case Against Adnan Syed "Forbidden Love" Amy J. Berg HBO
Fyre Fraud Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Hulu
Hostile Planet "Grasslands" Bruce Kennedy Nat Geo
Our Planet "Jungles" Huw Cordey, Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill and David Attenborough Netflix
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men "Episode 1" Paul Greenhouse, Sacha Jenkins and Peter J. Scalettar Showtime

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