Top 10 Best Biography TV Shows On Netflix In 2024 [Ranked]

Archie JainArchie-Posted Jan 23, 2024

top 10 best Biography TV Shows on netflix in 2024 [Ranked]


Biographies deal with a person's life, in great detail. A biographical show turns those details into cinematic pieces for viewers to enjoy and take note of. While not all have stuck to historical accuracy and have opted for entertainment, over the years, more and more biographical television shows have come to the fore, some dealing with well-known loved personalities and others often looking into the lives of some of the most notorious people to have lived.


Shows like Crown, Narcos, Tiger King, Dickinson, Julia, Manhunt and more are all testament to the coming together of facts and fiction, churning out a cinematic masterpiece.


With that being said, given below is a list of some of the best biographical television shows to have been made over the years and that can be watched on Netflix.



1. Narcos (TV Series 2015–2017)


Narcos (TV Series 2015–2017)


Highlighting season 2 as a standout, Narcos spans 3 years with 3 seasons and 30 episodes.


Starring Wagner Moura, who has earned nominations for Blogos de Oro (Best Actor in a TV show (Mejor Actor en una serie)), the series guided by Carlo Bernard captivates audiences with an evolving narrative.


Narcos chronicles the real-life story and criminal exploits of Colombian cocaine drug lord Pablo Escobar who plagued the country over the years, creating a dangerous empire and Steve Murphy, the DEA agent who is sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and kill Escobar.


Despite being a notorious criminal, Escobar's love and appreciation for his family and associates made it difficult to place him as a target.


Available Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany



2. The Crown (TV Series 2016–2023)


The Crown (TV Series 2016–2023)


Recognized with nominations for ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Critics Choice Awards, The Crown has etched its place in the entertainment realm. Under the guidance of Peter Morgan and starring Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Staunton, the show's biography-drama theme has captured hearts since 2016. With 6 seasons and 54 episodes, it's a testament to enduring quality.


The Crown focuses on the life of the British Royal Family, chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the late 1940s to the present time. The series gives an inside look into the early reign of the Queen after she took the throne at 25, after the sudden death of her father King George VI. 


With the passage of time, personal and political turmoil, romance, rivalries and intrigue further shape the events of her and her family's life, even as they navigate the dawn of a new era.


Available Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany



3. American Crime Story (TV Series 2016– )


American Crime Story (TV Series 2016– )


Stellar performances define American Crime Story thanks to its talented ensemble cast, including Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, and Sterling K. Brown. Among them, Sterling K. Brown stands out, having earned Critics Choice Television Awards (Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series).


Sterling K. Brown who portrayed Christopher Darden with depth and emotion, helped the show's status as a true masterpiece.


The series examines some of the most infamous and historical American crimes that were not just spine-chilling but also made the entire country stop and take notice, ensuring no one forgot it easily.


While season 1 covered 'The People vs. OJ Simpson's' murder trial, season 2 was on 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' and season 3 was about The Monica Lewinsky affair.


Available Countries: India



4. For Life (TV Series 2020–2021)


For Life (TV Series 2020–2021)


With Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, and Joy Bryant in leading roles, For Life has expanded over 2 years, spanning 2 seasons and 23 episodes. Created by Hank Steinberg, the series embraces a variety of elements.


For Life is the story of Aaron Wallace who gets sentenced to lifelong incarceration for a crime he did not commit. While choosing to seek justice for himself, he decides to learn the law and litigations and becomes a lawyer to work as a defence attorney and help the other inmates get justice as well.


Available Countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Seychelles, and Senegal



5. Super Pumped (TV Series 2022– )


Super Pumped (TV Series 2022– )


This biography-drama show, Super Pumped, is created by Brian Koppelman, one of the well-known personalities in the entertainment industry. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kyle Chandler, and Kerry Bishé in key roles, it has its merits but hasn't garnered a dedicated fanbase over 1 season.


The series follows Travis Kalanick, who undergoes multiple upheavals as he embarks on a challenging journey by attempting to take his company Uber to newer heights against all sorts of internal and external battles that consistently threaten to destroy everything he's working hard for.


The series is based on Mike Isaac's book, titled 'The Battle For Uber.'


Available Countries: United States



6. Tiger King (TV Series 2020–2021)


Tiger King (TV Series 2020–2021)


Tiger King faced a fall in ratings, each season's dip highlighting diminishing appeal. Mixed reviews and user ratings added to its unimpressive record.


Guided by Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and John Reinke, the show unfolded through 2 seasons, and over 2 years, failing to reclaim lost ground.


Joe Exotic is the owner of the GW Zoo in Oklahoma. The zoo's primary claim to fame is from its huge collection of big cats including lions and tigers. A larger-than-life, crazy and corrupt character, Joe Exotic's handling of the animals keeps leading him into confrontations with animal welfare advocates and fellow zoo owner Carole Baskin. The growing feud between them forces Joe down a dangerous route.


Available Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany



7. Aquarius (TV Series 2015–2016)


Aquarius (TV Series 2015–2016)


With David Duchovny, Grey Damon, and Gethin Anthony in leading roles, Aquarius has expanded over 2 years, spanning 2 seasons and 26 episodes. Created by John McNamara, the series embraces a variety of elements.


The series is set in 1967 LA and is inspired by actual places, people and events. Sam Hodiak is an LAPD detective investigating the case of a missing teenager along with his younger colleague, the undercover narcotics officer Brian Shafe.


Hodiak finds himself up against the notorious Charles Manson and his infamous family; a ragtag group of Manson's followers amongst whom Hodiak notices the missing girl.


Available Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France



8. Chef's Table (TV Series 2015–2019)


Chef's Table (TV Series 2015–2019)


An exemplar of excellence in the world of television, Chef's Table gleams with an impressive IMDb rating of 8.5.


Spanning 6 seasons and captivating audiences through 30 episodes, it earned nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Trailer Awards, and Hollywood Music In Media Awards, reaffirming its exceptional status.


The series Chef's Table chronicles the lives, world, passion and kitchens of six of the world's most well-known critically acclaimed international chefs. Each of the episodes focuses on a particular chef and their interesting and unique take on their lives, talents and passions that stem from their piece of culinary heaven.


Available Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany



9. Medici (TV Series 2016–2019)


Medici (TV Series 2016–2019)


Unnoticed by many, Medici, helmed by Nicholas Meyer, offers a distinct experience. Featuring Daniel Sharman, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Synnove Karlsen, this production from 2016 may have flown under the radar, but its moderate ratings make it a find for those in search of underrated gems.


It's the 1470s and the Medici family's power has been consolidated over time. Cosimo de' Medici suddenly finds himself thrust at the help of his wealthy dynasty family after his father Giovanni unexpectedly dies.


However, Cosimo also seems to conceal a dangerous secret; his father was murdered. Now, Cosimo and his brother will have to come together to unearth the one responsible for the murder while also protecting their family.


Available Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and India



10. Roman Empire (TV Series 2016–2019)


Roman Empire (TV Series 2016–2019)


With Aaron Irvin, Corey Brennan, and Jerry Toner in leading roles, Roman Empire has expanded over 4 years, spanning 3 seasons and 15 episodes. Created by Richard Lopez, the series embraces a variety of elements.


The series chronicles in intricate detail the rules of the well-known narcissistic Roman Emperor Commodus, who had inherited the Roman Empire from his father, Marcus Aurelius, at the very height of its expansion in the second century AD. The series is narrated against the backdrop of violence, corruption and sex.


Available Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany





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