If there's one thing TV fanatics love, it's a good documentary. There are so many docs out right now, featuring everything from cults to love triangles and even ancient aliens. Documentaries have become an essential staple of pop culture.
Hulu, one of the best on-demand streamers to ever exist, understands the appeal of documentaries better than anyone. With a myriad of bundles (including additional services like Spotify or Sprint), the service's library features some of the most twisty, intriguing docs ever to grace the big screen. So if you're looking for your next great watch, then Hulu may be your best place to start. Without further ado, here are the 10 best documentaries to watch on Hulu right now (and don't forget that you can sign up for a free trial and stream in 4K with Hulu!)
For fans of: animal rights, sea world, whales
We're starting our list with arguably the most acclaimed and controversial animal rights documentary in history. This doc follows Tilikum, an intelligent and fearsome orca whale, who killed three people during his stay as a featured attraction in Orlando's Sea World. Combining archival footage with expert interviews, this documentary posits new ideas about captivity and the very real consequences of domesticating a wild animal. It's graphic at times, heartbreaking at others. But in all, it's a gripping watch that'll make you think twice about your next family trip to SeaWorld. Trailer.
For fans of: startups, summer camps for adults, the spirit of We
In 2010, two entrepreneurs had an idea. What if working professionals could commingle in specific spaces worldwide to fellowship and share ideas with one another throughout the workday? From this idea, WeWork, the shared workspace company, was born. This doc follows the rise and fall of WeWork, as shady deals and persuasive businessmen landed the company in hot water and on the verge of collapse. The company still exists today (under new management of course), but chances are WeWork won't be able to shake off the stink of its controversial past for a while. Trailer.
For fans of: Big Foot, murder mysteries, investigative reporting
Beginning with three brutal murders and ending with questions about the existence of an urban myth, this documentary is a whirlwind of mystery, terror, and intrigue. The story follows investigative reporter David Holthouse as he searches for answers concerning the death of three Hispanic men in the 90s' that many believe were killed by the mythical Bigfoot. Holthouse's investigation finds him on the west coast, speaking with aspiring cryptozoologists and police alike to get to the bottom of this wild mystery. In his search, he'll discover that there may be more evidence to support the existence of Sasquatch than he first realized. Trailer.
For fans of: nature vs. nurture, feel-good stories gone bad, conspiracy theories
A chance encounter between two identical strangers leads to yet another chance encounter between a third identical stranger in this real-life Sister Sister documentary. Eddie, David, and Richard are the three identical triplets at the center of this film, who were reunited after being separated at birth 19 years ago. Their reunion ran through its share of news circuits in the 80s, earning them status, fame, and enough money to open a steakhouse. As the triplets grow closer, we are made privy to certain truths about the circumstances leading up to their initial separation and the adopted families they grew up in. Expect plenty of twists and turns in this doc that seeks to resolve the old nature vs. nurture debate. Trailer.
For fans of: the environment, young heroes
At 15, Greta Thunberg started skipping school. In a year, she had racked up multiple absences, and her truancy had landed her in hot water. Still, she continued to skip, choosing to focus her energies on solving one of the most important issues of our lifetime. Global warming. Thunberg has become something of a global phenomenon for her activism in the climate space, and her early efforts are chronicled in this doc about the changing climate and the young activists, like Thurnberg, who have something to say about it. Trailer.
For fans of: James Baldwin, civil rights stories, history
This documentary is a kind of hodge-podge or archival footage, and dramatic readings from James Baldwin's most famous unfinished work I Am Not Your Negro. The film examines racism in America in its earlier forms and now, combining notes and interviews with Baldwin to comment on the nature of Blackness in America. The doc doesn't necessarily focus on a singular storyline like other documentaries you may have watched. But its explorations of various themes concerning race, identity, and nationalism make it a worthy addition to this list. If that wasn't a good enough sell, it also features the voice talents of Samuel L. Jackson. Do with that what you will. Trailer.
For fans of: heroines, the US Supreme Court, influential figures
As the second woman appointed to the highest court in the land, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer both in and outside the Supreme Court. Now, in this documentary about her journey to the Court, viewers are given a more personal look at the woman behind the robe. RBG chronicles Justice Ginsburg's life and how her efforts fundamentally changed the world for women. Justice Ginsburg passed away in 2020, but through documentaries such as this and the lengthy list of her accomplishments, her legacy lives on. Trailer.
For fans of: puppies, guide dogs, puppy guide dogs
Fans of cute dogs and animals (so basically everyone) will love this documentary about a litter of puppies who are trained to become guide dogs for the blind. The pups undergo an extensive two-year training program to prep for their new roles, and cameras are there to record their every move. Not everyone will make the cut during training, but the competition element of the film raises the stakes and forces you to invest in each puppies' journey. At its core, this doc is a feel-good story about the most important companions any differently-abled person can have. It's the perfect watch for anyone looking for a sappy doc to tune into. Just be sure to have a few tissues handy. Trailer.
For fans of: Baby One More Time, pop stars, social movements
With multiple platinum hits, a clothing line, and even a perfume fragrance, Britney Spears has earned her spot among the greats as an iconic superstar. However, this documentary isn't really about any of that. Instead, it chronicles Britney's conservatorship that gives her father, Jamie Spears, complete control over her finances. The doc details the legality of this arrangement while also incorporating stories about Britney's rocky relationship with the press to produce a film that's equal parts eye-opening and heartbreaking. Trailer.
For fans of: Coachella, but without the fun stuff like food or running water
What was supposed to be one of the biggest music festivals ever turned out to be one of the biggest frauds in history in this documentary about the infamous Fyre Festival. Where other documentaries have focused on the more serious and heinous nature of Fyre Fest and festival creator Billy MacFarland's crimes, Fyre Fraud is branded as a "true-crime comedy." It delivers on both fronts and features exclusive interviews with MacFarland and testimonies from a few festival survivors. The story of Fyre Fest is wild, and if you don't already know about it, then this is the perfect doc to get you started. Trailer.