A selection of terrific docu-series are competing for the Emmy this year, including shows on sports history, food and nature. Here’s a look at the nominees for outstanding documentary or non-fiction series.
‘30 For 30’: Season 8
ESPN’s documentary series has been around for a decade now, highlighting an array of interesting events and people from American sporting history. The eighth season comprises seven documentaries which, among other things, cover the rise of basketball hall of famer Dennis Rodman (pictured above), NFL linebacker Junior Seau’s story of triumph and tragedy, and legendary boxer Mike Tyson’s famous defeat at the hands of James ‘Buster’ Douglas.
Directors: Ben Houser, Jeremy Schaap, Ken Rodgers, Eric Powers, Kirby Bradley, Jonathan Hock, Jenna Ricker, Nicole Lucas Haimes, Todd Kapostacy
Cast: James ‘Buster’ Douglas, Deion Sanders, Junior Seau, Felipe Lopez, Janet Guthrie, Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi, Dennis Rodman
‘American Masters’: Season 33
American Masters, which premiered in 1986, is a series by PBS that profiles outstanding American cultural artists, from writers, musicians and dramatists to filmmakers. The thirty-third season, which opened in January this year, documents the lives of playwright and LGBTQ activist Terrence McNally (pictured above), feminist author Ursula K Le Guin and choral music conductor Robert Shaw.
Directors: Mark Mannucci, Barbara Hall, Jim Brown, Oren Rudavsky, Sasha Waters Freyer, Jeff Kaufman, Peter Miller, Pamela Roberts, Arwen Curry, Ben De Jesus, Jeffrey Palmer.
Writers: Jon Schouten, Oren Rudavsky, Robert Seidman, Jeff Kaufman, Peter Miller, Pamela Roberts, Arwen Curry.
Cast: James Watson, Burt Boyar, Charley Pride, Holly Near, Adam Driver, Garry Winogrand, Terrence McNally, Ursula K Le Guin, Raul Julia, N Scott Momaday
‘Chef’s Table’: Season 6
This original Netflix series takes a peek into the lives and kitchens of some of the most renowned chefs across the globe. Season six of the show features Americans Mashama Bailey and Sean Brock (pictured above), Italian Dario Cecchini and British Indian Asma Khan.
Directors: Abigail Fuller, Jim Goldblum, Zia Mandviwalla, Clay Jeter
Cast: Mashama Bailey, Dario Cecchini, Asma Khan, Sean Brock
Streaming on: Netflix
‘Hostile Planet’: Season 1
This mini series by National Geographic takes us through some of the world’s harshest landscapes and draws attention to animal species that have adapted to these environments. Explore the polar ice-caps, deserts, jungles, grasslands, oceans and mountains along with Bear Grylls (pictured above) across six episodes.
Directors: Steven Clarke, Anthony Pyper, Matthew Wright
Writers: Ed Fields, Bruce Kennedy
Cast: Bear Grylls
Streaming on: Hotstar
‘Our Planet’: Season 1
Our Planet is a British nature documentary made for Netflix that attempts to highlight the impact of human beings on the environment and address the need for conservation. The series is narrated by prolific wildlife presenter, David Attenborough.
Directors: Adam Chapman, Sophie Lanfear, Huw Cordey, Hugh Pearson, Mandi Stark, Jeff Wilson
Cast: David Attenborough
Streaming on: Netflix