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Documentary Now!

Documentary Now!

  • Premiered: 
    August 20, 2015
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  • Network: IFC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader & Seth Meyers 
  • Subject Matter: Anthology
  • Tags: parody, spoof

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  • Seasons 1 & 2
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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, DOCUMENTARY NOW! parodies some of the world's best-known documentaries. Each half-hour episode, starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking, and honors some of the most important stories that didn't actually happen. Paying homage to everyone from the Maysles to Errol Morris, topics range from guerilla-style filmmakers who vastly underestimate the danger in exposing a drug cartel to a soft rock doc about a Chicago band's rise to fame with their hit album "Catalina Breeze." DOCUMENTARY NOW! features guest appearances by Jack Black, John Slattery, Irving Azoff and SNL's Aidy Bryant, Mike O'Brien, Paula Pell, and Tim Robinson. The six "documentaries" in the first season include:

Sandy Passage (a spoof of Grey Gardens): Examination of mother and daughter socialites that create a self-imposed world in a dilapidated mansion.

Dronez: Guerilla-style journalists travel to Mexico to investigate a drug cartel.

Blue Jean Committee: Classic rock n' roll story of fame, fighting and making music history.

Kunuk Uncovered: Expose on the world's first documentary about the Inuit.

Al Capone Festival in Iceland: Exploration of an Icelandic town's festival celebrating an American gangster.

Under 45 Seconds: Crime mystery about a man sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. Season 2 -- which premiered Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on IFC -- included episodes like "Globesman," a riff on the 1969 Albert and David Maysles film "Salesman," as well "Juan Likes Chicken and Rice," which will mimic David Gelb's "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." "Juan" is entirely in Spanish. The season opener, "The Bunker," is inspired by the heart-racing 1993 political documentary "The War Room" with James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. It follows two scheming and cocky campaign managers (Hader and Armisen) working on the heated race for the Governor of Ohio. Lies will be told, death threats will be made, and questionable '90s fashion choices will surface, all in the camcorder-documented fight to get their underdog candidate to the top.
On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 10-11pm ET/PT, IFC premiered the Season 2 finale of DOCUMENTARY NOW! The one-hour season ender, "Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid," takes an in-depth look at Hollywood legend Jerry Wallach and his 40-year quest to win an Oscar. IFC had renewed DOCUMENTARY NOW! for a third season two days before the series premiered.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as: American Documentary

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Broadway Video