PBS Programming Dominates Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New Documentaries List

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This year’s new music lists are officially done for Phil’s Picks, so now it’s time to move on to the TV and movie side of things as we continue to wind doown 2021. Starting off this year’s lists on the audiosvisual side is the best of this year’s new documentaries.

All of this year’s top new documentaries come from none other than PBS, the last true bastion of worthwhile programming. They come from some of th network’s most beloved series, while others are standalone offerings. From bios, to science, to mother nature and wildlife, the documentaries that PBS has produced this year have proven quite exceptional. They have also proven why PBS remains such an important force in American television offerings.

As with each list from Phil’s Picks, this year’s list presents the Top 10 new titles and five additional honorable mentions for a total of 15. There is nothing bad about that additional set of honorable mention titles. Each is equally deserving of its own applause. So with that in mind, it’s time to get into this year’s lit. Here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New Documentaries.


  1. NOVA: Saving Notre Dame
  2. NOVA: Can We Cool The Planet
  3. Nature Primates
  4. NOVA: Touching The Asteroid
  5. NOVA: Searching For Life On Mars
  6. American Experience: American Oz
  7. Nature: River’s Bend
  8. Nature: The Alps
  9. Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page
  10. America Experience: The Codebreaker
  11. Nature: Pandas Born to be Wild
  12. NOVA: Nature’s Fear Factor
  13. NOVA: Great Electric Airplane Race
  14. Life at the Waterhole
  15. NOVA: Secrets in our DNA

That’s all for this list, but there is still more to come on the DVD/BD side of things before this year lets out, so stay tuned!

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