• Network: IFC
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 20, 2015
Season #: 3, 2, 1
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23

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  1. Mar 15, 2019
    4
    Documentary Now thinks it's premises are good enough that it doesn't really need to push the envelope with it's jokes. The humor is very mild and low-key, relying on it's concepts and now increasing amount of guest stars to carry it through. Few comedy television projects get the budget and creative control that DN has gotten and that's why it's so disappointing. There are a few chucklesDocumentary Now thinks it's premises are good enough that it doesn't really need to push the envelope with it's jokes. The humor is very mild and low-key, relying on it's concepts and now increasing amount of guest stars to carry it through. Few comedy television projects get the budget and creative control that DN has gotten and that's why it's so disappointing. There are a few chuckles but mostly I end up feeling bad because it could've been so much better. Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2019
    10
    Documentary Now! is just great and very underrated. Believe me, it's worth watching.
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Feb 20, 2019
    80
    Along the way to its third season, which premieres Wednesday night, the series’ humor grew more attenuated, so its episodes started to feel less like extended Saturday Night Live sketches and more like covert conceptual art projects, where the joke, so to speak, is that such meticulously fetishistic re-creations exist in the first place.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 20, 2019
    90
    Sure, there are orgy and drug jokes in “Batsh*t Valley,” but they never over-do any of their gags, often moving on to something else clever just as you’re getting the previous joke. ... Perhaps because the season starts so strongly, the final two episodes felt like a bit of a letdown to me, but they’re still smarter than most comedy television.
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Feb 20, 2019
    100
    Documentary Now! is better than it’s ever been: absurd, joyful, and characteristically precise. And the new episodes still manage to pick thoughtfully at the intentions and methods of filmmakers, particularly when it comes to portraying genius.