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MSNBC Documentaries is the umbrella title of a series of documentaries co-produced by NBC News and MSNBC.

Broadcast on MSNBC, each documentary is given its own title to broadcast under (e.g., Lockup: Return to Pelican Bay) or has been produced under one of the titles below.

Compared to competing networks, MSNBC airs documentaries on a daily basis and on weekend afternoons and evenings.

In 2012 and 2013, and again in 2016, weekend airtime for MSNBC Documentaries was reduced to make room for newer weekend political news talk shows, relegating documentary series to weekend evenings.

In 2020, NBC News Studios revived MSNBC Films as a unit for feature-length documentaries.[1]

Program titles

Distributed under MSNBC Documentaries

Distributed under MSNBC Films


The program has multiple hosts, including Ann Curry, Lester Holt, Matt Lauer, and Stone Phillips; it does not have a single consistent host, and certain episodes only have a voice-over throughout.


  1. ^ Brian Steinberg (September 1, 2020). "NBC News Revives MSNBC Films to Bolster Documentary Ambitions". Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  2. ^ "MSNBC Documentaries". MSNBC. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Why We Did It, a Rachel Maddow documentary, premieres March 6th". MSNBC. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2015.