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The 17 Best Documentaries of 2020 (So Far)

Here's the perfect activity for quarantine: Documentary marathons. Every year, great movies come to Sundance and the other respected doc festivals around the world. In a normal year, we probably wouldn't have time to sit down and watch most of them, but this year is the exception. We're all sheltering in place, avoiding socialization, and relying on endless lists of films and books to keep us occupied. Instead of bingeing all of Gilmore Girls (again) or watching the best episodes of The Office on repeat, consider taking a look at some of the documentaries that have come out so far this year.

Yes, quarantine has proven that if someone makes a docuseries about the secret world of big cats, we will watch it, obsess over it, and want to know everything about everyone featured. (Netflix is really on a roll of late.) But if you can stomach it, there are plenty of movies about the political environment we’re all living in—and the "fake news." And if political flicks are less your style, 2020 has also offered insight into con artist schemes, a champion cheerleading squad with a lot of heart, and the science behind babies' brains. Click through for the best of the year so far.

The 17 Best Documentaries of 2020 (So Far)

Add "documentary marathon" to your to-do list.