|On January 4, 2015, I will be shutting down the server that hosts The TV IV website. It has been a very long time since I've been able to put any decent amount of time into the site, and ad revenue is plummeting. I think it is time to shut it down or hand it off to someone who can keep it going properly. If you are interested in taking over the site's code and data, contact administrators at tviv.org. --CygnusTMtalk|
A documentary is any production—be it film or TV—which is intended to be non-fiction. It may include informational pieces, how-to, historical or news pieces. In general, documentaries rarely employ actors, although some actors may appear in "re-enactments"—staged, scripted scenes intended to give an idea of what the original moment, not captured on film, may have looked like. Although reality shows and game shows are technically documentaries in the truest sense of the term, the very terms have been used to distinguish that type of programming from traditional documentaries, in which the events depicted were not artificially created for the purpose of having something to put in a television show.
See the Documentary category for a list of shows done in a documentary style.