Documentary Now! is an American mockumentary television series that premiered on IFC on August 20, 2015, and was created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas. Many episodes feature Armisen and Hader, and most are co-directed by Thomas and Alex Buono.
The series, hosted by Helen Mirren, spoofs documentary films by parodying the style of each documentary with a similar, but fictitious, subject. On February 20, 2019, the third season premiered. The series was renewed for a fourth season on April 8, 2019, which will premiere on October 19, 2022, and will also be available on AMC+.
Documentary Now! Season 4: the Plot
Documentary Now! has the unique ability to simulate reality so well that you forget you’re watching complete nonsense. Season 54, also known as season 4, will be hosted once again by the iconic Dame Helen Mirren and will include spoofs of the fashion documentaries 3 Salons at the Seaside and The September Issue. An episode titled “2 Hairdressers in Bagglyport” will parody the films.
A spoof of the sports documentary When We Were Kings titled “How They Threw Rocks” will follow “Field Rock,” or Craig Maes’ Welsh sport. Finally, Documentary Now! Season 4 will include an episode titled “My Monkey Grifter” about a filmmaker out in the wild. It will be a parody of the extremely popular nature documentary My Octopus Teacher.
Documentary Now! Season 4: the Cast
Apart from the announced returns of Helen Mirren and Fred Armisen, little is known about the other cast members, as the season’s guest stars have yet to be announced. However, we can anticipate the return of John Mulaney and Seth Meyers as co-writers on an episode spoofing Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo.
Mulaney claims that a film crew was required to move a steamship across the Amazon River. This episode will star Alexander Skarsgard (The Northman, The Stand) as a Werner Herzog-like character and will be written by Mulaney, who has recently returned to the scene and has been talking excitedly about the new Documentary Now! season.
Previous seasons starred Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Michael Keaton, Natasha Lyonne, Bobby Moynihan, Deb Hiett, Gary Kraus, Paul Bright, and John Mulaney. Richard Kind, Alex Brightman, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and James Urbaniak performed on the legendary Broadway spoof episode.
The show has also featured recording artists and producers Irving Azoff, Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, and director and rock journalist Cameron Crowe to spoof the documentary The Blue Jean Committee about The Eagles.
When and Where Will Documentary Now! Season 4 Premiere?
Documentary Now! will debut a new batch of satirical documentaries on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, with a two-part season premiere lasting about an hour.
The remaining five episodes will air every Wednesday after that. As with previous seasons, the show will premiere on IFC, with AMC+ serving as its streaming home.
Who’s Starring in Documentary Now! Season 4?
In addition to creating and producing the show, Fred Armisen will appear in at least a few episodes of the upcoming season.
However, despite still executive producing the show, his co-star Bill Hader does not appear to have as large of an acting role this time around. This could be because Hader is preoccupied with other projects, such as his other hit comedy series, Barry.
Armisen will be joined, as in previous seasons, by an impressive cast of special guest stars who will lend their talents to the satirical mockumentary anthology.
Cate Blanchett (Tár), Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies), Liliane Rovère (Call My Agent! ), Harriet Walter (Killing Eve), Nicholas Braun (Succession), Jamie Demetriou (Fleabag), and Jonathan Pryce are among those mentioned (The Crown). Blanchett, in particular, will return to the series as Izabella Barta in Season 3, Episode 4, where she played a Hungarian artist trying to reconnect with her past and create her masterpiece.
Watch the Trailer for the Documentary Now! Season 4
The short but sweet teaser for Documentary Now’s next season! As always, the show’s host, Helen Mirren, plays herself. She introduces the show’s 53rd season, followed by a brief preview of the upcoming episodes.
We’ll provide an episode guide below, but the trailer also shows that, like previous seasons, Season 4 will feature a star-studded cast of guest actors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Watch Documentary Season 4?
Currently Streaming Documentary: Season 4 Debuts on Fubotv: Begin Today With a Free Trial! The First Episode of the New Season Begins in the Early 1980s, With a Visionary German Filmmaker Struggling to Bring His Magnum Opus to Life While Working in the Remote, Punishing Conditions of Russia’s Ular Mountains.
Did the Documentary Get Cancelled?
On February 20, 2019, the Third Season Premiered. The Series Was Renewed for a Fourth Season on April 8, 2019, Which Will Premiere on October 19, 2022, and Will Also Be Available on Amc+.
What is the Longest-running Documentary?
The Up Series is a British Documentary Strand That Revisits the Same Group of People Every Seven Years to See How Their Lives Have Changed. Seven Up! Premiered on May 5, 1964.