August 20, 2015
| 28 episodes á 50 minutes
Directed by: Alexander Buono, Rhys Thomas
| Written by: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Rhys Thomas, John Mulaney, Erik Kenward, Duffy Boudreau, Rob Klein, Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson
Documentary Now!, created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas, presents itself as a long-running news magazine for documentaries, initially celebrating its 50th season. Helen Mirren appears at the beginning of each episode to introduce the "classic" documentary that the audience is about to see. Though the “Documentary Now!” titles and scripts are aligned with the show’s satirical tone, Mirren must pretend to be unfazed when she reads each line from the teleprompter live for the first time. She doesn’t see them beforehand - she likes to be surprised.
Cast: Helen Mirren (Host), Fred Armissen, Bill Hader
You just have to put to one side that this is anything to do with comedy – this is nothing to do with comedy. This is very, very serious, and I have to think that I’m presenting an absolutely, profoundly serious documentary and treat it with that sort of respect and seriousness that I would if that was what I was presenting. (Helen Mirren, Variety, February 08, 2019)