docu·​dra·​ma | \ ˈdä-kyə-ˌdrä-mə How to pronounce docudrama (audio) , -ˌdra-, -kyü- \

Definition of docudrama

: a drama (as for television) dealing freely with historical events especially of a recent and controversial nature

Examples of docudrama in a Sentence

They are making a docudrama about the controversial court case.
Recent Examples on the Web There is a docudrama side to November that’s well-executed by both cast and crew, but beyond that, what is the film about? Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 May 2022 No hard-nosed docudrama, this is instead a freewheeling ‘20s fantasia, a decade in the making. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 28 May 2022 Over the past four years, the Netflix docudrama has elevated F1's popularity immensely, particularly in the US. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 May 2022 The three, along with a whole crew, were on a soundstage at Los Angeles Center Studios, where much of the docudrama, which premiered in early March, was filmed. Greg Braxtonsenior Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 The terrifying docudrama Threads (1984) dramatized the devastation of thermonuclear war in Sheffield and traumatized a generation. Thomas Bishop, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 But every docudrama has to stretch the truth at various points, even ones made by more sober-minded creative teams. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 Imagine if Ken Burns directed Succession — the result would be something like this theatrical docudrama. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 10 Mar. 2022 Winning Time is actually a docudrama—that weirdly ubiquitous 2022 genre. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of docudrama

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for docudrama

documentary + drama

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“Docudrama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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