mock·​u·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌmä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce mockumentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē \
plural mockumentaries

Definition of mockumentary

: a facetious or satirical work (such as a film) presented in the style of a documentary

Examples of mockumentary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Your Consideration As with any Christopher Guest film, much of the dialogue and plot of mockumentary For Your Consideration is improvised by the cast. Vogue, "The 15 Best Thanksgiving Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on the Holiday," 22 Oct. 2019 Although Netflix canceled this gem of a mockumentary after just two seasons, those outings are so superb that a third year may not have been able to match them. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "A definitive ranking of teen TV series from '13 Reasons Why' to 'Daybreak'," 30 Aug. 2019 The whole mockumentary is a nesting doll of father-son tensions: between Harbour and his father, Harbour's father and his young male costar, Dr. Frankenstein and his protege, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein Is a Fun Mess," 16 July 2019 The mockumentary follows students at East High School, where the movies were set, putting on their own version of the musical. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "From Tom Holland talking Spider-Man to Star Wars to more dog movies, Disney’s D23 Expo has something for everyone," 25 Aug. 2019 Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein, is not even a mockumentary. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein': TV Review," 16 July 2019 In this meta mockumentary, a group of East High students prepare for their stage production of the old Disney Channel movie., "WHAT: An animated comedy set in the South about a waitress, her mother, and her daughter who are trying to stay financially afloat.," 29 Sep. 2018 The movies have traversed genres (western, action, romantic comedy, showbiz mockumentary), and nearly all have been poorly received. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Adam Sandler Netflix Experiment Continues With Murder Mystery," 18 June 2019 For Your Consideration As with any Christopher Guest film, much of the dialogue and plot of this mockumentary is improvised by the cast. Vogue, "13 Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of mockumentary

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mockumentary

blend of mock and documentary

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19 Nov 2019

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“Mockumentary.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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