mock·​u·​men·​ta·​ry ˌmä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce mockumentary (audio)
plural mockumentaries
: a facetious or satirical work (such as a film) presented in the style of a documentary

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The pickup news comes after the mockumentary won Best Comedy Series at the 2023 Golden Globes, as well as took home individual wins for its star and creator, Quinta Brunson, and costar Tyler James Williams. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Jan. 2023 The mockumentary reeled in only 3.8 million viewers and a 2.43 rating from the 'coveted' 25-54 viewership age group. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2014 Starring Quinta Brunson, this mockumentary follows the teachers at an elementary school who search for various ways to better their school, with no shortage of ridiculous moments. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 29 Sep. 2022 The events surrounding the real District 6 were part of the inspiration for both the title and content of District 9, the great 2009 science fiction mockumentary set in South Africa. Malcolm Maciver, Discover Magazine, 13 Jan. 2011 Technically this work mockumentary, created by Quinta Brunson, isn’t a wholly new series: Its pilot aired last December before the full Season 1 run picked up in January. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2022 Abbott Elementary is a mockumentary about a group of Philadelphia public-school teachers with limited resources and support who are trying to help their students. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, 1 Feb. 2022 In fact, according to two of its stars, the American remake of a British mockumentary was under constant threat of being canceled during its first two seasons, until a Christmas miracle intervened. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 19 Dec. 2022 In director Joel Anderson's chilling mockumentary, a drowned teenager may be haunting her family. Clark Collis,, 4 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


blend of mock and documentary

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mockumentary was in 1965

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“Mockumentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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