There’s so much to learn about Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania… so why not try one of these great Pittsburgh documentaries. Don’t worry, there’s no testing involve here! Enjoy!
1. Paris to Pittsburgh
Paris to Pittsburgh talks about how Americans are demanding and working on solutions while facing the real threat of climate change. The documentary is airing on the National Geographic Channel and is available for free on National Geographic’s website, the Nat Geo TV mobile app and services like Disney+ and Amazon Prime (from $6.99). More info here.
2. Downtown Pittsburgh & Return to Downtown Pittsburgh
The 1992 documentary and its 2016 sequel include stories about PNC Park, the Union Trust Building, Light Up Night and more. It’s a double feature must for any Pittsburghers or native yinzers living elsewhere. More info here.
3. Great Old Amusement Parks
Of course you know what amusement park is featured in this documentary. Our dear old Kennywood has a part in this 1999 PBS documentary. It will make you itch for Kennywood to be open the second you watch it. More info here.
4. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Morgan Neville looks at the life of Fred Rogers, host of the children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The documentary won multiple awards when it was released in October 2019. It’s currently available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO Now. More info here.
5. American Experience: Rachel Carson
When Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published, it became a phenomenon. The Pittsburgh area born biologist is chronicled through PBS, including her important writings on pollution in the environment and the world’s waters. More info here.
6. Tough Guys
If you’re up for something unique, 2017’s Tough Guys involves the stories at mixed martial arts competitions in the 1980s in Pittsburgh. Tales of fighters and amateur promoters are shown too. It’s currently available on Amazon Prime. More info here.
7. The Complete History of the Pittsburgh Steelers
A two-disc set for the ultimate Steeler fan, the Complete History of the Pittsburgh Steelers is over two hours of Steeler highlights. There’s the beginnings as the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933, to wartime mergers as the Phil-Pitt Steagles, to Chuck Noll’s reign, the Immaculate Reception, the incredible 2004 season and more. More info here.
8. American Masters: August Wilson
The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson includes unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings. You can watch the full video on August Wilson right here.
Let us know your thoughts on these and any other Pittsburgh documentaries worth watching. If you’re looking for more facts and info about Pittsburgh, you can check out 35 facts about Pittsburgh you weren’t taught in school right here!