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  • n. A television programme/program or movie presented as if it were a documentary but that is not factual and often a parody or satire.

Etymologies

Blend of mock and documentary (Wiktionary)

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  • A mockumentary (a portmanteau of the words mock and documentary) is a type of film or television show in which fictional events are presented in documentary style to create a parody. A dramatic mockumentary (sometimes referred to as docufiction) should not be confused with docudrama, a fictional genre in which dramatic techniques are combined with documentary elements to depict real events.


    The term "mockumentary", which originated in the 1960s, was popularized in the mid-1980s when This Is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner used it in interviews to describe that film.

    Comedic mockumentaries rarely have laugh tracks.

    June 25, 2015