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Frontline is a public affairs television show that was created in 1983 by David Fanning. They specialize in documentaries about a variety of different subjects. The show has won 44 Emmys and 24 DuPont-Columbia University Awards. It has also won 13 Peabody Awards, and 11 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards, many more awards to mention.

The documentaries do not have a focus in one particular area. The documentaries go from child abuse, to Christianity, from Hollywood to Washington. It can vary. Frontline has produced more than 530 documentaries.

The Frontline show is one of the most well known and respected series in public broadcasting. The show gives attention to topics that receive little coverage elsewhere on TV. Frontline also has a big internet presence.

The show has been around for 30 years and counting, and has just recently switched to a year round schedule, this has caused them to produce more material. Frontline has put out many popular documentaries. More recently the one about killing Osama Bin Laden drew some attention. It was put together within days of the even happening, and was a thorough as anything available, that took months to produce.

Most of the documentaries are 60 minutes long. On other occasions they can be up to 0 minutes, depending on the topic and importance. Since around 1995 Frontline has been publishing extended interviews, detailed chronologies, side stories, related links and more online.

Frontline provides many facts in their documentaries, and stirred controversy among different groups on occasions.

35 Seasons, 678 Episodes
January 17, 1983
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Will Lyman
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Frontline Full Episode Guide

  • The Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown in New York, is accused of mortgage fraud.

  • Follow former prisoners through the challenges of their first year on parole.

  • Stephen Bannon, adviser to President Donald Trump, works to deliver on President Trump's campaign promises.

  • Billions of dollars are spent on housing the poor, yet so few get the help they need.

  • The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to re-evaluate juvenile murder cases.

  • Journalist and author Paul Greenberg (Four Fish; American Catch) spends a year eating only fish. From farmed fish in Norway to the biggest wild fishery in the world off Peru, he travels to investigate the health of the ocean - as well as his own.

  • Follow what happens to recently released prisoners when they go from solitary to the streets. With extraordinary access to the Maine State Prison, the film examines the long-term effects of solitary confinement and efforts to reduce its use.

  • Inside Iraq, as militias and the military fight for the future of the country. The film examines the power of the militias, the impact on civilians, and the places where ISIS has been pushed out.

  • The dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years. With NPR, a report on the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. Also, the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

  • Reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad goes inside the battle against ISIS for control of the city of Mosul. Also in this two-part hour: “Hunting ISIS,” a dramatic report on an Iraqi unit at the center of the fight.

  • Following an elite special operations unit at the center of the fight against ISIS in Iraq.

  • An investigation of how Donald Trump defied expectations to win the presidency.

  • Part two of an investigation into the deep divisions and bitter polarization that grew during the Obama presidency. Examining racial tensions in America, the war for control of the GOP, and the growing dysfunction in Washington.

  • Examining how Obama's promise of change and unity collided with racial and political realities.

  • Examine the key moments that shaped President-elect Donald Trump. Interviews with advisors, business associates and biographers reveal how Trump transformed himself from real estate developer to entertainer to president.

  • Hear first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for Europe.

  • Inside Europe's fight against the rise of Islamist terrorism. As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top counter-terror officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium.

  • Reporting from Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey, FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith examines the successes, failures and challenges of the fight against ISIS, as the terror group loses ground in the region but strikes out abroad.

  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. FRONTLINE�s acclaimed election-year series, �The Choice,� returns

  • Examine reports of predatory behavior and fraud in the troubled for-profit college industry.

  • Step inside the Newark Police Department - one of many troubled forces ordered to reform.

  • From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team comes the inside story of the creation of ISIS, and how the United States missed the many warning signs. The film uncovers the terror group's earliest plans, the Islamic radicals who became its leaders, and the American failures to stop ISIS's brutal rise.

  • In the first segment of FRONTLINE's two-part May 3 hour, journalist Feras Kilani reports from inside the war-torn city of Benghazi -- the birthplace of Libya's uprising, now besieged by ISIS and warring militias. Also this hour, journalist Safa Al Ahmad makes a dangerous trip to report on the fighting in Yemen.

  • Who profits when disaster strikes? FRONTLINE and NPR investigate.

  • From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team comes the inside story of the creation of ISIS, and how the United States missed the many warning signs. The film uncovers the terror group’s earliest plans, the Islamic radicals who became its leaders, and the American failures to stop ISIS’s brutal rise.

  • Two on-the-ground reports from the heart of major conflicts in Libya and Yemen.

  • Filmed over three years, four children survive war-torn Aleppo, Syria, and escape to a new life in Germany.

  • Revealing a side of Saudi Arabia that's rarely seen.

  • A joint investigation with the New York Times of fantasy sports and online sports betting. Included: the growth of such businesses; and a look inside their operations.

  • Follow an investigation into the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements.

  • President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clash over Iran's nuclear program.

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FRONTLINE | "League of Denial" | PBS Clip (01:31) FRONTLINE | Preview "Rape in the Fields" | PBS Clip (00:32) FRONTLINE | Preview "Top Secret America -- From 9/11 to the Boston Bombings" | PBS Clip (00:32) FRONTLINE | The Bombing of al-Bara | PBS Clip (36:25) FRONTLINE | Preview "Kind Hearted Woman" | PBS Clip (01:01) FRONTLINE | Preview "Cliffhanger" | PBS | Clip (00:32) FRONTLINE | Preview "The Untouchables" | PBS Clip (00:32) FRONTLINE | Preview "The Suicide Plan" | PBS Clip (00:33)