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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.

36 Seasons, 691 Episodes
January 17, 1983
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Will Lyman
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Frontline Full Episode Guide

  • Venture inside President Donald Trump's high-stakes battle for control of the Republican Party.

  • Investigate sex abuse by United Nations peacekeepers in the world's conflict zones.

  • More than seven months after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, more than 100,000 Americans are still without power, as part of the worst blackout in U.S. history. FRONTLINE and NPR investigate how the federal response in Puerto Rico left millions of Americans in the dark for months - and the storm before the storm: how Wall Street, Puerto Rico's government, and Washington fueled a debt crisis that left the island's economy in ruins and its infrastructure crippled even before Maria hit. The investigative team uncovered a trove of insider documents that show a government relief effort in chaos, struggling with key contracts, basic supplies, and its own workforce. The film, produced with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, uncovers a series of shortcomings after Maria, including how half of FEMA's staff on the island were trainees or unqualified, how contractors FEMA turned to failed to deliver hundreds of thousands of tarps, and how the Army Corps' temporary roof repair program was glaringly slow compared to other storms - putting up just 439 roofs in the first 30 days after the storm compared to more than 4,500 in the first month after Irma in Florida. Underpinning it all, Blackout in Puerto Rico delves into Wall Street's role in the island's economic demise - a crisis that left it dangerously vulnerable to a storm like Maria - and the relationship between Puerto Rico and the U.S., including how Congress's withdrawal of a special tax break helped spur the Puerto Rican government's cycle of debt and borrowing. Gripping and riveting, Blackout in Puerto Rico is a must-watch look inside the ongoing recovery effort in Puerto Rico - and the economic crisis that devastated the island long before Maria.

  • Get the inside story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will in Ohio.

  • Inside John McCain's complicated relationship with President Donald Trump and his own Republican Party. A look at McCain's life and politics, from prisoner of war in Vietnam, to choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate, to his dramatic vote against the GOP's health care bill.

  • Venture inside President Trump's high-stakes battle for control of the Republican Party.

  • FRONTLINE investigates how the Hollywood mogul allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades. With allegations going back to Weinstein’s early years, the film examines the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his accusers.

  • Part 2 of 2. Iran extends its power into Syria and Lebanon while Saudi Arabia makes a stand in Yemen.

  • A dangerous rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has plunged the Middle East into sectarian war. From revolution in Iran, reaction by Saudi Arabia, and wars in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq, how religion and power politics drive perpetual conflict.

  • Investigate killings linked to the MS-13 gang and the crackdown that swept up immigrant teens.

  • Hear intimate stories of refugees and migrants caught in Europe's tightened borders.

  • Revenge may have motivated Russian President Vladimir Putin to target American democracy; the U.S. confronts Putin about Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

  • The inside story of Russian President Vladimir Putin's conflict with the U.S., including his grievances and efforts to exact revenge.

  • Filmed over nine months, combat footage focuses on an Iraqi special forces unit fighting against the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq.

  • FRONTLINE traces how the 40-year rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has fueled sectarian extremism across the Middle East for political gain. Correspondent Martin Smith travels to the battlegrounds of Syria, Iraq and Yemen to examine how the two powers have influenced the conflicts.

  • FRONTLINE traces how a 40-year rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has fueled sectarian extremism across the Middle East for political gain. Correspondent Martin Smith travels to seven countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen to examine how the power struggle has rippled across the region.

  • How Scott Pruitt went from fighting EPA to running the agency and rolling back years of policy.

  • Who killed Kim Jong-un's half-brother and what it reveals about the leader and his regime.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An investigation of how Donald Trump defied expectations to win the presidency -- and what it suggests about how he will govern.

  • 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.

  • 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. Veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk goes beyond the headlines to investigate what has shaped these two candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.

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