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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.

1 Season, 729 Episodes
January 17, 1983
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress
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  • Once an unrivaled political power, the NRA is facing challenges from all sides.

  • Examining Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' ascent to power and the global impact of the empire he built.

  • Inside the battle for Hong Kong, following protesters transformed and radicalized over eight months.

  • FRONTLINE presents two special reports from around the world. First, an on-the-ground story about the U.S. peace effort in Afghanistan that includes an unprecedented interview with the Taliban's lead negotiator. Then an investigation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists examining how Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos became Africa's richest woman.

  • An investigation into America's increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. Episode Two examines how Donald Trump's campaign exploited the country's divisions and how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide.

  • An investigation into America's increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. Episode One traces how Barack Obama's promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.

  • FRONTLINE investigates how El Paso, Texas became the Trump administration's immigration policy testing ground, and then the target of a white supremacist. Interviews with current and former officials, Border Patrol agents, advocates and migrants tell the inside story from the epicenter of the border crisis.

  • For Sama tells the story of one woman's journey through love, motherhood, war, and survival during the Syrian conflict. Directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, the documentary chronicles the experiences of Syrian filmmaker al-Kateab

  • FRONTLINE and The AP investigate the mass confinement of migrant children, exposing the traumatic stories of kids detained under President Trump's immigration policies. Also, a report on the sexual exploitation of women and girls in Iraq.

  • The promise and perils of AI; from fears about work and privacy to rivalry between the US and China.

  • A year after the devastating Camp Fire, FRONTLINE examines who’s to blame and why it was so catastrophic. With accounts from survivors and first responders, the documentary tells the inside story of the most destructive fire in California's history, its causes and the impact of climate change.

  • How Trump turned immigration into a powerful political weapon that fueled division and violence.

  • A searing, on-the-ground look at President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly campaign against drug dealers and suspected drug users in the Philippines, told with unprecedented access to police officials implicated in the killings, families of users, and others from both sides of the nation's war on drugs.

  • One year after the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a two-hour FRONTLINE documentary investigates the rise and rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia (MBS). Correspondent Martin Smith, who has covered the Middle East for FRONTLINE for 20 years, examines the crown prince's vision for the future, his handling of dissent, his relationship with the United States

  • A two-year FRONTLINE investigation uncovers the extent of a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak during the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

  • Exposing the hidden reality of sex trafficking, inside a police unit and a victim's harrowing story.

  • Inside the no-holds-barred war for control of the Supreme Court.

  • How mass protests on the Israel-Gaza border led to one of the deadliest days in a generation.

  • The inside story of President Trump's gamble to confront China over trade.

  • A landmark documentary about some of the last survivors of the Holocaust.

  • FRONTLINE goes inside the fight over abortion, told through the stories of women struggling with unplanned pregnancies. Drawing on a landmark FRONTLINE film from the 1980s, the documentary takes a look at both sides of the abortion divide in a community still embroiled in the conflict.

  • Elizabeth Perez, a decorated U.S. Marine veteran, fights to reunite her family after her undocumented husband, Marcos, is deported. Meanwhile, Marcos is alone in Mexico, working as a soccer referee, struggling with depression and fighting the urge to cross the border illegally to see his family.

  • Presented is an inside look at the war crimes trial of one of the infamous figures from the Balkan wars of the 1990's.

  • Follow a man with schizophrenia who, due to a court-ordered effort, now must live on his own

  • Learn about a pediatrician accused of sexually abusing Native American boys for years.

  • Learn about the rise of severe black lung disease among coal miners, and the failure to respond.

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