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"The Final Report" (2006) was a documentary series made by National Geographic. It covered a number of historical events that took place between 1970 and the early 2000's. Each episode described a different event including Watergate, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonestown mass suicide, and the massacre at the Columbine High School.

National Geographic
1 Season, 13 Episodes
November 17, 2008
Cast: Tom Kane
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The Final Report Full Episode Guide

  • National Geographic takes a detailed look at the chaos that consumed Los Angeles in spring 1992. The explosion of anger, violence and arson started in South Central Los Angeles, after four white police officers were acquitted in the beating of a black motorist, Rodney King-a beating captured on videotape. "L.A. Riots" details the lasting television images of the riots, how the violence unfolded, examines why many of the residents of South Central were so angry, and looks at Los Angeles Police Department obstacles and mishaps in the face of the growing destruction.

  • National Geographic explores the FBI's eventual success in convicting John Gotti, former boss of the Gambino crime family, and the media's obsession with the "Dapper Don" during his reign of power.

  • April 20, 1999. Littleton, Colorado. Two students go on a murderous rampage at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and one teacher, before committing suicide. Go behind the headlines to see how and why this tragedy unfolded.

  • Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing everyone on board. Follow the miniscule pieces of evidence that lead detectives to the African nation of Libya.

  • Get the inside story of the government's assault on the Branch Davidian compound, including the cult's armed stand-off and personal crusade against the U.S. government. Why did this religious sect have hundreds of unregistered fully automatic weapons?

  • On a spring morning in Oklahoma City, Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck outside the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. Moments later the truck exploded. Follow the planning and execution of this American tragedy.

  • Retrace each step of the Washington, D.C. snipers as they stalked their prey, toyed with police and sent waves of fear through the community. Deconstruct the events of those frightful weeks and the intense police struggle to stop the killers.

  • Jonestown looks at the tragic deaths of 913 men, women and children who lived in a religious compound in the jungles of Guyana, South America. National Geographic investigates leader Jim Jones and his message of brotherhood and social justice. From his Indiana roots, to California, and then, to Guyana, "Jonestown" seeks to discover what compelled Jones' followers to kill their children and take their own lives.

  • The Final Report explores the scandal that threatened to bring down President William Jefferson Clinton. In 1998, Clinton was accused of lying in federal court about a sexual relationship with a 22-year-old White House intern. An investigation by the Office of the Independent Counsel and a bitter partisan fight followed. Clinton was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, becoming the second president in American history to be impeached. The Final Report investigates this historic impeachment, revealing how Clinton remained in office and assessing the aftermath of the protracted political battle.

  • At the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, 66 Americans are taken hostage and held captive for 444 days. The U.S. makes several unsuccessful attempts to secure the release of the hostages, including, imposing harsh economic sanctions, breaking diplomatic relations with Iran, and planning a military rescue mission. Finally, in January 1981, Algerian diplomats mediate an agreement between the U.S. and Iran, securing the freedom of the hostages.

  • Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., President George W. Bush declared a War on Terror, stating he wanted al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden "dead or alive." National Geographic explores how bin Laden became the world's most wanted terrorist, how U.S. leaders have defined and pursued him and why he remains a moving target.

  • The OJ Simpson Trial examines the broader issues behind "the trial of the century." The program takes you to the night Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman were murdered, and explores the case as it unfolds. From the infamous white Bronco chase along Los Angeles freeways to the criminal trial and acquittal of football legend O.J. Simpson, this episode of The Final Report goes beyond the media circus by examining the criminal justice system, legal strategies, racial politics and the Los Angeles Police Department's methods.

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