Pandemic, protests, polls: as you've heard and thought a million times since March, this has been an unprecedented year. Throughout, Frontline has continued to produce documentaries and investigative journalism to help you make sense of it all, even if the COVID-19 pandemic has demanded some adaptations in how Frontline works behind the scenes. All of Frontline's documentaries chronicling this year of upheaval are available to stream on-demand for free (as are other Frontline films); revisit them below. And don't miss the Frontline Dispatch podcast; the Frontline Transparency Project, which lets you view unedited interviews conducted for their documentaries; and written reporting from both Frontline and local journalism partners.
Coming in between the House of Representatives' impeachment of Donald Trump and his acquittal by the Senate (yes, the impeachment trial happened this year), the two-part America's Great Divide tried to understand how America became so polarized and went from electing Barack Obama to Trump. It served as "kind of an overture as the curtain goes up on the political year," producer Michael Kirk told WTTW, a prelude to November's presidential election produced before COVID-19 was on many Americans' minds.
Coronavirus Pandemic was produced in the uncertain early days of the pandemic's arrival in the United States and as such required some creative thinking about how to deal with constantly updating safety protocols, as producer Miles O'Brien explained to WTTW. The film narrates the first cases of COVID-19 in this country, in Washington, and investigates the federal failures that led the U.S. to have the worst outbreak in the world.
Northern Italy was one of the areas of the world hit hardest by COVID-19 in the first few months of the pandemic. Frontline went inside one beleaguered hospital and followed an ER doctor as she and her colleagues exhausted themselves trying to save as many lives as possible.
Although the United States had warning of the devastation of COVID-19 as the virus swept through Asia and Europe, America's leaders failed to adequately prepare and protect its citizens. Frontline investigates what happened.
The COVID-19 crisis has hit underserved communities particularly hard, including immigrants and undocumented workers who lack crucial protectiosn in meat-packing plants and on farms, as Frontline shows.
A shared sense of reality has become ever more shaky in the United States in the past few years, as conspiracy theories have even reached the White House. Frontline looks at how Donald Trump and his associate Roger Stone have helped amplify conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
These two films tell the stories of immigrant families during COVID-19: one in which a mother diagnosed with the virus gives birth while on a ventilator; the other about the detainment of a father in an ICE facility where COVID-19 is rampant.
COVID-19 has only exacerbated the poverty of families who were already struggling, and thrown huge amounts of people closer to poverty as jobs have vanished overnight. Frontline follows famiiles in Ohio as they reckon with poverty, homelessness, racism, and the pandemic.
In January, WTTW's FIRSTHAND series takes on poverty in Chicago, having already told stories related to coronavirus and gun violence, at wttw.com/firsthand.
Four years ago, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb examined the tension between police and African Americans in Newark for Frontline. In the wake of this year's mass demonstrations for racial justice and police accountability, he revisited Newark to see whether reform can work.
As it does every four years, Frontline offered profiles of the two candidates for U.S. President as the election approached, in The Choice 2020.
Producer Michael Kirk talked about the stakes of the election with WTTW in September.
Medical professionals and first responders faced a dangerous and infuriating lack of critical medical equipment and protective supplies in the early weeks and months of the pandemic in America. Frontline and the Associated Press investigate why.
A presidential election in the middle of a pandemic ended up with record turnout, but it could easily have gone differently. Frontline, Columbia Journalism Investigations, USA Today, and New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb investigate reports of voter disenfranchisement, insinuating rhetoric around mail-in ballots, and the other challenges of this year's election.
How have Americans responded to and forged through this trying year? Frontline shares their experiences, hopes, and fears.
With the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Republican rush to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as her replacement on the Supreme Court in the month before the election, Frontline revisited its 2019 film about increasingly partisan battles over the land's highest court, updating it to include Barrett's nomination.
Producer Michael Kirk discussed the original Supreme Revenge with WTTW in 2019, and his thoughts still hold true.