There's a huge amount of worthwhile TV out there nowadays, so it can be hard to choose what to watch. But who better to recommend shows than the person who programs them? Lisa Tipton, WTTW’s Head of Programming and Pledge, constructs the WTTW schedule by searching through offerings from many different sources which include the national PBS network, the BBC, and independent filmmakers to put together a varied and engaging broadcast schedule. Each month, she’ll recommend a few shows that she thinks you should watch.
Find all the ways to watch WTTW here. Many of the below shows are available to stream or will be once they premiere.
Frontline: America’s Dangerous Trucks
Thousands of people die in large truck crashes in American every year, and that number has continued to rise. Although there are measures that could save lives, they have not been implemented. Frontline investigates the fight to enact such measures, with ProPublica.
Endeavour's Final Season and Ridley
These three episodes of Endeavour will be bittersweet, since they mark the end of the mystery series. But we have a new detective show, Ridley, airing alongside the end of Endeavour, so there's plenty to savor.
Great American Recipe
The second season of The Great American Recipe showcases the talents of more home cooks from across the country, including one from suburban Chicago's Western Springs. You can read our interview with celebrity chef and onetime Chicagoan Graham Elliot, who's a judge on the show, from last year. And look out for an interview with that Western Springs contestant right here on Playlist, coming soon!
Before We Die
Two iron-willed matriarchs collide in the second season of Before We Die: the policewoman Hannah Laing and the crime boss Dubravka Mimica. Both of them featured in the first season; now they deal with the fallout of the events in that season.
Independent Lens: Mama Bears
This Independent Lens documentary follows a group of mothers who grew up as fundamentalist Christians but now are willing to risk losing their friends and families by supporting their LGBTQ+ children, even if it means reckoning with their faith.