The Best Episodes Directed by Liz Garbus
#1 - Walk Into the Light
I'll Be Gone in the Dark Season 1 - Episode 6
As 72-year-old former police officer Joe DeAngelo's arrest unfolds in real time, chilling facts materialize that illuminate Michelle's prescience in her book's epilogue, 'Letter to an Old Man'. When Patton Oswalt, Billy Jensen, and Paul Haynes connect with survivors and McNamara's fellow citizen detective Melanie Barbeau, Michelle's absence is deeply felt.
#2 - American Carnage
The Fourth Estate Season 1 - Episode 3
As violence erupts in Charlottesville, the president's unwillingness to denounce the racist hate groups presents a new test for journalists. Trump blames the "failing New York Times" and "crooked media" for distorting his speech and further deepening the country's divisions. Meanwhile, Steve Bannon exits the White House and a Times reporter questions where his populist revolution is headed now, as the paper deals with reining in its own reporters on Twitter.
#3 - Matters of Fact
The Fourth Estate Season 1 - Episode 4
The New York Times reporters learn that the President's former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, has pled guilty to lying to the FBI, bringing the Russia investigation closer to Trump's inner circle. As the paper leads the reporting on workplace sexual harassment, allegations of past misconduct by one reporter in the bureau bring the story home. And for all the attacks on the free press over the course of Trump's first year in office, the paper is rewarded for what it does best: good reporting.
#4 - The Trump Bump
The Fourth Estate Season 1 - Episode 2
Shortly after FBI director James Comey is fired, The Times is on to a huge scoop with ongoing reverberations regarding Comey's memos about his meetings with President Trump. Things are made more dire when The Times reveals details of a secret meeting between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. But even as The Times drives this shocking flow of new information, it continues to squarely address its own inner challenges.
#5 - First 100 Days
The Fourth Estate Season 1 - Episode 1
As Donald Trump takes the oath of office, The New York Times' New York and Washington bureaus prepare to cover an administration unlike any other. The role that Russia played in the 2016 election quickly emerges as a storyline that will continue to unfold. In this fiercely competitive environment, The Times and The Washington Post vie for scoops while overtaxed journalists work to develop sources inside a volatile administration.
#6 - Murder Habit
I'll Be Gone in the Dark Season 1 - Episode 1
Writer Michelle McNamara, author of True Crime Diary, her blog about unsolved crimes, finds a new obsession in the 'East Area Rapis'" (EAR), who terrorized California in the 1970s and '80s and was, ultimately, responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 murders. Today, her husband, friends and colleagues reflect on Michelle's talent for bringing true crime stories to life.
#7 - Bobby Fischer Against The World
HBO Documentary Film Series Season 2011 - Episode 2
A documentary feature that explores the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as a World Champion and Cold War icon, and his life as a fugitive on the run. This film explores one of the most mysterious characters of the 20th century
#8 - Theres Something Wrong With Aunt Diane
HBO Documentary Film Series Season 2011 - Episode 12
On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the campgrounds in upstate New York where she was vacationing with her family and set off towards home on Long Island, a drive she had made numerous times before. With her were five young children: her son, her daughter and three nieces. Four hours later, she drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway for nearly two miles – eventually crashing into an oncoming SUV,killing herself and seven others. One of the worst motor-vehicle accidents in New York State history, the tragedy quickly became national news and her actions on that day, and in the past, were thrust under a microscope in a desperate search for answers. In the aftermath, Diane Schuler was portrayed as a reckless drunk and a mother who cracked. But was she the monster the public made her out to be? Or the perfect wife and mother described by so many who knew her?
#9 - Love, Marilyn
HBO Documentary Film Series Season 2013 - Episode 13
This documentary, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, presents footage and audiotapes along with her recently discovered handwritten letters, diaries, notes, poems, journals and notebooks, which set the icon’s private life against the backdrop of her very public life and loves. The film includes readings and appearances by an all-star cast, including F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Hope Davis, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Jack Huston, Stephen Lang, Lindsey Lohan, Janet McTeer, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Interviews and rare archival footage feature Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, Amy Greene, Molly Haskell, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and Elia Kazan, among others.
#10 - A Dangerous Son
HBO Documentary Film Series Season 2018 - Episode 14
One in 10 American children suffers from serious emotional disturbance and more than 17 million have experienced a psychiatric disorder. A Dangerous Son focuses primarily on three families in crisis, each struggling with a child’s severe mental illness, desperately seeking treatment in the face of limited resources and support.
#11 - Bobby Fischer: Genius and Madman
Storyville Season 2011 - Episode 29
Considered by many to be the world's greatest chess player, Bobby Fischer personified the link between genius and madness. His trajectory propelled him from child prodigy to world chess champion at the age of 29 and then into a nosedive of delusions and paranoia. Fischer was a recluse for decades before resurfacing for a bizarre final chapter as a fugitive. Veteran filmmaker Liz Garbus's documentary exposes the disturbingly high price Fischer paid to achieve his legendary success and the resulting toll it took on his psyche. Rare archival footage and insightful interviews with those closest to him expand this captivating story of a mastermind's tumultuous rise and precipitous fall.