The Best Episodes of Frontline

Since it began in 1983, Frontline has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide scope of the complex human experience. Frontline's goal is to extend the impact of the documentary beyond its initial broadcast by serving as a catalyst for change.

United States of Secrets (Part Two)

#1 - United States of Secrets (Part Two)

Season 2014 - Episode 10

The role of Silicon Valley in the National Security Agency's surveillance program is explored.

star 8.85
20 votes
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United States of Secrets (Part One)

#2 - United States of Secrets (Part One)

Season 2014 - Episode 9

The history of the National Security Agency's unprecedented surveillance program is investigated.

star 8.83
18 votes
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The Anthrax Files

#3 - The Anthrax Files

Season 2011 - Episode 26

A hard look at the FBI's investigation of the country's most notorious act of bioterrorism in 2001.

star 8.63
8 votes
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Memory of the Camps

#4 - Memory of the Camps

Season 1985 - Episode 18

Forty years ago, Allied troops invaded Germany and liberated Nazi death camps. They found unspeakable horrors which still haunt the world's conscience. Frontline presents the world broadcast of a 1945 film made by British and American film crews who were with the troops liberating the camps. The film was directed in part by Alfred Hitchcock and is broadcast for the first time in its entirety on Frontline.

star 8.50
2 votes
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Syria Behind the Lines

#5 - Syria Behind the Lines

Season 2013 - Episode 6

An unprecedented film documents the new and perilous reality of everyday life for both Syria’s rebels and its regime.

star 8.00
4 votes
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#6 - WikiSecrets

Season 2011 - Episode 14

It's the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history-the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the Wikileaks website in the spring of 2010. Behind it all, stand two very different men: Julian Assange, the Internet activist and hacker who published the documents, and an Army intelligence analyst named Bradley E. Manning, who's currently charged with handing them over. Private Manning allegedly leaked the secret cables -- along with a controversial video -- in the hope of inciting "worldwide discussion, debates and reforms." Assange's stated mission has been to force the U.S. and other governments into maximum transparency through his whistle-blowing website. Through in-depth interviews with Manning's father, Assange, and others close to the case, veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith tells the full story behind the leaks. He also reports on the U.S. government's struggle to protect national security information in a post 9/11 world.

star 8.00
6 votes
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Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

#7 - Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

Season 2012 - Episode 6

FRONTLINE continues its investigation of nuclear safety with an unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. With exclusive eyewitness testimony from key figures in the drama -- including the Japanese Prime Minister and senior executives at the power company Tepco -- FRONTLINE tells the story of the workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the plant's pitch-dark and highly radioactive reactor buildings; the nuclear experts and officials in the Prime Minister's office fighting to get information as the crisis spiraled out of control; and the plant manager who disobeyed his executives' orders when he thought it would save the lives of his workers. The story profiles the Japanese soldiers and firefighters drafted to cool the reactors, who were wounded when the reactor housings exploded; and the families living near the nuclear plant, who unknowingly fled in the same direction as the radioactive plume, exposing themselves to dangerously high radiation levels.

star 7.67
6 votes
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Inside Obama's Presidency

#8 - Inside Obama's Presidency

Season 2013 - Episode 2

A probing look at the first four years of Barack Obama's presidency examines his key decisions.

star 7.40
5 votes
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Prison State

#9 - Prison State

Season 2014 - Episode 8

A look at the impact of mass incarceration in America focuses on a housing project in Kentucky.

star 7.00
11 votes
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