TV documentary

  • Mary Carillo is one of the best things about the Olympics

  • The 32-year-old behind-the-scenes documentary you’ll want to watch right now

  • NFL’s cover-up of brain injuries: will it change football?

  • PBS’ POV documentary series turns 25: watch its films online

  • What happened to Titanic? Nonfiction TV attempts to answer that question

  • On Mister Rogers’ 84th birthday, how he inspired my love of reality television

  • Icicle of death, thief penguin, brilliant killer whales: just some of Frozen Planet’s awesomeness

  • How South Park episodes are made

  • Sept. 11 anniversary: a list of documentaries and specials airing this week

  • Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero debuts tonight, telling the story of people involved

  • West Memphis Three released after 18 years in prison, and documentary is credited with helping free them

  • The story of baseball’s first openly gay player airs tonight

  • Out in America: “a more realistic portrait of LGBT life than almost anything seen on TV before”

  • Ronald Reagan’s legacy, myths, and wife Nancy Regan explored in three TV docs

  • Afghanistan’s Idol leaves contestant fearing for her life

  • Children of Haiti follows three teenage orphans pre- and post-earthquake

  • On Veteran’s Day, the stories of soldiers with PTSD from James Gandolfini

  • Circus goes behind the scenes of the Big Apple Circus

  • Five years after Hurricane Katrina, TV reminds us of its horror and impact

  • Fracked-up drinking water can catch fire, Gasland shows

  • HBO profiles the life of murdered Iranian protester Neda as part of its summer doc series

  • Frontline’s Wounded Platoon explores the impact of the Iraq War on soldiers

  • Sunshine explores “the changing definitions of family” as filmmaker reunites with birth mother

  • Effects of solitary confinement explored in online experiment, Nat Geo Explorer episode

  • Discovery and BBC’s Life debuts Sunday with spectacular HD footage of “challenges of life”