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Documentaries on TV or streaming in summer 2022

Documentaries on TV or streaming in summer 2022
Five of the "Janes," seven women who "had built an underground network for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions," as HBO says. (Image via HBO)

This summer, there are dozens of reality TV shows premiering this spring, but TV will also offer feature-length documentaries and specials on subjects as varied as Amelia Earhart, Black comedians, Wuhan, Menudo, Zimbabwe’s presidency, Victoria’s Secret, and Bigfoot.

This guide includes documentaries that are premiering on broadcast, cable, premium, and streaming TV services, including PBS, HBO, History, Netflix, Hulu, Discovery+, and Disney+. Some premieres are theatrical films making their television debuts, while others are original to television.

For documentaries that premiered before June 1, 2022, and may still be streaming, see the spring 2022 documentary premiere guide.

While I occasionally include multi-part documentaries here, this list generally does not include documentary series, which I define—arbitrarily and imperfectly—as documentaries that have multiple episodes airing over multiple weeks, mirroring episodic television. Those kinds of documentary series will be listed on my reality TV schedule and guide.

In this guide, all times listed are in ET/PT, and are accurate at the time of publication. I update this list frequently, but since TV networks and streaming services often change their schedules, sometimes at the last minute, please check your guide or other TV listings.

Program descriptions in quotation marks indicate text that has come directly from network press releases, the show’s website, or other official materials.

I always welcome updates, additions, and corrections to this list; I want it to be as comprehensive, accurate, and useful as possible. Just e-mail me—thank you!

Summer 2022 documentary premieres on TV

June | July | August | September | October | November | December

June 2022

A Fan’s Guide to Ms. Marvel (Disney+, June 1). a “look behind the groundbreaking original series, “Ms. Marvel,” from its comic book origins to its development and production as Marvel Studios’ next hit series on Disney+. It features interviews with its awarding-winning filmmaking team and the show’s captivating star, newcomer Iman Vellani”

Let’s Make a Deal Primetime (CBS, Wednesday, June 1 and 8, at 8). “The June 1 special celebrates national Let’s Make a Deal Day, featuring new and legacy contestants competing for amazing prizes, as well as hilarious bloopers and classic clips from the iconic game show throughout its history. For the first time ever, one trader could even win a cruise around the world! The June 8 primetime special features a costume extravaganza and over $500,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.”

The Queen Unseen (True Royalty TV, June 1). “an expert clinical psychologist analyzes her guarded body language and leading lip readers breathe new life into the iconic Coronation balcony archive. We hear intimate personal stories from those who know her and those who have worked alongside her to shed light on the hidden side of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Using rarely seen private footage, intimate informal archive and newly digitized material from the 116 countries she has visited, this film lifts the mask she put on in 1953 when her reign began.”

Putin and the Oligarchs (CuriosityStream, June 2). “with war raging in Ukraine, the Oligarchs are caught between sanctions in the west and a backlash at home. This is the story of Russia’s super rich and the man who rules over them.”

Joe Papp in Five Acts (PBS, Friday, June 3, at 9). “tells the story of this indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts. As founder of The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like Hair, A Chorus Line and for colored girls…, Papp believed great art was for everyone, not just a privileged few. A cultural change agent for more than fifty years, Papp’s stages held up a mirror to society with work that reflected the reality of people’s lives.”

Week of June 5, 2022

Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal (CNN, June 5 and 12, at 9). “an immersive look inside Nixon’s inner circle and the schemes that took place behind closed doors by the Committee to Re-Elect the President that would eventually unravel his presidency” … “told firsthand by John Dean, former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon”

Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis (Netflix, June 8). “In August 1988, two armed bank robbers keep German police at bay for 54 hours during a hostage-taking drama that ends in a shootout and three deaths.”

The Janes (HBO, Wednesday, June 8, at 9). “tells the revelatory story of a group of unlikely outlaws” who “risked their personal and professional lives to support women with unwanted pregnancies”

Asteroid Rush (CuriosityStream, June 9). “Every day, hundreds of asteroids fall towards Earth. Small asteroids cause no harm, but large asteroids can have major consequences. There is no doubt that a killer asteroid will one day cross paths with the Earth…and that we will need to be ready to act. Knowing this, the world’s space agencies have set up specialist departments for detecting and exploring asteroids. For the first time in history, they are even planning on changing an asteroid’s orbit to protect the planet. Will we be able to avoid global catastrophe?”

Dr. Delirium & The Edgewood Experiments (Discovery+, June 9). “From 1955 to 1975, the United States Army Chemical Corps conducted classified human subject research on thousands of soldiers at the Edgewood Arsenal facility in Maryland. The purpose was to evaluate the impact of potent, mind-altering chemical warfare agents on military personnel as an alternative to traditional mortal combat. Today, many of those soldiers believe that the military broke the law and engaged in a decades-long cover-up to hide the truth about what really happened to them at Edgewood Arsenal.”

Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear (Disney+, June 10). “Featuring filmmakers, storytellers, artists and members of the ‘Lightyear’ voice cast … details how Buzz’s original action-figure design was realized, and how that look was translated years later into a human hero.”

The Nightcap with Carols KingReal Housewives of Atlanta reunion (OWN, Saturday, June 11, at 10) “The season one cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta will reunite for the first time in 14 years on a special episode of OWN’s interactive talk series, The Nightcap with Carlos King. Renowned reality TV producer, Carlos King – known for producing hit shows including The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of New Jersey and creating OWN’s unscripted hits Love & Marriage: Huntsville, Love & Marriage: D.C., Belle Collective and more – has brought back together Atlanta Housewives Kim Zolciak-Biermann, DeShawn Snow, Shereé Whitfield and Lisa Wu for a surprise reunion. Throughout the episode, the ladies will share life updates and, of course, rehash the drama from season one.”

Week of June 12, 2022

Silos Baking Competition (Discovery+, June 12; Food Network and Magnolia Network, Sunday, June 12, at 8). “Home bakers travel to Waco, TX, for a friendly competition that celebrates the joy that comes from time spent in the kitchen”

Halftime (Netflix, June 14). “Global superstar Jennifer Lopez reflects on her multifaceted career and the pressure of life in the spotlight in this intimate documentary”

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (PBS, Tuesday, June 14, at 9). “follows Wilson on a drive through Los Angeles with his longtime friend and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine” who “reflect on the formative and creative periods in Wilson’s life as they revisit the places that helped to shape his career. Wilson also shares intensely personal glimpses into his struggles with mental illness and drug abuse.”

Sins of the Father: The Green River Killer (Tubi, June 15). “explores what it’s like to grow up as the child of one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Gary Ridgway, the infamous Green River Killer. This special unpacks Ridgway’s horrific crimes, the double life he led, the twenty-year police investigation that brought him down, and the long-lasting effects of a father’s unspeakable sins on his son and family.”

Dream On (ESPN, Wednesday, June 15, at 8). “[tells] the story of how the dominating run to a gold medal by the 1996 United States women’s Olympic team cemented the birth of the WNBA, and inspired generations of stars to follow”

Martin: The Reunion (BET+, June 16). “This 90-minute reunion special takes fans back to the iconic Martin living room set and reunites the original cast—Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Carly Anthony Payne II—for a once in a lifetime celebration of the show’s five season-long history. Hosted by Affion Crockett, the cast will look back on the show’s most hilarious moments, revisit the iconic characters Martin made famous and pay an emotional tribute to the late, great Tommy Ford.”

Leave No Trace (Hulu, June 16). “draws on financial records, court documents and scores of interviews to dissect a centurylong cover-up by The Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The organization concealed that pedophiles were in its ranks, but the disclosure of secret “perversion files” in litigation eventually led to disgrace and bankruptcy”

The Martha Mitchell Effect (Netflix, June 17). “profiles the Cabinet wife who spoke out during Watergate — and the Nixon administration’s campaign to gaslight her into silence”

The Sessions: Draymond Green (Amazon, June 17). “explores the mind of one of today’s most polarizing athletes—wildly talented NBA icon Draymond Green, known as much for his intense demeanor on the court as for his playmaking abilities”

After Jackie (History, Saturday, June 18, at 8). “tells the often overlooked story of the second wave of talented Black baseball players after Jackie Robinson, including Bill White, Curt Flood and Bob Gibson, who were up next in the fight for racial equality” and”honors these brave men and sheds light on the heroic story of how they stepped to the plate and put their lives on the line to integrate baseball and demand a fairer and more inclusive America for African American athletes around the world”

Week of June 19, 2022

Civil: Ben Crump (Netflix, June 19). “follows maverick civil rights lawyer Ben Crump as he goes to trial to seek justice for the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor”

The Culture Is: Black Women (MSNBC, Sunday, June 19, at 10) “will feature [Joy] Reid’s exclusive interview with Vice President Kamala Harris in Mississippi. They will discuss Harris’ historic role as the first Black woman to hold the office. The special will also feature a roundtable with influential Black women at the historic Minton’s Playhouse, originally a 1920’s speakeasy in Harlem, New York, over a meal by Harlem icon, Chef Melba Wilson. Reid and Cross facilitate an honest and vibrant conversation about what it means to be a Black woman in America”

Murdaugh Murders: Deadly Dynasty (ID, Sunday, June 19, at 9). “The powerful Murdaugh family has held sway over the South Carolina “low country” for a century—until now. Alleged murder, corruption, and deception are revealed.”

Behind The Table: A View Reunion (Hulu, June 20). “takes viewers inside the hotel room at the Essex House hotel in New York City where current and original co-host Joy Behar, the show’s first moderator Meredith Vieira and original panelists Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos auditioned 25 years ago. The four women Barbara Walters chose to join her at the Hot Topics table in 1997 reunite for a candid conversation about the talk show that has been making headlines since Walters first uttered the phrase, “I had this idea for a show.””

Mind Over Murder (HBO, Monday, June 20, at 10). “chronicles the bizarre and psychologically complex story of six individuals who were convicted for the 1985 murder of a beloved 68-year-old grandmother, Helen Wilson, in Beatrice, Nebraska”

The Last Movie Stars (HBO Max, July 21). The Ethan Hawke-directed documentary “celebrates the enigmatic personas, incredible talent, and love story of actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman”

ExxonMobil at the Crossroads (CNBC, Wednesday, June 22, at 8). “CNBC’s David Faber goes inside one of the most powerful, storied, and consequential players in the energy industry: ExxonMobil. Once seen as untouchable, the company is now facing shareholder challenges over its direction and criticism that is fostered public uncertainty about global warming.”

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes (HBO, Wednesday, June 22, at 9). “Thirty-six years after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in Soviet Ukraine, newly uncovered archival footage and recorded interviews with those who were present paint an emotional and gripping portrait of the extent and gravity of the disaster and the lengths to which the Soviet government went to cover up the incident, including the soldiers sent in to “liquidate” the damage.”

Mink! (New York Times, June 23). “Throughout her life, Representative Patsy Mink challenged the status quo. As a leading advocate of Title IX, she defended the bill against those who sought to weaken it”

Menudo: Forever Young (HBO Max, Thursday, June 23). “chronicles the rise and fall of the most iconic Latin American boy band in history, bringing viewers into the world of  the popular teen idols’ global tours, magazine covers, ‘80s outfits, and screaming fangirls” and “reveals that behind the glitz and glamour was a web of abuse and exploitation at the hands of the band’s manager, Edgardo Diaz. Through revealing interviews with former Menudo members, the film examines how this extravagant facade was disguising serious wrongdoings by Diaz.”

Week of June 26, 2022

Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror: Bigfoot (Discovery+, June 26). “Osbourne is taking his friend, actor Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), on a remote quest to find proof of the infamous beast”

Citizen Ashe (CNN, Sunday, June 26, at 9). “the legacy of triple Grand Slam, barrier-breaking tennis legend and global humanitarian, Arthur Ashe … told largely in Arthur Ashe’s own narrative voice, explaining his self-exploration and evolution on race relations, his family relationships, and pivotal decisions that shaped his life”

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (PBS, Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and 28, at 9). “features first-person accounts from more than 20 young people, ranging in age from 11 to 27, who live with mental health conditions. The documentary also includes commentary from parents, teachers, friends, healthcare providers in their lives, and independent mental health experts. The program presents an unvarnished window into daily life with mental health challenges, from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to stories of hope and resilience. Through the experiences of these young people, the film confronts the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and, in doing so, helps advance a shift in the public perception of mental health issues today.”

Outside, Looking In (WORLD Channel, Monday, June 27, at 9:30). “explores the ways in which three people sought to find that feeling of acceptance. From navigating the pitfalls of fake friendships to finding community through dance to using a sweet confection as a touchstone to discover one’s place in the world, three storytellers and three interpretations of Outside, Looking In”

Secrets of the Oligarch Wives (Paramount+, June 28). “The women partners of the billionaires who put President Vladimir Putin in charge risk everything by revealing the secrets of staying in the iron-willed dictator’s good graces and the price some have paid for speaking out”

Endangered (HBO, Tuesday, June 28, at 9). “introduces us to Sáshenka, Patrícia, Oliver, and Carl whose safety and professions are under threat as they cover political rallies, police brutality, BLM protests and the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, while confronting slander, hostility and violence from their own governments”

Right To Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution (A&E, Wednesday and Thursday, June 29 and 30, at 9). “traces the history of Black comedy and its under-appreciated legacy of driving social change across the 20th and 21st centuries. From Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley and Dick Gregory during the civil rights movement, Richard Pryor in the 70s, Eddie Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg in the 80s, to the power of In Living Color and Def Comedy Jam in the 90s, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle in the 2000s and groundbreaking modern-day comedians and creators like Key & Peele, Issa Rae, Amber Ruffin and Tiffany Haddish. Across four hours, “Right to Offend” explores the rare position these artists and many more hold in our society as both entertainers and truth tellers that speak to audiences in ways no other performers can.”

July 2022

Week of July 3, 2022

Girl in the Picture (Netflix, July 6). “a woman found dying by a road leaves behind a son, a man claiming to be her husband — and a mystery that unfolds like a nightmare”

Week of July 10, 2022

Supreme Team (Showtime, Sunday, July 10, at 10). “chronicles the Supreme Team, the notorious Queens, New York crime syndicate, and tells the real story directly from its two leaders, Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff and Gerald “Prince” Miller. Through the voices of these two infamous entrepreneurs and the syndicate’s members, as well Hip Hop legend LL Cool J, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, journalist Joy Reid, singer Ashanti, producer Irv Gotti and others in the local community, politics, law enforcement, academia and popular culture, viewers are given access beyond the headlines to examine the broader cultural dynamics and the impact that this small group from South Jamaica Queens has held on hip hop and society at large.”

Wuhan Wuhan (PBS, Monday, July 11, at 10). “documents February and March 2020 in Wuhan where the coronavirus was first discovered. Going beyond the statistics and salacious headlines, frontline medical workers, patients, and ordinary citizens put a human face on the early days of the mysterious virus as they grapple with an invisible, deadly killer”

How to Change Your Mind (Netflix, July 12). a “journey to the frontiers of the new psychedelic renaissance – and look back at almost-forgotten historical context – to explore the potential of these substances to heal and change minds as well as culture”

My Daughter’s Killer (Netflix, July 12). “A father fights for decades to bring his daughter’s killer to justice in France and Germany before taking extreme measures”

The One (Paramount+, July 12). “tells the life story of legendary U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Briana Scurry” and “explores the inspirational glory and deeply dark corners of a Hall of Fame goalkeeper who stood alone on the field as the only Black starter and the only openly gay player. While celebrating the historic legacy of Scurry’s career, including two Olympic gold medals and a penalty save to help the U.S. win the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the film also tells the story of how she overcame racism and homophobia at the time of her greatest triumphs before later finding herself on the edge of suicide following a career-ending concussion.”

D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! (Netflix, July 13). “In 1971, a skyjacker parachutes off a plane with a bag of stolen cash — and gets away with it. Decades later, his identity remains a compelling mystery”

Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres (Netflix, July 13). “In politics, most pursue power. He pursued peace. Shimon Peres’s influence and integrity were instrumental in the founding and preservation of Israel.”

Victoria’s Secret: Angels And Demons (Hulu, July 14). a “searing and provocative exposé of the Victoria’s Secret brand as well as their then CEO, the larger-than-life, enigmatic billionaire, Les Wexner. Truth is not what it seems, as the underworld of fashion, the billionaire class and Jeffrey Epstein are revealed to all be inextricably intertwined with the fall of this legendary brand”

Week of July 17, 2022

Petit Rat (WORLD, Sunday, July 17, at 7). “In 1940 a French Jewish girl, Vera’s mother, Fernande has a dream of becoming a ballerina cut short and destroyed by the Nazi invasion of Paris. Fernande vows that if she has daughters, they will become dancers. Decades later, Fernande and her two daughters confront the impact of that pledge as they dance together for the very first time towards reconciliation and forgiveness. PETIT RAT is a portrait of three women, bonded by the intergenerational trauma of war and uplifted by the resilience of familial love.”

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust (PBS, Monday, July 18, at 10). “Three communities intersect, sharing histories of forced removal – Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Manzanar WWII concentration camp, Native Americans who were forced from these lands, and ranchers turned environmentalists, who were bought out by the LA Department of Water and Power. How do they come together in the present moment to defend their land and water from Los Angeles?”

Aftershock (Hulu, July 19). “In October 2019, 30-year-old Shamony Gibson tragically died after being ignored by medical providers 13 days following the birth of her son. Two months later, we began filming Shamony’s surviving mother, Shawnee Benton Gibson, and bereaved partner, Omari Maynard, as they began to process what happened and figure out their new normal. In April 2020, 26-year-old Amber Rose Isaac, died due to an emergency c-section that the family says stemmed from medical negligence. Within weeks of Amber’s death, Omari reaches out to Amber’s surviving partner Bruce McIntyre and a lifelong bond is formed. Together, Omari and Bruce begin the fight for justice to their partners with their families and community by their side, while caring for their children as newly single parents.”

The Most Hated Man on the Internet (Netflix, July 27). “chronicles a mother’s crusade against a self-proclaimed ‘professional life ruiner’ who found fame by creating a notorious ‘revenge porn’ hub”

NYC Point Guards (Showtime, Friday, July 29, at 9). “features a who’s who of point guard deities: Rafer Alston, Kenny Anderson, Mark Jackson, Stephon Marbury, God Shammgod, Kenny Smith, Rod Strickland and Dwayne “Pearl” Washington. They brought theatrics, dizzying ball control, stylish misdirection, and a shake-and-bake game from the asphalt to the city’s hallowed high school gyms and to the NBA, orchestrating successful offenses at every level. NYC POINT GODS explores not just how the city shaped these distinct players, but how these wunderkinds shaped and advanced the game under their watch, and whose impact continues to shape the game today”

Week of July 24, 2022

Winter’s Yearning (PBS, Monday, July 25, at 10). “In Maniitsoq, Greenland, the U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people await their plant and with it, the nation’s possible first steps towards economic renewal and political sovereignty.”

Week of July 31, 2022

August 2022

He’s My Brother (PBS, Monday, Aug. 1, at 10). “Christine’s brother Peter experiences his world through touch, smell, and taste. Now 30 years old, Peter’s family is having trouble finding the proper care for his multiple disabilities. Told through Christine’s eyes, He’s My Brother explores how the family works to assure him a dignified life once the parents are gone—and Christine’s uncertainties about one day becoming his primary caregiver.”

Week of Aug. 7, 2022

My Life as a Rolling Stone (Epix, Aug. 7). “Tied to the band’s 60th anniversary, this exhilarating series will show a global audience how The Rolling Stones created the blueprint for every budding rock band, and grew from young blues-loving hopefuls to a globally recognized cultural brand. Each episode will feature an intimate portrait of one of the band’s charismatic members (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and the late Charlie Watts), exploring different dimensions of their personalities, their musical brilliance, and their cultural impact. The series aims to reveal The Rolling Stones’ creativity, their inspirations, and how they individually and collectively have overcome adversity, notoriety, and personal demons to write the soundtrack of our times.”

President (PBS, Monday, Aug. 8, at 10). “Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. The new leader of the opposition party, MDC, Nelson Chamisa, is challenging the old guard, ZANU-PF, represented by the acting president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The 2018 Zimbabwean general election serves as the ultimate test for both the ruling party and for the opposition. How will they interpret democracy in a post-Mugabe era – in discourse and in practice?”

Children of the Underground (FX, Friday, Aug. 12, at 8, and Hulu, Aug. 13). “tells the pulse-pounding true story of charismatic vigilante Faye Yager, who built a vast underground network that hid hundreds of mothers and children, saving them from the alleged abuse of husbands and fathers when a broken court system would not. Stepping out into the spotlight of daytime TV talk shows to raise awareness for the cause, Yager placed herself in the crosshairs of the FBI, setting off a highly publicized trial that raised the specter of a dark side to the movement. When she helped the ex-wife and children of the wealthy banker who pioneered the ATM disappear, Yager finally met her match and a loud public reckoning was at hand. Was Faye Yager actually the saint so many people made her out to be? Enter the true story of her underground and learn the tangled truth about this visionary but haunted heroine.”

Week of Aug. 28, 2022

Faya Dayi (PBS, Monday, Aug. 29, at 10). “A hypnotic immersion in the world of Harar, Ethiopia, a place where one commodity – khat, a euphoria-inducing plant – holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life, Faya Dayi captures intimate moments in the lives of everyone from the harvesters of the crop to people lost in its narcotic haze to a desperate but determined younger generation searching for an escape from political strife.”

September 2022

Week of Sept. 4, 2022

McEnroe (Showtime, Sunday, Sept. 4, at 8). “takes viewers inside the mind of [John McEnroe,] one of the most controversial tennis players in the history of the sport as he traverses the streets of New York City over the course of a single night, retracing his life in previously unseen archival footage. From his upbringing in Douglaston, N.Y., to a Wimbledon semifinals run as an 18-year-old qualifier, to his sole year at Stanford University winning the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships and his Hall of Fame professional career where he captured seven Grand Slam singles titles, the documentary covers everything inside and outside the lines”

Love & Stuff (PBS, Monday, Sept. 5, at 10). “‘How do you live without your mother?’ Filmmaker Judith Helfand asks this unbearable question twice: as a daughter caring for her terminally ill mother, and as an “old new mom,” single parenting her much-longed-for adopted baby girl. With footage from 25 years of first-person filmmaking, shiva babka and 63 boxes of dead parents’ ‘stuff,’ the film asks: what do we really need to leave our children?”

Week of Sept. 25, 2022

Delikado (PBS, Monday, Sept. 26, at 10). “Palawan is one of Asia’s tourist hotspots. But for a small network of environmental crusaders struggling to protect its spectacular forests and seas, it is more akin to a battlefield. Delikado follows three land defenders as they try to stop politicians and businessmen from destroying the Philippines’ ‘last ecological frontier.'”

October 2022

Week of Oct. 2, 2022

The Last Out (PBS, Monday, Oct. 3, at 10). “Three Cuban baseball players leave their families and risk exile to chase their dreams of playing in the United States. At the shadowy nexus of the migrant trail and pro sports, The Last Out chronicles their harrowing journey, from immigration obstacles to the broken promises of dubious agents. Against all odds, these young athletes try to hold onto their hope while fighting for a better life for their families”

Week of Oct. 9, 2022

Accepted (PBS, Monday, Oct. 10, at 10). “follows four high school students at T.M. Landry, a prep school in Louisiana known for its viral videos of seniors being accepted to the Ivy Leagues, and sending 100% of its graduates to college. But an explosive NY Times article exposes the controversial methods of its dynamic founder – and the fiction of higher education’s promise”

November 2022

Week of Nov. 20, 2022

Midwives (PBS, Monday, Nov. 21, at 10). “Chronicles two women who run a makeshift medical clinic in a region torn apart by violent ethnic divisions. Hla, the owner, is a Buddhist in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo is a Muslim and an apprentice. Encouraged and challenged by Hla, Nyo Nyo is determined to become a steady health care provider for her people.”

December 2022

Week of Dec. 11, 2022

Let the Little Light Shine (PBS, Monday, Dec. 12, at 10). “National Teachers Academy (NTA) is considered a beacon for Black children: a top-ranked, high-performing elementary school in the fastest growing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. As the neighborhood gentrifies, a wealthy parents’ group seeks to close NTA and replace it with a high school campus. How will the NTA community fight to save their beloved institution?”

January 2023

Week of Jan. 15, 2023

I Didn’t See You There (PBS, Monday, Jan. 16, at 10). “Spurred by the spectacle of a circus tent outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into a meditative journey exploring the history of freakdom, vision, and (in)visibility. Shot from director Reid Davenport’s physical perspective – mounted to his wheelchair or handheld – I Didn’t See You There serves as a clear rebuke to the norm of disabled people being seen and not heard”

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