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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this news documentary series provides thoughtful, provocative insight on current events as a way of raising public awareness of contemporary issues. While the series overall is educational, some installments include in-depth interviews and video footage that may be too strong for younger viewers. (Of course, chances are that most kids -- including plenty of teens -- won't really be clamoring to see a news-focused series anyway.)
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What's the Story?
FRONTLINE is a hard-hitting, magazine-style documentary news series that looks at contemporary, often-controversial issues, focusing on the people who work on the frontlines of the major events of our time. Considered PBS' flagship public affairs series for more than 20 years, Frontline follows the time-honored tradition of broadcast news by telling stories that objectively explore present-day topics in the United States and abroad. Sept. 11, the war in Iraq, the global politics of AIDS, and the controversies surrounding abortion are just a few of the many issues that the program has delved into.
Is It Any Good?
The winner of many major journalism awards -- including a Peabody for excellence in TV broadcasting -- Frontline stands out among other prime-time programs of this genre thanks to its in-depth research, solid reporting, and strong narrative. As a result of the producers' commitment to journalistic excellence, the series offers unflinching examinations of different, often-conflicting viewpoints, allowing viewers to experience for themselves the complexity of many of life's multifaceted events.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about current events. How do these events impact the way we look at the world? Who are the people involved in these events, and what are their roles? What specific issues do you feel strongly about? Families can also talk about the differences between broadcast news and public affairs documentaries. What do documentaries offer that news stories don't or can't? If you were asked to make a documentary about an important issue, what would it be about? Who would you interview? Parents can find more discussion topics in Frontline's Teacher Center.
- Premiere date: January 17, 1983
- Cast: Will Lyman
- Network: PBS
- Genre: Educational
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: March 29, 2023
Our Editors Recommend
History comes alive in excellent docuseries.
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
A must-see news program for teens and tweens.
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