Watch FRONTLINE’s 5 Most-Streamed Documentaries of 2022 (So Far)


August 29, 2022

Looking for some documentaries to watch as summer winds down and as you anticipate FRONTLINE’s Sept. 6 season premiere, Lies, Politics and Democracy?

We’ve got you covered.

In the countdown below, we’ve collected the five new-in-2022 FRONTLINE documentaries that, as of press time, had earned the most streams this year on PBS platforms (browser video players and the PBS Video App) and FRONTLINE’s YouTube channel combined.

We’ve also included some additional recommended viewing. 

Each of these FRONTLINE documentaries — and hundreds more — are available to stream on our website, in the PBS Video App and on FRONTLINE’s YouTube channel.

Read on to see what made the list.

What did Big Oil know about the link between fossil fuels and climate change, and when did the industry know it?

How far-right extremist groups evolved from the deadly 2017 Charlottesville rally to the assault on the U.S. Capitol — and where the movement may be headed now. From FRONTLINE, ProPublica, Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program and Exploring Hate.

The first-ever documentary on one of the most powerful and polarizing women in American politics: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

2. Plot to Overturn the Election

From FRONTLINE and ProPublica, an investigation of how lies about election fraud made their way to the center of American politics.

The story of what led to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine.

Bonus Viewing: Putin’s Way, our most-streamed archival re-release of 2022 on YouTube

Released for the first time on FRONTLINE’s YouTube channel this year, this 2015 documentary traced the Russian president’s ascent from unemployed spy to modern-day czar.

More Bonus Viewing: Putin’s Road to War: Julia Ioffe, our most-viewed Transparency Project interview of 2022

Through the FRONTLINE Transparency Project, we’ve published dozens of extended interviews this year from the making of our films. This interview with journalist Julia Ioffe about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has topped the list so far.

Stream hundreds more FRONTLINE documentaries on our website, in the PBS Video App and on our YouTube channel.

This story has been updated to reflect Berkeley Journalism’s partnership on American Insurrection.

Patrice Taddonio

Patrice Taddonio, Digital Writer & Audience Development Strategist, FRONTLINE



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