Watch FRONTLINE’s 5 Most-Streamed Documentaries of 2019 (So Far)

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July 2, 2019
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Patrice Taddonio Digital Writer & Audience Development Strategist

Looking for some documentaries to binge-watch this summer? We’ve got you covered with this countdown of FRONTLINE’s five most-streamed films from the first half of 2019. These FRONTLINE documentaries — and hundreds more — are available to stream online, on-demand and on the PBS Video App.

5. Right to Fail

About the documentary: Following a 2014 federal court order, thousands of New Yorkers with severe mental illnesses won the chance to live independently in supported housing. But when FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigated what has happened to people who moved from adult homes into apartments, we found more than two dozen cases in which the system failed — sometimes with deadly consequences.

More to explore: Go inside the making of the film, and read about the response our initial joint reporting prompted.

4. Predator on the Reservation

About the documentary: A government pediatrician named Stanley Patrick Weber sexually abused Native American boys, moving from reservation to reservation despite warnings. With The Wall Street Journal, we investigated the decades-long failure to stop him.

More to explore: The day after our joint investigation published, the head of Health and Human Services called for a review of the Indian Health Service (IHS), the government agency that provides health care for Native Americans and employed Weber for decades. The Trump administration later said that it would convene a task force to examine child sex abuse in the IHS. Plus: After The Wall Street Journal reported that Weber was still receiving his government pension despite his sexual abuse conviction, a U.S. senator proposed a bill that would prevent convicted child molesters from receiving federal pensions. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that government officials were convening a board that could halt Weber’s pension payments.

3. Sex Trafficking in America

About the documentary: How do you fight sex trafficking in the digital age? Two-and-a-half years in the making, this documentary offers an eye-opening look at sexual exploitation — and the evolving battle against it — in one American city.

More to explore: Read a Q&A with the film team on the unique challenges of reporting on sexual exploitation, explore our reporting on what makes some minors vulnerable to sex traffickers, and learn about how social media has shaped both the practice of sex trafficking and the fight against it.

2. The Mueller Investigation

About the documentary: For two years, Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether President Trump obstructed justice dominated headlines. This documentary chronicles the road that led to the Mueller report.

More to explore: Read an explainer on the Mueller investigation, and explore an interactive collection of interviews about President Trump’s showdown with the Department of Justice.

1. Trump’s Trade War

About the documentary: What led the world’s two largest economies to the brink, and what’s at stake? Get the inside story of President Trump’s gamble to confront China over trade in this investigation with NPR. 

More to explore: Go inside the White House’s heated battle over China, and learn about China’s state-sponsored economic model.

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