Frontline - Season 6

Tuesday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Jan 17, 1983 In Season




Episode Guide

  • The Choice
    Episode 26
    Frontline and Time magazine step back from the heat of the 1988 presidential campaign to examine the background, character, qualifications, and beliefs of the Republican and Democratic candidates, George Bush and Michael Dukakis. Our correspondent Garry Wills assesses their lives and career through the people who know them best.
  • The Politics of Prosperity
    In these final weeks of the 1988 campaign, correspondent William Greider explores the private but increasingly intense debate about what the next president should do to avoid economic disaster, how and when should he do it, and who will be asked to bear the burden. Also, Frontline focuses on four communities that have not shared in the prosperity of the Reagan years.moreless
  • My Husband is Going to Kill Me
    It was February 1987, and 30 year-old Pamela Guenther turned to the police and the courts in a Denver suburb for protection from her violent husband. Just three weeks later, as her children watched, she was murdered. Frontline investigates just why the system could not protect her.
  • Indian Country
    Indian Country
    Episode 23
    The Quinault Indians of Washington State seem to have everything-strong leadership, a landmark court victory guaranteeing fishing rights, business deals with the Japanese, and a lush, beautiful reservation. But the Quinaults still face crushing problems-unemployment, poverty, alcoholism, and suicide. Frontline's Mark Trahant searches for answers to the Quinault's dilemma in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Congress, the White House and in the heart of the Quinault people.moreless
  • Our Forgotten War
    Our Forgotten War
    Episode 22
    Frontline takes a fresh look at the war in El Salvador. In Central America, while US attention has been dominated by the contra war in Nicaragua, the battle for El Salvador continues.
  • Who Pays for AIDS?
    Who Pays for AIDS?
    Episode 21
    Frontline examines the impact on patients caught in the middle of a battle between local governments and Washington over who will pay for AIDS since it's overwhelming many communities.
  • Trouble in Paradise
    Trouble in Paradise
    Episode 20
    Frontline examines the US government's attempts to forge a military pact with the Pacific Island nation of Palau which is a campaign that has led to economic dependence, political strife, corruption, and violence in that tiny country of only 15,000 people.
  • The Defense of Europe
    In this special episode, Frontline and Time magazine have joined forces to examine the new realitites for the NATO alliance following the American-Soviet nuclear arms treaty.
  • Guns, Drugs, and the CIA
    Frontline investigates the CIA's history of involvement with drug smugglers in trouble spots around the world Also, how they have defended its alliances with drug dealers.
  • Racism 101
    Racism 101
    Episode 17
    Frontline explores the increase in racial incidents and violence on America's college compuses. The attitudes of black and white students reveal increasing tensions at some of the country's best universities, even though the civil rights struggle was years earlier.
  • American Game, Japanese Rules
    Frontline reveals how Americans living and working in Japan all confronting a society that looks Western, but operates by a very different set of rules.
  • Murder of the Rio San Juan
    Frontline investigates the 1984 terrorist bombing at a press conference held by contra leader Eden Pastora. Eight people, including an American reporter, died that night on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
  • To a Safer Place
    To a Safer Place
    Episode 14
    Frontline follows Shirley Turcotte, who was molested by her father, as she confronts her mother about not helping her and is finally reuntied with the brothers and sister who were also abused.
  • Poison and the Pentagon
    Frontline reporter Joe Rosenbloom investigates the Pentagon's poor record of cleaning up its pollution that contaminates the ground water in communities across the country.
  • Back in the USSR
    Back in the USSR
    Episode 12
    Frontline goes back to the USSR to interview American journalist Jerry Schecter, who moved to Moscow in 1968.
  • Let My Daughter Die
    Let My Daughter Die
    Episode 11
    Frontline looks at the Cruzan family, who has a severely brain damaged daughter, and they want to remove her life-support system.
  • Shakedown in Santa Fe
    Frontline takes a look at one of the most violent prison uprisings in U.S. history.
  • Your Flight Is Cancelled
    Frontline takes a look at the airline industry in the U.S., where Americans experience delays after delays on a recurring basis.
  • The Man Who Shot John Lennon
    Frontline interviews Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in 1980.
  • Operation Urgent Fury
    With the help of Seymour Hersh, Frontline takes a look at the rescue of American students during the 1983 invasion of Grenada.
  • Praise the Lord
    Praise the Lord
    Episode 6
    Frontline takes a look at the rise and fall of television evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and investigates why government agencies failed to vigorously investigate charges of corruption.
  • Apartheid Part 5: 1987
    In the finale of this special five part series, Frontline takes a look at the meeting between the white leaders and black leaders to discuss change in South Africa.
  • Apartheid Part 4: 1978-1986
    In the fourth part of this special series, Frontline looks at the reform PW Botha has introduced since becoming prime minister of South Africa. Including his reforms to maintain white supremacy, changes that has provoked explosive reactions from many blacks and divided Afrikaners.
  • Apartheid Part 3: 1963-1977
    In the third part of this Frontline series, Independent homelands' for blacks was the centerpiece of Prime Minister Hendrick Verwoerd's vision of apartheid. It focuses on how the white government found African leaders to collaborate with them in a plan to make foreigners of black South African citizens by deporting them to independent homelands in rural areas of the country. The program looks at the increased resistance to the homeland policy as seen through the first nationwide attack by young black South Africans in the Soweto ghetto in 1976.moreless
  • Apartheid Part 2: 1948-1963
    Frontline takes a look at the racial policies in South Africa, which includes removing blacks from cities and establishing separate schools for blacks. It also takes a look at the rise of Nelson Mandela.
  • Apartheid Part 1: 1652-1948
    Frontline looks at South Africa's history to see if the claims by many white South Africans are true, that the country is theirs, and that no blank man occupied South Africa before the first Dutch settlement in 1625.