The Fourth Estate: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
The Fourth Estate

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The Fourth Estate immerses viewers in the day-to-day world of working journalists with a breathless, engaging, mildly infuriating portrait of the modern newsroom.

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Critic Ratings: 36

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User Ratings: 22

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Air date: May 27, 2018

As Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office, The New York Times' New York and Washington bureaus prepare to cover an administration unlike any other. The role that Russia played in the 2016 election quickly emerges as a storyline that will continue to unfold, consuming a troop of investigative journalists for the year to come. In this fiercely competitive environment, The Times and The Washington Post vie for scoops while overtaxed journalists work to develop sources inside a volatile administration. Tension boils over when the President calls the media "the enemy of the people." Remarkably, F.B.I. director James Comey announces an active federal investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. Meanwhile, the paper faces economic challenges as it continues to adapt to a digital world. In a time when the news never stops, The Times' reporters scramble to break the stories vital to the future of our democracy before the pace and the scrutiny breaks them.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2018

Shortly after FBI director James Comey is fired by President Trump, The New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt is on to a huge scoop with ongoing reverberations, regarding Comey's memos about his meetings with Trump. The appointment of a special counsel marks an important new turn in what has already been an historic year. Things are made more dire when The Times reveals details of a secret meeting between members of the Trump campaign team and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. And there is heavy turnover at the White House, covered by White House correspondent Maggie Haberman. But even as The Times drives this shocking flow of new information, it continues to squarely address its own inner challenges. Advertising dollars are shrinking. Digital is replacing print, podcasts are now synonymous with the paper, and Twitter is how news breaks first. The executive editor must make difficult changes that break with tradition. Can The New York Times adapt to a digital future without losing something vital in the process?

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Air date: Jun 10, 2018

As violence erupts in Charlottesville, the president's unwillingness to denounce the racist hate groups presents a new test for journalists. Trump blames the "failing New York Times" and "crooked media" for distorting his speech and further deepening the country's divisions. Meanwhile, Steve Bannon exits the White House and a Times reporter questions where his populist revolution is headed now, as the paper deals with reining in its own reporters on Twitter.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2018

The New York Times reporters learn that the president's former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, has pled guilty to lying to the FBI, bringing the Russia investigation closer to Trump's inner circle. As the paper leads the reporting on workplace sexual harassment, allegations of past misconduct by one reporter in the bureau bring the story home. And for all the attacks on the free press over the course of Trump's first year in office, the paper is rewarded for what it does best.

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Critic Reviews for The Fourth Estate Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (18)

The documentary series The Fourth Estate tries to humanize the journalists who report the news. It can't help but fall into a trap.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Everyone in this movie seems to be wondering how long we have to wait for the end of this publicity stunt gone wrong. But if we are in for a long haul, it feels as if [Elisabeth] Bumiller is the one who can best lead us through it.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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A newsroom is a fascinating front-row seat as history unfolds, and for the biggest political story in years the Gray Lady is an ideal place to set this story.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

All the portentous music in the world can't animate a sea of desks, or a meeting that goes, as they often do, precisely nowhere. And then there are all the telephone conversations of which the viewer gets to hear only one side.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…

How do you convey facts in an era of fake news? "The Fourth Estate" aims to illustrate exactly that.

May 28, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Because "The Fourth Estate" is less a documentary about the Times than a document of the struggle to report on Trump, it is-though smart and gripping-a frustrating heap of unfinished business.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Besides missing those stories being reported, the series doesn't engage in any meaningful way with external criticism.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Their work covering the first year of the Trump administration is documented in the harrowing Showtime series The Fourth Estate, and it's an effort as hard to accept and as unsatisfying as the actual coverage it depicts.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Stream It, but only because of the importance of the subject matter. Hopefully we will see some more diversity and differing perspectives in upcoming episodes.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Appropriately enough, the programme is pretty old-school itself, determined not to sensationalise, and content to move quite slowly, with plenty of lingering shots of people looking pensive in glass-fronted offices.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

There's never any shocking revelation to be had, the headlines are the same ones all political junkies have feverishly devoured. What is engaging is how The Fourth Estate shows you precisely how those headlines are put together.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It wasn't especially revealing...it felt dreary and dated.

Jul 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fourth Estate: Season 1

  • Nov 20, 2018
    Extensive, close-up and intimate documentation examining the inner workings of a newspaper in constant response to daily events; highly revealing, even in minor details.
  • Jun 16, 2018
    I hope SHOwtime renews The Fourth Estate for another season—more than four episodes, please.

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