The Fourth Estate: Season 1 (2018)


Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: May 27, 2018
Air date: Jun 3, 2018
Air date: Jun 10, 2018
Air date: Jun 17, 2018

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Critic Reviews for The Fourth Estate Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

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…

A snapshot of how politics is evolving, of how Trump-style populism cynically sets out to erode public confidence in the media's role as a holder-to-account of politicians and the powerful, it was breathtakingly effective.

Jun 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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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…

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