Trial by Media: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Trial by Media

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A fascinating time capsule that doesn't draw many conclusions, Trial by Media considers the consequences of broadcasting high-profile court cases.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 20

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Air date: May 11, 2020

After a man reveals his crush to a straight friend on "The Jenny Jones Show," a murder occurs, leading to questions about the talk show's culpability.

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In 1984, Bernard Goetz shoots four black teenagers on a New York City subway; his claim of self-defense sets off a tabloid-fueled trial.

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In 1999, four white NYPD officers shoot an unarmed 23-year-old immigrant named Amadou Diallo 41 times outside his apartment building; the officers' defense lawyers press for a change of venue as racial tensions escalate.

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HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy is charged with fraud and money laundering; he mounts an unusual defense and cohosts a religious talk show.

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After a woman is gang-raped on a pool table at Big Dan's Tavern in New Bedford, Mass., the trial is televised live on CNN, revealing the woman's identity and the brutal cross-examination.

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When Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) finds himself facing a corruption trial, he tries to embrace the media and even goes on "Celebrity Apprentice."

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Cast & Crew

Skye Borgman
Director
Yance Ford
Director
Brian McGinn
Director
Tony Yacenda
Director
Jeffrey Toobin
Executive Producer
Steven Brill
Executive Producer
George Clooney
Executive Producer
Grant Heslov
Executive Producer
Jason Sterman
Executive Producer
David Gelb
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for Trial by Media: Season 1

  • Jul 10, 2020
    First of all, the editing was terrible. Whose brilliant idea was it to show two people speaking simultaneously in a split screen, in unrelated situations, with no obvious tell as which one you're hearing? Why all the fading in and out and overlapping of voiceovers? Second, ironically, this show seems to purport that media has biases that influence issues of justice—this, coming from George Clooney, who is using this show to make sure to browbeat people for believing differently than he does. This makes for an eye-rollingly hypocritical ride on the Not-Self-Aware train.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    Really shows how the media lacks any morals and if they can make money they could n't care less for the people they destroy. Says a lot about our mindless society.
  • May 27, 2020
    This season was very entertaining and I love trials and this show was everything I asked it could be 2 thumbs up
  • May 27, 2020
    Muy buena serie sobre el poder de los medios en el juicio público y las leyes. Deja ver como un abogado puede convencer a un jurado creando una novela dramática y como se especializan en ese tipo de prácticas corruptas. También deja ver como con dinero se puede lavar la imagen de casi cualquiera a través de la TV. Cada episodio es un caso muy polémico que implicó a los medios televisivos.
  • May 24, 2020
    I've only seen three episodes . It really seems like this is Rev. Al Sharpton's document- series.
  • May 19, 2020
    The show Trial by Media was an eye opener. It was amazing to see how a medium such as media had such a diverse impact on the lives of so many people in the United States and over the world. How a medium could have such an impact on the judicial system, the victims, the families, communities, and so on. It was heart breaking at times to see the system fail you, sometimes you never understood the system at all. Trial by Media shows how the system functions, the effect the Jury has, the efforts put in by the lawyers on both sides of the coin. Many of the cases that have been covered in this TV show were unfamiliar to me, and it was educative to me. The show has documented each event very well, giving as insight to how the media functioned in each of the cases. It was astonishing to understand the power of media, the concept of Court TV and its impact on so many lives. How people would be interested in watching the events of one's life rather than their own. The show has managed to get all the important characters together and talk about the events that happened years ago. Trail by Media will make you question everything about the system and the media itself. Voyeurism will be the best word to explain this show.
  • May 15, 2020
    Terrific production and unfortunately as timely today as ever.

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