The Fourth Estate (TV series)

The Fourth Estate is a four-part 2018 documentary series about The New York Times' coverage of the White House, directed by Liz Garbus. A 90-minute version was shown on April 28, 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival and was followed by a panel discussion with Dean Baquet, Elisabeth Bumiller, Julie Davis, Mark Mazzetti, Liz Garbus, and Jenny Carchman.[1] The opening sequence is scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; the series features variations of songs from Reznor's Ghosts I-IV.[2]

The Fourth Estate
Created byLiz Garbus
Directed byLiz Garbus
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes4
Running time243 minutes (in total)
Production company(s)Moxie Firecracker Films
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseMay 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)

The series was released by Showtime a month later. It combines running office footage with interviews of investigative reporters and their bosses as they go about their work. The title of the series comes from the common term "the Fourth Estate" for the press' role as independent watchdog keeping an eye on the government. The choice of title can be seen as an ironic comment to Trump's statement at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 24, 2017, that much of the news media is "the enemy of the people": "A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. They are the enemy of the people."[3]


No.Title [4]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4]US viewers
1"First 100 Days"Liz GarbusTBAMay 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)0.163[5]
2"The Trump Bump"Jenny Carchman and Liz GarbusTBAJune 3, 2018 (2018-06-03)N/A
3"American Carnage"Jenny Carchman and Liz GarbusTBAJune 10, 2018 (2018-06-10)0.111[6]
4"Matters of Fact"Jenny Carchman and Liz GarbusTBAJune 17, 2018 (2018-06-17)0.124[7]


  1. ^ "The Fourth Estate". Tribeca Film Festival. April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross Compose Music for 'The Fourth Estate'".
  3. ^ Jackson, David (24 February 2017). "Trump again calls media 'enemy of the people'". USA Today. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The Fourth Estate Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 30, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.27.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 12, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.10.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 19, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.17.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 19, 2018.

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