The New York Times Presents
CONTROLLING BRITNEY SPEARS

About the Show

The New York Times Presents is a series of standalone documentaries representing the unparalleled journalism and insight of The New York Times, bringing viewers close to the essential stories of our time. With more than 1,550 journalists reporting from 160 countries, The Times publishes 250 stories a day including investigative reports, political scoops and cultural dispatches.


The first documentary, “They Get Brave,” follows the coronavirus crisis in New York City. The Times gave doctors and nurses cameras to document their lives at the height of the pandemic, and what they captured reveals an extraordinary resolve in the face of a profound breakdown in the health-care system. Like WWI infantry, they were poorly equipped and relied on shoddy information, but they committed themselves to the cause.


The series is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right. Executive producers are Mat Skene, Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, Stephanie Preiss, Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Mary Robertson.

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Season 1
Season 1

Sn.1 Ep.9

"Controlling Britney Spears"

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Controlling Britney Spears

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Britney Spears has said that her conservatorship had become “an oppressive and controlling tool against her.” This New York Times investigation reveals much of how it worked, including an intense surveillance apparatus that monitored her every move.

71 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 09/24

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"Move Fast & Vape Things"

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Move Fast & Vape Things

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Two Stanford graduate students had an inspired idea and an idealistic mission: create an e-cigarette that would help millions of people stop smoking. How did the founders of Juul lose their way and end up accused of addicting a whole new generation?

65 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 09/17


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