In the 21st century, most people use the Internet on a daily basis, but there is more to the worldwide network than what is at its surface. This documentary series explores that often-disturbing darker side of the Internet. The dark web, as it's known, was originally intended to be a hidden area where members of the intelligence community could privately meet, but it is increasingly being exploited by online predators and criminals. Each half-hour episode details a particular theme, which include cyberkidnapping, digital warfare, online cults and pornography addiction. "Dark Net" intends to raise thought-provoking conversations about technology and privacy.
Penn and Teller are not only world-famous comedians and magicians, they're also die-hard skeptics. Each episode takes topics such as abstinence, life coaching, cryptozoology, 12-step programs and psychics and uses principles of magic and trickery - as well as good ol' fashioned hidden camera sting operations - to smoke out "nonsense peddlers" and reveal how they operate.
A reality series explores non-monogamous, committed relationships involving more than two people.
Presidential elections in America always garner a lot of media coverage, but the 2016 campaign is bringing new meaning to the phrase "media circus" thanks to the presence of media-friendly Republican hopeful Donald Trump. The campaign really builds up steam as the calendar flips from 2015 to 2016, which is when this real-time docuseries begins its look at the campaigns of Trump, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton and others vying for a chance to spend at least four years in the White House. The series follows key characters and stories from the campaigns, providing behind-the-scenes access into a world the public rarely sees in its weekly half-hour episodes. Executive producers of "The Circus" include political analysts/authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann ("Game Change").
In this offshoot (sort of) of Showtime's drama series "The L Word," cameras follow lesbians in Los Angeles and New York as they go about their lives. These ladies juggle their highly successful careers, social lives, relationships and families -- under the watchful eyes of viewers.
National Public Radio's long-running documentary series makes the leap to TV, telling stories culled from all across the nation. Host Ira Glass (who's pulling double-duty on the TV show as he's also the host on radio) and a team of filmmakers spend months on the road finding stories they think would be interesting to viewers -- stories involving Iowa pig farms, an Illinois hot-dog stand and a man who spends several hours a day in his family's mausoleum, among other tales. Many of the stories featured on the show were originally told on the radio show, with video added for the TV audience.
Comic Paul Provenza assembles a panel of his fellow comedians to talk about a wide variety of provocative subjects. Using a roundtable setting and filmed before a studio audience, Provenza's panel includes some of the biggest names in comedy, including Drew Carey, Robert Klein, Sandra Bernhard, Roseanne Barr, Jonathan Winters, Eddie Izzard and others. No subject is taboo, and no comments are censored.
Picking up where the movies left off, "Barbershop" the series follows the life of Calvin and the oddball employees and customers of his South Side Chicago barbershop. Between dealing with his opinionated crew and the demands of his family, Calvin sometimes has to struggle to maintain his sanity.
This reality series follows several men in Las Vegas who work as gigolos, although -- for legal reasons -- the company's owner classifies the business as a "companion service" whose clients pay an hourly rate. The show, which delves into the guys' personal and professional lives, is surprisingly truthful and heartfelt, and it shows the wild ride that real-life escorts experience. The men providing companionship include Wisconsin native Nick, who was in the Air Force before starting his company that books entertainment for private parties, athletic Vin, who has a passion for learning, and entrepreneur Brace, whose business interests include real estate and nutritional supplements.