The Awful Truth (TV series)

The Awful Truth
Directed by Tom Gianas
Starring Michael Moore
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24
Running time 30 minutes
Original network Bravo[1]
UK Channel 4
Original release 11 April 1999 – 5 July 2000
Preceded by TV Nation
External links

The Awful Truth (1999–2000) is a satirical television show that was directed, written, and hosted by filmmaker Michael Moore, and funded by the British broadcaster Channel 4.[2][3][4][5]


The show emulated television newsmagazine shows (such as 60 Minutes, or Moore's own previous show, TV Nation) in that it comprised a series of documentary segments.[6][7] For the first season the format involved presenting them to a studio audience (the second season moved to Times Square), often accompanied by a coda and commentary by Moore as to what happened after the segment was first filmed. The show focused on exposing problems in American government, business, and society. It often used outlandish sketches and stunts to point out the inherent absurdity of a situation and hint at potential solutions. At times, the show's sometimes humiliating tactics drew enough attention to cause corporations involved to rethink their policies. For example, after initially denying a man coverage for a pancreas transplant, Humana agreed to pay for it.[8]


Season 1

# Title Segments Original air date
1"Episode 1""A Cheaper Way to Conduct a Witch Hunt" and "Funeral at an HMO"11 April 1999 (1999-04-11)
2"Episode 2""Beat the Rich" and "The Sodomobile"18 April 1999 (1999-04-18)
3"Episode 3""Crackers vs. Mickey Mouse" and "The Voice-Box Choir"25 April 1999 (1999-04-25)
4"Episode 4""Sal, The Bill Collector" and "Duck and Cover"2 May 1999 (1999-05-02)
5"Episode 5""The Awful Truth Man of the Year", "TV Pundits?", and "150 Feet from NBC"9 May 1999 (1999-05-09)
6"Episode 6""Work Care!", "LucyCam", and "Air-Drop TVs on Afghanistan"16 May 1999 (1999-05-16)
7"Episode 7""William Sebastian Cohen", "LucyCam #2", and "Manpower"23 May 1999 (1999-05-23)
8"Episode 8""Montana Shacks", "Joe Camel Gets a Job", and "LucyCam #3"30 May 1999 (1999-05-30)
9"Episode 9""Turdonia", "Teen Sniper School", and "Hitler Goes Banking"6 June 1999 (1999-06-06)
10"Episode 10""Crackers Goes to Buckeye Eggs", "The Michael Moore Playset", "American Apartheid", and "Bill Gates' Housewarming"13 June 1999 (1999-06-13)
11"Episode 11""Weapon Inspectors", "The Make a Wish Foundation", and "We Find Hillary a Date"20 June 1999 (1999-06-20)
12"Episode 12""NAFTA Mike", "Strikebreakers", and "Mergers"27 June 1999 (1999-06-27)

Season 2

# Title Segments Original air date
13"Advertiser Appreciation Night""Presidential Mosh" and "Gun Crazy"17 May 2000 (2000-05-17)
14"Compassionate Conservative Night""Don't Shoot, It's Only a Wallet" and "Sibling Rivalry"24 May 2000 (2000-05-24)
15"Help the Dead Guy""Immoral Majority" and "Seniors Strike Back"31 May 2000 (2000-05-31)
16"German Vacation Night""Got it Maid!" and "BMW (Break My Windows)"7 June 2000 (2000-06-07)
17"Ficus for Congress""Campaign" and "Election Day"21 June 2000 (2000-06-21)
18"Taxi Driver""Whitey Can't Ride", "Low Heels for Ho Heels", and "Male Apartheid"28 June 2000 (2000-06-28)
19"Dixie Flag Night""Corporate Cops" and "Molson Loses Its Head"5 July 2000 (2000-07-05)
20"Stop and Frisk Night""No Trials Necessary" and "No Intelligence Necessary"12 July 2000 (2000-07-12)
21"Replacement Mike""No Side Effects" and "We Still Love NY"19 July 2000 (2000-07-19)
22"Store the Homeless""Design For Living", "Thou Shalt Not...", and "Affirmative Action"26 July 2000 (2000-07-26)
23"Gulf War""Saddamized" and "It's All in Your Head"2 August 2000 (2000-08-02)
24"Find Clinton a Job""Roe v. Wade, R.I.P." and "Population Explosion"9 August 2000 (2000-08-09)

Notable scenes

Location filming and DVD release

The first season of the series was filmed in Chicago, Illinois, and aired on the Bravo cable network in the US and on Channel 4 in the UK. The second season was filmed in New York City. Both seasons are also available on DVD.[10]

Season one had 12 episodes and premiered 11 April 1999 ending 27 June 1999.[11] Season two had 12 episodes, and premiered 17 May 2000 and ended 5 July 2000.[12]

See also


  1. "A Liberal Dose of 'The Awful Truth' From Michael Moore - Los Angeles Times". 1995-08-06. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  2. "Moore'S 'Awful Truth': Hit-Or-Miss Guerrilla Tv". NY Daily News. 1999-04-09. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  3. West, Patrick (2010-03-04). "Why the Left hates Michael Moore – Telegraph Blogs". Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  4. "`Truth' Be Told, Moore's Back On Attack - Page 2 - Chicago Tribune". 1999-04-09. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  5. "Moore information | Film". Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  6. Bogdanovich, Peter (1999-04-12). "The Awful Truth Gives Michael Moore a New Channel, and Some New Targets | The New York Observer". Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  7. "The Best of The Awful Truth : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  8. "The Awful Truth". The Awful Truth. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  9. "Ready for Moore?". 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  10. "The Awful Truth | DVD Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  11. "Michael Moore The Awful Truth Complete First Season - IGN". 2002-06-06. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  12. "The Awful Truth Season 2 : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". 2002-01-29. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
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