Television networks always mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001, the day of the deadliest terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. But TV coverage related to that tragic day is particularly expansive in 2021, as Americans mark 20 years since nearly 3,000 people lost their lives at the World Trade Center and Pentagon and aboard Flight 93.
Many of the big networks will provide live coverage from Ground Zero and other sites this Saturday, September 11, but other 9/11-related content is already airing and streaming. Here are 20 of the dozens of documentaries, docuseries, and TV specials marking the 20th anniversary.
Robin Roberts will report on the women of 9/11 in a tw0-hour special edition of the ABC newsmagazine(Wednesday, September 8, 9/8c). Two days later, David Muir will review the events of 9/11(Friday, September 10, 9/8c, ABC) and Diane Sawyer will speak with children who lost parents in the attack.(Friday, September 10, 10/9c, ABC).
The 26th Street Garage: The FBI’s Untold Story
With narration from Tom Selleck, this documentary details the FBI’s investigation into the terror attack from the parking garage to which agents evacuated.(Thursday, September 9, Paramount+).
Denis Leary introduces an updated version of the Emmy-winning 2002 documentary by brothers Jules and Gédéon Naudet along with firefighter James Hanlon.(Premiered on Sunday, September 5, CNN)
9/11: Inside the President’s War Room
From the perspective of former President George W. Bush and his advisors—and featuring narration by Jeff Daniels—this documentary chronicles the first 12 hours after the attack.(Free to view on Saturday, September 11, AppleTV+)
9/11: The Legacy
This documentary covers how eight children lost their lives and more than 3,000 lost their parents on that fateful day.(Friday, September 10, 7/6c, History)
9/11: One Day in America
This moving six-part National Geographic series—produced in collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum—shares stories of first responders and survivors of September 11th.(Now streaming, Hulu)
9/11, 20 Years Later: Remembrance and Ramifications
In a live broadcast, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, and other CNN anchors share their perspectives on 9/11 and the resulting war in Afghanistan.(Thursday, September 9, Noon/11am c, CNN)
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Jessica Carrillo anchors a special edition of the Telemundo talk show, discussing the attacks and paying tribute to the victims and survivors.(Premiered on Monday, September 6, Telemundo)
America After 9/11
In this two-hour special, PBS’ Frontline dissects the attacks’ aftereffects across three presidential administrations.(Tuesday, September 7, 9/8c, PBS, check local listings at pbs.org)