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Release Date:
11 April 1999 (USA) See more »
Activist film director Michael Moore hosts a show where he continues his crusade to expose wrongdoing by the high and mighty. Full summary »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Michael Moore ... Himself (24 episodes, 1999-2000)

Series Directed by
Michael Moore (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Linda Mendoza (3 episodes, 1999)

Tom Gianas (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Nick McKinney (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Moore (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Annie Cohen (12 episodes, 1999)
Francis Gasparini (12 episodes, 1999)
Henriette Mantel (12 episodes, 1999)
Jay Martel (12 episodes, 1999)

Tom Gianas (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Michael Moore .... executive producer (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Charlie Siskel .... supervising producer / co-producer (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kathleen Glynn .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Dave Hamilton .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Tia Lessin .... supervising producer / senior producer (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Sarah Smith .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1999)
Michael Donovan .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Rob Huebel .... producer (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Marc Henry Johnson .... producer (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Nick McKinney .... producer (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mala Chapple .... line producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Jeremy Scahill .... associate producer (7 episodes, 2000)
Ellin Baumel .... producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Helen Demeranville .... segment producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Patrick Farrelly .... segment producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Siobhan Gervasi .... assistant producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Aideen Kane .... line producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Tammy Leech .... coordinating producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Melanie Martinez .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Eliza Minot .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Rena Mundo .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Kate O'Callaghan .... segment producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Jim Paul .... segment producer (3 episodes, 1999)
George Plamondon .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
James Ridgeway .... consulting producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Brian Rohan .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Nancy Swartz .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1999)
Series Cinematography by
Christopher Bigbie (1 episode, 2000)

Brian Danitz (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Randi Snitz (6 episodes, 2000)
Caroline Christie (5 episodes, 2000)
Doug Abel (3 episodes, 1999)
Richard Calderon (3 episodes, 1999)
Meg Reticker (3 episodes, 1999)
David Tedeschi (3 episodes, 1999)
Jim Villone (3 episodes, 1999)
Rachel Kittner (2 episodes, 2000)
Laure Sullivan (2 episodes, 2000)

David Zieff (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Dina Varano (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Makeup Department
Marsha Shearrill .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Kathleen Toner .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Production Management
Andrea Ashton .... production manager (12 episodes, 1999)
Norman Denver .... production supervisor (12 episodes, 2000)
Michele Wilson .... production manager (2 episodes, 1999)

Mike Fountain .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Wendy Stefanelli .... assistant art director (5 episodes, 1999)
Leif Maginnis .... props (3 episodes, 2000)
Kate Sheeley .... second set decorator (2 episodes, 1999-2000)

Curtis Pollock .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Francisco La Torre .... chief field sound / field sound (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Allan Scarth .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2000)
Andy Kris .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1999)
Jerry Stein .... field sound (2 episodes, 1999)

Matt Foglia .... post-production audio mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Tara Donnelly .... graphic design (12 episodes, 2000)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Danitz .... chief field camera / field camera operator (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kirk Garreans .... lighting console operator (12 episodes, 1999)
Andrew J. Ryann .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1999)
Mark Raker .... cinematographer: segments / cinematographer (6 episodes, 1999)
Bill Turnley .... field camera operator (3 episodes, 1999)

Christopher Glasgow .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Adrian Dimond .... animator (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
David Zieff .... supervising editor / senior editor (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kristine Smith .... assistant editor (12 episodes, 1999)
Kurt Engfehr .... senior editor (3 episodes, 1999)
Series Music Department
Chris Cardillo .... music coordinator (12 episodes, 1999)
Bob Golden .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Other crew
Tom Gianas .... creative consultant (12 episodes, 1999)
Meredith Villano .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1999)
Dan Walter .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1999)
Gideon Evans .... creative consultant / assistant to writers (3 episodes, 1999)
Sharon Clarke .... researcher (2 episodes, 1999)
Tom Gustafson .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Michelle Johnston .... researcher (2 episodes, 1999)
Myles Reiff .... tape librarian (2 episodes, 1999)
Roberto Rios .... technical director (2 episodes, 1999)
Jefferson Root .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Brian Sales .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1999)
Rena Zager .... senior researcher (2 episodes, 1999)
Jay Martel .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 2000)

Jill Bigley .... additional crew: Des Moines Iowa (unknown episodes)
Charles Bishop .... production executive (unknown episodes)
Linda Mendoza .... director: live show (unknown episodes)
Gary Oldroyd .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Frank Moore .... special thanks (6 episodes, 2000)
Veronica Moore .... special thanks (6 episodes, 2000)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Awful Truth with Michael Moore" - USA (complete title)
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30 min (24 episodes)
Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Singapore:PG

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Continuity: In the Sodomobile piece, there is a diagram of the U.S. showing that Tennesee is a state where sodomy is illegal, yet when Moore and friends arrive in Tennesee, Michael's voice over claims the exact opposite.See more »
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009)See more »


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14 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
How many shows can claim to be life-saving and mean it?, 17 May 1999
Author: Kyle Milligan ( from Toronto, Canada

Michael Moore's short lived "TV Nation" gets a long awaited resurrection and make-over with "The Awful Truth" which demonstrates the true power and potential of television. Michael Moore is the documentarian behind "Roger And Me" and "The Big One" and author of "Downsize This".

The show aired in Canada for the first time on Sunday, May 16, 1999 at 8:30 pm EST and has already proved it's worth in less than thirty minutes. It's also hilarious, and funnier than anything that could ever be scripted.

Two segments were featured in this program, one dealing with mock Witch Hunts in Washington, but the more moving piece, focused on 34 year old Diabetic Chris Donahue, father of a 4 year old girl, whose health insurance company (or HMO if you prefer), Humana, rejected his claim for an operation for a pancreas transplant. Without the operation, he would surely die, and so Michael Moore came to his aid.

First Chris went to Florida's Palm Beach Post to place his own obituary. Then Michael invited Humana to come help the ailing man choose a coffin for Chris. Then he invited them to Chris' funeral party, with Chris displaying his bright red custom made T-shirt that read "I signed with Humana and all I got was this lousy t-shirt, but no pancreas". Then they had a rehearsal funeral outside Humana's offices. Finally, in less than a week, the company cracked, accepted the claim, thereby saving the man's life, and revised their policies on all claims for pancreas transplants.

With an incredibly moving moment to end the show on, the grateful Chris showed his appreciation from the studio audience with his family to a rousing standing ovation.

Do yourself a favour, catch this show, have a laugh, and watch an important crusader do what he does best, make slimy corporations very nervous, and improving the world a bit at a time.

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