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THE 2010s
From Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog comes a new installment of the iconic Decades series. CNN audiences are invited to look back at The 2010s, a turbulent era marked by political and social upheaval, culminating in the single most dramatic year of the 21st century: 2020. It was a decade in which social media transformed society and streaming upended entertainment, resulting in genre-defying music and ushering in the era of “peak TV”.

Peak TV

The 2010s welcomed outstanding shows in TV history and is known as “the second golden age of television.” Beyond Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, innovations in streaming led to opportunities for new types of voices and diverse audiences.

Music On Demand

A deep dive into the major trends and innovations in popular music during the 2010s as streaming dominated, genres collapsed and music underwent a profound mood swing from EDM-infused pop to darker more intimate stylings by
decade’s end.

Obama: Legacy on the Line

A candid reflection not only on Barack Obama’s presidency, but also the seismic political shifts that took place in both the Republican and Democratic parties while he occupied the Oval Office.

Trump: The Disrupter

A look back on Donald Trump’s meteoric political rise in 2016, how he defeated Hillary Clinton, delivered on many of his campaign promises and left a polarizing legacy.

Taking it to the Streets

Examining a new era of activism that erupted in the 2010s, marking a decade of increased polarization and social change through movements like Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the rise of the Alt-right.

The Social Media Boom

An exploration of social media’s growing influence during the 2010s as platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok became massively popular and changed the way we saw ourselves and the world.

2020: The Year That Changed Everything

A fast-paced, emotional chronicle of how the year of 2020 was one of the most transformational years in history with a presidential impeachment, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the largest civil rights demonstrations in history.