Documentaries are among the most misunderstood of film forms. They not only need not be boring or "preachy", they can have more impact than fictionalized works. One documentary television series co-produced and directed by the head of our ASaP Film/Video/Radio Department has been airing on PBS since 1989 and has been seen by more than 150 million people. Research is all-important in making documentaries. One can’t usually write a script or even a treatment for this film form. Our department head has developed unique approaches to the “reality” question which cause nearly all his documentaries to be award-winning and widely seen.