‘Controlling Britney Spears’ doc premieres Sept. 24 on FX and Hulu

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People have been hooked on the Britney Spears drama involving the conservatorship that her father had over her, with #FreeBritney becoming a rallying cry on social media. Now, Britney fans can get an in-depth look at the pop star’s daily life inside the conservatorship with the new documentary Controlling Britney Spears, which will premiere on FX and Hulu at 10 p.m. ET on FX and Hulu.

Controlling Britney Spears is a follow-up documentary to FX and Hulu’s 2021 documentary Framing Britney Spears, which was part of The New York Times Presents series on the network and streamer. The team behind Framing Britney Spears, including director Samantha Stark and supervising producer are reporter Liz Day, have returned with the new documentary.

Framing Britney Spears was nominated for two Emmys and won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information.

The new documentary is based on a confidential report obtained by The New York Times where Spears told court investigators in 2016 that her conservatorship had become “an oppressive and controlling tool against her.” The New York Times team was able to speak with insiders to create a portrait of her life under the conservatorship, including the intense surveillance apparatus that monitored every move she made.

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“When Britney spoke publicly about her conservatorship in detail for the first time during a court hearing in June, she said a reason she hadn’t spoken up earlier is she didn’t think people would believe her,” Samantha Stark said. “She said she felt abused under the conservatorship and questioned whether the judge thought she was lying. Britney’s speech motivated the people in this film to seek us out to share their stories — at great risk to themselves — because they felt compelled to back up what Britney was saying with evidence they had or moments they witnessed.”

Britney Spears’ father has said that he will petition the court to terminate the conservatorship, with a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 29.

To watch Controlling Britney Spears live at 10 p.m. on Sept. 24, you will need either a cable/satellite pay-TV subscription or a live TV streaming service that carries FX; Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TVSling TV and YouTube TV are examples of live TV streaming services carrying FX.

You can also stream the documentary if you have a Hulu subscription. 

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.