PBS has already released the first half of the two-part, four-hour documentary Clinton, part of a series of in-depth look at the lives and legacies of American presidents.
The PBS web site describes the documentary as the biography of a President who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters ever to stride across the public stage.
But when it comes to reliving the Clinton presidency, there's only one section viewers are truly anxious to see, and which PBS devotes a good portion of the documentary to covering: the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Thanks to the network, the Clinton-Lewinsky affair is back in the public eye for the firs time in fourteen years. The sprawling biopic includes interviews with White House staffers and insiders who have never spoken of the scandal publicly before now.
But what new details does the documentary really tell us about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair? How many other women were distractions in the president's life? How many staffers were in on the scandal (or weren't)? And how did Hillary Clinton really react when faced with her husband's affairs?
Here are seven things we learned from watching the PBS documentary, including everything you need to know about how the affair started, how his advisers felt when the story broke, and how the public's view of the scandal has changed since.
1. Monica Lewinsky was far from the only one.
Monica Lewinsky may have been the only woman President Clinton had an affair with while he was in the White House, but she was one of countless women the former Arkansas governor pursued.
Writer Gail Sheely told PBS that Betsey Wright, his campaign manager, actually begged Bill Clinton not to run for president because of all his past affairs.
She sat him down with a list of names of women and went through one after the other, Sheely recalled. Clinton said for each name, that 'she'll never say anything,' but Miss Wright replied, 'But you don't know that!'
Wright decided to lay it out for him. The problem is, we're not just talking about you, Sheely claims she said. We're talking about your wife, we're talking about your child.
Nor was Monica Lewinsky the only scandal that went public. Clinton's time as governor of Arkansas was marred by allegations of sexual misconduct. A civil lawsuit was even filed against him by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, who said Clinton had sexually harassed her.
2. Women were 'mesmerized' by Bill Clinton... and it hurt Hillary to see it.
Betsey Wright also agreed to be interviewed for the PBS documentary. She corroborated Sheely's account of her conversation with Clinton, adding a few details of her own.
According to The Guardian, another campaign chief remembered having to deal with 25 women a day who came into the office looking for the future president, and who had to be brushed off.
Wright confirms that it was all these women that caused Clinton to drop out of the gubernatorial race the first time he decided to run. It became clear it was not the time to do it, Wright noted.
Marla Crider, meanwhile, a former aide who has since claimed to have had an affair with him, said women were literally mesmerized by Bill Clinton when he entered the room. Nor did Hillary Clinton fail to notice.
It was like flies to honey, said Crider. I don't think there is any question Hillary was hurt.
3. Bill Clinton: 'I screwed up with this girl.'
When the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, Bill Clinton took adviser Dick Morris to the side and confessed that he was, indeed, guilty of some of the charges.
Ever since I got here to the White House, I've had to shut my body down, sexually I mean, Morris recalls Clinton saying. But I screwed up with this girl.
I didn't do what they said I did, Clinton allegedly continued, referencing the charge that he had had sexual intercourse with Lewinsky. But I may have done so much that I can't prove my innocence.
Clinton asked Morris to conduct polls on how to handle the crisis, but Morris advised him simply to tell the American people about the affair.
I said to him that the problem that presidents have is not the sin, it's the cover-up, Morris says in the PBS documentary. You should explore just telling the American people the truth.
President Clinton rejected that advice, a move that almost got him impeached. Morris' poll, meanwhile, confirmed what he had said before: voters would have been willing to forgive the affair, but not the fact that they had been lied to.
4. Clinton's advisers felt betrayed.
The American people weren't the only ones left reeling by the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Many of Bill Clinton's friends and advisers were disgusted both by the affair and the convoluted cover-up that followed.
One such disillusioned adviser was Betsey Wright. She felt betrayed after the affair came out, since the president had lied not only to her but to a lot of people about his involvement with Monica Lewinsky.
Barak Goodman, the producer who made Clinton for PBS, points out that this is one of the only times Wright has even spoken of the scandal.
She has been underground for many years, because she was so close and so important to Clinton and felt very bad, Goodman told The Guardian.
Robert Reich, Clinton's Secretary of Labor, was also shocked by the revelation.
He would not be so stupid as to jeopardize his whole presidency, I felt, he told PBS. That was not the man I knew.
5. Clinton needs to feel 'adored.'
Monica Lewinsky began her internship at the White House when she was only in her early twenties. In 1995, Newt Gingrich was leading Republicans in the House in a successful coup to block the national budget.
According to Marla Crider, all the pieces just fell into place.
Monica Lewinsky gave him something that he needed at that time: to be adored, Crider told PBS. It was that same need that drove him to try and hide the affair when the scandal went public, and which almost ended his presidency.
6. Bill Clinton had 'extraordinary political electricity.'
There are many Democrats, especially after the Bush years, who have come back to their initial admiration of the Clintons, and to view Bill Clinton's presidency as a promising venture ruined by one stupid mistake.
But according to David Maraniss, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who contributed to the Clinton documentary, Clinton's flawed and mesmerizing traits are one and the same, contributing to both his setbacks and his success.
People always try to separate the good from the bad in Clinton and say that, if he had not done certain things, he would have been a great president, Maraniss told The Observer. But you can't do that. Those were his major characteristics.
The Lewinsky affair, meanwhile, has in the years since lost much of its power, especially with candidates like the thrice-married Newt Gingrich running for office.
Journalist Jeff Toobin told The Guardian that Clinton's image was helped by the fact that, once a president is out of office, the public tends to feel much kinder toward him. But he cannot dismiss the evidence of Clinton's own resiliency, which he called extraordinary political electricity.
The legacy of this scandal favors Clinton more than his adversaries, he said. More Americans think that it was a trivial waste of time than think that he got away with something unforgivable.
7. Monica Lewinsky had no part in 'Clinton'
Despite the pivotal role she plays in the story of Bill Clinton's presidency, Monica Lewinsky was not interviewed or even consulted for the PBS documentary. We felt it would tilt [Clinton] toward sensationalism, Goodman said at a Television Critics Association panel in January.
Monica Lewinsky has had a turbulent relationship with her celebrity. After the scandal broke, she seemed to be everywhere: going to the Oscars with Sir Ian McKellan, becoming a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, and even creating a line of handbags.
But by 2005, she had left the U.S. for the UK, going to the London School of Economics and earning a masters in social psychology.
Since then, she has kept an extremely low profile, only giving interviews for select programs like HBO's Monica in Black and White. Little is known about her life, public or private, although the Enquirer (always a questionable source) claims she's doing freelance work for a public relations company.
Monica still feels like she's the punchline to a dirty joke, the publication's source alleged. The publicity over her affair with Clinton ruined her chances of ever finding a decent guy.