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    • Eyes on the Prize (Parts I & II): Awakenings, Fighting Back
      American Experience re-broadcast of the 1987 documentary on civil rights by Blackside, Inc.
    • The Great Fever
      The Great Fever
      Season 19 - Episode 5
      10/30/06
      9.5
      Walter Reed travels to Cuba to investigate the radical theory that mosquitoes spread deadly Yellow Fever.
    • Coney Island
      Coney Island
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      2/4/91
      9.0
      A history of the three major amusement parks that made Coney Island one of America's favorite recreational diversions in the early to mid 20th century and the ultimate fate of Coney Island.
    • New Orleans
      New Orleans
      Season 19 - Episode 9
      2/12/07
      9.0
      The historical, social, and geographic factors that shaped one of America's most uniquely individual cities.
    • Roads to Memphis
      Season 22 - Episode 7
      5/3/10
      9.0
      A treatment of the assassination of Martin Luther King by James Earl Ray from the perspective of the actual lives of the two men.
    • The Lobotomist
      Season 20 - Episode 2
      1/21/08
      8.9
      A look at the controversial work of Walter Freeman, a neurosurgeon who sought to alleviate severe mental disorder by permanently disabling the brain's frontal lobes.
    • The Berlin Airlift
      The Berlin Airlift
      Season 19 - Episode 7
      1/29/07
      8.9
      American and British airmen aid the people of West Berlin after the Soviet blockade of 1948.
    • We Shall Remain (Part III): Trail of Tears
      4/27/09
      8.9
      A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

      Perspectives on the forced move of the Cherokee from the southeast to the newly established "Indian Territory" of what is now Oklahoma.
    • America 1900
      America 1900
      Season 11 - Episode 1
      11/18/98
      8.8
      An overview of life in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century - unforeseen opportunities and unplanned for challenges.
    • Kit Carson
      Kit Carson
      Season 20 - Episode 7
      2/18/08
      8.8
      The true story behind the mountain man whose unique abilities were critical to America's westward expansion.
    • 1/26/09
      8.7
      The career of America's most famous and controversial nuclear physicist and his fall from grace during the Cold War.
    • Alexander Hamilton
      Alexander Hamilton
      Season 19 - Episode 15
      5/14/07
      8.5
      A profile of the aristocratic founding father, his efforts to bring federal economic reforms to the fledgling country, and how his aloof personality led to opposition and tragedy.
    • Roberto Clemente
      Roberto Clemente
      Season 20 - Episode 12
      4/21/08
      8.5
      An examination of the athletic career and cultural background of the acknowledged baseball star of the 60s and earliest 70s.
    • Sister Aimee
      Sister Aimee
      Season 19 - Episode 10
      4/2/07
      8.5
      The story of the career of the extremely influential evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
    • Malcolm X: Make It Plain
      Malcolm X: Make It Plain
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      1/26/94
      8.5
      Story of the controversial Malcolm X, his early years, his connection to the Nation of Islam, and his legacy.
    • George H.W. Bush (Part II)
      George H.W. Bush (Part II)
      Season 20 - Episode 14
      5/6/08
      8.5
      A detailed chronicle of the Bush family and the life of the 41st President of the United States - from World War II to the Gulf War and beyond.
    • 5/10/10
      8.5
      The story of the American whaling industry and its role in the development of the ocean-going capacites of the 19th century United States.
    • Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (Part I)
      Comparison of the Lincolns' marriage and loss of family with the fortunes of the nation during the Civil War.
    • Triangle Fire
      Season 23 - Episode 8
      2/28/11
      8.5
      The deplorable conditions of "sweat shop" production factories are brought to America's attention after 150 people are killed in a 1911 fire in New York City.
    • The Living Weapon
      The Living Weapon
      Season 19 - Episode 8
      2/5/07
      8.4
      The history and ramifications of biological weapons and the stand the United States took in ending further research.
    • Victory in the Pacific
      Victory in the Pacific
      Season 17 - Episode 9
      5/9/05
      8.4
      How the end of World War II in the Pacific Theater affected Americans and Japanese.
    • Influenza 1918
      Influenza 1918
      Season 10 - Episode 10
      2/9/98
      8.4
      The story of the great flu that killed more Americans than any other epidemic before or since.
    • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
      4/9/07
      8.3
      The details behind the beginnings and end of Peoples Temple headed by Jim Jones, including the tragic suicides of many of its members in the jungles of Guyana.
    • George H.W. Bush (Part I)
      George H.W. Bush (Part I)
      Season 20 - Episode 13
      5/5/08
      8.3
      A detailed chronicle of the Bush family and the life of the 41st President of the United States - from World War II to the Gulf War and beyond.
    • T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part I)
      10/6/96
      8.3
      The colorful life of Teddy Roosevelt, from frail youth to larger-than-life persona.
    • Building the Alaskan Highway
      Building the Alaskan Highway
      Season 17 - Episode 4
      2/7/05
      8.3
      Worries over a possible Japanese invasion of Alaska prompt the construction of a road to connect the territory to the 48 states.
    • We Shall Remain (Part II): Tecumseh's Vision
      4/20/09
      8.3
      A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

      The story of a great Native American alliance to counter the 1800s US westward expansion from the Atlantic coast.
    • The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie
      1/20/97
      8.2
      A chronicle of the rise of industrialist Andrew Carnegie, his steel empire, and his philanthropy.
    • The Mormons (Part I)
      The Mormons (Part I)
      Season 19 - Episode 13
      4/30/07
      8.1
      A story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - its beginnings in 1830, the migration of its persecuted members, and its role and influence in the modern world.
    • We Shall Remain (Part IV): Geronimo
      5/4/09
      8.1
      A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

      A portrait of the Chiracahua Apache who was one of the last Native Americans to continue armed resistance in North America.
    • Walt Whitman
      Walt Whitman
      Season 20 - Episode 11
      4/14/08
      8.1
      A chronicle of the poetry of Whitman through the lens of his personality and background - with a discussion of both the literary praise and criticism of his work.
    • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts V & VI): Ain't Gonna' Shuffle No More, A Nation of Law?
      Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
    • The Great Transatlantic Cable
      The Great Transatlantic Cable
      Season 17 - Episode 7
      4/11/05
      8.1
      America lays a telegraph cable across the Atlantic and enables almost-instant communication with Europe for the first time in history.
    • God in America (Parts III & IV): A Nation Reborn, A New Light
      A joint production of American Experience and Frontline. In the second set of installments, the United States struggles to reconcile religion and emerging concepts of science and society - including questions of slavery.
    • The Radio Priest
      The Radio Priest
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      12/13/88
      8.0
      A Catholic priest (Charles Coughlin) takes to the radio airwaves in the 1930s and broadcasts his conservative views on the condition of the country.
    • Meltdown at Three Mile Island
      Meltdown at Three Mile Island
      Season 11 - Episode 6
      2/22/99
      8.0
      An account of the causes of the partial core meltdown at the Pennsylvania nuclear power plant in 1979 and the reactions of staff and the public.
    • LBJ (Part I)
      LBJ (Part I)
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/30/91
      8.0
      Lyndon Johnson scratches his way to the top of the Texas Democratic party and moves on to the national political scene.
    • The Battle Over Citizen Kane
      The Battle Over Citizen Kane
      Season 8 - Episode 7
      1/29/96
      8.0
      Orson Welles' movie stirs the ire of publisher William Randolph Hearst, the man who the film was patterned after.
    • We Shall Remain (Part V): Wounded Knee
      5/11/09
      7.9
      A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

      Rebellious Lakota and allies take up arms in 1973 and force an examination of the failures of the reservation system in the United States.
    • The Great San Francisco Earthquake
      10/4/88
      7.9
      A film exploration of the great 1906 quake and its effect on the city's future.
    • We Shall Remain (Part I): After the Mayflower
      4/13/09
      7.8
      A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans.

      The opening installment chronicles the early relations and negotiations between the native tribes of "New England" and the European settlers.
    • Vietnam (Parts I & II): Roots of War, America's Mandarin
      Edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History. This installment details the situation in southeast Asia after World War II and the exit of the French from Vietnam.
    • Buffalo Bill
      Buffalo Bill
      Season 20 - Episode 9
      2/25/08
      7.8
      The varied career of William Cody - from western legend to even greater fame in representing the frontier culture and mystique through his "Wild West" shows.
    • The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
      2/9/09
      7.5
      The circumstances surrounding the last days of the 16th President of the United States.
    • Robert E. Lee
      Season 23 - Episode 4
      1/3/11
      7.5
      New perspectives on the man who would come to lead the major armed forces of the Confederate States of America.
    • My Lai
      Season 22 - Episode 6
      4/26/10
      7.5
      The circumstances surrounding the 1968 atrocities committed against Vietnamese civilians by American soldiers and their effect on the perceptions of the war in Vietnam.
    • Test Tube Babies
      Test Tube Babies
      Season 19 - Episode 4
      10/23/06
      7.3
      Science enables advances in reproduction and the establishment of a new medical industry, but often not one as successful as people imagine.
    • The Donner Party
      The Donner Party
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      10/28/92
      7.3
      Tragic tale of families attempting a short-cut passage to California in the 1840s, with narration of their life-and-death struggle taken from their own journals.
    • The Gold Rush
      The Gold Rush
      Season 19 - Episode 6
      11/6/06
      7.1
      The story of gold fever in California and the migration, immigration, and economy that remained after the riches were gone.
    • The Mormons (Part II)
      The Mormons (Part II)
      Season 19 - Episode 14
      5/1/07
      7.1
      A story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - its beginnings in 1830, the migration of its persecuted members, and its role and influence in the modern world.
    • The Panama Canal
      Season 23 - Episode 6
      1/24/11
      7.0
      The Atlantic and Pacific oceans are finally connected after one of the most arduous engineering struggles of all.
    • Fidel Castro
      Fidel Castro
      Season 17 - Episode 3
      1/31/05
      7.0
      The rise of communist rule in Cuba and Castro's long era of leadership.
    • Grand Central
      Season 20 - Episode 4
      2/4/08
      7.0
      The story of the origins of New York's re-imagined Grand Central Station in the early 20th century, proclaimed in its time as the most majestic and advanced train terminal of all.
    • Chicago 1968
      Chicago 1968
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      11/13/95
      7.0
      The nation watches a political convention that in many ways is a symbol of the turbulent times in which it was held.
    • Oswald's Ghost
      Oswald's Ghost
      Season 20 - Episode 1
      1/14/08
      7.0
      A re-examination of the JFK assassination and the subsequent investigations that led to a mistrust of the government's explanations of the act.
    • Minik, the Lost Eskimo
      Minik, the Lost Eskimo
      Season 20 - Episode 10
      3/31/08
      6.8
      A documentary of a young Greenland Inuit who experiences New York City at the end of the 19th century.
    • Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys?
      11/8/88
      6.8
      A visit to working ranches in western Wyoming to examine the lifestyle of modern-day cowboys and compare it to the romantic historical notions.
    • Radio Bikini
      Radio Bikini
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      10/11/88
      6.7
      The story of atomic bomb research after World War II and how above-ground testing led to the evacuation of a previously-populated atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
    • A Class Apart
      A Class Apart
      Season 21 - Episode 4
      2/23/09
      6.7
      A 1951 murder by a Mexican-American laborer brings into question the legal status of Hispanics in the United States.
    • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts VII & VIII): The Keys to the Kingdom, Back to the Movement
      Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
    • The Polio Crusade
      Season 21 - Episode 2
      2/2/09
      6.5
      The human story behind the massive American effort to eliminate the debilitating effects of the polio virus and the truly untested nature of Salk's original vaccine.
    • Summer of Love
      Summer of Love
      Season 19 - Episode 12
      4/23/07
      6.1
      A chronicle of Haight Ashbury in the summer of 1967 and the peak of American youth counterculture.
    • The Bombing of Germany
      The Bombing of Germany
      Season 22 - Episode 3
      2/8/10
      6.0
      The highly dangerous flights of the American bombers who, along with the British, flew missions over the industrial cities of Germany during World War II.
    • Clinton - The Comeback Kid
      Season 24 - Episode 4
      2/20/12
      6.0
      From the political backwaters of Arkansas, Bill Clinton emerges as a political force unlike any seen on the national stage in a generation. Overcoming a troubled upbringing marred by alcoholism and violence, Clinton is determined from the start to succeed, first in Arkansas, then at Georgetown, Oxford and finally Yale. There he meets a young woman named Hillary Rodham who shares his intellect and idealism. Together they forge a marriage and political partnership that takes them to the Arkansas governor's mansion and ultimately the White House. Hour 1 follows their bumpy road to the 1992 presidential victory, an amazing triumph over repeated scandals and setbacks. Although they have won the presidency, the Clintons have not yet won the country. In their moment of triumph, the first couple has no way of imaging the turmoil that lies ahead.moreless
    • God in America (Parts I & II): A New Adam, A New Eden
      A joint production of American Experience and Frontline. The opening segments explore how the settling of a continent resulted in a unique brand of American religion and how religion and politics allied during the struggle for an independent nation.
    • Soundtrack for a Revolution
      Soundtrack for a Revolution
      Season 23 - Episode 11
      5/9/11
      0.0
      The story of social reforms and civil rights protests as told through the music of the times.
    • The Massie Affair
      The Massie Affair
      Season 17 - Episode 12
      7/4/05
      0.0
      Racial anger erupts in Hawaii after five non-White men are wrongly accused of raping a Navy wife in the early 1930s.
    • Demon Rum
      Demon Rum
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      10/10/89
      0.0
      The story of how prohibition went from local preferences and ordinances to national law, with specific reference to its application in Detroit, Michigan.
    • After the Crash
      After the Crash
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      1/7/91
      0.0
      America suffers from tremendous upheaval at the height of the Great Depression (1930-32).
    • Daley: The Last Boss
      Daley: The Last Boss
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      1/22/96
      0.0
      Biography of Chicago mayor Richard Daley, considered one of the last major heads of big city "machine" politics in the United States.
    • Emma Goldman
      Emma Goldman
      Season 16 - Episode 7
      4/12/04
      0.0
      Story of the Russian immigrant who was deemed so radical and subversive that she was persecuted and deported by the US government.
    • Death and the Civil War
      Death and the Civil War
      Season 24 - Episode 8
      9/18/12
      0.0
      "How the young United States dealt with the unprecedented and overwhelming number of dead in the Civil War, premiering on PBS Sept 18, 8/7c. The Ric Burns film is based on the book "This Republic of Suffering" by Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust.
    • Silicon Valley
      Silicon Valley
      Season 25 - Episode 6
      2/5/13
      0.0
    • Silicon Valley
      Silicon Valley
      Season 25 - Episode 6
      2/19/13
      0.0
    • Jesse Owens
      Season 24 - Episode 7
      0.0
      The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus.moreless
    • Indians, Outlaws and Angie Debo
      Indians, Outlaws and Angie Debo
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/18/88
      0.0
      The US government attempts to claim lands that have value from Native American dwellers.
    • Clinton - Blood Sport
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      2/20/12
      0.0
      Despite all of their education and experience, the Clintons are unprepared for politics in Washington, which quickly descends into open warfare with the Republican establishment and much of the media. Hour 2 chronicles the tumultuous first two years of the Clinton presidency, years that see the beginning of the Whitewater scandal, the shocking death of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster and the humiliating defeat of Hillary's healthcare bill. Although the administration has its domestic successes, troubles brewing in the remote countries of Somalia and Rwanda and the arrival of a new and formidable rival named Newt Gingrich threaten to derail the Clinton presidency before it ever gets off the ground. When Republicans gain control of Congress in the midterm elections, the entire political landscape shifts to the right, leaving Clinton seemingly bereft of power.moreless
    • Clinton - The Survivor
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      2/21/12
      0.0
      The final hour begins as Clinton sails buoyantly into his second term. Times are good, the economy is booming, and American prestige and power internationally are at an all-time high. Clinton's dream of repairing the breach with Republicans seems within reach. But Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky --a White House intern -- becomes public after she confides in a co-worker named Linda Tripp. The ensuing scandal gives independent counsel Kenneth Starr the ammunition he needs to re-charge his stalled investigation of the Whitewater affair. Congress initiates impeachment hearings, but the Republican leadership fails to remove Clinton from office. And when Starr's damning report is finally released, the ire of the American public is focused more on the independentcounsel than the President. Though the President survives the ordeal, confounding both his enemies and friends, he loses some of his drive and ambition during his final two years in office.moreless
    • The Amish
      Season 24 - Episode 5
      2/28/12
      0.0
      An intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, this film examines how such a closed and communal culture has thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth. What does the future hold for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past? And what does our fascination with the Amish say about deep American values?moreless
    • Clinton - A Real President
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      2/21/12
      0.0
      Shattered by the Republican victory, Clinton begins to sideline his most trusted advisors in favor of an aggressive political consultant named Dick Morris who uses extensive polling to diagnose the administration's weaknesses and develop strategies to correct them. The Republican "Contract with America" is riding high and by spring 1995, Gingrich and his allies select the ground on which to wage their war: a plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit by drastically cutting Medicare and Medicaid. The plan leads to a government shutdown and slowly the tide begins to turn toward the President, who reclaims the political center with a stream of new initiatives that will curb big government and appeal to middle class families. Clinton wins the 1996 election in a landslide, pulling off one of the greatest turnarounds in political history. But events have been set in motion that will soon divide the country and nearly destroy Clinton's presidency.moreless
    • Grand Coulee Dam
      Season 24 - Episode 6
      0.0
      Of the many public works projects of the New Deal, Grand Coulee Dam loomed largest in America's imagination during the darkest days of the Depression. It promised to fulfill President Franklin Roosevelt's vision for a "planned promised land" where hard-working farm families would finally be free from the drought and dislocation caused by the elements.moreless
    • Billy the Kid
      Season 24 - Episode 3
      1/10/12
      0.0
      A fascinating look at the myth and the man behind it, who, in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan boy to the most feared man in the West and an enduring western icon.
    • New York (Part V): Cosmopolis
      New York (Part V): Cosmopolis
      Season 12 - Episode 5
      11/18/99
      0.0
      Continuation of the seven part series on the history of New York.
    • New York (Part IV): The Power and the People
      11/17/99
      0.0
      Multi-part Ric Burns documentary on the history of the city.
    • New York (Part III): Sunshine and Shadow
      11/16/99
      0.0
      Multi-part Ric Burns documentary on the history of the city.
    • New York (Part II): Order and Disorder
      11/15/99
      0.0
      Multi-part Ric Burns documentary on the history of the city.
    • New York (Part I): The Country and the City
      11/14/99
      0.0
      Multi-part Ric Burns documentary on the history of the city.
    • New York (Part VIII): The Center of the World
      9/9/03
      0.0
      Finale added to the seven-part series detailing the history of the city.
    • New York (Part VI): The City of Tomorrow
      10/1/01
      0.0
      Continuation of the seven part series detailing the history of the city.
    • Nixon's China Game
      Nixon's China Game
      Season 12 - Episode 7
      2/1/00
      0.0
      Nixon and Kissinger decide to engage China as leverage in the Cold War.
    • Eyes on the Prize (Parts III & IV): Ain't Scared of Your Jails, No Easy Walk
      American Experience re-broadcast of the 1987 documentary on civil rights by Blackside, Inc.
    • Eyes on the Prize (Parts V & VI): Is this America?, Bridge to Freedom
      American Experience re-broadcast of the 1987 documentary on civil rights by Blackside, Inc.
    • Jimmy Carter (Part I)
      Jimmy Carter (Part I)
      Season 15 - Episode 1
      11/11/02
      0.0
      The story of the Georgia governor who won the presidency and the numerous challenges that plagued his administration.
    • Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
      Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
      Season 13 - Episode 13
      4/30/01
      0.0
      Chronicle of the short epoch when sleek passenger trains dominated American transportation.
    • Fatal Flood
      Fatal Flood
      Season 13 - Episode 11
      4/16/01
      0.0
      A story of the flooding of the Mississippi River in 1927 and how it exposed social and racial problems beyond the natural disaster itself.
    • Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
      Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
      Season 13 - Episode 10
      4/2/01
      0.0
      False allegations of rape taint the record of justice in Alabama during the early 1930s.
    • Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (Part III)
      Comparison of the Lincolns' marriage and loss of family with the fortunes of the nation during the Civil War.
    • Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (Part II)
      Comparison of the Lincolns' marriage and loss of family with the fortunes of the nation during the Civil War.
    • The Man Behind Hitler
      The Man Behind Hitler
      Season 18 - Episode 13
      5/22/06
      0.0
      Documentary on Joseph Goebbels and the propaganda behind the success of the Nazi regime - told mainly though his own diaries and speeches.
    • The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
      5/23/05
      0.0
      The genesis of one of America's most influential performing families and the struggles to keep the group together in the face of personal problems.
    • Simple Justice
      Simple Justice
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      1/18/93
      0.0
      Growing resistance to segregation, the Supreme Court decision to end it, and Thurgood Marshall's role in arguing the case of Brown v. The Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas.
    • MacArthur
      MacArthur
      Season 11 - Episode 10
      5/17/99
      0.0
      The spectacular triumphs and failures of one of America's most famous military leaders.
    • Hijacked
      Hijacked
      Season 18 - Episode 8
      2/25/06
      0.0
      The motivations of the "Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine" and the airplane hijackings they carried out.
    • Jesse James
      Jesse James
      Season 18 - Episode 7
      2/6/06
      0.0
      An examination of the real details of the notorious outlaw and his brother.
    • The Nuremberg Trials
      The Nuremberg Trials
      Season 18 - Episode 6
      1/30/06
      0.0
      The story of the historic proceedings that put Nazi war criminals on trial and the legal approach of the prosecutor.
    • John and Abigail Adams
      John and Abigail Adams
      Season 18 - Episode 5
      1/23/06
      0.0
      A chronicle of the lives of the couple and their mutual regard for each other's abilities and intelligence.
    • Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (Part II)
      11/15/05
      0.0
      The story of the circumstances that led to the founding of what would become a huge tourist destination in the desert.
    • Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (Part I)
      11/14/05
      0.0
      The story of the circumstances that led to the founding of what would become a huge tourist destination in the desert.
    • Race to the Moon
      Race to the Moon
      Season 18 - Episode 2
      10/31/05
      0.0
      The Apollo 8 mission to orbit the moon and the men and women behind the effort.
    • Eugene O'Neill
      Eugene O'Neill
      Season 18 - Episode 9
      3/21/06
      0.0
      The life of one of the 20th century's most acclaimed playwrights.
    • The Boy in the Bubble
      The Boy in the Bubble
      Season 18 - Episode 10
      4/10/06
      0.0
      Account of David Vetter, a boy with an immune system so compromised that he led a life of isolation in a sealed enclosure.
    • Annie Oakley
      Annie Oakley
      Season 18 - Episode 12
      5/8/06
      0.0
      Chronicle of the amazing markswoman, her life, the discovery of her talent, and the promotion of her career.
    • The Hunt for Pancho Villa
      The Hunt for Pancho Villa
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      11/8/93
      0.0
      "Black Jack" Pershing pursues the famed outlaw into Mexico, with little success.
    • Ulysses S. Grant (Part I)
      Ulysses S. Grant (Part I)
      Season 14 - Episode 11
      4/1/02
      0.0
      The military career and troubled administration of the 15th President of the United States.
    • Truman (Part I)
      Truman (Part I)
      Season 10 - Episode 1
      10/5/97
      0.0
      Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.
    • Reagan (Part I)
      Reagan (Part I)
      Season 10 - Episode 11
      2/23/98
      0.0
      The career of Ronald Reagan, from his movie career to his growing interest in politics.
    • The Johnstown Flood
      The Johnstown Flood
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      11/4/92
      0.0
      Documentary of the 1889 disaster caused by a broken dam.
    • The Alaska Pipeline
      The Alaska Pipeline
      Season 18 - Episode 11
      4/24/06
      0.0
      The engineering behind the challenging work of transporting oil during the height of the energy crisis and the subsequent environmental impact of the pipeline.
    • FDR (Part II)
      FDR (Part II)
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      10/13/94
      0.0
      The life of Franklin Roosevelt and his lasting impact on America and the world.
    • Jimmy Carter (Part II)
      Jimmy Carter (Part II)
      Season 15 - Episode 2
      11/12/02
      0.0
      The story of the Georgia governor who won the presidency and the numerous challenges that plagued his administration.
    • The Rockefellers (Part I)
      The Rockefellers (Part I)
      Season 13 - Episode 1
      10/16/00
      0.0
      Biography of the family through four generations and their changing ideas on the use of money and power in America.
    • The Kennedys (Part I): The Father, 1900-1961
      9/20/92
      0.0
      The story of the family, from patriarch Joseph to the sons he placed so much hope upon.
    • One Woman, One Vote
      One Woman, One Vote
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      2/15/95
      0.0
      The struggle of the women's movement and the 19th Amendment that finally extended national suffrage to women.
    • The Hurricane of '38
      The Hurricane of '38
      Season 13 - Episode 5
      1/12/01
      0.0
      Story of a massive storm that unexpectedly gained strength as it worked its way up the eastern seaboard and the 300 million dollars of damage it caused.
    • Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
      Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      1/16/95
      0.0
      A story of the realities leading to the vanishing role of the family farm in the United States.
    • Adam Clayton Powell
      Adam Clayton Powell
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      11/14/89
      0.0
      Documentary on the life of civil rights advocate Powell, including his career as a Harlem minister and a US Congressman.
    • Nixon (Part III)
      Nixon (Part III)
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/22/90
      0.0
      Chronicle of the 37th President - from his earliest ambitions to his innovative foreign policy and paranoia of perceived rivals.
    • Nixon (Part II)
      Nixon (Part II)
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      10/15/90
      0.0
      Chronicle of the 37th President - from his earliest ambitions to his innovative foreign policy and paranoia of perceived rivals.
    • The Kennedys (Part II): The Sons, 1961-1980
      9/21/92
      0.0
      The story of the family, from patriarch Joseph to the sons he placed so much hope upon.
    • Ike (Part I)
      Ike (Part I)
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      9/20/93
      0.0
      Dwight Eisenhower - the military man and his presidency during the post-War boom times of the 1950s.
    • Ike (Part II)
      Ike (Part II)
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      9/27/93
      0.0
      Dwight Eisenhower - the military man and his presidency during the post-War boom times of the 1950s.
    • Mr. Sears' Catalogue
      Mr. Sears' Catalogue
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/21/89
      0.0
      The story behind the mail order tome that brought merchandise (or dreams of it) within reach of Americans far and wide.
    • Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian
      Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      12/2/92
      0.0
      The last member of a diminished Native American tribe from California makes himself known at the beginning of the 20th century.
    • The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
      11/1/88
      0.0
      A treatment of women's contributions to the World War II manufacturing and defense industries including interviews with women who participated.
    • The Way West (Part II)
      The Way West (Part II)
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      5/9/95
      0.0
      The westward expansion of the United States and the re-shaping of the destiny of white and native people - from the Gold Rush to Wounded Knee.
    • The Way West (Part I)
      The Way West (Part I)
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      5/8/95
      0.0
      The westward expansion of the United States and the re-shaping of the destiny of white and native people - from the Gold Rush to Wounded Knee.
    • Riding the Rails
      Riding the Rails
      Season 11 - Episode 8
      4/12/99
      0.0
      The subculture of young hobos that sprang up during the Great Depression.
    • Amelia Earhart: The Price of Courage
      10/11/93
      0.0
      The life and risks taken by the famous woman aviator.
    • Nixon (Part I)
      Nixon (Part I)
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      10/8/90
      0.0
      Chronicle of the 37th President - from his earliest ambitions to his innovative foreign policy and paranoia of perceived rivals.
    • The Crash of 1929
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      11/19/90
      0.0
      The causes of the colossal stock market crash that ushered in the United States' Great Depression.
    • Lost in the Grand Canyon
      Lost in the Grand Canyon
      Season 11 - Episode 7
      4/5/99
      0.0
      Geologist and explorer John Wesley Powell undertakes a dangerous water trip down the Colorado River with a crew of adventure-seekers.
    • Patriots Day
      Patriots Day
      Season 16 - Episode 8
      4/19/04
      0.0
      A study of modern-day Americans who re-enact the opening skirmish of the Revolutionary War each year.
    • Reconstruction: The Second Civil War (Part II)
      1/13/04
      0.0
      The long road to recovery after the Civil War, as the south seeks to establish a society separate from its African American citizens.
    • Reconstruction: The Second Civil War (Part I)
      1/12/04
      0.0
      The long road to recovery after the Civil War, as the south seeks to establish a society separate from its African American citizens.
    • Secrets of a Master Builder
      Secrets of a Master Builder
      Season 13 - Episode 3
      10/30/00
      0.0
      The contributions of James B. Eads in understanding and altering the great Mississippi River during the second half of the 19th century.
    • Return with Honor
      Return with Honor
      Season 13 - Episode 4
      11/14/00
      0.0
      An account of American P.O.W.s in Vietnam and their return to life in the United States.
    • George Eastman: The Wizard of Photography
      5/23/00
      0.0
      The story of the innovations that made photography affordable and easy enough for any American to enjoy.
    • The Rockefellers (Part II)
      The Rockefellers (Part II)
      Season 13 - Episode 2
      10/23/00
      0.0
      Continuation of the biography of one of America's wealthiest and most influential families.
    • Daughter from Danang
      Daughter from Danang
      Season 15 - Episode 10
      4/7/03
      0.0
      The story of the daughter of a Vietnamese woman and an American naval officer as she grows up in the United States.
    • Monkey Trial
      Monkey Trial
      Season 14 - Episode 9
      2/23/02
      0.0
      Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan square-off in a battle of rhetoric and legal manuevers over the teaching of evolution in Tennessee.
    • Woodrow Wilson (Part I)
      Woodrow Wilson (Part I)
      Season 14 - Episode 4
      1/6/02
      0.0
      The contributions of a history professor and college administrator to the American presidency in the first part of the 20th century.
    • The Duel
      The Duel
      Season 12 - Episode 9
      2/15/00
      0.0
      The background and aftermath of the 1804 conflict between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.
    • Houdini
      Houdini
      Season 12 - Episode 11
      3/7/00
      0.0
      The story of the famed magician and incomparable escape artist.
    • George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (Part II)
      4/25/00
      0.0
      The tumultuous career of the controversial politician from Alabama.
    • George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (Part I)
      4/24/00
      0.0
      The tumultuous career of the controversial politician from Alabama.
    • The Fall of Saigon
      The Fall of Saigon
      Season 17 - Episode 8
      4/25/05
      0.0
      Events surrounding the loss of the South Vietnamese city and the struggle of those who lived there.
    • Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
      Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
      Season 17 - Episode 11
      5/30/05
      0.0
      The kidnapping of the heiress and her later sympathies to the cause of her captors.
    • Woodrow Wilson (Part II)
      Woodrow Wilson (Part II)
      Season 14 - Episode 5
      1/13/02
      0.0
      The contributions of a history professor and college administrator to the American presidency in the first part of the 20th century.
    • Two Days in October
      Two Days in October
      Season 18 - Episode 1
      10/17/05
      0.0
      Discord in two different places - a withering ambush of US troops by the Viet Cong 40 miles west of Saigon and a student protest that turns violent at the University of Wisconsin.
    • Mary Pickford
      Mary Pickford
      Season 17 - Episode 6
      4/4/05
      0.0
      The life and career of one of the first "superstars" of the American screen.
    • Midnight Ramble
      Midnight Ramble
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      10/26/94
      0.0
      Black Americans dodge racism and create their own motion picture industry.
    • Telegrams from the Dead
      Telegrams from the Dead
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      10/19/94
      0.0
      A program that examines America's fascination with spiritualism and the occult in the second half of the 1800s.
    • D-Day Remembered
      D-Day Remembered
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      5/25/94
      0.0
      Archival footage and the voices of people who participated provide a unique perspective on the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy.
    • America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference
      America's reaction to the plight of European Jews both immediately before and during World War II.
    • George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King
      11/18/92
      0.0
      The life and achievements of Washington - as a British colonist, American general, and first President of the United States.
    • In the White Man's Image
      In the White Man's Image
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      2/17/92
      0.0
      Documentary on the late 19th/early 20th century educational effort to teach Native Americans to adopt western cultural ways and abandon their own traditions.
    • The Quiz Show Scandal
      The Quiz Show Scandal
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      1/6/92
      0.0
      Behind-the-scenes examination of the quiz show craze of the 1950s and how the outcomes of these television shows came to be fixed.
    • Battle of the Bulge
      Battle of the Bulge
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      11/9/94
      0.0
      American forces moving toward Germany to end the war are opposed by a deadly counter-offensive that leads to a great loss of life.
    • Murder of the Century
      Murder of the Century
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      10/16/95
      0.0
      The nation is fascinated by the high-profile murder of a famous architect, apparently because of jealousy over the love of a popular female model and stage performer.
    • Edison's Miracle of Light
      Edison's Miracle of Light
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      10/23/95
      0.0
      Inventor Thomas A. Edison experiments with electricity, long-burning filaments, and glass bulbs to give America an alternative to gas lights.
    • New York Underground
      New York Underground
      Season 9 - Episode 7
      2/17/97
      0.0
      Chronicle of the construction of the New York subway and its dramatic impact on the city.
    • Big Dream, Small Screen
      Big Dream, Small Screen
      Season 9 - Episode 6
      2/10/97
      0.0
      How Philo Farnsworth combined his work with other emerging technologies to contribute to the development of television.
    • The Telephone
      The Telephone
      Season 9 - Episode 5
      2/3/97
      0.0
      The debut of the telephone in 1876 and its subsequent impact on American communication, and even, America's landscape.
    • Hawaii's Last Queen
      Hawaii's Last Queen
      Season 9 - Episode 4
      1/27/97
      0.0
      In 1893, the last sovereign ruler of Hawaii is removed by forces that want the islands to come under the official jurisdiction of the United States.
    • Spy in the Sky
      Spy in the Sky
      Season 8 - Episode 9
      2/26/96
      0.0
      The Cold War forces the United States to build very high altitude U2 planes to record photographs of opposing nations.
    • The Wright Stuff
      The Wright Stuff
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      2/12/96
      0.0
      The story of Wilbur and Orville Wright and the earliest days of aviation.
    • The Orphan Trains
      The Orphan Trains
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      11/27/95
      0.0
      The story of orphaned inner-city children shipped to rural locations and new lives as part of a social engineering experiment.
    • Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo
      12/9/91
      0.0
      Biography of the famed jazz composer and pianist, including rare footage of his performances.
    • Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance
      11/11/91
      0.0
      Recounting the historic attack of 1941, including the planning and military outlook of both the United States and Japan at the time.
    • The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry
      10/7/91
      0.0
      A story of the formation and service of the first all-Black military unit in the United States during the Civil War.
    • Views of a Vanishing Frontier
      Views of a Vanishing Frontier
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      12/27/88
      0.0
      A German prince and a Swiss painter interpret the United States in a new light during a visit to the American west during the 1830s.
    • Hearts and Hands
      Hearts and Hands
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      12/20/88
      0.0
      An examination of the women of 19th century America - as suffragists, abolitionists, authors - and the record they and many others left through quilt-making.
    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Revisited
      11/29/88
      0.0
      Life on Alabama tenant farms in the 1930s with comparisons to the living situation today.
    • Geronimo and the Apache Resistance
      11/22/88
      0.0
      Account of the famous Native American leader's battle against the US in the American southwest from the viewpoints of historians and modern Apaches.
    • Kennedy vs. Wallace: A Crisis Up-Close
      11/15/88
      0.0
      John Kennedy and George Wallace clash over questions of civil rights in early 1960s Alabama.
    • Not So Wild A Dream
      Not So Wild A Dream
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/25/88
      0.0
      Mid 20th century America through the eyes of famous journalist Eric Sevareid.
    • The Great Air Race of 1924
      The Great Air Race of 1924
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      10/3/89
      0.0
      Early American aviators try to cross the planet with primitive planes of limited range and under harsh conditions.
    • Eudora Welty: One Writer's Beginnings
      1/3/89
      0.0
      The work of author and photographer Eudora Welty and her impressions of the South after the turn of the 20th century.
    • The World That Moses Built
      The World That Moses Built
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/10/89
      0.0
      A biography of Robert Moses, the single-minded visionary behind many of New York City's largest and most expensive construction projects.
    • Sins of Our Mothers
      Sins of Our Mothers
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      1/17/89
      0.0
      A tale of a woman in the 1800s who risked scorn by marrying a man much younger than herself - a person later found to be her biological son from long ago.
    • LBJ (Part II)
      LBJ (Part II)
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      10/1/91
      0.0
      The successes and failures of Johnson's presidential administration after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
    • The Iron Road
      The Iron Road
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      11/26/90
      0.0
      America is spanned when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific join track and enable a railroad system that is truly transcontinental.
    • The Satellite Sky
      The Satellite Sky
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      12/3/90
      0.0
      The story behind orbiting satellites, the "space race," and the proliferation and uses of man-made satellites.
    • Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad
      A chronicle of the organized efforts to help slaves find freedom in the north.
    • The Great War: 1918
      The Great War: 1918
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/31/89
      0.0
      America enters the fighting in what is now called World War I.
    • A Family Gathering
      A Family Gathering
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/17/89
      0.0
      An examination of a the story of a Japanese family in America from their arrival in the US to the days of suspicion during World War II.
    • Lindbergh
      Lindbergh
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      10/1/90
      0.0
      After his famous flight, Charles Lindbergh becomes known to all the world but struggles with life in the limelight.
    • Around the World in 72 Days
      Around the World in 72 Days
      Season 9 - Episode 8
      4/28/97
      0.0
      Groundbreaking New York reporter Nellie Bly uses all manner of transportation to beat the fictional feat of Verne's Phileas Fogg.
    • A Midwife's Tale
      A Midwife's Tale
      Season 10 - Episode 8
      1/19/98
      0.0
      The life of a midwife living in Maine during the late 18th century, based on the journals of Martha Ballard and the research of a modern-day author.
    • The Pill
      The Pill
      Season 15 - Episode 9
      2/17/03
      0.0
      The discoveries that led to the birth control pill and its subsequent impact on the lives of American women.
    • Partners of the Heart
      Partners of the Heart
      Season 15 - Episode 8
      2/10/03
      0.0
      A tale of the partnership between a white doctor and a young African-American in pioneering cardiac surgical procedures during the World War II era.
    • Transcontinental Railroad
      Transcontinental Railroad
      Season 15 - Episode 6
      1/27/03
      0.0
      The combination of ambition, money, and power that led to the completion of the famous railway that spanned America's west.
    • The Murder of Emmett Till
      The Murder of Emmett Till
      Season 15 - Episode 7
      1/20/03
      0.0
      An examination of race relations in 1950s Mississippi and the brutal murder of a visiting boy from Chicago who was unfamiliar with the "rules" of segregation.
    • Chicago: City of the Century (Part III)
      1/15/03
      0.0
      A detailed history of the midwestern metropolis.
    • Chicago: City of the Century (Part II)
      1/14/03
      0.0
      A detailed history of the midwestern metropolis.
    • Chicago: City of the Century (Part I)
      1/13/03
      0.0
      A detailed history of the midwestern metropolis.
    • Seabiscuit
      Season 15 - Episode 11
      4/14/03
      0.0
      The story of the under-sized race horse that outperformed all expectations.
    • Bataan Rescue
      Bataan Rescue
      Season 15 - Episode 12
      7/7/03
      0.0
      The daring rescue by US Army Rangers of American POWs captured on Bataan as World War II came to a close.
    • Murder at Harvard
      Murder at Harvard
      Season 15 - Episode 13
      7/14/03
      0.0
      A modern re-creation of the possible events behind the sensational murder of Dr. George Parkman in 1849 Boston.
    • Kinsey
      Kinsey
      Season 17 - Episode 5
      2/14/05
      0.0
      The startling and controversial findings of a biologist who sought to understand the range of human sexual relations.
    • The Fight
      The Fight
      Season 17 - Episode 2
      1/24/05
      0.0
      The 1938 fight between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and the political and social ideologies the world thought were represented by the boxers.
    • RFK
      RFK
      Season 17 - Episode 1
      10/4/04
      0.0
      Robert Kennedy's career in public service, his work in his brother's administration, and his presidential aspirations at the time of his assassination.
    • Golden Gate Bridge
      Golden Gate Bridge
      Season 16 - Episode 9
      5/3/04
      0.0
      The struggle of Joseph Strauss to spearhead the construction of the amazing bridge so important to San Francisco today.
    • Tupperware!
      Tupperware!
      Season 16 - Episode 6
      2/9/04
      0.0
      The invention of the plastic containers and the story of Brownie Wise, the woman who realized how to market them.
    • Remember the Alamo
      Remember the Alamo
      Season 16 - Episode 5
      2/2/04
      0.0
      Residents of Tejas (Texas) fight for independence from Mexico, only to face annexation by the United States soon after.
    • Citizen King
      Citizen King
      Season 16 - Episode 4
      1/19/04
      0.0
      Contemporaries of Martin Luther King reflect on the later years of his life.
    • A Brilliant Madness
      A Brilliant Madness
      Season 14 - Episode 14
      4/28/02
      0.0
      Story of the life of MIT mathematician John Nash - from exceptional theory to struggles with mental illness.
    • Ansel Adams
      Ansel Adams
      Season 14 - Episode 13
      4/21/02
      0.0
      Ric Burns documentary covering the works and thoughts of the famous photographer.
    • Zoot Suit Riots
      Zoot Suit Riots
      Season 14 - Episode 10
      3/1/02
      0.0
      Racial tensions in 1942 Los Angeles resulting from conflicts between young Mexican-American men and off-duty sailors.
    • Fly Girls
      Fly Girls
      Season 11 - Episode 9
      5/10/99
      0.0
      The lives of the Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) and their flying exploits within the US during World War II.
    • Rescue at Sea
      Rescue at Sea
      Season 11 - Episode 5
      2/15/99
      0.0
      The collision of two large ocean-going vessels in 1909 puts the new wireless telegraph to the test.
    • Alone on the Ice
      Alone on the Ice
      Season 11 - Episode 4
      2/8/99
      0.0
      An account of Byrd's adventures at the poles and his trials in Antarctica.
    • Hoover Dam
      Season 11 - Episode 3
      1/18/99
      0.0
      The story behind building one of the greatest Depression-era projects, the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.
    • Race for the Super Bomb
      Race for the Super Bomb
      Season 11 - Episode 2
      1/11/99
      0.0
      The United States and the Soviet Union work on weapons even more powerful than the earlier atomic bomb during the height of the Cold War.
    • Surviving the Dust Bowl
      Season 10 - Episode 13
      3/2/98
      0.0
      Causes and consequences of the agricultural disaster that struck the American midwest in the 1930s.
    • Mr. Miami Beach
      Mr. Miami Beach
      Season 10 - Episode 9
      2/2/98
      0.0
      Documentary of Carl Graham Fisher, an opportunist who saw potential for tourism in the swamp lands of Florida.
    • Eleanor Roosevelt
      Eleanor Roosevelt
      Season 12 - Episode 6
      1/10/00
      0.0
      Biography of the wife of FDR, her early life, marriage, and rise to the position of one of the most influential and respected women of the 20th century.
    • John Brown's Holy War
      John Brown's Holy War
      Season 12 - Episode 10
      2/28/00
      0.0
      Rise and fall of the volatile and sometimes violent abolitionist.
    • Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory
      2/8/00
      0.0
      Traveling singers from an all-Black school tour the north and overseas in the decade after the Civil War.
    • Public Enemy #1
      Public Enemy #1
      Season 14 - Episode 8
      2/17/02
      0.0
      The career and violent death of bank robber John Dillinger and the role of the FBI in finally stopping him.
    • Miss America
      Miss America
      Season 14 - Episode 7
      1/27/02
      0.0
      The growth of the famed beauty contest from a small promotional event for late-season tourism to a national phenomenon.
    • Mount Rushmore
      Mount Rushmore
      Season 14 - Episode 6
      1/20/02
      0.0
      The grand vision of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and the logistics behind the massive monument located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    • War Letters
      War Letters
      Season 14 - Episode 3
      11/11/01
      0.0
      An episode that focuses on the letters that passed between soldiers and those at home during American history.
    • Stephen Foster
      Stephen Foster
      Season 13 - Episode 12
      4/23/01
      0.0
      Chronicle of the short life of one of America's first nationally-recognized songwriters.
    • Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
      1/19/01
      0.0
      The story of Marcus Garvey, his ideas for Black re-settlement in Liberia, and his controversial ideas on race relations.
    • Joe DiMaggio: A Hero's Life
      Joe DiMaggio: A Hero's Life
      Season 12 - Episode 14
      5/8/00
      0.0
      The life of the "Yankee Clipper," from his humble beginnings as the son of an Italian-American fisherman in California to his world-wide acclaim.
    • Barnum's Big Top
      Barnum's Big Top
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/14/91
      0.0
      P.T. Barnum launches a scheme to bring entertainment and marvels to the country - something that one day becomes "The Greatest Show on Earth."
    • If You Knew Sousa
      If You Knew Sousa
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      1/11/93
      0.0
      The story of "march king" John Philip Sousa and the connections between his music and the mood of the nation during his time.
    • Insanity on Trial
      Insanity on Trial
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      12/17/90
      0.0
      The trial of Charles Guiteau, a seeming madman who killed President James Garfield.
    • FDR (Part I)
      FDR (Part I)
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      10/12/94
      0.0
      The life of Franklin Roosevelt and his lasting impact on America and the world.
    • Eyes on the Prize (Parts V & VI): Is this America?, Bridge to Freedom
      American Experience re-broadcast of the 1987 documentary on civil rights by Blackside, Inc.
    • We Shall Remain (Part III): Trail of Tears
      4/27/09
      0.0
      A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans. Perspectives on the forced move of the Cherokee from the southeast to the newly established "Indian Territory" of what is now Oklahoma.
    • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts V & VI): Ain't Gonna' Shuffle No More, A Nation of Law?
      Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
    • We Shall Remain (Part II): Tecumseh's Vision
      4/20/09
      0.0
      A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans. The story of a great Native American alliance to counter the 1800s US westward expansion from the Atlantic coast.
    • We Shall Remain (Part I): After the Mayflower
      4/13/09
      0.0
      A five-part series that tells the story of Native American culture after contact with Europeans. The opening installment chronicles the early relations and negotiations between the native tribes of "New England" and the European settlers.
    • Eyes on the Prize (Parts III & IV): Ain't Scared of Your Jails, No Easy Walk
      American Experience re-broadcast of the 1987 documentary on civil rights by Blackside, Inc.
    • Panama Canal
      Season 23 - Episode 4
      1/24/11
      0.0
      This film using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers and firsthand accounts of life in the Canal Zone, unravels the remarkable story of one of the world's most significant technological achievements.
    • Eyes on the Prize (Parts I & II): Awakenings, Fighting Back
      American Experience re-broadcast of the 1987 documentary on civil rights by Blackside, Inc.
    • Truman (Part I)
      Truman (Part I)
      Season 10 - Episode 1
      10/5/97
      0.0
      Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.
    • Orphans of the Storm
      Orphans of the Storm
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      5/6/91
      0.0
      A tale of British children sent to North America during the early World War II bombing of London.
    • Ulysses S. Grant (Part II)
      Ulysses S. Grant (Part II)
      Season 14 - Episode 12
      4/2/02
      0.0
      The military career and troubled administration of the 15th President of the United States.
    • Reagan (Part II)
      Reagan (Part II)
      Season 10 - Episode 12
      2/24/98
      0.0
      The career of Ronald Reagan, from his movie career to his growing interest in politics.
    • Vietnam (Parts IX & X): Peace is at Hand, Homefront USA
      An edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History. Thes broadcasts cover the long deliberations at the Paris peace talks and the attitudes of the United States at home.
    • Vietnam (Parts VII & VIII): Vietnamizing the War, Cambodia and Laos
      An edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History. The US switches to intensive bombing and the brutal opportunism of Pol Pot is covered.
    • Vietnam (Parts V & VI): America's Enemy, Tet 1968
      10/27/97
      0.0
      An edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History. A summary of the parties involved in the war and the United States' attempt to eliminate the efforts of the Viet Cong.
    • Vietnam (Parts III & IV): LBJ Goes to War, America Takes Charge
      Edited re-broadcast of the 1983 series Vietnam: A Television History. The U.S. attempts to support the south and prevent the spread of Communism.
    • Scandalous Mayor
      Scandalous Mayor
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      10/28/91
      0.0
      The story of the corrupt political dominance of Mayor James Curley and its effect on the city of Boston in the early 20th century.
    • Gold Fever
      Gold Fever
      Season 9 - Episode 9
      5/12/97
      0.0
      The story of the last great gold rush in North America, the search in the Yukon and Klondike at the end of the 19th century.
    • Journey to America
      Journey to America
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      4/22/91
      0.0
      Documentary on the great influx of immigrants between 1890 and the 1920s.
    • New York (Part VII): The City and the World
      10/8/01
      0.0
      The original final installment of the seven part series detailing the history of the city.
    • Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II
      The role of African-American servicemen during World War II, a time when discrimination and segregation were very much in effect.
    • Truman (Part II)
      Truman (Part II)
      Season 10 - Episode 2
      10/6/97
      0.0
      Challenges and triumphs of an unassuming midwesterner who was thrust into the role of national leader.
    • T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part II)
      10/7/96
      0.0
      The colorful life of Teddy Roosevelt, from frail youth to larger-than-life persona.
    • FDR (Part I)
      FDR (Part I)
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      10/12/94
      0.0
      The life of Franklin Roosevelt and his lasting impact on America and the world.
    • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts III & IV): Power!, The Promised Land
      Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
    • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts I & II): The Time Has Come, Two Societies
      Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
    • Freedom on My MInd
      Freedom on My MInd
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      1/15/96
      0.0
      An account of the struggle to register African Americans to vote in the state of Mississippi in the 1960s.
    • French Dance Tonight
      French Dance Tonight
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      2/22/93
      0.0
      The distinctive music of Louisiana including Cajun and Zydeco performances.
    • Knute Rockne and his Fighting Irish
      2/8/93
      0.0
      The short but notable career of the coach and his team with stories from some of those who remember him.
    • Battle for Wilderness
      Battle for Wilderness
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      12/5/89
      0.0
      A profile of an early environmental dispute over the construction of a dam in California after the Great Earthquake of 1906.
    • Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
      10/24/89
      0.0
      The work of a notable civil rights crusader in the late 19th and early 20th century.
    • That Rhythm, Those Blues
      That Rhythm, Those Blues
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      12/6/88
      0.0
      The growth of rhythm and blues music and its eventual acceptance by mainstream audiences in the 1950s.
    • The Last Stand at Little Big Horn
      The Last Stand at Little Big Horn
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      11/25/92
      0.0
      The historic battle discussed from the perspective of both sides that participated in the conflict.
    • Goin' Back to T-Town
      Goin' Back to T-Town
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      3/1/93
      0.0
      A profile of the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma - once a flourishing but segregated community.
    • Sit Down and Fight
      Sit Down and Fight
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      2/1/93
      0.0
      The story of Walter Reuther and the struggle to unionize the automobile workers of the US in the 1930s.
    • Los Mineros
      Los Mineros
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      1/28/91
      0.0
      A story of Mexican-American workers in early 20th century copper mines in the southwest.
    • Forever Baseball
      Forever Baseball
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      11/7/89
      0.0
      A nostalgic treatment of the national pastime and its meaning in American cultural history.
    • Ballad of a Mountain Man
      Ballad of a Mountain Man
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      12/12/89
      0.0
      Story of a folklore historian who sought to preserve the traditional music of the Appalachians for posterity.
    • Forbidden City, USA
      Forbidden City, USA
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      12/19/89
      0.0
      The Americanization of Chinese people in the 1920s and 30s as seen in the famous San Francisco nightclub "The Forbidden City."
    • Wild by Law
      Wild by Law
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      2/10/92
      0.0
      The modern movement to preserve natural wilderness in the United States.
    • Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
      Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      2/15/93
      0.0
      The career of the scientist and popular writer concerned with the oceans and the environment.
    • Love in the Cold War
      Love in the Cold War
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      1/13/92
      0.0
      The story of Eugene Dennis and his wife Peggy, communist activists in the post-World War II era.
    • G-Men: The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover
      11/18/91
      0.0
      The evolution of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an instrument to battle serious interstate crime and the personal mission of its controversial leader.
    • God Bless America and Poland, Too
      God Bless America and Poland, Too
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      2/12/90
      0.0
      Episode focusing on Polish immigration in the 1910s and the contributions of Poles to the United States.
    • Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven
      Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      1/29/90
      0.0
      The story of Yosemite told through the diary of one of the first white Americans to visit the California valley.
    • Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil
      Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      1/8/90
      0.0
      Oil exploration and the fortunes and failures of the independent opportunists who searched for it.
    • Stonewall Uprising
      Season 23 - Episode 10
      4/25/11
      0.0
      Riots in New York City in 1969 bring the issues of gay civil rights into the public eye.
    • The Civilian Conservation Corps
      Season 22 - Episode 1
      11/2/09
      0.0
      One part of a special series of American Experience episodes (promoted as "The 1930s") that re-packages previous broadcasts and adds original programming in order to examine the United States in crisis during the Great Depression. This episode is a new broadcast.

      FDR establishes a back-to-work program that generates employment and addresses some of the nation's environmental needs.moreless
    • The Presidents: Reagan
      The Presidents: Reagan
      Season 21 - Episode 09.22.08
      9/22/08
      0.0
      In 1988, after two terms in office, Ronald Reagan left the White House one of the most popular presidents of the twentieth century -- and one of the most controversial. A failed actor, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a simple gospel of lower taxes, less government, and anti-communism.
    • The Presidents: LBJ
      The Presidents: LBJ
      Season 21 - Episode 10.08.08
      10/8/08
      0.0
      Sworn in after the assassination of JFK, Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs like the Civil Rights Act through Congress and won a term as president before the Vietnam War eroded his support.
    • The Presidents: Truman
      The Presidents: Truman
      Season 21 - Episode 12.29.08
      12/29/08
      0.0
      Of all the men who had held the office, he was the least prepared. As president, Harry Truman was responsible for dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, ending World War II and finding America's place in the international order at the start of the Cold War.
    • Amelia Earhart
      Amelia Earhart
      Season 21 - Episode 02.15.10
      10/27/93
      0.0
      The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was one of America's first celebrities. After only a few years as a pilot she became the best-known female flier in America, not only for her daring and determination but also for her striking looks and outspoken personality. Three weeks before her 40th birthday Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, and her story became legend.moreless
    • The Bombing of Germany
      Season 21 - Episode 02.04.10
      2/8/10
      0.0
      In World War II British and American Allied forces carried out a bombing campaign of unprecedented might over Germany's cities, claiming the lives of nearly half a million civilians.
    • Wyatt Earp
      Season 21 - Episode 01.24.10
      1/25/10
      0.0
      Celebrated as a man who took control of his own destiny, Wyatt Earp came to epitomize the town-taming marshal responsible for bringing the forces of law, order and civilization to the Wild West.
    • The Kennedys
      The Kennedys
      Season 5 - Episode 05.14.09
      1/20/92
      0.0
      A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy. From Joseph Kennedy's rise on Wall Street, through John, Robert and Edward's successes and scandals, the family has left a storied political legacy.
    • The Presidents: George H.W. Bush
      The Presidents: George H.W. Bush
      Season 7 - Episode 12.31.08
      5/5/08
      0.0
      This biography examines the life and career of our 41st president, from his service in World War II to his days in the Oval Office with the fall of the Berlin Wall, race riots in LA and the breakup of the Soviet Union.
    • We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee, Pt. 5 of 5
      We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee, Pt. 5 of 5
      Season 21 - Episode 05.11.09
      5/11/09
      0.0
      On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists had seized the few major buildings in town. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances--some going back more than 100 years--the protesters captured the world's attention for 71 gripping days.moreless
    • Nixon - Part 2
      Nixon - Part 2
      Season 3 - Episode 08.15.90
      8/15/90
      0.0
    • Eyes on the Prize II (Parts VII & VIII): The Keys to the Kingdom, Back to the Movement
      Special Sunday re-broadcasts of Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads, a 1990 sequel to the original series produced by Blackside, Inc.
    • Dolley Madison
      Dolley Madison
      Season 22 - Episode 03.01.10
      3/1/10
      0.0
      As the wife of the fourth President, James Madison, Dolley Madison played an important part in the political and social experiment that was the early American Republic.
    • Earth Days
      Earth Days
      Season 22 - Episode 04.19.10
      4/19/10
      0.0
      Earth Days traces the origins of the modern environmental movement.
    • Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World
      Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World
      Season 22 - Episode 05.10.10
      5/10/10
      0.0
      For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world - illuminating and powering the start of the industrial revolution and laying the groundwork for a truly global economy.
    • My Lai
      My Lai
      Season 22 - Episode 04.26.10
      4/26/10
      0.0
      In an exploration of the morality of actions taken in the name of war, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE directs its lens to the 1968 My Lai massacre and asks what drove a company of American soldiers to commit the worst atrocity in American military history?
    • Interview with Linda Edquist
      Interview with Linda Edquist
      Season 22 - Episode 05.18.11
      5/18/11
      0.0
      In her work as a conservation specialist at the National Postal Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Linda Edquist has worked to preserve countless letters and other objects in the museum's enormous collection. How can you use some conservation techniques on your letters at home? Watch Linda demonstrate, in 2001 this video interview.moreless
    • Nixon - Part 1
      Nixon - Part 1
      Season 3 - Episode 10.10.90
      10/10/90
      0.0
    • We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee
      We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee
      Season 21 - Episode 05.11.09
      5/11/09
      0.0
      On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists had seized the few major buildings in town. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances--some going back more than 100 years--the protesters captured the world's attention for 71 gripping days.moreless
    • We Shall Remain: Geronimo
      We Shall Remain: Geronimo
      Season 21 - Episode 05.04.09
      5/4/09
      0.0
      Born around 1820, Geronimo grew into a leading warrior and healer. But after his tribe was relocated to an Arizona reservation in 1872, he became a focus of the fury of terrified white settlers, and of the growing tensions that divided Apaches struggling to survive under almost unendurable pressures.
    • George H. W. Bush
      George H. W. Bush
      Season 20 - Episode 05.05.08
      5/5/08
      0.0
      The latest in American Experience's series of award-winning and critically-acclaimed presidential portraits, this two-part biography examines the life and career of the 41st president, from his service in World War II and his early career in Texas to his days in the Oval Office, first as vice president to Ronald Reagan, then as the leader who presided over the first Gulf War. Drawing upon Bush's personal diaries and interviews with his closest advisors and most prominent critics, the film also explores Bush's role as the patriarch of a political family whose influence is unequaled in modern American life.moreless
    • Dinosaur Wars
      Season 23 - Episode 5
      1/17/11
      0.0
      Two American paleontologists are unable to overcome their Victorian-era desires to be the top scientist of the day - and instead, wage a battle to find and describe the first dinosaurs being discovered in the American west.
    • God in America (Parts V & VI): Soul of a Nation, Of God and Caesar
      A joint production of American Experience and Frontline. In the final episodes, religion impacts civil rights and attitudes toward communism at the same time as America welcomes diverse new citizens and grapples with separation of church and state.
    • Earth Days
      Season 22 - Episode 5
      4/19/10
      0.0
      An account of selected citizens instrumental in shaping the United States' environmental movement in the past fifty years.
    • Billy the Kid
      Billy the Kid
      Season 24 - Episode 1
      1/10/12
      0.0

      The facts behind the legendary young outlaw who rose to infamy.

    • Dolley Madison
      Season 22 - Episode 4
      3/1/10
      0.0
      A profile of the famous spouse of President James Madison and her role in early American history.
    • Wyatt Earp
      Wyatt Earp
      Season 22 - Episode 2
      1/25/10
      0.0
      The complex life of a man who has come to represent western justice but had many connections to lawlessness.
    • Freedom Riders
      Season 23 - Episode 12
      5/16/11
      0.0
      A documentary on Americans of all ages and races who traveled the deep South to protest local segregation laws in 1961.
    • The Greely Expedition
      Season 23 - Episode 7
      1/31/11
      0.0
      An 1881 maritime expedition to document the world of the high Arctic runs into adverse conditions that prove to be disastrous for the members of the crew.
    • The Great Famine
      Season 23 - Episode 9
      4/11/11
      0.0
      When the Soviet Union suffers a massive famine in the early 1920s, the United States rushes to send food and manpower to alleviate the crisis.
    • Custer's Last Stand
      Season 24 - Episode 2
      1/17/12
      0.0

      The story of a United States' attempt to spark a fresh Native uprising only to result in the massacre of a well-known soldier and his men.

    • Reagan
      Reagan
      Season 10 - Episode 09.22.08
      2/23/98
      0.0
      When he left the White House in 1988, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century. A former Hollywood actor and seemingly simple man, Reagan had been consistently underestimated by his opponents. He overcame them all with a combination of charm and unfailing optimism, rising to become a president who always preferred to see America as a "shining city on a hill" and himself as its heroic defender.moreless
    • Jimmy Carter
      Jimmy Carter
      Season 15 - Episode 10.06.08
      11/11/02
      0.0
      Jimmy Carter traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office; examines the failings of Carter's political leadership in the turbulent 1970s; and explores the role religion played in his career. Carter ran for president as an outsider. He rode into power on the post-Watergate disaffection with Washington politics. But his inexperience resulted in an ineffectual and fractured administration. Inflation, recession, and a humbling hostage crisis blew his presidency dramatically off course. The crowning achievement of his one term in office, the Camp David Accords, which established a framework for peace in the Middle East, was the inspiration for his life after the White House. In the years since, Carter has recast himself as a giant of moral leadership. He has struggled to bring peace to war-torn countries; fought for the eradication of life-threatening diseases; and dedicated himself to housing America's poorest citizens. The film features interviews with many close to the Carter administration, including his wife Rosalynn, son Chip, Press Secretary Jody Powell and Vice President Walter Mondale.moreless
    • Nixon
      Nixon
      Season 3 - Episode 10.13.08
      10/10/90
      0.0
      He possessed a fateful combination of strengths and weaknesses that propelled him to the White House and then brought him down. One of the most enigmatic modern political figures, Richard Nixon inspired divided passions in America. From his days as a young anti-Communist crusader to the president who astounded the nation with his foreign policy initiatives in China and the Soviet Union, and finally, his resignation in the face of impeachment, Nixon was a tragically insecure man with a bold vision. At the center of American politics for more than 25 years, he continues to arouse both anger and admiration.moreless
    • LBJ
      LBJ
      Season 4 - Episode 10.20.08
      9/30/91
      0.0
      He was one of the most astute, perplexing and larger-than-life figures in modern American history. An accidental president, Lyndon Baines Johnson set out to make his mark by pushing through historic social legislation of a scale that rivaled FDR's New Deal. Bombastic and deeply emotional, Johnson's vision was shattered by the increasing debacle of Vietnam, and his presidency began to unravel.moreless
    • Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
      Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
      Season 16 - Episode 01.12.04
      1/12/04
      0.0
      The extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans -- Southern and Northern, white and black -- as they struggle to shape new lives for themselves in a world turned upside down.
    • The Mormons
      The Mormons
      Season 19 - Episode 04.30.07
      4/30/07
      0.0
      The history, richness, complexities, and controversies of the Mormon faith. A special co-production with Frontline. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest-growing religions and, relative to its size, one of the richest. Church membership, now at over 12 million and growing, sweeps the globe. But from the moment of its founding in 1830, the church has been controversial. Within a month, it had 40 converts and almost as many enemies. In the early years, Mormons were hated, ridiculed, persecuted and feared. Yet in the past several decades, the Mormon church has transformed itself from a fringe sect into a thriving religion that embraces mainstream American values; its members include prominent and powerful politicians, university presidents and corporate leaders.moreless
    • Eyes on the Prize - Power! / The Promised Land
      2/10/08
      0.0
      The first clip is of people singing. Footage follows of Martin Luther King arriving in Selma and speaking in a church. The next clip shows state troopers attacking marchers and tear gas in the air during the bloody assault at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.