Pioneers of Television - Season 1

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Wednesday 8:00 PM on PBS Premiered Jan 02, 2008 In Season

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  • Game Shows
    Game Shows
    Episode 4
    1/23/08
    8.0
    The final installment of the series chronicles the history of television shows based on games of competition among participants - including how the pioneering producers planned the games, the quiz show scandals of the late 50s, and the rise of more inclusive programs in the 1960s.
  • Variety
    Variety
    Episode 3
    1/16/08
    8.5
    A chronicle of television's first successful genre, the variety show - from its beginnings as a continuation of vaudeville and radio entertainment through the many iconic personalities that made it so popular. Experiments in variety show programs and the decline of their popularity in the late 1970s are also examined.
  • Late Night
    Late Night
    Episode 2
    1/9/08
    8.1
    The development of late night television as a distinct form of TV entertainment - from local programming to the rise of The Tonight Show with Steve Allen, then Jack Paar, and finally, Johnny Carson. Also chronicled are the programs that tried to compete with Carson's unique and wildly popular format.
  • Sitcoms
    Sitcoms
    Episode 1
    1/2/08
    7.2
    Interviews with stars from five of the biggest sitcoms in television history (I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Make Room for Daddy, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show) are combined with comments from actors who worked with them to give a behind-the-scenes look at what made these shows the ground-breaking hits they became.moreless
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