Pioneers of Television

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

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  • Acting Funny

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 5/6/14

  • Breaking Barriers

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 4/29/14

    The story of people of color on U.S. television. Included: the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African-Americans Diahann Carroll ("Julia") and Bill Cosby ("I Spy"); and such Latino landmarks as Desi Arnaz ("I Love Lucy") and Edward James Olmos ("Miami Vice"). Also: George Takei ("Star Trek") recalls his childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp.moreless
  • Doctors and Nurses

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 4/22/14

    TV's fascination with doctors and nurses is explored. Included: Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben and Eriq LaSalle on "ER"; Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr. and Christina Pickles on "St. Elsewhere." Also: Chad Everett recalls "Medical Center."moreless
  • Standup to Sitcom

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 4/15/14

    The Season 4 premiere looks at stand-up comics who transitioned to sitcoms. Included: remarks from Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart; clips from "Seinfeld," "Home Improvement," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Roseanne."moreless
  • Miniseries

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 2/5/13

    Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history; they were major events that captured the nation's imagination.
  • Superheroes

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 1/29/13

    "Superheroes" crosses many eras: "Superman" in the 1950s, "Batman" in the '60s, "Wonder Woman" and "The Incredible Hulk" in the '70s and "The Greatest American Hero" in the '80s. The episode features in-depth interviews with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno, William Katt and others. It also includes comments from Robert Culp, about his show "The Greatest American Hero," recorded just days before he passed away.moreless
  • Primetime Soaps

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 1/22/13

    "Dallas" and "Dynasty" kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s and spun off the long-lasting series "Knots Landing." Sometimes forgotten is the genre's antecedent: 1964's "Peyton Place," which starred Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal. Interviewees in this episode include Larry Hagman, Joan Collins, Linda Evans, Diahann Carroll, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills.moreless
  • Funny Ladies

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 1/15/13

    This episode features the first standup comediennes to appear on television -- legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It also looks at Lucille Ball's breakthrough on "I Love Lucy" and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. The episode covers television's most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.moreless
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