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Pioneers of Television

Breaking Barriers

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Pioneers of Television

Breaking Barriers

53m 11s

This episode traces the story of people of color on American television — including the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll and Bill Cosby. Latino landmarks range from “I Love Lucy” with Desi Arnaz to “Miami Vice” with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian-Americans like George Takei, who details his youth spent in a Japanese internment camp.

TV-PG
53m 10s

Miniseries

Miniseries such as "Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "The Thorn Birds" mastered the art of storytelling. With their epic sagas, these television events kept America riveted night after night. Revisit famous scenes and hear actors talk about the impact of their miniseries on their own lives and on the world.

53m 10s

Superheroes

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. They all fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models. The episode features in-depth interviews with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno, William Katt and others.

52m 0s

Primetime Soaps

Dallas and Dynasty kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s, a phenomenon that continued through the last season of Knots Landing in 1993. The episode offers new details about the famous “Who Shot JR” episode of Dallas. Interviewees in this episode include Larry Hagman, Joan Collins, Linda Evans, Patrick Duffy, Diahann Carroll, Linda Gray, Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills.

50m 0s

Funny Ladies

This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies 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. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.

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