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Robin Williams Remembered - Preview

This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews for the PIONEERS OF TELEVISION series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him, and clips from his career.

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Cloris Leachman Talks Comedy

In this clip, Emmy-award winning comedic actress Cloris Leachman discusses her theatrical training and shares her acting philosophy.

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Jimmie Walker on "Taking the Pie"

Though producer Norman Lear intended his hit "Good Times" to be a family show with tender, sentimental moments, young actor Jimmie Walker was there to be funny. According to Jimmie, every sitcom needed a goofy, comedic player to "take the pie."

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Breaking Barriers Preview

This episode traces the story of people of color on American television—including the breakthroughs of African-Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy); Latinos Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy) and Edward James Olmos (Miami Vice); and Asian-Americans George Takei (Star Trek) and Margaret Cho (All American Girl).

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Acting Funny Preview

This episode peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors—ranging from Robin Williams’ manic improvisational style to Tina Fey’s measured, highly-prepared approach.

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Doctors and Nurses Preview

From George Clooney on ER to Richard Chamberlain on Dr. Kildare, television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben, Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr., Chad Everett and others tell their stories.

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Professor Cosby

Bill Cosby's interest in children's education began long before his groundbreaking family sitcom, "The Cosby Show". He even planned to leave television and return to teaching. In this clip, Cosby discusses his involvement in children's programming like "Fat Albert" and "The Electric Company."

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Diahann Carroll on "Julia"

Although “Julia” was launched in the turbulent 1960s, the character stayed far from any racial activism. For Diahann Carroll, just the presence of an African-American character on television was enough of a first step.

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Bill Cosby Revives the Sitcom

In the Fall of 1984, Bill Cosby almost single handedly revived the struggling sitcom genre. In "The Cosby Show," the comedian simply did what he did best: told stories about his family.

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Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter

Noah Wyle holds the record of playing a doctor longer than anyone else in a primetime series. Wyle discusses his growth as an actor and playing Dr. John Carter.

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St.Elsewhere "Got it Right"

"St.Elsewhere" was the first show to portray medical procedures and the high pressure life of medical professionals accurately.

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