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Pioneers of Television


Trailblazers of the small screen are highlighted.

Upcoming Episodes

  • Remembering Robin Williams (1951-2014). Included:an interview he gave the "Pioneers of Television" series; remarks from friends and colleagues; and clips from throughout his career. (60 minutes)

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Available Online Episodes

  • Acting Funny - A look at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.
  • Breaking Barriers - Trace the story of people of color on American television.
  • Doctors and Nurses - Review television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses.
  • Funny Ladies - This episode celebrates the first comediennes to appear on television.
  • Miniseries - "Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "The Thorn Birds" mastered the art of storytelling.
  • Primetime Soaps - "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing" were all part of the nighttime soap frenzy.
  • Robin Williams Remembered - A tribute to Williams that includes one of his last full-length interviews for the series.
  • Standup to Sitcom - See how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.
  • Superheroes - They fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models to viewers of every age.

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