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Pioneers of Television

Pioneers of Television
PIONEERS OF TELEVISION returns to PBS in January 2011 for a second season featuring all new stories of the visionaries who shaped a fledgling medium with their creativity, foresight and wisdom. Narrated by Kelsey Grammer, this four-part series transports viewers behind the scenes for a revealing look at four of the most popular genres in television: science fiction, westerns, crime dramas and local kids TV.

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Standup to Sitcom Air date: 04-16-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365218405/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false This star-packed episode features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program reveals how Americaâs top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format and includes dozens of clips from âSeinfeld,â âHome Improvement,â âEverybody... /episodes/get/12438 /episode/12438 Pioneers of Television: Standup to Sitcom /episode-player/12438
Miniseries Air date: 02-06-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2332148406/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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... /episodes/get/6824 /episode/6824 Pioneers of Television: Miniseries /episode-player/6824
Superheroes Air date: 01-30-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2329682893/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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... /episodes/get/6770 /episode/6770 Pioneers of Television: Superheroes /episode-player/6770
Primetime Soaps Air date: 01-23-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2326560754/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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 âWho Shot JRâ episode of Dallas. Interviewees in this episode include Larry Hagman, Joan Collins,... /episodes/get/6732 /episode/6732 Pioneers of Television: Primetime Soaps /episode-player/6732
Funny Ladies Air date: 01-16-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2325546724/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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 Ballâs breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also,... /episodes/get/6673 /episode/6673 Pioneers of Television: Funny Ladies /episode-player/6673
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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,...
Air date: 01/16/2013
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2325546724/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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,... /episodes/get/6673 /episode/6673 Pioneers of Television: Funny Ladies /episode-player/6673
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,...
Air date: 01/23/2013
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2326560754/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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,... /episodes/get/6732 /episode/6732 Pioneers of Television: Primetime Soaps /episode-player/6732
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...
Air date: 01/30/2013
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2329682893/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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... /episodes/get/6770 /episode/6770 Pioneers of Television: Superheroes /episode-player/6770
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...
Air date: 02/06/2013
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2332148406/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false 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... /episodes/get/6824 /episode/6824 Pioneers of Television: Miniseries /episode-player/6824
Standup to Sitcom
This star-packed episode features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program reveals how America?s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format and includes dozens of clips from ?Seinfeld,? ?Home Improvement,? ?Everybody...
Air date: 04/16/2014
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365218405/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false This star-packed episode features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program reveals how America?s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format and includes dozens of clips from ?Seinfeld,? ?Home Improvement,? ?Everybody... /episodes/get/12438 /episode/12438 Pioneers of Television: Standup to Sitcom /episode-player/12438
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