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Mister Rogers: It's You I Like - A Retrospective of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
PBS
This new documentary pays tribute to the beloved Fred Rogers and the nearly 900 episodes of his landmark children's television program first seen in 1968 on PBS that continues to resonate with children and adults alike. In this retrospective hosted…
For the Love of Spock - The Life of Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy
A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite trekkies worldwide, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK tells the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy, for nearly fifty years. The film's focus began as a celebration…
Class Dismissed - How TV Frames the Working Class
Narrated by Ed Asner, and based on the book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows. Featuring interviews…
Color Adjustment - A History of African American Portrayal on Television
In this documentary, Marlon Riggs - Emmy winning producer of ETHNIC NOTIONS - carries his landmark studies of prejudice into the Television Age. COLOR ADJUSTMENT traces 40 years of race relations through the lens of prime time entertainment, scrutinizing television's…
The Arrested Development Documentary Project
Arrested Development is widely regarded as one of the defining comedies of the 2000's and has been praised by many critics as one of the greatest comedies of all time. Featuring interviews from major cast and crew members, along with…
A Song For You - The Austin City Limits Story
From Willie Nelson to Wilco, Ray Charles to Radiohead, A SONG FOR YOU: AUSTIN CITY LIMITS offers the ultimate backstage pass and front row seat to 40 years of incredible music from the longest running music show in TV history.…
TVTV: Video Revolutionaries - The Rebellious Video Makers Who Changed TV
Featuring Bill Murray, Hunter Thompson, Steven Spielberg, Lynn Swan, Goldie Hawn, Abbie Hoffman, Lily Tomlin and more, TVTV is a new documentary about Top Value Television (TVTV), a band of merry video makers who, from 1972 to 1977, took the…
Television under the Swastika
Legend has it that the triumphal march of television began in the United States in the 1950s but in reality its origins hark back much further. Nazi leaders, determined to beat Great Britain and the U.S. to be the world's…
Jim Henson
Part of the Series: In Their Own Words
PBS
Explore the incredible life of the man behind The Muppets and so much more. Follow Jim Henson's career as he transcended puppetry to become one of the most creative, prolific, and influential artists of his time. Journey into his first…
TV Family - Behind the Scenes of America’s First Reality Television Show
In 1960, NBC aired what is widely considered to be the first "reality television" show in American broadcast history. Hosted by Jane Wyatt of Father Knows Best fame, and billing itself as a "new kind of visual reporting," it was…
Showrunners - The Art of Running a TV Show
The first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These are the people responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of…
Brand New You - Makeover Television and the American Dream
What do popular television makeover programs like What Not to Wear, The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy , and The Swan tell us about how to look and feel? What do they tell us about what a…
Funny Ladies
Part of the Series: Pioneers of Television
PBS
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…
Afghan Star - Following the Contestants of a Pop Music Competition in Afghanistan
After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to Afghanistan. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American Idol-style series Afghan Star. Like its Western…
Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal - Political Debates Between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal
In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of…
Superheroes
Part of the Series: Pioneers of Television
PBS
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.…
Creating a Monster - An Examination of Reality Television
This documentary explores how reality television is constructed and consumed, and the psychological impact it has on participants. It examines how the characters of people on reality television are simplified to serve the show's needs and narratives. Further, it questions…
Norman Lear - The Life and Career of Television Legend Norman Lear
PBS
The first documentary about legendary showrunner Norman Lear, who dominated and reshaped television for decades. Largely responsible for the explosion of bold American television in the 1970s, Lear's name is synonymous with the sitcom, yet he brought provocative subjects like…
Captivated - Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture
Captivated features insights from media experts as well as personal stories from individuals and families who have escaped media addiction and learned to make discerning and God-honoring choices about their use of media technology.
Miniseries
Part of the Series: Pioneers of Television
PBS
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…