America in Primetime

Premiered Fall 2011

America in Primetime is structured around the most com­pelling shows on television today, unfolding over four hours and weaving between past and present. Each episode focuses on one character archetype that has remained a staple of primetime through the generations — the Independent Woman, the Man of the House, the Misfit, and the Crusader — capturing both the continuity of the character, and the evolution.

Funding for AMERICA IN PRIMETIME is provided by Dove, a Unilever brand, The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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America in Primetime

The Crusader

Television heroes seek their own forms of justice.


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The Misfit

The Misfit celebrates the characters who reflect the diverse personalities of America


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Man of the House

Man of the House showcases the evolution of men in primetime television.


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The Independent Woman

The Independent Woman shows how the portrayal of women has changed in primetime television


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Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman discusses her character in Desperate Housewives.


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Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dryfus and Larry David discuss Seinfeld


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Jessie Tyler Ferguson

Jessie Tyler Ferguson talks about his onscreen marriage.


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Mitchell Hurwitz

Mitchell Hurwitz talks about his inspiration for the Bluth family in Arrested Development


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America in Primetime


Explore four archetype characters of American television.


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