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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Episodes 4

Video thumbnail: America in Primetime The Crusader

America in Primetime

The Crusader

Television heroes seek their own forms of justice.

53:39

The Crusader

53:39

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America in Primetime

The Misfit

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

53:04

The Misfit

53:04

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America in Primetime

Man of the House

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

53:22

Man of the House

53:22

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America in Primetime

The Independent Woman

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

52:40

The Independent Woman

52:40

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Video thumbnail: America in Primetime Man of the House: All in the Family 1

America in Primetime

Man of the House: All in the Family 1

The creators of All in the Family talk about creating their characters

1:45

Man of the House: All in the Family 1

1:45

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America in Primetime

Man of the House: All in the Family 2

The creators of All in the Family discuss the complicated character of Archie Bunker

1:27

Man of the House: All in the Family 2

1:27

Video thumbnail: America in Primetime Man of the House: Breaking Bad 1

America in Primetime

Man of the House: Breaking Bad 1

The creators of Breaking Bad discuss the character of Walt

1:25

Man of the House: Breaking Bad 1

1:25

Video thumbnail: America in Primetime Man of the House: Breaking Bad 2

America in Primetime

Man of the House: Breaking Bad 2

The creators of Breaking Bad discuss the downward spiral of Walt

1:20

Man of the House: Breaking Bad 2

1:20

Video thumbnail: America in Primetime Felicity Huffman

America in Primetime

Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman discusses her character in Desperate Housewives.

1:26

Felicity Huffman

1:26

Video thumbnail: America in Primetime Jason Alexander

America in Primetime

Jason Alexander

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

1:24

Jason Alexander

1:24

Video thumbnail: America in Primetime Jessie Tyler Ferguson

America in Primetime

Jessie Tyler Ferguson

Jessie Tyler Ferguson talks about his onscreen marriage.

0:45

Jessie Tyler Ferguson

0:45

Video thumbnail: America in Primetime Mitchell Hurwitz

America in Primetime

Mitchell Hurwitz

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

1:39

Mitchell Hurwitz

1:39

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Previews 1

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America in Primetime

Promo

Explore four archetype characters of American television.

0:36

Promo

0:36

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