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Pioneers of Television

Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Cloris Leachman Talks Comedy

Pioneers of Television

Cloris Leachman Talks Comedy

Emmy-award winner Cloris Leachman shares her acting philosophy.

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Cloris Leachman Talks Comedy

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television  Jonathan Winters' Improvisational Comedy

Pioneers of Television

Jonathan Winters' Improvisational Comedy

Classic comedian Jonathan Winters was at his best when he was improvising.

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Jonathan Winters' Improvisational Comedy

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Jimmie Walker on "Good Times"

Pioneers of Television

Jimmie Walker on "Good Times"

Walker's "Good Times" character was such a hit, he changed the direction of the sitcom.

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Jimmie Walker on "Good Times"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Jimmie Walker on "Taking the Pie"

Pioneers of Television

Jimmie Walker on "Taking the Pie"

Despite "Good Times" producer Norman Lear's wishes, Jimmie Walker was there to be funny.

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Jimmie Walker on "Taking the Pie"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Jonathan Winters "Mentors" Robin Williams

Pioneers of Television

Jonathan Winters "Mentors" Robin Williams

Improv master Jonathan Winters paved the way for younger comedian Robin Williams.

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Jonathan Winters "Mentors" Robin Williams

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Robin Williams Hones his Craft

Pioneers of Television

Robin Williams Hones his Craft

Robin Williams developed his signature style of improvisational comedy as a young comic.

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Robin Williams Hones his Craft

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Dick Van Dyke's Knack for Physical Comedy

Pioneers of Television

Dick Van Dyke's Knack for Physical Comedy

Dick Van Dyke loved to perform physical comedy, even if the script didn't call for it.

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Dick Van Dyke's Knack for Physical Comedy

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Bill Cosby Revives the Sitcom

Pioneers of Television

Bill Cosby Revives the Sitcom

In the Fall of 1984, Bill Cosby almost single handedly revived the sitcom genre.

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Bill Cosby Revives the Sitcom

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Diahann Carroll on "Julia"

Pioneers of Television

Diahann Carroll on "Julia"

Though “Julia” aired during the turbulent 1960s, the show abstained from racial activism.

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Diahann Carroll on "Julia"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television George Takei on being an Asian-American

Pioneers of Television

George Takei on being an Asian-American

George Takei discusses his early life in a paranoid United States.

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George Takei on being an Asian-American

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Margaret Cho on "All-American Girl"

Pioneers of Television

Margaret Cho on "All-American Girl"

Comic Margaret Cho discusses her short-lived sitcom, "All-American Girl."

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Margaret Cho on "All-American Girl"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Professor Cosby

Pioneers of Television

Professor Cosby

Bill Cosby's interest in education began long before "The Cosby Show."

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Professor Cosby

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television George Clooney and his "Powerful Pen"

Pioneers of Television

George Clooney and his "Powerful Pen"

George Clooney used his popularity to speak out against discrimination.

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George Clooney and his "Powerful Pen"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Howie Mandel on "St. Elsewhere"

Pioneers of Television

Howie Mandel on "St. Elsewhere"

Howie Mandel thought he was auditioning for a sitcom.

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Howie Mandel on "St. Elsewhere"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter

Pioneers of Television

Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter

Noah Wyle discusses the character growth of Dr. John Carter.

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Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television St.Elsewhere "Got it Right"

Pioneers of Television

St.Elsewhere "Got it Right"

"St.Elsewhere" was the first show to portray the medical community accurately.

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St.Elsewhere "Got it Right"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Bob Newhart on Listening Funny

Pioneers of Television

Bob Newhart on Listening Funny

Legendary comedian Bob Newhart describes his first TV role as psychologist Robert Hartley.

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Bob Newhart on Listening Funny

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Creating "Seinfeld"

Pioneers of Television

Creating "Seinfeld"

Together, comics Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David created the hit sitcom "Seinfeld" in 1989.

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Creating "Seinfeld"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Jerry Seinfeld on "Getting Laughs"

Pioneers of Television

Jerry Seinfeld on "Getting Laughs"

Jerry Seinfeld describes the challenging act of "getting a laugh."

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Jerry Seinfeld on "Getting Laughs"

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Roseanne Barr, Working Class Feminist

Pioneers of Television

Roseanne Barr, Working Class Feminist

With her sitcom, Roseanne Barr made waves by fearlessly tackling difficult issues.

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Roseanne Barr, Working Class Feminist

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Tim Allen on his First "Tonight Show" Appearance

Pioneers of Television

Tim Allen on his First "Tonight Show" Appearance

When sitcom star Tim Allen first appeared on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," he bombed.

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Tim Allen on his First "Tonight Show" Appearance

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television Tim Allen's Transition to TV

Pioneers of Television

Tim Allen's Transition to TV

"Home Improvement" star Tim Allen wasn't planning on leaving standup for television.

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Tim Allen's Transition to TV

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television A Transcendent Moment in Roots

Pioneers of Television

A Transcendent Moment in Roots

Roots co-stars Louis Gossett Jr. and LeVar Burton describe a scene they shared.

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A Transcendent Moment in Roots

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Video thumbnail: Pioneers of Television John Amos on Ancestors and Roots

Pioneers of Television

John Amos on Ancestors and Roots

Actor John Amos describes hearing his ancestors' spirits while on the set of "Roots."

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John Amos on Ancestors and Roots

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