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Pioneers of Television

Nichelle Nichols on Working with Leonard Nimoy

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Actress Nichelle Nichols describes trying to make serious co-star Leonard Nimoy (Spock) laugh during a pivotal scene in "Star Trek."

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Episodes of Pioneers of Television9

Pioneers of Television

Robin Williams Remembered

A tribute to Williams that includes one of his last full-length interviews for the series.

55:20

Pioneers of Television

Acting Funny

A look at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.

53:11

Pioneers of Television

Breaking Barriers

Trace the story of people of color on American television.

53:11

Pioneers of Television

Doctors and Nurses

Review television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses.

53:41

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Cloris Leachman Talks Comedy

Emmy-award winner Cloris Leachman shares her acting philosophy.

1:52

Pioneers of Television

Jimmie Walker on "Good Times"

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

1:18

Pioneers of Television

Jimmie Walker on "Taking the Pie"

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

1:48

Pioneers of Television

Robin Williams Hones his Craft

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

1:10

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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Pioneers of Television

Breaking Barriers Preview

This episode traces the story of people of color on American television.

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Pioneers of Television

Acting Funny Preview

This episode reveals the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.

0:30

Pioneers of Television

Doctors and Nurses Preview

Explore television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses from ER to Dr. Kildare.

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