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Pioneers of Television

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Trace the arc of nighttime soaps, from “Peyton Place” to “Knots Landing.” Primetime Soaps premieres Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 8:00 p.m ET/PT. Check your local listings.

Episodes of Pioneers of Television9

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Pioneers of Television

Robin Williams Remembered

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

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Robin Williams Remembered

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Pioneers of Television

Acting Funny

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

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Acting Funny

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Pioneers of Television

Breaking Barriers

Trace the story of people of color on American television.

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Breaking Barriers

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Doctors and Nurses

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

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Doctors and Nurses

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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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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"

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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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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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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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Pioneers of Television

Robin Williams Remembered - Preview

Airs Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 9/8c.

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Robin Williams Remembered - Preview

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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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Breaking Barriers Preview

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Pioneers of Television

Acting Funny Preview

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

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Acting Funny Preview

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Doctors and Nurses Preview

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

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Doctors and Nurses Preview

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