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Pioneers of Television

Superheroes Preview

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Survey decades of superheroes, from “Superman” in the 1950s to "Batman" in the 60s to "Wonder Woman" in the 70s and “The Greatest American Hero” in the 80s. This Pioneers of Television episode premieres Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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Episodes of Pioneers of Television9

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Robin Williams Remembered

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

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Acting Funny

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

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Breaking Barriers

Trace the story of people of color on American television.

53:11

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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.

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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 "Taking the Pie"

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

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Robin Williams Hones his Craft

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

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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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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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