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Pioneers of Television

Acting Funny

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Peek behind the curtain at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors. The program features the manic improvisational style of Robin Williams, along with his comic predecessor Jonathan Winters. They’re a fascinating contrast to Tina Fey, who explains her measured, highly prepared approach. The episode also highlights the all-time #1 Emmy winner for comedy acting Cloris Leachman.

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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

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

Pioneers of Television

Standup to Sitcom

See how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.

55:46

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Pioneers of Television

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.

1:13

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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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Acting Funny Preview

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

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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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