American Experience

War of the Worlds

Season 25 Episode 6 | 51m 47s

Shortly after 8 p.m. on the Halloween Eve, 1938, a panicked radio announcer broke in with a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic. It turned out to be H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds performed by Orson Welles.

Aired: 10/29/13

Expired: 10/29/16

Rating: NR

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