Series Overview

On the Air

Television’s most-watched history series, American Experience has been hailed as “peerless” (Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle).

On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 14 George Foster Peabody Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 30 Emmy Awards, including, most recently, Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Freedom Riders.

On the Web

American Experience Online premiered in November 1995 and has won accolades from viewers and critics alike. To date, American Experience Online has produced over 175 feature sites, enabling viewers to watch films online and encouraging in-depth exploration of each film beyond the television screen. American Experience Online has been recognized by online and print publications including Yahoo!, USA Today Online, Broadcasting and Cable, and TV Guide.