Series Overview

On the Air

For more than 27 years, American Experience has been television's most-watched history series. The series has been hailed as "peerless" (The 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 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam.

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 200 feature sites, enabling viewers to watch films online and encouraging in-depth exploration of each film beyond the television screen. American Experience has been recognized by digital and print publications including Yahoo!, USA Today Online, Broadcasting and Cable, and TV Guide.