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A Retrospective


This fall American Experience is celebrating 25 years on the air. We have celebrated with a staff spirit week (we each dressed up as our favorite American Experience documentary) and we just finished a Best Film Ever bracket (winner: Abraham & Mary Lincoln, though so many people complained that their favorite was not included that we may just have to do another!)

To date, we have produced 287 documentaries, over 399 hours and 428 nights of original television programming. In this 3-minute video retrospective, our longtime editor has collected some of our best, most moving, and most controversial film moments. 

Which is your favorite?


We're officially 25 years old!


Over the past 25 years, American Experience has produced close to 300 films and nearly 400 hours of television. If you were to sit down in front of the television tonight and decided to watch one of our films each night, it would take you nearly a YEAR to consume our entire body of work (probably longer, because we have several five and six-part films)! Which one would you start with first? Which of our 287 films (and counting) do you tell your friends and family they MUST see first? We certainly couldn't choose, but somehow we whittled it down to a much more manageable 16, representing the different genres of films we've produced since 1988. Now YOU can help us determine which AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is the best by voting in our Best of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE bracket. Each round lasts four days, and by October 18, we will have a champion! Vote now!


Emmy Award for Outstanding Research for "Jesse Owens"


We have the pleasure to announce that the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film "Jesse Owens" has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research at the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.  

"American Experience prides itself on rigorous research for each of our films. We are proud that the production team was recognized with the News and Documentary Emmy Award," said AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Executive Producer Mark Samels. Jesse Owens premiered in May of 2012 and is streaming for free on our website