Films: Recent Broadcasts

Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.

Earth Days

Earth Days : 2 hrs

The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.

The Polio Crusade

The Polio Crusade : 1 hr

The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.

 The Mormons

The Mormons : 2 hrs

From Joseph Smith's discovery of gold tablets to persecution, migration, and settlement in Utah, the film explores the history of the most American of religions.

Victory in the Pacific

Victory in the Pacific : 2 hrs

The decisions made by leaders and the escalation of bloodletting that finally ended World War II.

The Lobotomist

The Lobotomist : 1 hr

A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart : 1 hr

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.

Portrait of the Kennedy family

The Kennedys : 3 hrs

A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.

The Bombing of Germany

The Bombing of Germany : 1 hr

During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.

The Donner Party

The Donner Party : 90 mins

Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada.

Influenza 1918

Influenza 1918 : 1 hr

The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.

Surviving the Dust Bowl

Surviving the Dust Bowl : 1 hr

The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.

Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente : 1 hr

Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.

The Living Weapon

The Living Weapon : 1 hr

The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.

Test Tube Babies

Test Tube Babies : 1 hr

The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.

Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill : 1 hr

William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.

Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple : 90 mins

In 1978 over 900 people led by Rev. Jim Jones died in the largest mass murder-suicide in history, at Jonestown, Guyana.

Assassination of Lincoln

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln : 90 mins

As a nation mourned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, a manhunt closed in on the twenty-six-year-old actor, John Wilkes Booth.

Edison and the light bulb

Edison's Miracle of Light : 1 hr

"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.

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Producer Picks

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.

Relevant Now

freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer


JFK : 4 hrs

The Fall of 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination. No president since Kennedy has earned higher approval ratings.