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About the TV Series

% "It brings the war to life in the experience of men who fought it... riveting and powerful."
-- Newsweek

"...meticulously researched and carefully balanced... [it] may broaden many Americans' understanding of Vietnam, if not change their opinion about the war..."
-- The New York Times

A six-year project from conception to completion, Vietnam: A Television History carefully analyzes the costs and consequences of a controversial but intriguing war. From the first hour through the last, the series provides a detailed visual and oral account of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking on many military and foreign policy issues.

A seminal television event when it premiered as a 13-part series on PBS in 1983, Vietnam: A Television History was edited to 11 hours and rebroadcast in 1997. The series won television's top awards, including seven Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award, the duPont/Columbia Journalism Award, the George Polk Award, two Writer's Guild Awards, and the Erik Barnouw Award of the Organization of American Historians. The duPont/Columbia jurors noted, "These 13 hours of spellbinding, journalistically exemplary television have deservedly been called a landmark in American broadcast journalism and the most important and most compelling documentary series ever made. The power and importance of this series will endure."

Series Description
Access an episode-by-episode synopsis of the television series.

Transcripts and Credits
Download transcripts for the entire series, and see production credits.

Viewer Mail
Read selections from the American Experience mailbag about the Vietnam series.

Find out what the press had to say about Vietnam: A Television History when it aired.

Further Reading
View a list of books and Web sites relating to the Vietnam War.

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is closed captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers by The Caption Center at WGBH.

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A special narration track is added to the series by Descriptive Video Service® (DVS®), a service of WGBH to provide access to people who are blind or visually impaired. The DVS narration is available on the SAP channel of stereo TVs and VCRs.

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