A look back: American Masters, the most successful biographical series of all time began in 1986 as the vision of Creator and Executive Producer Susan Lacy and with an unprecedented look at the life and work of Charlie Chaplin, as well as an observational profile of Martin Scorsese at work.
Excerpted from “Pioneers of THIRTEEN: The 80s – Trusted Voice” airing on THIRTEEN — New York’s Public Television station — Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30pm. For more about the 50-year history of the station’s extraordinary programming, visit thirteen.org/thirteen-fifty-years.
American Masters is made possible by the support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, Rhoda Herrick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, Rolf and Elizabeth Rosenthal, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Jack Rudin, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, and public television viewers.