B.B. King: The Life of Riley

King’s story of struggle and triumph, with original interviews with the blues guitarist himself, as well as Bono, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Johnny Winter and more.

Premiered February 12, 2016

Mike Nichols: American Masters

Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys, nine Tonys, three BAFTAs and many other awards, director, actor, writer, producer and comedian Mike Nichols was an artistic trailblazer. As the comedy duo Nichols and May, Nichols and his partner Elaine May revolutionized comedy in the late 1950s.

Premiered January 29, 2016

The Women’s List

American Masters: The Women’s List focuses on 15 individuals’ exceptional achievements, struggles and identities. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for The Women’s List.

Premiered September 25, 2015
Video expires September 24, 2019


The story of Althea Gibson (1927 - 2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open).

Premiered September 4, 2015