Acting Funny: Full Episode

This episode reveals the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.

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  • Acting Funny: Full Episode

    This episode reveals the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors. Continue reading

    Cloris Leachman, ca. 1940s
    Acting Funny: Full Episode
  • Breaking Barriers: Full Episode

    This episode traces the story of people of color on American television. Continue reading

    Length: 00:53:11
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  • Doctors and Nurses: Full Episode

    Explore television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses from “ER” to “Dr. Kildare.” Continue reading

    Length: 00:53:41
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  • Standup to Sitcom: Full Episode

    See how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format. Continue reading

    Length: 00:55:46
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  • Miniseries Full Episode

    Miniseries such as  “Roots,” “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “The Thorn Birds” mastered the art of storytelling. With their epic sagas, these television events kept America riveted night after night. Revisit famous scenes and hear actors talk about the impact … Continue reading

    Length: 00:53:10
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  • Superheroes Full Episode

    Superheroes crosses many eras: “Superman” in the 1950s, “Batman” in the ’60s, “Wonder Woman” and “The Incredible Hulk” in the ’70s and “The Greatest American Hero” in the ’80s. They all fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models. … Continue reading

    Length: 00:52:00
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    Superheroes Full Episode
  • Primetime Soaps Full Episode

    Dallas and Dynasty kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s, a phenomenon that continued through the last season of Knots Landing in 1993. The episode offers new details about the famous “Who Shot JR” episode of Dallas. … Continue reading

    Length: 00:50:00
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  • Funny Ladies Full Episode

    This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on “I Love Lucy” and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler … Continue reading

    Length: 00:50:00
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