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Pioneers of Television
Pioneers of Television
Cloris Leachman Talks Comedy
Emmy-award winner Cloris Leachman shares her acting philosophy.
Clip: S4 | 1m 52s
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Dick Van Dyke's Knack for Physical Comedy
Dick Van Dyke loved to perform physical comedy, even if the script didn't call for it.
Clip: S4 | 1m 19s
Jimmie Walker on "Good Times"
Walker's "Good Times" character was such a hit, he changed the direction of the sitcom.
Clip: S4 | 1m 18s
Diahann Carroll on "Julia"
Though “Julia” aired during the turbulent 1960s, the show abstained from racial activism.
Clip: S4 | 1m 20s
George Takei on being an Asian-American
George Takei discusses his early life in a paranoid United States.
Clip: S4 | 2m 48s
Margaret Cho on "All-American Girl"
Comic Margaret Cho discusses her short-lived sitcom, "All-American Girl."
Clip: S4 | 1m 16s
Bill Cosby's interest in education began long before "The Cosby Show."
Clip: S4 | 1m 14s
Bill Cosby Revives the Sitcom
In the Fall of 1984, Bill Cosby almost single handedly revived the sitcom genre.
Clip: S4 | 1m 13s
George Clooney and his "Powerful Pen"
George Clooney used his popularity to speak out against discrimination.
Clip: S4 | 1m 4s
Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter
Noah Wyle discusses the character growth of Dr. John Carter.
Clip: S4 | 1m 48s
Howie Mandel on "St. Elsewhere"
Howie Mandel thought he was auditioning for a sitcom.
Clip: S4 | 1m 23s
St.Elsewhere "Got it Right"
"St.Elsewhere" was the first show to portray the medical community accurately.
Clip: S4 | 1m 36s
Tim Allen on his First "Tonight Show" Appearance
When sitcom star Tim Allen first appeared on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," he bombed.
Clip: S4 | 2m 42s
Jerry Seinfeld on "Getting Laughs"
Jerry Seinfeld describes the challenging act of "getting a laugh."
Clip: S4 | 43s
Together, comics Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David created the hit sitcom "Seinfeld" in 1989.
Clip: S4 | 1m 27s
Season Four Preview
More than 200 stars bring their stories to life in Season 4 of Pioneers of Television.
Preview: S4 | 30s
Tim Allen's Transition to TV
"Home Improvement" star Tim Allen wasn't planning on leaving standup for television.
Clip: S4 | 1m 26s
Bob Newhart on Listening Funny
Legendary comedian Bob Newhart describes his first TV role as psychologist Robert Hartley.
Clip: S4 | 2m 1s
Roseanne Barr, Working Class Feminist
With her sitcom, Roseanne Barr made waves by fearlessly tackling difficult issues.
Clip: S4 | 1m 53s
Jonathan Winters' Improvisational Comedy
Classic comedian Jonathan Winters was at his best when he was improvising.
Clip: S4 Ep4 | 1m 38s
Jimmie Walker on "Taking the Pie"
Despite "Good Times" producer Norman Lear's wishes, Jimmie Walker was there to be funny.
Clip: S4 Ep4 | 1m 48s
Acting Funny Preview
This episode reveals the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.
Preview: S4 Ep4 | 30s
Breaking Barriers Preview
This episode traces the story of people of color on American television.
Preview: S4 Ep3 | 30s
Doctors and Nurses Preview
Explore television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses from ER to Dr. Kildare.
Preview: S4 Ep2 | 30s
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