Pioneers of Television
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Comedienne Phyllis Diller describes how she ran into trouble on the "The Ed Sullivan Show." 01:43
Listen to Phyllis Diller comment on her first-ever television appearance on You Bet Your Life, with Groucho Marx. To... 01:16
Comedian Johnathan Winters recalls a favorite skit he performed with fellow comedian Dean Martin. 02:41
"Roots" aired in 1977 and America stopped, captivated by the tale -- attracting more viewers than any television... 02:15
Leslie Uggams and LeVar Burton on how "Roots" brought untold history to light. 02:01
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Series Description: The four-part series examines the people who left their imprint on sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows in the early days of the medium. The program features interviews with legendary stars, including Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Marlo Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Ed McMahon and Merv Griffin. Using never-before-seen images and showcasing timeless clips, the documentary examines the entertainers that provided the classic scenes that still amuse us today.
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