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Pioneers of Television
Standup to Sitcom (#401)
See how America's top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format. [56 minutes]
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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Trace the story of people of color on American television. [56 minutes]
- Sat, September 5, 7:00 PM on IPTV World
- Sat, September 5, 11:00 PM on IPTV World
- Wed, September 9, 4:00 AM on IPTV World
- Wed, September 9, 10:00 AM on IPTV World
- Fri, September 25, 6:00 PM on IPTV World
- Sat, September 26, 7:00 AM on IPTV World
- Sat, September 26, 1:00 PM on IPTV World
Peek behind the curtain for a look at the backstage techniques of America's favorite comedic actors. [56 minutes]
Comediennes Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller and more are highlighted. [56 minutes]
Rediscover television comedy classics, as this episode focuses on five key sitcome: "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners," "Make Room for Daddy," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." [56 minutes]
Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history. Join the stars of landmark miniseries who comment on the influence of their genre today. [56 minutes]
These episodes of Pioneers of Television aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
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