Pioneers of Television
"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
Actor John Amos describes hearing his ancestors' spirits while on the set of "Roots." 01:53
Full Program: They fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models to viewers of every age. 53:10
Adam West faced challenges from producers on how to play the Batman character. West wanted to have fun portraying the... 01:30
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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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These episodes of Pioneers of Television aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
- Carol Burnett & The Funny Ladies (#305)
- Acting Funny (#404)
- Standup to Sitcom (#401)
- Funny Ladies (#301)