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Start date: Jun 1986
End date: ___ ____
Status: current show
Network(s): PBS (US)
Run time: 120 min
Episodes: xx eps
Genre(s): Miscellaneous
Episode list & details from:  TVmaze •  TV.com
Episode # Original
Air Date
Season 1
1.1-1 23 Jun 86Arthur Miller: Private Conversations
2.1-2 30 Jun 86Phillip Johnson: A Self Portrait
3.1-3 07 Jul 86Katherine Anne Porter: The Eye of Memory
4.1-4 14 Jul 86The Unknown Chaplin: Part 1
5.1-5 21 Jul 86The Unknown Chaplin: Part 2
6.1-6 28 Jul 86The Unknown Chaplin: Part 3
7.1-7 04 Aug 86Billie Holiday: The Long Night of Lady Day
8.1-8 11 Aug 86James Levine: A Life in Music
9.1-9 18 Aug 86Aaron Copland: About the Composer
10.1-1025 Aug 86Thomas Eakins: A Motion Portrait
11.1-1101 Sep 86Georgia O'Keeffe
12.1-1208 Sep 86Eugene O'Neill: A Glory of Ghosts
Season 2
13.2-1 06 Jul 87Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer
14.2-2 13 Jul 87Directed by William Wyler
15.2-3 20 Jul 87Rubinstein Remembered
16.2-4 27 Jul 87Nik and Murray
17.2-5 24 Aug 87George Gershwin Remembered
18.2-6 31 Aug 87Maurice Sendak: Mon Cher Papa
19.2-7 14 Sep 87The Negro Ensemble Company
20.2-8 21 Sep 87Unanswered Prayers: The Life and Times of Truman Capote
21.2-9 28 Sep 87The Algonquin Round Table: The Ten Year Lunch
22.2-1018 Nov 87Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow
Season 3
23.3-1 11 Jul 88Lillian Gish: The Actor's Life for Me
24.3-2 18 Jul 88A Duke Named Ellington
25.3-3 08 Aug 88Andre Kertesz of the Cities
26.3-4 22 Aug 88Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
27.3-5 29 Aug 88Rivera in America
28.3-6 05 Sep 88Saint-Gaudens: Masque of the Golden Bowl
29.3-7 08 Mar 89Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs
30.3-8 26 Jun 89Broadway's Dreamers: The Legacy of Group Theater
Season 4
31.4-1 03 Jul 89Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre
32.4-2 10 Jul 89Stella Adler: Awake and Dream!
33.4-3 31 Jul 89Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong
34.4-4 14 Aug 89James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
35.4-5 17 Aug 89Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker
36.4-6 11 Sep 89Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint
37.4-7 18 Sep 89Mort Sahl: Shaping Laughter
38.4-8 25 Sep 89W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult
39.4-9 15 Nov 89Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius
40.4-1020 Dec 89Milos Forman: Portrait
Season 5
41.5-1 02 Jul 90Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer
42.5-2 09 Jul 90John Cassavetes
43.5-3 16 Jul 90Martin Scorsese Directs
44.5-4 23 Jul 90You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story
45.5-5 30 Jul 90Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter
46.5-6 20 Aug 90John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen
47.5-7 27 Aug 90Sanford Meisner: The Theater's Best Kept Secret
48.5-8 17 Sep 90John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It
Season 6
49.6-1 01 Jul 91Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theatre
50.6-2 08 Jul 91Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of the Actor's Studio
51.6-3 22 Jul 91A. Einstein: How I See the World
52.6-4 29 Jul 91Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One
53.6-5 05 Aug 91Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days
54.6-6 12 Aug 91Menuhin: A Family Portrait
55.6-7 26 Aug 91Robert Motherwell and the New York School
56.6-8 03 Jan 92Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul
57.6-9 01 May 92Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey
Season 7
58.7-1 14 Mar 93Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time
59.7-2 17 Mar 93George Lucas: Heroes, Myths & Magic
60.7-3 24 Mar 93D.W. Griffith: Father of Film
Season 8
61.8-1 08 Dec 93Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
62.8-2 13 May 94Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed
Season 9
63.9-1 30 Nov 94Rediscovering Will Rogers
64.9-2 19 Dec 94Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage
65.9-3 15 Feb 95Placido Domingo: A Musical Life
66.9-4 22 Mar 95Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul
Season 10
67.10-129 Nov 95Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval
68.10-222 Jan 96William Styron: The Way of the Writer
69.10-324 Jan 96Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light
70.10-410 Apr 96Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud
71.10-522 May 96Nichols and May: Take Two
Season 11
72.11-125 Nov 96Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice
73.11-210 Dec 96Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter
74.11-309 Apr 97Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde
75.11-407 May 97Jack Paar: As I Was Saying
76.11-525 Jun 97Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper
Season 12
77.12-117 Sep 97The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
78.12-226 Nov 97Vaudeville
79.12-304 Feb 98Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy
80.12-429 Apr 98Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart
81.12-501 May 98Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes
82.12-617 Jun 98Alexander Calder
Season 13
83.13-128 Oct 98Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note
84.13-206 Jan 99The Line King: Al Hirschfeld
85.13-324 Feb 99Paul Robeson: Here I Stand
86.13-407 Apr 99Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius
87.13-530 Jun 99The Lives of Lillian Hellman
88.13-630 Jun 99Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer
89.13-718 Aug 99Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley
Season 14
90.14-101 Nov 99Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood
91.14-224 Nov 99Norman Rockwell: Painting America
92.14-308 Dec 99Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
93.14-405 Jan 00Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
94.14-502 Feb 00Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light
95.14-612 Apr 00Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso
96.14-731 May 00The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation
Season 15
97.15-127 Sep 00Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
98.15-204 Oct 00Mailer on Mailer
99.15-322 Nov 00On Cukor
100.15-403 Dec 00Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy
101.15-514 Feb 01Bob Marley: Rebel Music
102.15-609 Apr 01A Conversation with Gregory Peck
103.15-716 Apr 01Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye
104.15-823 Apr 01Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians
Season 16
105.16-107 Oct 01Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
106.16-214 Oct 01F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams
107.16-321 Oct 01Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds
108.16-418 Nov 01Quincy Jones: In the Pocket
109.16-528 Nov 01Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records
110.16-616 Dec 01Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance
111.16-719 Feb 02Ralph Ellison: An American Journey
112.16-801 Mar 02Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer
Season 17
113.17-102 Oct 02Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving
114.17-230 Oct 02Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces
115.17-329 Jan 03Juilliard
116.17-419 Mar 03Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution
117.17-502 Apr 03Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind
118.17-623 Apr 03Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied
119.17-728 May 03Robert Capa: In Love and War
120.17-830 Jul 03The Education of Gore Vidal
Season 18
121.18-103 Sep 03Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist
122.18-229 Oct 03James Brown: Soul Survivor
123.18-307 Jan 04Cary Grant: A Class Apart
124.18-414 Jan 04Balanchine
125.18-525 Feb 04Judy Garland: By Myself
126.18-628 Apr 04Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire
127.18-723 Jun 04Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues
128.18-818 Aug 04Julia! America's Favorite Chef (60 min)
Season 19
129.19-111 May 05James Dean: Sense Memories
130.19-229 Jun 05Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice
131.19-313 Jul 05George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
132.19-420 Jul 05Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned
133.19-507 Sep 05Willa Cather: The Road is All
134.19-614 Sep 05Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea
135.19-727 Sep 05Bob Dylan: No Direction Home
Season 20
136.20-110 May 06John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend
137.20-217 May 06The World of Nat King Cole
138.20-312 Jul 06Woodie Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home
139.20-419 Jul 06Marilyn Monroe: Still Life
140.20-526 Jul 06Walter Cronkite: Witness to History
141.20-620 Sep 06Andy Warhol: A Documentary: Part 1
142.20-721 Sep 06Andy Warhol: A Documentary: Part 2
143.20-827 Sep 06Sketches of Frank Gehry
144.20-903 Jan 07Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Season 21
145.21-104 Apr 07Novel Reflections on the American Dream
146.21-202 May 07Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built
147.21-311 Jul 07Les Paul: Chasing Sound
148.21-418 Jul 07David Hockney: The Colors of Music
149.21-525 Jul 07John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature
150.21-612 Sep 07Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends
151.21-719 Sep 07Orozco: Man of Fire
152.21-829 Oct 07Good Ol' Charles Schulz
153.21-905 Nov 07Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character
Season 22
154.22-127 Feb 08Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
155.22-209 Apr 08Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
156.22-307 May 08Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
157.22-423 Sep 08You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet (1923-1935)
158.22-523 Sep 08You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Good War, Uneasy Peace (1935-1950)
159.22-624 Sep 08You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A New Reality (1950-1970)
160.22-724 Sep 08You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Woodstock Notions (1970-1989)
161.22-825 Sep 08You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: The Big Tent (1980-Present)
162.22-925 Sep 08The Brothers Warner
Season 23
163.23-118 Feb 09Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
164.23-208 Apr 09Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
165.23-327 May 09Hollywood Chinese
166.23-410 Jun 09Neil Young: Don't Be Denied
167.23-501 Jul 09Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes
168.23-602 Sep 09Trumbo
169.23-714 Oct 09Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound
170.23-828 Dec 09Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'
Season 24
171.24-111 Jan 10Sam Cooke: Crossing Over
172.24-231 Mar 10I.M. Pei: Building China Modern
173.24-312 May 10The Doors: When You're Strange
174.24-421 Jul 10Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself
175.24-520 Sep 10Cachao: Uno Más
176.24-604 Oct 10A Letter to Elia
177.24-722 Nov 10Lennon NYC
178.24-827 Dec 10Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Season 25
179.25-112 Jan 11Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides
180.25-202 Mar 11Troubadors: Carole King/James Taylor & the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter
181.25-318 Apr 11John Muir in the New World
182.25-401 Jun 11James Levine: America's Maestro
183.25-521 Oct 11Pearl Jam Twenty
184.25-611 Nov 11Bill T. Jones: A Good Man
185.25-720 Nov 11Woody Allen: A Documentary: Part 1
186.25-821 Nov 11Woody Allen: A Documentary: Part 2
187.25-929 Dec 11Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Season 26
188.26-123 Jan 12Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune
189.26-227 Feb 12Cab Calloway: Sketches
190.26-302 Apr 12Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel
191.26-402 Apr 12Harper Lee: Hey, Boo
192.26-514 May 12Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
193.26-624 Sep 12The Day Carl Sandburg Died
194.26-720 Nov 12Inventing David Geffen
195.26-828 Dec 12Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
Season 27
196.27-122 Feb 13Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll
197.27-229 Mar 13Philip Roth: Unmasked
198.27-320 May 13Mel Brooks: Make a Noise
199.27-410 Sep 13Billie Jean King
200.27-505 Nov 13Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin'
201.27-627 Dec 13Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
Season 28
202.28-121 Jan 14Salinger
203.28-207 Feb 14Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
204.28-322 Apr 14A Fierce Green Fire (60 min)
205.28-416 May 14Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself
206.28-520 Jun 14Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun
207.28-629 Aug 14Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (120 min)
208.28-723 Sep 14Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
209.28-823 Sep 14The Boomer List
210.28-902 Dec 14Bing Crosby Rediscovered
Season 29
211.29-123 Jan 15Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice
212.29-220 Feb 15August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
213.29-316 Apr 15Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler (60 min)
214.29-415 May 15American Ballet Theatre: A History
215.29-504 Sep 15Althea
216.29-618 Sep 15Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey (60 min)
217.29-725 Sep 15The Women's List (60 min)
Season 30
218.30-129 Jan 16Mike Nichols: An American Master (60 min)
219.30-212 Feb 16B.B. King: The Life of Riley (60 min)
220.30-319 Feb 16Carole King: Natural Woman (60 min)
221.30-426 Feb 16Fats Domino: The Birth of Rock N' Roll (60 min)
222.30-504 Mar 16Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl (120 min)
223.30-603 May 16Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue (120 min)
224.30-727 May 16The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End (60 min)
225.30-825 Oct 16Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (60 min)
226.30-927 Dec 16Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (60 min)
Season 31
227.31-103 Jan 17By Sidney Lumet (120 min)
228.31-221 Feb 17Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (60 min)
229.31-304 Mar 17Patsy Cline (60 min)
230.31-419 May 17James Beard: America's First Foodie (60 min)
231.31-526 May 17Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft (60 min)
232.31-616 Aug 17Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
233.31-701 Sep 17Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny (60 min)
234.31-808 Sep 17Tyrus Wong
235.31-930 Oct 17Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive
236.31-1008 Nov 17Inspiring Woman Web Series
237.31-1129 Dec 17This Is Bob Hope... (120 min)
Season 32
238.32-119 Jan 18Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
239.32-218 May 18Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (120 min)
240.32-323 Jul 18Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived (60 min)
241.32-431 Aug 18Eva Hesse
242.32-507 Sep 18Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray (60 min)
243.32-607 Sep 18Andrew Wyeth (60 min)
244.32-714 Sep 18Basquiat: Rage to Riches
245.32-814 Oct 18Itzhak
Season 33
246.33-102 Jan 19Decoding Watson
247.33-219 Feb 19Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
248.33-322 Feb 19Charley Pride: I'm Just Me
249.33-401 Mar 19Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives (60 min)
250.33-512 Apr 19Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People
251.33-619 Apr 19Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
252.33-714 Jun 19Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life
253.33-821 Jun 19Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices
254.33-902 Aug 19Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
255.33-1013 Sep 19Raul Julia: The World's a Stage
256.33-1125 Oct 19Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous
257.33-1218 Nov 19N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear
Season 34
258.34-125 Feb 20Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
259.34-216 Jun 20Mae West: Dirty Blonde
260.34-323 Jun 20Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
261.34-430 Jun 20And She Could Be Next Part Two
262.34-510 Jul 20Unladylike2020: The Changemakers
263.34-620 Oct 20Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip
264.34-723 Oct 20Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is
265.34-811 Dec 20Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
266.34-929 Dec 20Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page
Season 35
267.35-118 Jan 21How It Feels To Be Free (120 min)
268.35-223 Mar 21Flannery O'Connor
269.35-326 Mar 21Twyla Moves
270.35-402 Apr 21Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story
271.35-509 Apr 21Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
272.35-603 May 21Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
273.35-704 Jun 21Ballerina Boys
274.35-827 Jul 21Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away
275.35-905 Oct 21Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
276.35-1019 Oct 21Becoming Helen Keller
Season 36
277.36-111 Jan 22Ailey
278.36-208 Feb 22Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands (120 min)
279.36-310 May 22Waterman - Duke: Ambassador of Aloha
280.36-403 Jun 22Joe Papp in Five Acts
281.36-514 Jun 22Brian Wilson - Long Promised Road
282.36-622 Nov 22Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On
283.36-712 Dec 22The Adventures of Saul Bellow
284.36-827 Dec 22Groucho & Cavett
Season 37
285.37-124 Jan 23Roberta Flack
286.37-221 Mar 23Dr. Tony Fauci (120 min)
287.37-324 Mar 23In the Making
288.37-416 May 23Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV
289.37-502 Jun 23Little Richard: The King and Queen of Rock and Roll
290.37-615 Sep 23Jerry Brown: The Disrupter
291.37-722 Sep 23Floyd Abrams: Speaking Freely
292.37-829 Sep 23A Song for Cesar
293.37-906 Oct 23Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes
Season 38
294.38-102 Jan 24HOPPER: An American Love Story
295.38-229 Mar 24Daniel Patrick Moynihan
296.38-305 Apr 24The Incomparable Mr. Buckley
S37.37-013 Mar 23Lily Gladstone: Far Out There
S37.37-004 Apr 23Alejandro Jimenez: The Ground I Stand On
S37.37-008 Sep 23Bella! This Woman's Place Is in the House
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