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American Experience

IMDB: 8.4

1988, 29 seasons to date

Documentary / Biography / History

By Henry Hampton

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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

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Season 4

  • The Quiz Show Scandal

    America's love affair with the quiz show is dealt a blow when it's revealed that the games are fixed.

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  • Love in the Cold War

    Know what this is about? Be the first one to add a plot.

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Season 24

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    Episode 4: Clinton, Part 2
    Clinton wins the 1996 election in a landslide, pulling off o...
    Feb 21, 2012
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    Episode 5: The Amish
    Lyrical and meditative, The Amish answers many questions Ame...
    Feb 28, 2012
  • Death and the Civil War

    Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, this film will explore how the American Civil War created a "republic of suffering" and will chart the far-reaching social, political, and social changes brought about by the pervasive presence and fear of death during the Civil War.

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Season 27

  • Edison

    Amazing biography and introspective on the boy, the man, the husband, the father, the entrepreneur and the businessman as well as the inventor and his genius.

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  • The Big Burn

    From PBS - Inspired by Timothy Egan's best-selling book, The Big Burn is the dramatic story of an unimaginable wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910. The fire devoured more than three million acres in 36 hours, confronting the fledgling U.S. Forest Service with a catastrophe that would define the agency and the nation's fire policy for the rest of the 20th century and beyond. As America tries to manage its fire-prone landscapes in the 21st century, The Big Burn provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, ...

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Season 28

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    Episode 1: Mine Wars
    Efforts of the United Mine Workers, led by Mother Jones, to...
    Jan 12, 2016
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    Episode 2: Bonnie & Clyde
    Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow embark on a two-year crime sp...
    Jan 19, 2016
  • Murder of a President

    The life of President James Garfield, including his rise to power and the aftermath of his assassination.

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  • The Perfect Crime

    The trial of wealthy college students Leopold and Loeb, who murder a 14-year-old boy in 1924, sets off a national firestorm about morality and capital punishment.

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Season 25

  • JFK: Part 2

    This episode follows Kennedy into the White House, offering fresh assessments of the successes and failures of his tenure. In 1961, the most challenging issue facing the new administration is the spread of communism and continuing Cold War fears. Only a few months into his first term, Kennedy launches the Bay of Pigs invasion, an unmitigated disaster that teaches him a powerful lesson. Nikita Khrushchev proves a stubborn foe, and Kennedy takes a stand against the spread of communism in a country few Americans had ever heard of--Vietnam. On the domestic front, civil ...

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Season 29

  • Command and Control

    An account of an incident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Ark., in 1980 that almost caused the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The near-calamity was kicked off when a socket fell from the wrench of an airman performing maintenance in a Titan II silo and punctured the missile, releasing a stream of highly explosive rocket fuel. Included: first-person accounts of USAF personnel on the scene.

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  • Rachel Carson

    A profile of scientist and writer Rachel L. Carson (1907-64), whose 1962 book "Silent Spring" helped launch the modern environmental movement.

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