American Experience

  • 1988
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This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's... More

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Season 26

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep8 Cold War Roadshow
Ep8 The Big Burn
Ep7 Freedom Summer
Ep6 Death and the Civil War: American Experience
Ep5 The Rise and Fall of Penn Station: American Experience
Ep4 Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience
Ep3 The Amish Shunned: American Experience
Ep3 American Experience: The Amish
Ep2 1964: American Experience
Ep1 The Poisoner's Handbook

Season 25

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep9 JFK
Ep8 JFK
Ep7 War of the Worlds
Ep6 The American Experience: John D. Rockefeller
Ep5 Silicon Valley: American Experience
Ep5 Andrew Carnegie: American Experience
Ep4 The American Experience
Ep3 Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory
Ep2 Part Two: 1838-1854
Ep1 Part One: 1820s-1838

Season 24

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep8 Death and the Civil War
Ep7 Death and the Civil War: American Experience
Ep7 Johnny Carson
Ep7 Jesse Owens: American Experience
Ep6 Grand Coulee Dam: American Experience
Ep5 The Amish: American Experience
Ep4 The Survivor
Ep3 The Comeback Kid
Ep2 Custer's Last Stand
Ep1 Billy the Kid: American Experience

Season 23

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep10 Soundtrack for a Revolution
Ep9 Stonewall Uprising
Ep8 The Great Famine
Ep7 Triangle Fire
Ep6 Jimmy Carter
Ep5 The Greely Expedition
Ep4 Panama Canal
Ep3 Dinosaur Wars
Ep2 U.S. Grant: Warrior
Ep1 Robert E. Lee

Season 22

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep8 Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World
Ep7 Roads to Memphis
Ep6 My Lai
Ep5 Earth Days
Ep4 Dolley Madison
Ep3 The Bombing of Germany
Ep2 Wyatt Earp
Ep1 Civilian Conservation Corps

Season 21

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep10 The Kennedys
Ep9 Wounded Knee
Ep8 Geronimo
Ep7 Trail of Tears
Ep6 Tecumseh's Vision
Ep5 After the Mayflower
Ep4 A Class Apart
Ep3 The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Ep2 The Polio Crusade
Ep1 The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Season 20

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep10 George H. W. Bush
Ep9 George H.W. Bush
Ep8 Roberto Clemente
Ep7 Walt Whitman
Ep6 Minik, the Lost Eskimo
Ep5 Buffalo Bill
Ep4 Kit Carson
Ep3 Grand Central
Ep2 The Lobotomist
Ep1 Oswald's Ghost

Season 19

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep15 Alexander Hamilton
Ep14 The Mormons
Ep13 The Mormons
Ep12 Summer of Love
Ep10 Sister Aimee
Ep9 New Orleans
Ep8 The Living Weapon
Ep7 The Berlin Airlift
Ep6 The Gold Rush
Ep5 The Great Fever
Ep4 Test Tube Babies
Ep3 Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964; Bridge to Freedom 1965
Ep2 Eyes on the Prize: Ain't Scared of Your Jails 1960-1961; No Easy Walk 1961-1963
Ep1 Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings 1954-1956; Fighting Back 1957-1962

Season 18

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep13 The Man Behind Hitler
Ep12 Annie Oakley
Ep11 The Alaska Pipeline
Ep10 The Boy in the Bubble
Ep9 Eugene O'Neill
Ep8 Hijacked!
Ep7 Jesse James
Ep6 The Nuremberg Trials
Ep5 John & Abigail Adams
Ep4 Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Ep3 Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Ep2 Race to the Moon
Ep1 Two Days in October

Season 17

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep12 Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Ep11 The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Ep10 Victory in the Pacific
Ep9 The Fall of Saigon
Ep8 The Massie Affair
Ep7 The Great Transatlantic Cable
Ep6 Mary Pickford
Ep5 Kinsey
Ep4 Building the Alaska Highway
Ep3 Fidel Castro
Ep2 The Fight
Ep1 RFK

Season 16

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep9 Golden Gate Bridge
Ep8 Patriots Day
Ep7 Emma Goldman
Ep6 Tupperware
Ep5 Remember the Alamo
Ep4 Citizen King
Ep3 Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Ep2 Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Ep1 New York: A Documentary Series - The Center of the World (2002-Present)

Season 15

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep13 Murder at Harvard
Ep12 Bataan Rescue
Ep11 Seabiscuit
Ep10 Daughter From Danang
Ep9 The Pill
Ep8 Partners of the Heart
Ep7 Transcontinental Railroad
Ep6 The Murder of Emmett Till
Ep5 Chicago: City of the Century - The Battle for Chicago
Ep4 Chicago: City of the Century - The Revolution Has Begun
Ep3 Chicago: City of the Century - Mud Hole to Metropolis
Ep2 Jimmy Carter: Hostage
Ep1 Jimmy Carter: Jimmy Who?

Season 14

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep14 Ulysses S. Grant
Ep13 Ulysses S. Grant
Ep12 A Brilliant Madness
Ep11 Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Ep10 Public Enemy # 1
Ep9 Monkey Trial
Ep8 Zoot Suit Riots
Ep7 Miss America
Ep6 Mount Rushmore
Ep5 Woodrow Wilson
Ep4 Woodrow Wilson
Ep3 War Letters
Ep2 New York: A Documentary Series - The City and the World (1945 to the Present)
Ep1 New York: A Documentary Series - City of Tomorrow (1929-1945)

Season 13

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep16 Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Ep15 Stephen Foster
Ep14 Fatal Flood
Ep13 Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Ep12 Blind with Weeping
Ep11 This Frightful War
Ep10 The Dearest of All Things
Ep9 Shattered
Ep8 We Are Elected
Ep7 Ambition
Ep6 Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Ep5 Hurricane of '38
Ep4 Return With Honor
Ep3 Secrets of a Master Builder
Ep2 The Rockefellers
Ep1 The Rockefellers

Season 12

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep15 The Wizard of Photography
Ep14 Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Ep13 George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Ep12 George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Ep11 Houdini
Ep10 John Brown's Holy War
Ep9 The Duel
Ep8 Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory
Ep7 Nixon's China Game
Ep6 Eleanor Roosevelt
Ep5 New York: A Documentary Series - Cosmopolis (1914-1931)
Ep4 New York: A Documentary Series - The Power and the People (1898-1914)
Ep3 New York: A Documentary Series - Sunshine and Shadow (1865-1898)
Ep2 New York: A Documentary Series - Order and Disorder (1825-1865)
Ep1 New York: A Documentary Series - The Country and the City (1609-1825)

Season 11

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep11 MacArthur: The Politics of War
Ep10 MacArthur: Destiny
Ep9 Fly Girls
Ep8 Riding the Rails
Ep7 Lost in the Grand Canyon
Ep6 Meltdown at Three Mile Island
Ep5 Rescue at Sea
Ep4 Alone on the Ice
Ep3 Hoover Dam
Ep2 Race for the Superbomb
Ep1 America 1900

Season 10

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep19 Surviving the Dust Bowl
Ep18 Reagan
Ep17 Reagan
Ep16 Influenza 1918
Ep15 Mr. Miami Beach
Ep14 A Midwife's Tale
Ep13 Vietnam: A Television History - End of the Tunnel
Ep12 Vietnam: A Television History - Homefront USA
Ep11 Vietnam: A Television History - Peace Is at Hand
Ep10 Vietnam: A Television History - Cambodia and Laos
Ep9 Vietnam: A Television History - Vietnamizing the War
Ep8 Vietnam: A Television History - Tet 1968
Ep7 Vietnam: A Television History - America's Enemy
Ep6 Vietnam: A Television History - America Takes Charge
Ep5 Vietnam: A Television History - LBJ Goes to War
Ep4 Vietnam: A Television History - America's Mandarin
Ep3 Vietnam: A Television History - Roots of War
Ep2 Truman
Ep1 Truman

Season 9

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep9 Gold Fever
Ep8 Around the World in 72 Days
Ep7 New York Underground
Ep6 Big Dream, Small Screen
Ep5 The Telephone
Ep4 Hawaii's Last Queen
Ep3 The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie
Ep2 TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt
Ep1 TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

Season 8

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep8 Spy in the Sky
Ep7 The Wright Stuff
Ep6 The Battle Over Citizen Kane
Ep5 Daley, the Last Boss
Ep4 The Orphan Trains
Ep3 Chicago 1968
Ep2 Edison's Miracle of Light
Ep1 Murder of the Century

Season 7

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep11 The Way West: Ghost Dance
Ep10 The Way West: The War for the Black Hills
Ep9 The Way West: Approach of Civilization
Ep8 The Way West: Westward, the Course of Empire Takes Its Way
Ep7 One Woman, One Vote
Ep6 Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Ep5 The Battle of the Bulge
Ep4 Midnight Ramble
Ep3 Telegrams From the Dead
Ep2 FDR: The Grandest Job in the World/The Juggler
Ep1 FDR: The Center of the World/Fear Itself

Season 6

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep7 D-Day
Ep6 America and the Holocaust - Deceit and Indifference
Ep5 Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Ep4 The Hunt for Pancho Villa
Ep3 Amelia Earhart
Ep2 Eisenhower: Statesman
Ep1 Eisenhower: Soldier

Season 5

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep15 Goin' Back to T'Town
Ep14 French Dance Tonight
Ep13 Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
Ep12 Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish
Ep11 Sit Down and Fight: Walter Reuther and the Rise of the Auto Workers' Union
Ep10 Simple Justice
Ep9 If You Knew Sousa
Ep8 Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian
Ep7 Last Stand at Little Big Horn
Ep6 George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King
Ep5 Liberators Fighting on Two Fronts in WWII
Ep4 The Johnstown Flood
Ep3 The Donner Party
Ep2 The Kennedys
Ep1 The Kennedys

Season 4

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep12 In the White Man's Image
Ep11 Wild by Law
Ep10 Love in the Cold War
Ep9 The Quiz Show Scandal
Ep8 Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo
Ep7 G-Men: The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover
Ep6 Pearl Harbor
Ep5 Scandalous Mayor
Ep4 Barnum's Big Top
Ep3 Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry
Ep2 LBJ
Ep1 LBJ

Season 3

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep13 Orphans of the Storm
Ep12 Journey to America
Ep11 Coney Island
Ep10 Los Mineros
Ep9 After the Crash
Ep8 Insanity on Trial
Ep7 Satellite Sky
Ep6 The Iron Road
Ep5 The Crash of 1929
Ep4 Nixon
Ep3 Nixon
Ep2 Nixon
Ep1 Lindbergh

Season 2

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep15 God Bless America and Poland Too
Ep14 Yosemite: Fate of Heaven
Ep13 Roots of Resistance: Story of the Underground Railroad
Ep12 Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil
Ep11 Forbidden City, USA
Ep10 Ballad of the Mountain Man
Ep9 Battle for Wilderness
Ep8 Mr. Sears Catalogue
Ep7 Adam Clayton Powell
Ep6 Forever Baseball
Ep5 Great War of 1918
Ep4 Ida B. Wells: Passion for Justice
Ep3 Family Gathering
Ep2 Demon Rum
Ep1 The Great Air Race of 1924

Season 1

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep16 Sins of Our Mothers: The Story of Emeline
Ep15 The World That Moses Built
Ep14 Eudora Welty, One Writers Beginnings
Ep13 Views of the Vanishing Frontier
Ep12 Hearts and Hands
Ep11 The Radio Priest
Ep10 That Rhythm, Those Blues
Ep9 Let Us Now Praise Famous Men Revisited
Ep8 Geronimo and the Apache Resistance
Ep7 Kennedy vs. Wallace: A Crisis Up Close
Ep5 The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
Ep4 Eric Sevareid: Not So Wild a Dream
Ep3 Indians, Outlaws and Angie Debo
Ep2 Radio Bikini
Ep1 The Great San Francisco Earthquake

More to Watch

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep86 Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream
Ep85 The Day Carl Sandburg Died
Ep83 Johnny Carson
Ep76 Geronimo: American Experience
Ep75 Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings
Ep74 Jimmy Carter
Ep68 Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Ep66 Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Ep62 Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
JFK
The Survivor
JFK
A Real President
JFK
The Amish: American Experience
Blood Sport
The Way West
JFK
The Amish: American Experience
The Comeback Kid
Vietnam: A Television History (Roots of War/America's Mandarin)
The Way West
The Poisoner's Handbook
Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry
Eisenhower
LBJ
And Then There Was Television
Guts and Glory
TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt
The Kennedys
The Great San Francisco Earthquake
Clinton: American Experience
The Kennedys
Jesse Owens
"The Great San Francisco Earthquake;" "The Johnstown Flood;" "The Hurricane of '38"
FDR
Truman
Truman: The Moon, the Stars and the Planets
The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
Truman: Accident of Democracy
Mount Rushmore: American Experience
War Letters: American Experience
Reagan
Nixon

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Preview American Experience: War Of The Worlds
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Preview The American Experience: Jfk (Trailer
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Preview American Experience: Freedom Summer
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Preview The American Experience: Macarthur
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Preview The American Experience: The 1930S: Se
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Preview The American Experience: Hoover Dam
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Preview The American Experience: My Lai
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Preview The American Experience: Alexander Ham
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Preview The American Experience: The Great War
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Preview The American Experience: Rachel Carson
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Preview The American Experience: The Great San
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Preview The American Experience: The Hurricane
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Preview The American Experience: Geronimo And
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Preview The American Experience: The Amish: Sh
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Preview The American Experience: Surviving The
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Preview The American Experience: Annie Oakley
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Preview The American Experience: The Poisoner'
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Preview The American Experience: The Massachus
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Preview The American Experience: Fly Girls
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Preview The American Experience: The Civilian
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Preview The American Experience: Around The Wo
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Preview The American Experience: 1964
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Preview The American Experience: Into The Deep
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Preview The American Experience: The Bombing O
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Preview The American Experience: New York Unde
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Preview The American Experience: Lost In The G
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American Experience: War Of The Worlds

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Relive Orson Welles' infamous radio dramatization 75 years after the mass hysteria event it spawned. The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America's longtime fascination with life on Mars the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937 and Welles himself, the 23-year-old wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.
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