Americans Episodes

2014, TV Show

Americans episodes

The Plantation Owner

A comparison of the old South and the new through the eyes of Louisiana farmer Andrew Gay, who runs the family sugar plantation founded by his grandfather and lives in an antebellum mansion. Others interviewed include Gay's wife and plantation workers. Desmond Wilcox is host. read more

The Private Eye

Sleuthing for two weeks with Hollywood private detective John O'Grady, a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. How does O'Grady think he compares with his fictitious counterparts? “I try to create an image that probably parallels the image of what the public believes.” His cases include pursuing missing diamonds and the source of leaked business secrets. Desmond Wilcox is the host. read more

The Indian Chief

This program about Joseph De La Cruz, chief of the Quinault tribe and president of the National Tribal Chairmen's Association, focuses on his work for Native American rights. Host: Desmond Wilcox. read more

The Preacher

Behind the scenes with evangelist Rex Humbard, whose weekly telecasts reach millions worldwide. Humbard and his singing family are seen at their home base, the Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, Ohio; and on tour in Little Rock, Ark., and Dallas. read more

The Company President

General Motors president Elliott (Pete) Estes, who describes his philosophy of business and his views on Government regulation of the auto industry. He is seen in conference at GM headquarters in Detroit, meeting with dealers in Cleveland, inspecting a clay mock-up of a proposed car model, greeting workers on the assembly line and demonstrating an electric vehicle. Also: scenes of Estes at home with his family. read more

The School Teacher

A portrait of Harlem high-school teacher Gerri Feemster, who was laid off because of city budget cuts during the filming of this program. Laments Gerri about her special-education pupils: “They are going to suffer more so than myself because I am going to look after myself one way or another.” Figuring out how to do that starts with a trip home to her mother in South Carolina. Desmond Wilcox is the host. read more

The Football Coach

On the football field and in the locker room with Woody Hayes, when he was head coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Desmond Wilcox is the host-narrator. read more

The Immigrant

Reflections by retired New York fabric cutter Leon Stein, author of “Out of the Sweatshop,” center on America's immigrant heritage, the role of labor unions, and Jewishness. Himself American-born, Stein is linked to Lithuania and Poland through his immigrant parents and wife. Desmond Wilcox is the host. read more

The Cowboy

Rancher Earl Hardeman is seen herding cattle on a 1000-acre spread in the face of burgeoning tourist ranches and ski resorts. Desmond Wilcox is the host. read more

The Film Star

At home, at school and on location with actress Jodie Foster. Host Desmond Wilcox talks with people in Jodie's life including her mother, directors Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker, Helen Hayes---and Jodie herself, who discusses her ambition to direct movies someday. She gets a chance to try her hand with the "Americans" crew, and the resulting film is presented on the program. read more

The District Attorney

Fred Cox, attorney for New Hampshire's Carroll County, is the subject of this portrait. Cox is seen in court, recommending sentences and prosecuting a drug case; on the campaign trail for re-election; and at home with his family. Desmond Wilcox is the host. read more

The First Lady

First Lady Rosalynn Carter is the subject of this portrait. Host Desmond Wilcox interviews her at the White House, travels with her to Latin America and visits Plains, Ga., where he talks with her mother and brother. Mrs. Carter is also seen participating in a mental-health campaign, supervising the arrangements for a dinner for the Shah of Iran, and greeting Carter campaigners at a White House barbecue. read more

The General

Host Desmond Wilcox visits the Army training center at Fort Bragg (N.C.), to observe Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Tackaberry commanding the 82nd Airborne Division, a job that entails staging mock battles, as well as leading parachute jumps. read more

Americans Episode: "The Immigrant"

Episode Synopsis: Reflections by retired New York fabric cutter Leon Stein, author of “Out of the Sweatshop,” center on America's immigrant heritage, the role of labor unions, and Jewishness. Himself American-born, Stein is linked to Lithuania and Poland through his immigrant parents and wife. Desmond Wilcox is the host.
Original Air Date: Jan 1, 0001

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