America in Primetime

  • 2011
  • TV Show
  • TV-14

An examination of the continuity and evolution of TV's main character archetypes through the years. The documentary series includes remarks from many actors and creative forces as it explores such archetypes as the independent woman, misfit, crusader and man of the house.

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America in Primetime Season 1
AMERICA IN PRIMETIME presents some of the most compelling shows on television today, as well as those of the past, by focusing on key character archet (more…)
America in Primetime Season 1
AMERICA IN PRIMETIME presents some of the most compelling shows on television today, as well as those of the past, by focusing on key character archet (more…)
Man of the House: All in the Family 2
01:27 — The creators of All in the Family and other stars discuss the complicated character of Archie Bunker
The Misfit
53:04 — The Misfit celebrates the unique characters who defied comic stereotypes and societal expectations to reflect the diverse personalities of America
The Independent Woman Sneak Peek
03:06 — The Independent Woman reveals how women have transformed from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters. Clips from NURSE J (more…)
Mitchell Hurwitz
01:39 — Mitchell Hurwitz talks about his inspiration for the Bluth family in Arrested Development, Matriarch, Patriarch, Craftsman and Clown.
The Independent Woman Short
01:29 — Independent Woman reveals how women have transformed from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters.
Jessie Tyler Ferguson
00:45 — Jessie Tyler Ferguson discusses his charactor from Modern Family and how his tv relationship reminds him of the Huxables.
The Independent Woman
52:40 — The Independent Woman reveals how women have transformed from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters.
Man of the House
53:22 — Man of the House showcases the evolution of men from the kings of their castles in classic family sitcoms to more intricate, conflicted figures in mod (more…)
Man of the House: All in the Family 1
01:45 — The creators of All in the Family talk about creating their characters and making them realistic.
Felicity Huffman
01:26 — Felicity Huffman discusses her character in Desperate Housewives and how it relates to motherhood.
Man of the House: Breaking Bad 2
01:20 — The creators of Breaking Bad discuss the downward spiral of Walt and what drives the character.
The Crusader
53:39 — The Crusader delves into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own form (more…)
Norman Lear
01:26 — Norman Lear discusses casting for All in the Family and talking with Mickey Rooney.
The Crusader: David Simon
02:17 — David Simon, writer of 'The Wire' discusses the character of Omar and the profession of 'stick up' boys.
Man of the House: Breaking Bad 1
01:25 — The creators of Breaking Bad discuss the character of Walt, and how his death sentence changes his character.
Promo
00:36 — America in Primetime starts October 30th
Jason Alexander
01:24 — Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dryfus and Larry David discuss Seinfeld and what it takes to be funny

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  • Premiered: October 30, 2011
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Premise: An examination of the continuity and evolution of TV's main character archetypes through the years. The documentary series includes remarks from many actors and creative forces as it explores such archetypes as the independent woman, misfit, crusader and m… (more)

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