Premise

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 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen Kane' when it was released, and the Battle of the Bulge. In addition, its Scottsboro Boys film won an Emmy, and seven entries (including the Scottsboro and Kane films) earned Oscar nominations.

Guest Stars

David Morse
Abraham Lincoln
9 Episodes (2001-2011)
Holly Hunter
Mary Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln
9 Episodes (2001-2011)
Joe Morton
6 Episodes (2000-2010)
6 Episodes (2012-2012)
6 Episodes (2012-2012)
6 Episodes (2012-2012)
6 Episodes (2012-2012)
6 Episodes (2012-2012)
6 Episodes (2012-2012)
Courtney B. Vance
Noble Sissle, Vivien Thomas
5 Episodes (2001-2017)
4 Episodes (2001-2011)
4 Episodes (2002-2017)
Blythe Danner
Edith Wharton
3 Episodes (2017-2017)
Callie Thorne
Sara Pierce
3 Episodes (2001-2006)
Campbell Scott
Richard Harding Davis
3 Episodes (2005-2017)
Christopher Gorham
Eddie Rickenbacker
3 Episodes (2017-2017)
Eric Stoltz
Ray Baker
3 Episodes (2001-2002)
Jacob Pitts
John Barkley
3 Episodes (2017-2017)
Rene Auberjonois
Alexander Hamilton, Woodrow Wilson
3 Episodes (2000-2002)
Frederick Douglass
3 Episodes (2013-2013)
3 Episodes (2015-2015)
Jose de la luz Saenz
3 Episodes (2017-2017)
James Europe
3 Episodes (2017-2017)
Jeb Bush
3 Episodes (2008-2008)
William Lloyd Garrison
3 Episodes (2013-2013)
3 Episodes (2003-2003)
3 Episodes (2015-2015)
John Brown
3 Episodes (2013-2013)
Harriet Beecher Stowe
3 Episodes (2013-2013)
3 Episodes (2015-2015)
Eugene Bullard
3 Episodes (2017-2017)
2 Episodes (2003-2003)
Dan Rather
2 Episodes (2008-2010)
2 Episodes (2001-2001)
2 Episodes (2004-2004)
2 Episodes (2002-2002)
2 Episodes (2002-2002)
2 Episodes (2002-2002)
2 Episodes (2002-2002)
2 Episodes (2002-2002)
2 Episodes (2004-2011)
2 Episodes (2015-2017)
2 Episodes (2002-2002)
2 Episodes (2008-2008)
2 Episodes (2011-2014)
Andre Braugher
Robert Carter
1 Episode (2001)
Blair Brown
Ellen Wilson
1 Episode (2002)
Brian Dennehy
Aaron Burr
1 Episode (2000)
Brian F. O'Byrne
Alexander Hamilton
1 Episode (2007)
Chris Bauer
Hiram Pierce
1 Episode (2006)
Chris Cooper
Walt Whitman
1 Episode (2008)
David Strathairn
J. Robert Oppenheimer
1 Episode (2009)
John Ross
1 Episode (2009)
Charles Hamilton Houston
James Madison
1 Episode (2010)
Cyrus Field
1 Episode (2005)
Kathryn Erbe
Lucretia Garfield
1 Episode (2016)
Laura Linney
Nellie Wilson
1 Episode (2002)
Marion Ross
Edith Galt Wilson
1 Episode (2002)
Mary Louise Parker
Rachel Carson
1 Episode (2017)
Tecumseh
1 Episode (2009)
Pat Hingle
Earl Warren
William Bradford
1 Episode (2015)
Charles Guiteau
Charles B. Starkweather
1 Episode (2003)
Major Ridge
1 Episode (2009)
Will Patton
John Wilkes Booth
1 Episode (2009)
Amy Ryan
Luzena Wilson
1 Episode (2006)
John Adams
1 Episode (2006)
Thomas Jefferson
1 Episode (2006)
Eve Best
Dolley Madison
1 Episode (2010)
Alfred Blalock
1 Episode (2003)
Tenskwatawa
1 Episode (2009)
Frank James
1 Episode (2006)
Vivien Thomas
1 Episode (2003)
Dr. Nathan Keep
1 Episode (2003)
Dr. Winslow Lewis
1 Episode (2003)
Vicente Perez Rosales
1 Episode (2006)
Doctor
1 Episode (2003)
Helen Tausig
1 Episode (2003)
Robert Gould Shaw
1 Episode (2003)
Linda Emond
Abigail Adams
1 Episode (2006)
Derastus Clapp
1 Episode (2003)
Jesse James
1 Episode (2006)
Thurgood Marshall
Dr. Woodbridge Strong
1 Episode (2003)
Aristides Agramonte
1 Episode (2006)
Marshall Francis Tokey
1 Episode (2003)
Felix Frankfurter
Jack Greenberg
Dr. George Parkman
1 Episode (2003)
James A. Garfield
1 Episode (2016)
Ephriam Littlefield
1 Episode (2003)
John Webster
1 Episode (2003)