American Masters

  • 1986
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish and Leonard Bernstein (among others) won Emmys, and a study of the Algonquin...

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The Biz: American Masters Rediscovers Bing Crosby

Whenever director Robert Trachtenberg tells people he's made a film about Bing Crosby, he says, "The overwhelming response is, 'He's the guy who hit his kids.'" The actor-crooner's Daddy Dearest image was shaped by the 1983 tell-all memoir from son G… Read more

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Experience a century of food through the life of James Beard, who spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the vernacular. A cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher, Beard helped to pioneer and expand the food media industry into the billion-dollar business it is today.

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Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk Of Lightning Trailer
00:29 — Known for her powerful images from the Great Depression, including the haunting "Migrant Mother," Dorothea Lange bore witness as young America matured (more…)
Billie Jean King Trailer
00:59 — The series' first profile of a sports figure commemorates the 40th anniversaries of the famous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs battle of the sexes tennis (more…)
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01:56 — Bing Crosby was, without a doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the twentieth century, pulling audiences in w (more…)

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Fri May 26 9:00pm
Jacques Pepin: American MastersNew(Season 31, Episode 5) PBS

A profile of chef Jacques Pépin, who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form and became one of America's most beloved food icons. Along with James Beard and Julia Child, he helped change how Americans viewed the world of chefs, restaurants an (more…)

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Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution(Season 17, Episode 4) PBS

This profile of Alice Waters charts the “counter culinary” career of the proprietor of the legendary Berkeley, Cal., restaurant Chez Panisse. Waters, who launched Chez Panisse in 1971 because she wanted a place to “eat with my friends,” expands on (more…)

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Jacques Pepin: American Masters(Season 31, Episode 5) PBS

A profile of chef Jacques Pépin, who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form and became one of America's most beloved food icons. Along with James Beard and Julia Child, he helped change how Americans viewed the world of chefs, restaurants an (more…)

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The Biz: American Masters Explores the Life of George Plimpton

Author George Plimpton was making reality television long before anyone used the term. Plimpton's ex…

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The Tuesday Playlist: Billie Jean King, Sons of Anarchy, Dance Finale

For nearly 30 years, PBS's great American Masters series has profiled overachievers in the arts and…

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The Monday Playlist: Mel Brooks on Masters, Finales (Rectify, Bates Motel), Motive

At 86, Mel Brooks is still the life of the party, a consummate ham and peerless joke-spinning storyt…

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The Tuesday Playlist: That's a Wrap For Voice Blind Auditions, Cougar Town

The curtain comes down on the best part of TV's hottest singing competition, as the "blind auditions…

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  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Bal… (more)

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