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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Bing Crosby

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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B.B. King: American Masters
06:11 — B.B. King: American Masters
Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home
00:30 — Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home
Sidney Lumet: American Masters
03:19 — Sidney Lumet: American Masters
Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides
01:06 — Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

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Fri Dec 29 9:00pm
Bob Hope: American MastersNew(Season 32, Episode 4) PBS

A profile of comedian Bob Hope (1903-2003). Included: Billy Crystal gives voice to his writings; clips from his body of work; and remarks from Woody Allen, Margaret Cho, Conan O'Brien, Tom Selleck and Brooke Shields.

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Sat Dec 30 2:00am
Bob Hope: American Masters(Season 32, Episode 4) PBS

A profile of comedian Bob Hope (1903-2003). Included: Billy Crystal gives voice to his writings; clips from his body of work; and remarks from Woody Allen, Margaret Cho, Conan O'Brien, Tom Selleck and Brooke Shields.

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NCIS: New Orleans
New Season Reviews: NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest

If you had a successful recipe for beignets, would you mess with it? Same rule applies for CBS's NCI…

George Plimpton
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…

Billie Jean King
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…

Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga
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…

Jamila Thompson
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…

David Geffen
The Biz: King David: Inside the Life of a Showbiz Giant

Entertainment mogul David Geffen was pleased that the prestigious PBS documentary series American Ma…

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  • 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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