American Experience

  • 1988
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

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...

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Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries bring to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped Am (more…)
American Experience
Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries bring to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped Am (more…)
American Experience
Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries bring to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped Am (more…)
American Experience
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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • 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… (more)

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