America in Primetime

  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 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.

Season 1, Episode 4 The Crusader

First Aired: November 20, 2011

The finale focuses on "The Crusader," characters who fight for causes, often while also battling internal demons. Included: remarks from Alan Alda ("M*A*S*H"); Steven Bochco and David Milch ("NYPD Blue"); Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files"); Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow ("24"); Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"); Shawn Ryan and Michael Chiklis ("The Shield"); and David Shore and Hugh Laurie ("House").

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