Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection

  • 2000
  • 1 Season
  • drama, adaptation

A dramatic anthology featuring works by American writers such as Langston Hughes, Thornton Wilder and Willa Cather; and Puerto Rican migrant Esmeralda Santiago, whose memoirs `Almost a Woman' earned the series a Peabody Award in 2003. The occasionally airing series was spun off from `Masterpiece Theatre.'

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Season 1, Episode 2 The American

First Aired: January 3, 2001

The series' "American Collection" continues with "The American," Henry James' 1877 novel about an American in Paris. Matthew Modine stars as a brash parvenu who made his money in the American West. He's in Paris to soak up the culture and find a wife, and he soon finds the icy Claire de Cintre (Aisling O'Sullivan), who's descended from Bourbon kings. He melts her heart, but to say that her family disapproves would be a decided understatement. Madame de Bellegarde: Diana Rigg. Mrs. Bread: Brenda Fricker.

Guest Cast

MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

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