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Pioneers of Television

Episodes

Season 4 Episode Guide

4 Episodes 2014 - 2014

Episode 1

Standup to Sitcom

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 57 mins

The Season 4 premiere looks at stand-up comics who transitioned to sitcoms. Included: remarks from Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart; clips from "Seinfeld," "Home Improvement," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Roseanne."

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Episode 2

Doctors and Nurses

Tue, Apr 22, 2014 57 mins

TV's fascination with doctors and nurses is explored. Included: Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben and Eriq LaSalle on "ER"; Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr. and Christina Pickles on "St. Elsewhere." Also: Chad Everett recalls "Medical Center."

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Episode 3

Breaking Barriers

Tue, Apr 29, 2014 57 mins

The story of people of color on U.S. television. Included: the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African-Americans Diahann Carroll ("Julia") and Bill Cosby ("I Spy"); and such Latino landmarks as Desi Arnaz ("I Love Lucy") and Edward James Olmos ("Miami Vice"). Also: George Takei ("Star Trek") recalls his childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp.

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Episode 4

Acting Funny

Tue, May 6, 2014 57 mins

The Season 4 finale spotlights the techniques of comedic actors, including the manic improvisations of Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters; and the prepared approach of Tina Fey. Also featured: Cloris Leachman; and Dick Van Dyke.

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