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Pioneers of Television
Pioneers of Television
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2008     4hr 0min

Nearly 100 stars from television's formative years bring their stories to PBS in a revealing documentary series, PIONEERS OF TELEVISION. Featuring sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows -- the film melds compelling ne...  more »


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Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/21/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Outstanding insight and background information
S. V. Anderson | Idaho | 02/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This series is among the finest documenting television's early history. Complete with interviews from those involved with the earliest broadcasts and programs, this series reveals the inside story behind the quiz show scandal, the Smother's Brothers cancelation, the popularity of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, as well as the various talk shows to grace late-night television. Each program discusses one facet of television's history: game shows, talk shows, comedy, etc...

A must for those interested in the history of the medium."
My Childhood Makes More Sense Now
Shadoxfire | Pacific Northwest USA | 04/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I wasted a lot of time when I was young watching re-runs of these shows. I felt, watching this DVD, like I was looking through an old family photo album.

This DVD explains a lot of stuff I could never have figured out on my own. "Family secrets", explained 30 years later.

These actors, shown in color and black & white clips, never seem to get any older. Their faces are so familiar. It's kind of freaky to realize that none of them have the slightest idea who I am."
Very Informative
Timothy M. Ritze | 10/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a child of the 60's, growing up watching television, I found this DVD to be very entertaining and informative. Lot's of trivia in this progam. I would recommend it to anyone under 50 for a better understanding of what good television was, and the people who made it."