Pioneers Of Television: Season 4

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Pioneers Of Television: Season 4

More than 200 breakthrough stars bring their stories to life in season four of the Emmy-nominated documentary series Pioneers Of Television. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with irresistible clips to offer a fresh take on TV's biggest celebrities. This season's four new episodes are "Standup to Sitcom", "Doctors and Nurses", "Acting Funny", and "Breaking Barriers". Featured stars include Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Bill Cosby, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Howie Mandel, Bob Newhart, and many, many more.

Standup To Sitcom

This star-packed episode reveals how America's top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom form; and includes dozens of side-splitting clips from Seinfeld, Home Improvement, Everybody Loves Raymond, Roseanne, and more.

Doctors And Nurses

From George Clooney on ER to Richard Chamberlain on Dr. Kildare, television's long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben, Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr., Chad Everett, and others tell their stories.

Acting Funny

This episode peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America's favorite comedic actors - ranging from Robin Williams' manic improvisational style to Tina Fey's measured, highly-prepared approach.

Breaking Barriers

This episode traces the story of people of color on American television - including the breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy); Latinos Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy) and Edward James Olmos (Miami Vice); and Asian Americans George Takei (Star Trek) and Margaret Cho (All American Girl).


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  • Rating NR
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  • Added May 19 2014
  • Production Year 2014
  • Empire SKU 1699385
  • UPC Code 841887020640
  • Studio  PBS Home Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 B&W (Anamorphic)

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