America in Primetime

America in Primetime

DVD - 2012
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Since its inception, television has served as a lens on American society, and in the expansive world of modern TV. Today's heroes and villains have come a long way from their predecessors. Showcased is this iconic American art form, which has both reflected and shaped the country's national character. Each episode focuses on an enduring character archetype, as seen through generations of television programs.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va] : PBS Distribution, [2012]
ISBN: 9781608835256
1608835251
Branch Call Number: DVD 302.2345 AMERICA 2DISCS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (240 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Yellin, Tom
Kramer, Lloyd
Hirsch, Linda
Schaefer, Susan
Alda, Alan 1936-
Alexander, Jason 1959-
Anderson, Gillian 1968-
Apatow, Judd 1967-
Astin, John
Baldwin, Alec 1958-
Ball, Alan 1957-
Bergen, Candice 1946-
Bochco, Steven
Braugher, Andre
Brixius, Liz
Brooks, James L.
Carsey, Marcy 1944-
Carter, Chris 1957-
Chase, David 1945 August 22-
Chéry, Marc Arthur
Chiklis, Michael 1963-
Cochran, Robert
Cody, Diablo
Colleton, Sara
Cranston, Bryan 1956-
Daniels, Greg
David, Larry
DeVito, Danny
English, Diane
Falco, Edie
Feig, Paul
Ferguson, Jesse Tyler
Fontana, Tom 1951-
Franz, Dennis
Gilligan, Vince
Hall, Michael C. 1971-
Hamm, Jon 1971-
Heaton, Patricia 1958-
Henner, Marilu
Herskovitz, Marshall
Howard, Ron 1954-
Huffman, Felicity 1962-
Hurwitz, Mitchell
Jean, Al
Judge, Mike
King, Michelle
Kohan, Jenji 1969-
Laurie, Hugh 1959-
Lear, Norman
Levitan, Steven
Littlefield, Warren 1952-
Lloyd, Christopher 1938-
Longoria, Eva 1975-
Louis-Dreyfus, Julia
Lynch, David 1946-
Manos, James Jr
Margulies, Julianna 1966-
Mathers, Jerry
Metcalf, Laurie 1955-
Meyer, George
Milch, David 1945-
Moore, Mary Tyler 1936-
Moss, Elisabeth 1982-
Oh, Sandra 1971-
Olsen, Mark V.
Panjabi, Archie
Parker, Mary-Louise
Parker, Sarah Jessica
Paxton, Bill
Phillips, Clyde
Reilly, Kevin 1941-
Reiner, Carl 1922-
Reiner, Rob
Rhimes, Shonda
Romano, Ray
Roseanne 1952-
Rosenthal, Phil 1960-
Ryan, Shawn
Scheffer, Will
Shandling, Garry
Shore, David 1960-
Simon, David 1960-
Star, Darren 1961-
Stonestreet, Eric 1971-
Surnow, Joel
Tambor, Jeffrey 1944-
Van Dyke, Dick
Wallem, Linda 1961-
Weiner, Matthew
Werner, Tom 1950-
Williams, Michael Kenneth
Wilmore, Larry
Wilson, Rainn 1968-
Zwick, Edward
Documentary Group (New York, N.Y.)
WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
PBS Distribution (Firm)

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dprodrig
Jun 08, 2012

Each episode presented the most common aspects of each archetype, as well as it's complete opposite. It was a nice wander down memory lane as characters and story lines from memorable shows (as well as those that I've never heard of) were described both by the writers, the producers, the directors and the actors themselves.

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