Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.
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 Alger Hiss / ... 5 episodes, 1984-1987
Robert Minkoff ...
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 Emily Dickenson / ... 4 episodes, 1982-1984
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 Fanny Church / ... 4 episodes, 1983-1990
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 Brently Mallard / ... 4 episodes, 1985-1990
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 Doctor / ... 4 episodes, 1982-1989
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 Whittaker Chambers 4 episodes, 1984
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 Priscilla Hiss / ... 4 episodes, 1984
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 Richard M. Nixon 4 episodes, 1984
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 Amy-Joy / ... 3 episodes, 1989-1990
Helen Stenborg ...
 Aunt Middy / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1985
Mary Seibel ...
 Aunt Bernice / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1984
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 Clate Connaloe / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1987
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 Edward Philbrick / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1987
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 Judge Mark Driscoll / ... 3 episodes, 1984-1991
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 Marpo / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1991
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 Malcolm X / ... 3 episodes, 1983-1989
MacIntyre Dixon ...
 Dr. Zuckerman / ... 3 episodes, 1984
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 Esther / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1985
Christopher Childs ...
 Burdick, FBI / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1985
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 Mr. Antrobus / ... 3 episodes, 1983-1991
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 Chief Magistrate 3 episodes, 1985
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 Cal Porter - Andre's Lover / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1990
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 Eleanor Roosevelt / ... 2 episodes, 1985-1987
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 Bananas Shaughnessy / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1987
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 Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1990
Barbara Bolton ...
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 Brian Haas / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Lise Hilboldt ...
 Ellie Thompson / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
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Les Podewell ...
 Grandpa / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Barbara Bryne ...
 Blair Daniels / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1991
Jay Ine ...
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Jeff Yonis ...
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 Ludlow Whitney / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1986
Aaron Freeman ...
 Andrew / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
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 Sarah / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1990
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 Charlie Hughes / ... 2 episodes, 1984
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 Call Girl / ... 2 episodes, 1982
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 Baker's Wife / ... 2 episodes, 1989-1991
Wayne Kneeland ...
 Lloyd / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Wayne Tippit ...
 Mr. Burleigh / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
George Womack ...
 Ben Purdy / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Jean De Baer ...
 Edythe Wadleigh / ... 2 episodes, 1984
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 Couple in Library / ... 2 episodes, 1984
George Hamlin ...
 Allen Dulles / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Robert Westenberg ...
Rosemary Dean ...
 Lady at Garage Sale / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Melva Williams ...
 Maid / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Anne Pitoniak ...
 Chambers' Mother / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1987
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 Bob Greenberg / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1986
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 Archie / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Raymond Serra ...
 Callas / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1986
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 Gabriel Javsicas / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
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 Lilian Steichen / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Jean Shepherd ...
 Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
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 Gen. Santa Anna / ... 2 episodes, 1982
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 Austin / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1991
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 Mr. Crouch / ... 2 episodes, 1985-1991
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 Lovely Mead / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1990
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 Lieutenant Angel 2 episodes, 1982-1992
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 Kat Hubble / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1984
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 Pudd'nhead Wilson / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1988
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 Elmo Bliss / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1991
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 Creech / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1988
Rodrick F. Wimberly ...
 Jacob / ... 2 episodes, 1985
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 Jack Chesney / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1987
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 Aunt Florence 2 episodes, 1983-1985
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 Buster McGuire / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1987
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 Col. Grangerford / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1986
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 Elisha / ... 2 episodes, 1985-1986
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 Mrs. Grimes / ... 2 episodes, 1985-1990
Tom Greene ...
 Charles Carter / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1988
Maria Todd ...
 Heather / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
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 Lu Anne / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1993
Ruth Edinburg ...
 Bernice / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
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 Demos / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
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 Louisa / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1983
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 Police Officer / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1985
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 Paul Melton / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
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 Leonard / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1991
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 Lynch Mob Leader / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Richard Grusin ...
 Sargeant / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Sam Gray ...
 David Goldfarb (segment "Yiddish") / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1991
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 Blind Lily / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Kaiulani Lee ...
 Connie Van Buskirk / ... 2 episodes, 1981-1987
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 Gail Brock / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1990
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 Woman in the Bath 2 episodes, 1982-1990
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 Mary Austin / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1989
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 Charles Castle / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1988
Brian Smiar ...
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 Dale 'D.J.' Jackson / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
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 Lester / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1989
Kevin Crysler ...
 Priest / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1985
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 Ben Stark / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1986
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 Hannibal / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
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 Phil Cooper 2 episodes, 1986-1988
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 Eleanor / ... 2 episodes, 1986
Margo Skinner ...
Leslie Ayvazian ...
 (segment "The Home") / ... 2 episodes, 1989-1991
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 Herself / ... 2 episodes, 1991-1993
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 Sam / ... 2 episodes, 1991
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Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

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Referenced in Family Ties: Give Your Uncle Arthur a Kiss (1982) See more »

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Long-running, important video/film series on PBS.
7 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

This occasional series (the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME of PBS, it would appear up to about six or seven times a season over most of its run) was an anthology of original dramatic films and videotaped presentations, many of the films co-productions which might get an art-house run before (or after) appearing as an AP episode (such as SMOOTH TALK and TESTAMENT); others were meant for video presentation, such as the TALES OF THE CITY miniseries or (my favorite) the one-man show THE END OF A SENTENCE, starring Edward Herrmann. AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE head Lindsay Law moved on to Fox Searchlight as the series was winding down, presenting as its last "official" offering a cinema-verite miniseries in the 2000-2001 season.


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