Pioneers of Television (2008)

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A four-part documentary series focusing on the legends that helped launched TV and left lasting impression on sitcoms, talk shows, variety shows and game shows in television's early years.

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Dennis James ...
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Jack Narz ...
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 Clair Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Florida Evans - Good Times (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2014)
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Jack Barry ...
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Count Basie ...
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Barbara Britton ...
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Perry Como ...
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Mary Jane Croft ...
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Dagmar ...
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John Daly ...
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Dick Elliott ...
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Robert Emhardt ...
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Bob Eubanks ...
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George Fenneman ...
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Genevieve ...
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Lionel Hampton ...
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Robert F. Kennedy ...
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Tom Kennedy ...
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Dorothy Kilgallen ...
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Mary LaRoche ...
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Julius LaRosa ...
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Jerry Lester ...
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Allen Ludden ...
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Robert Macnamara ...
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Elsa Maxwell ...
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Joe Namath ...
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Bert Parks ...
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Bob Stewart ...
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Charles Van Doren ...
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Joyce Vincent Wilson ...
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Gordon L. Berry ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Bruce Bilson ...
 Director of Hawaii Five-O / ... (1 episode, 2011)
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 Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk in Time Tunnel (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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 Kitty Russell from Gunsmoke (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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 Nick Barkley from Big Valley (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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Leo Carillo ...
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Robert Colbert ...
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Pinto Colvig ...
 Bozo the Clown (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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 Marshal Matt Dillon from Radio's Gunsmoke (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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 Dr. Tony Newman in Time Tunnel (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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 Alexander in Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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Susan Harmon ...
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 Dr. Zachary Smith in Lost in Space / ... (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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 Fred Staples in Patterns (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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 Peter Devlin in The Lieutenant: To Set It Right (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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 Christopher Pike in Star Trek: The Cage (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
Bob Johnson ...
 Voice on Tape from Mission: Impossible (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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Sharon Kelley ...
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Don Kennedy ...
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Mary Ann King ...
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John Larch ...
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 Maureen Robinson in Lost In Space (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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Marlene Manderfield ...
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Don Marshall ...
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Quinn Martin ...
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Bob May ...
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Frank McGrath ...
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Pat McMahon ...
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Dan 'Dice' Narciso ...
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Ray Rayner ...
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Lou Scheimer ...
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Willard Scott ...
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 Doc Adams from Gunsmoke (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
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Tobias Tolnay ...
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 Mr. Rogers in Twilight Zone: I Sing The Body Electric (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
Peter Whitney ...
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 Prof. John Robinson in Lost In Space (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
John Zaremba ...
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 Greatest American Hero (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
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 Catwoman / ... (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
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 Superman (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
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 Wonder Girl (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
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 George Costanza - Seinfeld (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Tommy Westphall - St. Elsewhere (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Herself - Burns and Allen Show (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Dr. Hugh Beale - St. Elsewhere (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Terry Elliott - Men of a Certain Age (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Jack Donaghy - 30 Rock (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Dr. Ben Samuels - St. Elsewhere (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Vanessa Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Dobbs - Film Treasure of the Sierra Madre (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Dr. Jerry Robinson - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Rudy Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Frank Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Owen Thoreau, Jr. - Men of a Certain Age (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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 Dr. Steven Kiley - Marcus Welby (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
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This four-part documentary looks at some of the programs and stars from the early days of U.S. television. The segment on late night focuses on the vaudevillian origins of the genre and the Tonight Show, with its three early stars: Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. The episode on sitcoms focuses on the contribution of several classics from the 1950s and 60s including The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show and the Dick van Dyke Show. The segment on variety shows focuses first on the Ed Sullivan Show and the hosts ability to book acts that the audience wanted to see. Others include Milton Berle's show, Sis Caesar's Your Show of Shows, Red Skelton, Arthur Godfrey and many others. In the final episode, game shows are the focus. Early game shows had their origins in radio but hit a road block during the game show scandals where it was revealed that contestants were being given the answers to questions. The genre eventually re-established itself and made stars of many... Written by garykmcd

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Worth it for the clips. Otherwise a disappointment
11 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This comment refers specifically to the "Late Night" segment of the mini-series.

The narration contains several glaring moments of very bad writing and is overly "Burnsian" in its slow, serious delivery. The omission of David Letterman among the interviewees leaves one wondering whether he refused or someone had an ax to grind. The parade of past guests as interviewees also suffers from missing figures, particularly those who were regulars on Carson's show.

The show also fails to give the viewer much insight into the off camera personalities of its subjects. We learn (?) that Carson was a shy, private person and that if you didn't hear from him you were doing a good job and that if you did hear from him it was likely to be unvarnished opinion. At this late date can we not get deeper?

Overall, a disappointment; it should have been better.


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