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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. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Worth it for the clips. Otherwise a disappointment See more (3 total) »

Cast

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Ryan Seacrest ... Narrator (6 episodes, 2013-2014)

Phyllis Diller ... Herself (5 episodes, 2008-2014)

Florence Henderson ... Herself (5 episodes, 2008-2014)

Dick Van Dyke ... Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2008-2014)

Betty White ... Herself (5 episodes, 2008-2014)

Benjamin Bratt ... Announcer / ... (4 episodes, 2014)

Jonathan Winters ... Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2014)

Tim Conway ... Himself (4 episodes, 2008-2013)
Harlan Saperstein ... Narrator (4 episodes, 2008)

Bill Cosby ... Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2011-2014)

Martin Landau ... Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2011-2014)

Kelsey Grammer ... Narrator (4 episodes, 2011)
Jimmie Walker ... Himself (4 episodes, 2013-2014)

Robin Williams ... Himself (3 episodes, 2014)

Andy Williams ... Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2014)

Barbara Eden ... Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2013)

Vicki Lawrence ... Herself (3 episodes, 2008-2013)

Pat Harrington Jr. ... Himself (3 episodes, 2008)

Robert Culp ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2014)

Stephen J. Cannell ... Himself (3 episodes, 2011-2013)

Pat Crowley ... Herself (3 episodes, 2011-2013)

Veronica Cartwright ... Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2011)

Adam West ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2011)

John Amos ... Himself (3 episodes, 2013-2014)

Carol Burnett ... Herself (3 episodes, 2013-2014)

Penny Marshall ... Herself (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
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Series Directed by
Steve Boettcher (10 episodes, 2008-2014)
 
Series Writing credits
Mike Trinklein (7 episodes, 2008-2014)

Series Produced by
Mike Trinklein .... producer / executive producer (9 episodes, 2008-2014)
Steve Boettcher .... producer (7 episodes, 2008-2014)
John Hoylman .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Scott Jacobson .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Jack Jones .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2008)
Marie Bublitz .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Cinematography by
Steve Boettcher (5 episodes, 2011-2014)
Michael Campbell (3 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Stephanie Theisen (8 episodes, 2008-2014)
Chris Frenthway (3 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Makeup Department
Kymber Blake .... key makeup artist (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Art Department
Brian Neubauer .... props (3 episodes, 2008)
Mary B. Nygaard .... concept artist (3 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Sound Department
Joel Raabe .... sound re-recording mixer / sound editor (5 episodes, 2013-2014)
Ray Fister .... sound designer / sound editor (3 episodes, 2008)
Matthew Misslich .... assistant sound / assistant audio (3 episodes, 2008)
Erik West .... sound editor (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Stunts
Dan 'Dice' Narciso .... stunt coordinator / stunt performer (1 episode, 2011)
Josh Pilsbury .... assistant stunt coordinator / stunt performer (1 episode, 2011)
Tobias Tolnay .... stunt performer (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kymber Blake .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2008)
Ellen Kozak .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2008)
Vesta .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2008)
 
Series Editorial Department
Adam Zeitlin .... associate editor (1 episode, 2014)
 
Series Other crew
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel / legal services (9 episodes, 2011-2014)
Dana Archer .... publicist (3 episodes, 2008)
Sarah Eastman .... production staff / production assistant (3 episodes, 2008)
Bonnie Rowan .... researcher (3 episodes, 2008)
Josh Salzberg .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2008)
Bonnie Winings .... publicist (3 episodes, 2008)
Tom Andrews .... publicist (2 episodes, 2008)
Marc Baron .... location assistant (2 episodes, 2008)
Patrick Haley .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)
 

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USA:55 min
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11 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Worth it for the clips. Otherwise a disappointment, 11 January 2008
Author: MixMaven from United States

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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