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The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: Trustee George Dorr offers the lands of the Hancock County Trust to the United States
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: Theodore Roosevelt
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: The national parks
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: Senator Jon Conness proposes legislation to set aside land for the enjoyment of future generations
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: Photographer Tuan Luong

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
27 September 2009 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Long but beautifully filmed See more (13 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 26 of 39)

Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (6 episodes, 2009)
William Cronon ... Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 2009)
Dayton Duncan ... Himself - Writer (6 episodes, 2009)
Shelton Johnson ... Himself - Park Ranger (6 episodes, 2009)
Alfred Runte ... Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Schullery ... Himself - Writer (5 episodes, 2009)
Carl Pope ... Himself - Sierra Club (5 episodes, 2009)
Terry Tempest Williams ... Herself - Writer (5 episodes, 2009)
Murphy Guyer ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)

Philip Bosco ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)
Kevin Conway ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)

Tom Hanks ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)
Kim Heacox ... Himself - Writer (4 episodes, 2009)

Adam Arkin ... Reader (4 episodes, 2009)
Lee Stetson ... Himself - Muir Historian / ... (4 episodes, 2009)

Amy Madigan ... Reader (4 episodes, 2009)
Lee Whittlesey ... Himself - Historian (3 episodes, 2009)
Nevada Barr ... Herself - Former Ranger (3 episodes, 2009)
Juanita Greene ... Herself - Journalist (3 episodes, 2009)
Gerard Baker ... Himself - Park Superintendent (3 episodes, 2009)

Carolyn McCormick ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)
Tim Clark ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)

Derek Jacobi ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)

Josh Lucas ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)

Gene Jones ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)

Eli Wallach ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)
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Series Directed by
Ken Burns (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Dayton Duncan (6 episodes, 2009)

Series Produced by
Pam Tubridy Baucom .... coordinating producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Ken Burns .... executive producer / producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Dayton Duncan .... producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Julie Dunfey .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
David McMahon .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Aileen Silverstone .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Susanna Steisel .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ken Burns (6 episodes, 2009)
Lincoln Else (6 episodes, 2009)
Allen Moore (6 episodes, 2009)
Buddy Squires (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Barnes (4 episodes, 2009)
Erik Ewers (2 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Art Department
Mac Talmadge .... graphic designer (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Brian Roth .... voice over recording (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael Suarez .... post-production sound / sound (6 episodes, 2009)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Meagan Frappiea .... assistant sound editor (3 episodes, 2009)
Dave Mast .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Bardsley .... camera operator (1 episode, 2009)
Ken Burns .... camera operator (1 episode, 2009)
Nate Clapp .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Lincoln Else .... assistant camera / camera operator (1 episode, 2009)
James Fitzgerald .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Dickey Galvin .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Garrett Guidera .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Roger Haydock .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Patrick Kelly .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Tracy Litwin .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Paul Marbury .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Allen Moore .... camera operator (1 episode, 2009)
Antonio Rossi .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Anthony Savini .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Animation Department
Richard Rubin .... animator (1 episode, 2009)
Daniel J. White .... animator (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Chris Beardsley .... technician: Arriscan (6 episodes, 2009)
John Dowdell .... colorist (6 episodes, 2009)
Meagan Frappiea .... apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Barnes .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 2009)

Erik Ewers .... additional editor (unknown episodes)
Ryan Gifford .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Craig Mellish .... additional editor (unknown episodes)
Margaret Shepardson-Legere .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Jacob Ribicoff .... music editor (6 episodes, 2009)
David Cieri .... musician: piano (3 episodes, 2009)

Will Duncan .... composer: additional music / music: performer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Brent Bixler .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Sean Brennan .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Brian H. Dierker .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Allen Etheridge .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Lee Fink .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Ron Gedda .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Kevin Murphy .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Mike Nigro .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Paul Osman .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Larry Warrington .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Dwight Willey .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
Susan Shumaker .... researcher (6 episodes, 2009)
Lindsey Warren .... intern / production team (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Thanks
Brad Washburn .... in memory of (1 episode, 2009)
 

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USA:120 min (6 episodes)
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Long but beautifully filmed, 7 May 2010
Author: reddragon-14 from United States

While not a travelogue, it nonetheless contains many stunningly beautiful images. And Buzz-kill from Atlanta, put away your thesaurus. We are not impressed. I guess all us hicks that didn't go to Harvard, (funny how everyone who went there or to Yale never fail to mention it within a couple of paragraphs as though that gives their opinions extra credibility), just don't know what to enjoy without being told. Fact is those of us who have visited several of our national treasures can appreciate them for what they are, just that, and glad that the people responsible had the foresight to set them aside before it was too late. As far as I'm concerned, this was a well made documentary and inspires me to visit some of the parks I never thought of prior to watching it. Maybe Buzz-kill should get outside more often.

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