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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:
An Immigrant's View See more (12 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)
Karen Kenton .... 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)
Jean Lane .... producer (5 episodes, 2009)
Jeanne Sison .... producer (5 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 (6 episodes, 2009)
Erik Ewers (3 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Production Management
Dalton Delan .... executive in charge of production (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elle Carriere .... assistant director (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Art Department
Mac Talmadge .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Michael Joseph Becker .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Eric Burge .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Erik Ewers .... dialogue editor / sound effects editor / ... (6 episodes, 2009)
Meagan Frappiea .... assistant sound editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Jim Gallup .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Ryan Gifford .... dialogue editor / sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2009)
John Haptas .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Dave Mast .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish .... dialogue editor / sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Chaz Newman .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
John Osborne .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Rob Polhemus .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Brian Roth .... voice over recording (6 episodes, 2009)
Len Schmitz .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
George Shafnaker .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Margaret Shepardson-Legere .... assistant sound editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Rob Silverthorne .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael Suarez .... post-production sound / sound (6 episodes, 2009)
Dominick Tavella .... re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Lou Verrico .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Nate Clapp .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Lincoln Else .... assistant camera / camera operator (6 episodes, 2009)
James Fitzgerald .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Dickey Galvin .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Garrett Guidera .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Roger Haydock .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Patrick Kelly .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Tracy Litwin .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Marbury .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Antonio Rossi .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Anthony Savini .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Chris Bardsley .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Animation Department
Richard Rubin .... animator (6 episodes, 2009)
Daniel J. White .... animator (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Chris Beardsley .... technician: Arriscan (6 episodes, 2009)
John Dowdell .... colorist / apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Meagan Frappiea .... apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Peter Heady .... on-line editor / apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Daniel J. White .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Barnes .... supervising editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Ryan Gifford .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Richard Rubin .... apprentice editor (4 episodes, 2009)
Margaret Shepardson-Legere .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2009)
Erik Ewers .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Music Department
Matt Glaser .... musician: violin (6 episodes, 2009)
Bobby Horton .... music arranger / musician (6 episodes, 2009)
Molly Mason .... musician: bass / musician: guitar (6 episodes, 2009)
Jacob Ribicoff .... music editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Jacqueline Schwab .... musician: piano (6 episodes, 2009)
Billy Shaw .... music engineer (6 episodes, 2009)
Alan Stockwell .... music engineer (6 episodes, 2009)
Jay Ungar .... musician: banjo / musician: mandolin / ... (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
Jeff Atkins .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Gerard Baker .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Nevada Barr .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Pam Baucom .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Christopher Bennett .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Sarah Botstein .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Tony Brave .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
George Bristol .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Tim Clark .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Jerryne Cole .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Wallace Cole .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
William Cronon .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Christopher Darling .... production team (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael DePersio .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Will Duncan .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Tom Durant .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Linda Franklin .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Christine French .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Dennis Galvin .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Robert N. Gold .... legal services (6 episodes, 2009)
Juanita Greene .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Kimberly Hamlin .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Kim Heacox .... acting coach (6 episodes, 2009)
Mike Hill .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Shelton Johnson .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
William Leuchtenburg .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Nancy Lory .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Beth Magura .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Valerie Marcus .... legal services (6 episodes, 2009)
Dave Mast .... technical director (6 episodes, 2009)
Kyle McCafferty .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Amber Montileaux .... production assistant / production team (6 episodes, 2009)
Sophie Moore .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Joan Murphy .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Josh Nelson .... production associate (6 episodes, 2009)
Lynn Novick .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Kerstin Park-Labella .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Schullery .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Susan Shumaker .... researcher / research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Tim Spitzer .... project manager (6 episodes, 2009)
Darryl Thompson .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
David S. Thompson .... project director (6 episodes, 2009)
Geoffrey C. Ward .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Lindsey Warren .... intern / production team (6 episodes, 2009)
Bernard Weisberger .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Alex Williams .... production assistant / production team / ... (6 episodes, 2009)
Kirk Carapezza .... research assistant (5 episodes, 2009)
Joe DePlasco .... publicist (5 episodes, 2009)
Alfred Runte .... advisor (5 episodes, 2009)
Craig Impink .... other crew (4 episodes, 2009)
Patty Lawlor .... financial officer (3 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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An Immigrant's View, 17 December 2009
Author: anthony_retford from Seattle

I am watching this series and am currently viewing part 5. I have been transfixed by the film. I am not a new immigrant, having come here back in 1964, but I have only visited two Parks in all that time I am disgusted to report. I have seen the Redwoods and Crater Lake, but now I want to see much more before it is too late. I just have not paid any attention to the Parks in my backyard it seems. Now I will.

I would quibble about the frequent references to religion but I understand it because most of the US was religious to some sort of degree. For instance, I did not feel the presence of some supernatural being standing among the redwoods or gazing at Crater Lake. I was impressed for sure but not awed.

I am mindful of the constant struggle to maintain the Parks and think schools should show major portions of this series in their classrooms. Young people need to be aware of what a valuable and irreplaceable resource we all share. I am sure, given the history of the Park system, that greedy people will continue to try to eat away at it. Vigilance is needed for now and forever. Once this country becomes so crowded it will be most difficult to maintain these Parks. As in the Hetch Hetchy dam the question will always be: What is more important, some scenery or the rights of multitudes who need the resources contained within the Parks? I fear the answer will be the needs of people.

I appreciate being able to see these videos and have my eyes opened, and tearing at times, many times. Thanks to Ken Burns for making this series.

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