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