Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.
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Series cast summary:
Edward Herrmann ...  Alger Hiss / ... 5 episodes, 1984-1987
Robert Minkoff Robert Minkoff ...  Bit / ... 5 episodes, 1982-1984
Deanna Dunagan ...  Emily Dickenson / ... 4 episodes, 1982-1984
Sada Thompson ...  Fanny Church / ... 4 episodes, 1983-1990
Jeffrey DeMunn ...  Brently Mallard / ... 4 episodes, 1985-1990
Elizabeth Franz ...  Doctor / ... 4 episodes, 1982-1989
John Harkins ...  Whittaker Chambers 4 episodes, 1984
Maria Tucci ...  Priscilla Hiss / ... 4 episodes, 1984
Peter Riegert ...  Richard M. Nixon 4 episodes, 1984
Haviland Morris ...  Amy-Joy / ... 3 episodes, 1989-1990
Helen Stenborg Helen Stenborg ...  Aunt Middy / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1985
Mary Seibel Mary Seibel ...  Aunt Bernice / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1984
James Gammon ...  Clate Connaloe / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1987
Bruce McGill ...  Edward Philbrick / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1987
Tom Aldredge ...  Judge Mark Driscoll / ... 3 episodes, 1984-1991
Pepe Serna ...  Marpo / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1991
Dick Anthony Williams ...  Malcolm X / ... 3 episodes, 1983-1989
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ...  Dr. Zuckerman / ... 3 episodes, 1984
Alfre Woodard ...  Esther / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1985
Christopher Childs Christopher Childs ...  Burdick, FBI / ... 3 episodes, 1982-1985
Harold Gould ...  Mr. Antrobus / ... 3 episodes, 1983-1991
Patrick McGoohan ...  Chief Magistrate 3 episodes, 1985
Richard Thomas ...  Cal Porter - Andre's Lover / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1990
Lee Remick ...  Eleanor Roosevelt / ... 2 episodes, 1985-1987
Swoosie Kurtz ...  Bananas Shaughnessy / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1987
Christopher Collet ...  David 2 episodes, 1988-1989
Sylvia Sidney ...  Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1990
Barbara Bolton Barbara Bolton ...  Mom 2 episodes, 1982-1985
George Coe ...  Brian Haas / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Lise Hilboldt Lise Hilboldt ...  Ellie Thompson / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Paul Winfield ...  Gabriel 2 episodes, 1983-1985
Les Podewell Les Podewell ...  Grandpa / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Barbara Bryne Barbara Bryne ...  Blair Daniels / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1991
Jay Ine Jay Ine ...  Randy 2 episodes, 1982-1985
William Lampley ...  Flick 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Jeff Yonis Jeff Yonis ...  Schwartz 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Barnard Hughes ...  Ludlow Whitney / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1986
Aaron Freeman Aaron Freeman ...  Andrew / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Cynthia Nixon ...  Sarah / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1990
Jack Dodson ...  Charlie Hughes / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Barbara Hershey ...  Call Girl / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Bernadette Peters ...  Dot / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1991
Joanna Gleason ...  Baker's Wife / ... 2 episodes, 1989-1991
Wayne Kneeland Wayne Kneeland ...  Lloyd / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Wayne Tippit Wayne Tippit ...  Mr. Burleigh / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
George Womack George Womack ...  Ben Purdy / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ...  Edythe Wadleigh / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Larry Neumann Jr. ...  Couple in Library / ... 2 episodes, 1984
George Hamlin George Hamlin ...  Allen Dulles / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Robert Westenberg Robert Westenberg ...  Alex / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1991
Rosemary Dean Rosemary Dean ...  Lady at Garage Sale / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Melva Williams Melva Williams ...  Maid / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ...  Chambers' Mother / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1987
Charles Kimbrough ...  Bob Greenberg / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1986
Peter Gerety ...  Archie / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ...  Callas / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1986
Will Lyman ...  Gabriel Javsicas / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Frances Conroy ...  Lilian Steichen / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Jean Shepherd Jean Shepherd ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Edward James Olmos ...  Gen. Santa Anna / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Gary Sinise ...  Austin / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1991
Fred Ward ...  Mr. Crouch / ... 2 episodes, 1985-1991
Josh Hamilton ...  Lovely Mead / ... 2 episodes, 1987-1990
Hector Elizondo ...  Lieutenant Angel 2 episodes, 1982-1992
James Broderick ...  Dad / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Blair Brown ...  Kat Hubble / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1984
Ken Howard ...  Pudd'nhead Wilson / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1988
Stephen Mailer ...  Ben / ... 2 episodes, 1989-1991
Diana Bellamy ...  Ivy / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1991
Richard Jordan ...  Elmo Bliss / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1991
Dick Latessa ...  Creech / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1988
Rodrick F. Wimberly Rodrick F. Wimberly ...  Jacob / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Victor Garber ...  Jack Chesney / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1987
Rosalind Cash ...  Aunt Florence 2 episodes, 1983-1985
Tim Ransom ...  Virgil 2 episodes, 1987-1989
Frederic Forrest ...  Buster McGuire / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1987
Richard Kiley ...  Col. Grangerford / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1986
Giancarlo Esposito ...  Elisha / ... 2 episodes, 1985-1986
Ruby Dee ...  Mrs. Grimes / ... 2 episodes, 1985-1990
Tom Greene Tom Greene ...  Charles Carter / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1988
Maria Todd Maria Todd ...  Heather / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Carol Maillard ...  Lu Anne / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1993
Ruth Edinburg Ruth Edinburg ...  Bernice / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Barry Miller ...  Demos / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Lynne Thigpen ...  Louisa / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Armen Garo ...  Police Officer / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1985
John McMartin ...  Paul Melton / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Ron Rifkin ...  Leonard / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1991
Ned Beatty ...  Lynch Mob Leader / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Richard Grusin Richard Grusin ...  Sargeant / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Sam Gray Sam Gray ...  David Goldfarb (segment "Yiddish") / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1991
Mary Alice ...  Blind Lily / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Kaiulani Lee ...  Connie Van Buskirk / ... 2 episodes, 1981-1987
Trini Alvarado ...  Gail Brock / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1990
Lynn Whitfield ...  Woman in the Bath 2 episodes, 1982-1990
Helen Hunt ...  Mary Austin / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1989
Peter Gallagher ...  Charles Castle / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1988
Brian Smiar Brian Smiar ...  Gus / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1985
Damien Leake ...  Dale 'D.J.' Jackson / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1984
Danny Glover ...  Lester / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1989
Kevin Crysler Kevin Crysler ...  Priest / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1985
John Malkovich ...  Ben Stark / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1986
Moses Gunn ...  Hannibal / ... 2 episodes, 1984-1985
William Hootkins ...  Phil Cooper 2 episodes, 1986-1988
James Eckhouse ...  Steven 2 episodes, 1986
Taryn Grimes ...  Eleanor / ... 2 episodes, 1986
Margo Skinner Margo Skinner ...  Alice 2 episodes, 1987-1988
Leslie Ayvazian Leslie Ayvazian ...  (segment "The Home") / ... 2 episodes, 1989-1991
Kathleen Chalfant ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 1991-1993
Jerry Stiller ...  Sam / ... 2 episodes, 1991
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Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

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12 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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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 foxbrickSee 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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