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America in Primetime 

This documentary series looks at the evolution of specific character types appearing on American primetime episodic television from post WWII to the early twenty-first century. These ... See full summary »
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Diablo Cody ...  Herself - Creator, United States of Tara 4 episodes, 2011
David Chase ...  Himself - Creator, The Sopranos 4 episodes, 2011
Judd Apatow ...  Himself - Executive Producer, Freaks and Geeks / ... 4 episodes, 2011
Alan Yentob Alan Yentob ...  Himself - Presenter (UK version) 4 episodes, 2011
Ron Howard ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Shawn Ryan ...  Himself - Creator, The Shield 3 episodes, 2011
Alan Ball ...  Himself - Creator, Six Feet Under & True Blood 3 episodes, 2011
James L. Brooks ...  Himself - Co-Creator, The Mary Tyler Moore Show / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Vince Gilligan ...  Himself - Creator, Breaking Bad 3 episodes, 2011
Roseanne Barr ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Marshall Herskovitz ...  Himself - Co-Creator, Thirtysomething 2 episodes, 2011
Will Scheffer ...  Himself - Co-Creator, Big Love 2 episodes, 2011
Linda Wallem ...  Herself - Co-Creator, Nurse Jackie 2 episodes, 2011
Larry Wilmore ...  Himself - Consulting Producer, The Office / ... 2 episodes, 2011
David Lynch ...  Himself - Co-Creator, Twin Peaks 2 episodes, 2011
Tom Fontana ...  Himself - Executive Producer, Homicide: Life on the Street 2 episodes, 2011
Alec Baldwin ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Danny DeVito ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Carl Reiner ...  Himself - Creator, The Dick Van Dyke Show 2 episodes, 2011
Dick Van Dyke ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
James Manos Jr. James Manos Jr. ...  Himself - Writer, The Sopranos & Dexter 2 episodes, 2011
Mary Tyler Moore ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ...  Elaine Benes, Seinfeld / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Warren Littlefield ...  Himself - Former President, NBC Entertainment 2 episodes, 2011
Philip Rosenthal ...  Himself - Creator, Everybody Loves Raymond 2 episodes, 2011
Patricia Heaton ...  Debra Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Andre Braugher ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Marcy Carsey ...  Herself - Executive Producer, Roseanne / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Steven Levitan ...  Himself - Co-Creator, Modern Family 2 episodes, 2011
Rainn Wilson ...  Dwight Schrute, The Office / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Sue Naegle ...  Herself - President, HBO Entertainment 2 episodes, 2011
Tom Werner ...  Himself - Executive Producer, Roseanne / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Felicity Huffman ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Michael C. Hall ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Shonda Rhimes ...  Herself - Creator, Grey's Anatomy 2 episodes, 2011
George Meyer George Meyer ...  Himself - Writer, The Simpsons 2 episodes, 2011
Mike Royce ...  Himself - Co-Creator, Men of a Certain Age / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Stephen McPherson Stephen McPherson ...  Himself - Former President, ABC Entertainment 2 episodes, 2011
Matthew Weiner ...  Himself - Creator, Mad Men 2 episodes, 2011
Kevin Reilly ...  Himself - President, Fox Entertainment 2 episodes, 2011
Elisabeth Moss ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Edie Falco ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Bill Paxton ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Dennis Franz ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Michael Chiklis ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Mitchell Hurwitz ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2011
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This documentary series looks at the evolution of specific character types appearing on American primetime episodic television from post WWII to the early twenty-first century. These characters were often a reflection of the times and often shaped by world events such as WWII, the Vietnam War and 9/11, but some also influenced behavior and attitudes, especially of such characterizations in future television shows. Landmark characterizations are presented and the reasons for them being landmarks are discussed. Written by Huggo

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30 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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A América em Horário Nobre See more »

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A Cultural View Of Television
3 March 2017 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

Since that little box started appearing in living rooms across the United States during the 1950s, television programs have constantly evolved in both culture and scope. "America in Primetime" examines some of those cultural moors and tries to understand their significance.

This set is broken down into four parts:

1. The evolution of men on the small screen, beginning with the stereotypical Father Knows Best and coming to rest on more complex males such as those in Breaking Bad, The Wire, or Mad Men.

2. The ever-changing role of women on television, from the "happy homemaker" days of June Cleaver to the pill-popping Nurse Jackie and the gals of Sex and the City.

3. The "outcasts", or those who never quite fit in (e.g. the Dwight Schrutes or Ugly Bettys of the TV landscape). An interesting discussion ensues surrounding why exactly these figures are so prevalent on television.

4. The crusaders (like Jack Bauer or Fox Mulder) who exhibit stoic traits such as persistence, loyalty, and integrity.

This is a fun little set to watch because, let's face it...those of us who are serious about our TV viewing (and if you aren't, you aren't considering this collection to begin with) like to revel in the nostalgia and memories of all our favorite shows both past and present.

I can't give the series a full five stars because, in all seriousness, I'm not sure that the deep societal issues pondering by the filmmakers are truly the driving force behind each show (e.g. is True Blood really an allegory on the human condition, or is it an excuse to show half-naked vampires getting it on?). However, "America In Primetime" does make enough sentient points to keep you engaged throughout.


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