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A documentary series focusing on the ongoing Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, evolving music industry, the Iran Hostage Crisis, the sexual revolution, and the rise of foreign and domestic terrorism.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Douglas Brinkley ...  Himself - Historian / ... 4 episodes, 2015
Chris Connelly ...  Himself - Editor-in-Chief, 'Grantland' / ... 4 episodes, 2015
Tim Naftali Tim Naftali ...  Himself - Historian / ... 4 episodes, 2015
Rick Perlstein Rick Perlstein ...  Himself - Author, 'Nixonland' / ... 4 episodes, 2015
Dan Rather ...  Himself - Fmr White House Correspondent / ... 4 episodes, 2015
Jefferson Cowie Jefferson Cowie ...  Himself - Author, 'Stayin' Alive' / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Renee Graham Renee Graham ...  Herself - NPR Columnist Critic / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Pat Buchanan ...  Himself - Senior Advisor to Pres. Nixon / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Robert Dallek Robert Dallek ...  Himself - Author, 'Hail to the Chief' / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Tom Hanks ...  Himself - Actor 2 episodes, 2015
Elizabeth Holtzman Elizabeth Holtzman ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2015
John Limbert John Limbert ...  Himself - American Embassy Hostage / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Kevin Mattson ...  Himself - Author / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Robin Morgan Robin Morgan ...  Herself - Author and Activist 2 episodes, 2015
Don Ohlmeyer ...  Himself - Producer, 'Monday Night Football' / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Richard Reeves ...  Himself - Author, 'A Ford Not a Lincoln' / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Evan Thomas Evan Thomas ...  Himself - Author, 'Being Nixon' 2 episodes, 2015
Lawrence Wright Lawrence Wright ...  Himself - Author, 'Going Clear' / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Robin Wright ...  Herself - Author, 'Dreams and Shadows' / ... 2 episodes, 2015
David Allyn David Allyn ...  Himself - Author, 'Make Love, Not War' 1 episode, 2015
John Amos ...  Himself - Actor, 'Good Times' 1 episode, 2015
Peter Asher ...  Himself - Musician and Manager 1 episode, 2015
Michelle Ashford Michelle Ashford ...  Herself - Exec. Producer, 'Masters of Sex' 1 episode, 2015
Edward Asner ...  Himself - Actor, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' 1 episode, 2015
Robert Baer Robert Baer ...  Himself - Fmr CIA Case Officer 1 episode, 2015
Beth Bailey Beth Bailey ...  Herself - Author, 'Sex in the Heartland' 1 episode, 2015
Peter Bergen Peter Bergen ...  Himself - Terrorist Analyst and Author 1 episode, 2015
David Bianculli David Bianculli ...  Himself - Television critic, 'Fresh Air' 1 episode, 2015
Hilary Brown Hilary Brown ...  Herself - ABC News 3 episodes, 2015
Susan Brownmiller Susan Brownmiller ...  Herself - Journalist and Activist 1 episode, 2015
Jean-Louis Bruguière Jean-Louis Bruguière ...  Himself - Prosecutor, Carlos the Jackal 1 episode, 2015
Vincent Bugliosi ...  Himself - Fmr LA Deputy District Atty. 1 episode, 2015
Bryan Burrough Bryan Burrough ...  Himself - Author, 'Days of Rage' 1 episode, 2015
LeVar Burton ...  Himself - Actor, 'Roots' 1 episode, 2015
Dan T. Carter Dan T. Carter ...  Himself - Historian 1 episode, 2015
Harry Wayne Casey ...  Himself - KC and the Sunshine Band 1 episode, 2015
Dick Cavett ...  Himself - Host, 'The Dick Cavett Show' 2 episodes, 2015
Robert Christgau Robert Christgau ...  Himself - Music Critic 1 episode, 2015
Joe Coffey Joe Coffey ...  Himself - NYPD Detective (Ret.) 1 episode, 2015
Gail Collins Gail Collins ...  Herself - Author, 'When Everything Changed' 1 episode, 2015
Jonathan Dana Jonathan Dana ...  Himself - Director, 'Sandstone' Documentary 1 episode, 2015
Suzanne De Passe ...  Herself - Fmr President, Motown Productions 1 episode, 2015
John Dean ...  Himself - Former White House Counsel 1 episode, 2015
Henry Diltz Henry Diltz ...  Himself - Photographer 1 episode, 2015
Vilunya Diskin Vilunya Diskin ...  Herself - Co-author, 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' 1 episode, 2015
Elizabeth Drew Elizabeth Drew ...  Herself - Author, Washington Journal 1 episode, 2015
Allison Elias Allison Elias ...  Herself - Asst. History Professor, Cornell 1 episode, 2015
Richard English Richard English ...  Himself - Author, 'Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA' 1 episode, 2015
Mike Farrell ...  Himself - Actor, 'M*A*S*H' 1 episode, 2015
Warren Farrell Warren Farrell ...  Himself - Author, 'The Liberated Man' 1 episode, 2015
Mick Fleetwood ...  Himself - Fleetwood Mac 1 episode, 2015
James Alan Fox James Alan Fox ...  Himself - Author, 'Mass Killing' 1 episode, 2015
Nelson George ...  Himself - Author, 'The Death of Rhythm and Blues' 1 episode, 2015
Vince Gilligan ...  Himself - Exective producer, 'Breaking Bad' 1 episode, 2015
Mark Halperin ...  Himself - Politcal Analyst, TIME 1 episode, 2015
Valerie Harper ...  Herself - Actor, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' 1 episode, 2015
John Heilemann ...  Himself - Journalist 1 episode, 2015
George Herring George Herring ...  Himself - Author, 'America's Longest War' 1 episode, 2015
Stuart Herrington Stuart Herrington ...  Himself - Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) 1 episode, 2015
Bruce Hoffman Bruce Hoffman ...  Himself - Author, 'Inside Terrorism' 1 episode, 2015
Max Holland Max Holland ...  Himself - Author, 'Leak' 1 episode, 2015
Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson ...  Himself - Author, 'Kissinger' 1 episode, 2015
Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins ...  Himself - Terrorism Analyst, The Rand Corp. 1 episode, 2015
Nicholas Johnson Nicholas Johnson ...  Himself - F.C.C. Commission 1 episode, 2015
Marshall Kilduff Marshall Kilduff ...  Himself - Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle 1 episode, 2015
Billie Jean King ...  Herself - Founder, Women's Tennis Association 1 episode, 2015
Robert Klein ...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode, 2015
Brendan I. Koerner Brendan I. Koerner ...  Himself - Author, 'The Skies Belong to Us' 1 episode, 2015
Stanley Kutler Stanley Kutler ...  Himself - Author, 'The Wars of Watergate' 1 episode, 2015
Elana Levine Elana Levine ...  Herself - Author, 'Wallowing in Sex' 1 episode, 2015
Fredrik Logevall Fredrik Logevall ...  Himself - Author, 'Choosing War' 1 episode, 2015
Winston Lord Winston Lord ...  Himself - Fmr Special Asst to Henry Kissinger 1 episode, 2015
Karl Marlantes Karl Marlantes ...  Himself - Author, 'Matterhorn' 1 episode, 2015
Garry Marshall ...  Himself - Executive Producer, 'Happy Days' 1 episode, 2015
Richard Moe Richard Moe ...  Himself 1 episode, 2015
Ron Nessen Ron Nessen ...  Himself - Fmr White House Press Secretary 2 episodes, 2015
Bob Newhart ...  Himself - Actor, 'The Bob Newhart Show' 1 episode, 2015
Terry O'Neill Terry O'Neill ...  Herself - President, N.O.W. 1 episode, 2015
Ami Pedahzur Ami Pedahzur ...  Himself - Author, 'The Israeli Secret Service' 1 episode, 2015
Mark Perry Mark Perry ...  Himself - Editor, 'Sniffin' Glue' 1 episode, 2015
Peter Quinn Peter Quinn ...  Himself - Author and Historian 1 episode, 2015
Smokey Robinson ...  Himself - Singer-Songwriter 1 episode, 2015
Dan Savage ...  Himself - Author and Activist 1 episode, 2015
Tom Shales Tom Shales ...  Himself - Television critic 1 episode, 2015
Neil Sheehan Neil Sheehan ...  Himself - Author, 'A Bright Shining Lie' 1 episode, 2015
Earl Silbert Earl Silbert ...  Himself 1 episode, 2015
JD Souther ...  Himself - Singer and Songwriter 1 episode, 2015
Lesley Stahl ...  Herself - Fmr White House Correspondent 2 episodes, 2015
Gay Talese ...  Himself - Author, 'Thy Neighbor's Wife' 1 episode, 2015
Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ...  Himself - Musician and Record Producer 1 episode, 2015
Steven Van Zandt ...  Himself - The E Street Band 1 episode, 2015
Don Webster Don Webster ...  Himself - CBS News 1 episode, 2015
David Wild David Wild ...  Himself - Writer 2 episodes, 2015
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A documentary series focusing on the ongoing Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, evolving music industry, the Iran Hostage Crisis, the sexual revolution, and the rise of foreign and domestic terrorism.

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11 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Great presentation, somewhat depressing depending on your age
10 June 2016 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

This series was great at capturing not just the highlights of the seventies but the spirit of the decade. Of course, it was not as depressing as the 1930's, but turning 12 in January of 1970 and thus turning 22 as the 1980s began, watching these episodes just brought back how depressing the whole time period was. There was a feeling we were on a downhill slide, and this documentary reflects that sentiment and the reasons behind it. An American president resigned for what so far is the only time in history, Vietnam fell to the communists after Americans lost so many thousands of soldiers there over the previous decade, the decade opened with "Jesus Christ Super Star" bringing the rise of the "Jesus people", cults began to rise, and near the close of the decade Jim Jones organizes a mass suicide/homicide of just under one thousand of his followers. Suddenly cults were not cool anymore. And then Jimmy Carter dons a sweater, and from an armchair tells us all of this is our fault. The Iranians agreed.

Of course, not all of it is newsy and depressing. The series goes into television and how much it changed over the decade, with "All in the Family" leading the charge. It also talks about the music of the decade which wasn't so bad, even though the decade started with the break up of the Beatles. However, I am STILL trying to get over having listened to "You Can Ring My Bell" ad infinitum on the radio back in 1979.

I think that is one thing younger people just won't get. We all shared a common culture back then. There were three network channels, no cable, maybe a couple of UHF TV channels if you were in a larger city. Music played on wax discs or on the radio. There was not a constant flood of information coming from different sources trying to compete with each other employing the flashiest "journalists" or carving out a niche and just telling you what you want to hear.

I highly recommend this series. It strikes just the right balance between informing and entertaining. Highly recommended.


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