They were the stars of the small screen in the early years of television, and much of the nation came to a halt whenever their shows aired. As the originators of these innovative television formats, they provided an essential escape for millions of viewers who eagerly waited to watch them each week.Visit Pioneers of Television Website
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A tribute to Williams that includes one of his last full-length interviews for the series.
A look at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.
Trace the story of people of color on American television.
Review television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses.
See how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.
"Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "The Thorn Birds" mastered the art of storytelling.
They fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models to viewers of every age.
"Dallas," "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing" were all part of the nighttime soap frenzy.
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Emmy-award winner Cloris Leachman shares her acting philosophy.
Classic comedian Jonathan Winters was at his best when he was improvising.
Walker's "Good Times" character was such a hit, he changed the direction of the sitcom.
Despite "Good Times" producer Norman Lear's wishes, Jimmie Walker was there to be funny.
Improv master Jonathan Winters paved the way for younger comedian Robin Williams.
Robin Williams developed his signature style of improvisational comedy as a young comic.
Dick Van Dyke loved to perform physical comedy, even if the script didn't call for it.
In the Fall of 1984, Bill Cosby almost single handedly revived the sitcom genre.
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Airs Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 9/8c.
This episode traces the story of people of color on American television.
This episode reveals the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.
Explore television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses from ER to Dr. Kildare.
More than 200 stars bring their stories to life in Season 4 of Pioneers of Television.
This episode reveals how America’s top comics made the transition from stage to screen.
Premieres Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.
Premieres Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.