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American Masters

American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.

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Season 31
Prolific and versatile filmmaker Sidney Lumet made 44 films in 50 years, earning the...
Season 22
Director Nancy Porter, producer Harriet Reisen, and actress Elizabeth Marvel fielded...
Season 32
Produced by Reframed Pictures in association with American Masters, the new documentary...
Season 31
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya...
Season 28
Bing Crosby (1903-1977) was the most popular and influential multi-media star of the...
Season 31
Today’s American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist...
Season 28
American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire is the first big-picture exploration of the...
Season 17
Every great cook secretly believes in the power of food. Alice Waters just believes this...
Season 30
Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female singer to date, Loretta Lynn has...
Season 30
King tells her story in the new documentary American Masters – Carole King: Natural Woman...
Season 28
Her photograph Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the...
Season 29
Unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new...
Season 29
This is the story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem...
Season 30
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues...
Season 30
One of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s, Fats Domino and his record...
Season 31
Best known for his Gothic horror tales and narrative poem “The Raven,” Poe’s stories are...
Season 32
Explore the inner life and works of the activist, playwright and author of A Raisin in...
Season 31
Explore the entertainer’s life with unprecedented access to his personal archives...
Season 28
Co-founder of The Paris Review, George Plimpton (1927–2003) was a fascinated journalist...
Season 27
Hear My Train A Comin’, directed by Bob Smeaton, traces the legendary guitarist’s...
Season 29
Descubre la vida de Pedro E. Guerrero, un mexico-americano nacido y criado en Mesa, AZ,...
Season 29
Discover the life and work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero (Sept. 5, 1917-Sept. 13,...
Season 31
Until his death at the age of 106, Tyrus Wong was America’s oldest living Chinese...
Season 27
For the first time, American Masters profiles a sports figure, Billie Jean King: a...
Season 31
Slacker. Indie filmmaker. Oscar nominee. Writer, director, producer, actor Richard...
Season 30
Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway...
Season 32
Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and...
Season 30
With unprecedented access to Lear, his work and his massive personal archives, American...
Season 29
Ric Burns’ documentary on the 75-year history of the preeminent ballet company combines...
Season 28
Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929–2000) was a star ballerina with the New York City Ballet who...
Season 31
Jacques Pépin’s story is a tale even his legions of devoted fans may not be familiar with...
Season 18
Julia was a larger-than-life figure who revolutionized the way that Americans ate, talked...
Season 31
Patsy Cline defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart?wrenching...
Season 30
Meet one of America’s late, great directors, Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Angels in...
Season 30
Frequently referred to as “the Mount Rushmore of country music,” The Highwaymen – Willie...
Season 30
The broadcast features Amy Berg's never-before-seen extended film cut with additional...
Season 29
One of the biggest American bestsellers of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) was...
Season 29
Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new...
Season 29
Discover the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly...
Season 29
This portrait of the inimitable magician Ricky Jay delves into the mysterious world of...
Season 28
The baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world....
Season 28
American Masters – Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work takes the audience on a year-long ride...
Season 28
"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" is the first film biography of writer and activist Alice...
Season 28
Pete Seeger helped introduce America to its own musical heritage, devoting his life to...
Season 27
“The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better” and scores for "The Sting," "Sophie’s Choice"...
Season 27
Hear My Train A Comin’ traces the legendary guitarist’s remarkable journey from his...
Season 27
The life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist are recounted:...
Season 27
American Masters explores the life and career of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-...
Season 27
Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar...
Season 26
It's the life and times of The Joffrey Ballet -- the first quintessentially American...
Season 26
Notoriously press and camera-shy, David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this...
Season 26
Carl Sandburg's life was like a tall tale. Yes, Sandburg was only a man. But, his words...
Season 26
Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American...
Season 26
Explore the life of this pioneering jazz legend who charmed audiences with his bravado...
Season 26
Margaret Mitchell was no ordinary writer. The one book she published in her lifetime -...
Season 26
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a tribute to an unlikely American hero whose music is...
Season 25
From 1941 to 1978, this husband-wife powerhouse brought unique talents to their...
Season 25
Bill T. Jones, the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant and winner of two...
Season 24
For Martin Scorsese, growing up in Little Italy, seeing On the Waterfront and East of...
Season 25
AMERICAN MASTERS provides an insider's view into how Levine transformed The Metropolitan...
Season 25
Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/...
Season 25
American Masters continues its 25th anniversary season with Troubadours: Carole King /...
Season 24
Called "the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived," this...
Season 23
Admiral George S. Morrison and Anne Morrison-Chewning discuss Jim's career with The Doors
Season 24
A profoundly enigmatic musical poet, there have been many documentaries about Glenn Gould...
Season 24
The Grammy-winning bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez died in Coral Gables, Florida in March...
Season 24
American Masters' documentary about the country music legend Merle Haggard, often called...
Season 24
Following the breakup of the Beatles, John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in...
Season 27
After 60 years in show business, Mel Brooks has earned more major awards than any other...

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