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The Vietnam War

A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

The Vietnam War is a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The program features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including those who fought in the war, those who opposed it and civilians from both sides who have lived with the consequences.

In addition to the documentary, KCTS 9 has produced two programs to shed light on the music of the era and local people and how the war influenced them.

On the Record

What were the songs that defined this generation? The popular music of each year tells the story of how music evolved with the war and other key historical and cultural events. Listen to the music of each year while exploring the pivotal events that shaped the Vietnam War era.

Read the intro, written by Doug Bradley,
author of We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Jump straight into the interactive timeline.

Our Vietnam Voices

A KCTS 9-produced series of stories about local people impacted by the Vietnam War.

Watch "Our Vietnam Voices"

Full Episodes:


Son Michael's Story: Our Vietnam Voices
August 24, 2017
A South Vietnamese civilian recollects his family’s harrowing escape from...
August 24, 2017
A widow reflects on her husband’s death in Vietnam, and the impact it has had...
July 14, 2017
A protester of the Vietnam War reflects.
July 3, 2017
“The son that left for Vietnam never came home.”
June 9, 2017
Rosita shares the story of her brother, Lewis Albanese. Lewis was only 20...
May 26, 2017
Veteran Curtis Thompson shares his memories of serving in the Vietnam War and...


Season 1
While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention and forces President Nixon to...
Season 1
South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own in Laos suffer a terrible defeat. Massive U...
Season 1
With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As...
Season 1
Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult...
Season 1
On the eve of the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch surprise...
Season 1
American casualties and enemy body counts mount as Marines face deadly North Vietnamese...
Season 1
Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi...
Season 1
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat...
Season 1
President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles...
Season 1
After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a...


Find out about the creation of the series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. #VietnamWarPBS