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Doctors and Nurses (#402)

Review television's long love affair with doctors and nurses. [56 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Series Description: The four-part series examines the people who left their imprint on sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows in the early days of the medium. The program features interviews with legendary stars, including Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Marlo Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Ed McMahon and Merv Griffin. Using never-before-seen images and showcasing timeless clips, the documentary examines the entertainers that provided the classic scenes that still amuse us today.

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  • Sitcoms (#101)

    Profiles the stars and shows that pioneered the sitcom, including I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners. [56 minutes]

  • Late Night (#102)

    The late-night escapades of Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson enter primetime in this episode about the formative years of late-night television. [53 minutes]

  • Variety (#103)

    From Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" and Milton Berleā€™s "Texaco Star Theater" to "The Carol Burnett Show," "Smothers Brothers" and "Laugh-In," among others, this episode celebrates the variety show. [56 minutes]

  • Game Shows (#104)

    This episode traces one of broadcasting's strongest genres--from its beginnings in radio through its heyday in the late '60s. [56 minutes]

  • Science Fiction (#201)

    Focuses on "Star Trek" "Lost in Space" "The Twilight Zone" and the creators and stars of the shows. [56 minutes]

  • Westerns (#202)

    An entertaining look at successful TV westerns including "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke" and "Maverick." [56 minutes]

  • Crime Dramas (#203)

    A look at "The Rockford Files," "Dragnet," "Columbo," "Mission: Impossible "and other crime shows. [56 minutes]

  • Local Kids' TV (#204)

    A look at "Romper Room" and more local programs that shaped the childhoods of American children. [56 minutes]

  • Funny Ladies (#301)

    Comediennes Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller and more are highlighted. [56 minutes]

  • Primetime Soaps (#302)

    Larry Hagman, Linda Evans, Joan Collins and more stars discuss soaps such as "Dallas" and "Dynasty." [56 minutes]

  • Superheroes (#303)

    Adam West, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno and others discuss "Superman," "Batman" and more great shows. [56 minutes]

  • Miniseries (#304)

    LeVar Burton, Ed Asner, Richard Chamberlain and others discuss "Roots," "The Thorn Birds" and more. [56 minutes]

  • Carol Burnett & The Funny Ladies (#305)

    Carol Burnett's television comedy career and the funny ladies of TV who joined her are highlighted. [26 minutes]

  • Standup to Sitcom (#401)

    Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr and Ray Romano discuss how standup comics transitioned to sitcoms. [56 minutes]

  • Breaking Barriers (#403)

    The story of people of color on American television is traced, including Bill Cosby and Desi Arnaz. [56 minutes]

  • Acting Funny (#404)

    The backstage techniques of Robin Williams, Tina Fey and more great comedic actors are revealed. [56 minutes]

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