American Masters

“American Masters” is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, “American Masters” is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity. Since its premiere in 1986, “American Masters” has been the only PBS primetime series committed to developing and producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history. The illuminating film portraits chronicle the process of discovery and evolution in the working methods and lives of our most significant and influential writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, and filmmakers.

Genre: History, Music, Romance, Documentary, Biography,

Release Date: June 23, 1986 (US)

Status: Running

Network: PBS (IMDb, Official Website)


Most recent episode: American Masters Season 35 Episode 5 - Oliver Sacks: His Own Life ( 4/9/2021 )

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Season Episode Episode Name Airdate Submit Links Updated
356Amy Tan: Unintended MemoirMay-03-202103 weeks
5Oliver Sacks: His Own LifeApr-09-2021623 hours
4Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen StoryApr-02-202151 week
3Twyla MovesMar-26-202162 weeks
2Flannery O'ConnorMar-23-2021143 weeks
1How It Feels To Be FreeJan-18-202104 weeks
349Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie To PageDec-29-202003 months
8Keith Haring: Street Art BoyDec-11-202003 months
7Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now IsOct-23-202023 months
6Walter Winchell: The Power Of GossipOct-20-202006 months
5Unladylike2020Jul-10-202009 months
4And She Could Be Next Part TwoJun-30-202009 months
3Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmJun-23-2020010 months
2Mae West: Dirty BlondeJun-16-202049 months
1Miles Davis: Birth of the CoolFeb-25-2020011 months
3312N. Scott Momaday: Words from a BearNov-18-2019011 months
11Rothko: Pictures Must Be MiraculousOct-25-2019011 months
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8Robert Shaw -- Man of Many VoicesJun-21-2019011 months
7Terrence McNally: Every Act of LifeJun-14-2019011 months
6Garry Winogrand: All Things are PhotographableApr-19-2019011 months
5TBAApr-12-2019011 months
4Holly Near: Singing for Our LivesMar-01-2019011 months
3Charley PrideFeb-22-2019011 months
2Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be MeFeb-19-2019011 months
1Decoding WatsonJan-02-2019011 months
3215Robert Shaw - Man of Many VoicesMay-17-2019011 months
14Garry Winogrand: All Things Are PhotographableApr-19-2019011 months
13Joseph Pulitzer: Voice Of The PeopleApr-12-2019011 months
12Holly Near: Singing For Our LivesMar-01-2019011 months
11Charley Pride: I'm Just MeFeb-22-2019011 months
10Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeFeb-19-2019011 months
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7Elizabeth MurraySep-07-2018011 months
6Andrew WyethSep-07-2018011 months
5Eva HesseAug-31-2018011 months
4Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever LivedJul-23-2018011 months
3Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryMay-18-2018011 months
2Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeJan-26-2018011 months
1Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling HeartJan-19-2018011 months
3111Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/feeling HeartJan-19-2018011 months
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3013Jacques Pépin - The Art Of CraftMay-26-2017011 months
12[no episode title yet]May-19-2017011 months
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