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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.

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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 36 Episode 2 - Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands ( 2/8/2022 )

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Season Episode Episode Name Airdate Submit Links Updated
362Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her HandsFeb-08-2022010 months
1AileyJan-11-2022710 months
3511TBAJan-11-2022011 months
10Becoming Helen KellerOct-19-2021410 months
9Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For ItOct-05-2021010 months
8Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues AwayJul-27-2021110 months
7Ballerina BoysJun-04-2021010 months
6Amy Tan: Unintended MemoirMay-03-202111 year
5Oliver Sacks: His Own LifeApr-09-202101 year
4Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen StoryApr-02-202111 year
3Twyla MovesMar-26-202101 year
2Flannery O'ConnorMar-23-202101 year
1How It Feels To Be FreeJan-18-202102 years
349Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie To PageDec-29-202001 year
8Keith Haring: Street Art BoyDec-11-202002 years
7Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now IsOct-23-202001 year
6Walter Winchell: The Power Of GossipOct-20-202001 year
5Unladylike2020Jul-10-202001 year
4And She Could Be Next Part TwoJun-30-202001 year
3Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmJun-23-202002 years
2Mae West: Dirty BlondeJun-16-2020210 months
1Miles Davis: Birth of the CoolFeb-25-202001 year
3312N. Scott Momaday: Words from a BearNov-18-201903 years
11Rothko: Pictures Must Be MiraculousOct-25-201903 years
10TBASep-13-201903 years
9Worlds of Ursula K. Le GuinAug-02-201903 years
8Robert Shaw -- Man of Many VoicesJun-21-201903 years
7Terrence McNally: Every Act of LifeJun-14-201903 years
6Garry Winogrand: All Things are PhotographableApr-19-201903 years
5TBAApr-12-201903 years
4Holly Near: Singing for Our LivesMar-01-201903 years
3Charley PrideFeb-22-201903 years
2Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be MeFeb-19-201903 years
1Decoding WatsonJan-02-201903 years
3215Robert Shaw - Man of Many VoicesMay-17-201903 years
14Garry Winogrand: All Things Are PhotographableApr-19-201903 years
13Joseph Pulitzer: Voice Of The PeopleApr-12-201903 years
12Holly Near: Singing For Our LivesMar-01-201903 years
11Charley Pride: I'm Just MeFeb-22-201903 years
10Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeFeb-19-201903 years
9ItzhakOct-14-201804 years
8Basquiat: Rage To RichesSep-14-201803 years
7Elizabeth MurraySep-07-201803 years
6Andrew WyethSep-07-201803 years
5Eva HesseAug-31-201803 years
4Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever LivedJul-23-201803 years
3Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryMay-18-201803 years
2Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeJan-26-201803 years
1Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling HeartJan-19-201803 years
3111Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/feeling HeartJan-19-201803 years
10This Is Bob Hope...Dec-29-201703 years
9Inspiring Woman Web SeriesNov-08-201703 years
8Edgar Allan Poe: Buried AliveOct-30-201703 years
7Tyrus WongSep-08-201703 years
6Richard Linklater: Dream is DestinySep-01-201703 years
5Jacques Pépin: The Art of CraftMay-26-201703 years
4James Beard: America's First FoodieMay-19-201703 years
3Patsy ClineMar-04-201703 years
2Maya Angelou: And Still I RiseFeb-21-201703 years
1By Sidney LumetJan-03-201703 years
3013Jacques Pépin - The Art Of CraftMay-26-201703 years
12[no episode title yet]May-19-201703 years
11Maya Angelou: And Still I RiseFeb-21-201703 years
10Sidney LumetJan-03-201703 years
9Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the FutureDec-27-201603 years
8Norman Lear: Just Another Version of YouOct-25-201603 years
7The Highwaymen: Friends Till the EndMay-27-201603 years
6Janis Joplin: Little Girl BlueMay-03-201603 years
5Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain GirlMar-04-201603 years
4Fats Domino: The Birth of Rock N' RollFeb-26-201603 years
3Carole King: Natural WomanFeb-19-201603 years
2B.B. King: The Life of RileyFeb-12-201603 years
1Mike Nichols: An American MasterJan-29-201603 years
298The Women's ListSep-25-201503 years
7The Women's ListSep-25-201503 years
6Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's JourneySep-18-201503 years
5AltheaSep-04-201503 years
4American Ballet Theatre: A HistoryMay-15-201503 years
3Jascha Heifetz: God's FiddlerApr-16-201503 years
2August Wilson: The Ground on Which I StandFeb-20-201503 years
1Ricky Jay: Deceptive PracticeJan-23-201503 years
289Bing Crosby RediscoveredDec-02-201403 years
8The Boomer ListSep-23-201403 years
7Joan Rivers: A Piece of WorkSep-23-201403 years
6Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of LightningAug-29-201403 years
5Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a FaunJun-20-201403 years
4Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as HimselfMay-16-201404 years
3A Fierce Green FireApr-22-201404 years
2Alice Walker: Beauty in TruthFeb-07-201403 years
1SalingerJan-21-201403 years
276Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for LoveDec-27-201303 years
5Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin'Nov-05-201303 years
4Billie Jean KingSep-10-201303 years
3Mel Brooks: Make a NoiseMay-20-201303 years
2Philip Roth: UnmaskedMar-29-201304 years
1Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & RollFeb-22-201304 years
268Joffrey: Mavericks of American DanceDec-28-201203 years
7Inventing David GeffenNov-20-201204 years
6The Day Carl Sandburg DiedSep-24-201204 years
5Johnny Carson: King of Late NightMay-14-201201 year
4Harper Lee: Hey, BooApr-02-201204 years
3Margaret Mitchell: American RebelApr-02-201204 years
2Cab Calloway: SketchesFeb-27-201204 years
1Phil Ochs: There But for FortuneJan-23-201204 years
259Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the PainterDec-29-201103 years
8Woody Allen: A Documentary: Part 2Nov-21-201111 year
7Woody Allen: A Documentary: Part 1Nov-20-201111 year
6Bill T. Jones: A Good ManNov-11-201104 years
5Pearl Jam TwentyOct-21-201104 years
4James Levine: America's MaestroJun-01-201104 years
3John Muir in the New WorldApr-18-201104 years
2Troubadors: Carole King/James Taylor & the Rise of the Singer-SongwriterMar-02-201104 years
1Jeff Bridges: The Dude AbidesJan-12-201104 years
248Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn GouldDec-27-201003 years
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6A Letter to EliaOct-04-201003 years
5Cachao: Uno MásSep-20-201003 years
4Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with MyselfJul-21-201003 years
3The Doors: When You're StrangeMay-12-201003 years
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1Sam Cooke: Crossing OverJan-11-201003 years
238Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'Dec-28-200903 years
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229The Brothers WarnerSep-25-200803 years
8You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: The Big Tent (1980-Present)Sep-25-200803 years
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6You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A New Reality (1950-1970)Sep-24-200803 years
5You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Good War, Uneasy Peace (1935-1950)Sep-23-200803 years
4You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet (1923-1935)Sep-23-200803 years
3Marvin Gaye: What's Going OnMay-07-200803 years
2Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the SunApr-09-200803 years
1Pete Seeger: The Power of SongFeb-27-200803 years
219Carol Burnett: A Woman of CharacterNov-05-200703 years
8Good Ol' Charles SchulzOct-29-200703 years
7Orozco: Man of FireSep-19-200703 years
6Tony Bennett: The Music Never EndsSep-12-200703 years
5John James Audubon: Drawn From NatureJul-25-200703 years
4David Hockney: The Colors of MusicJul-18-200703 years
3Les Paul: Chasing SoundJul-11-200703 years
2Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet BuiltMay-02-200703 years
1Novel Reflections on the American DreamApr-04-200703 years
209Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a LensJan-03-200703 years
8Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a LensJan-03-200703 years
7Sketches of Frank GehrySep-27-200603 years
6Andy Warhol: A Documentary (1)Sep-20-200603 years
5Walter Cronkite: Witness to HistoryJul-26-200603 years
4Marilyn Monroe: Still LifeJul-19-200603 years
3Woodie Guthrie: Ain't Got No HomeJul-12-200603 years
2The World of Nat King ColeMay-17-200603 years
1John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the LegendMay-10-200603 years
197Bob Dylan: No Direction HomeSep-27-200503 years
6Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the SeaSep-14-200503 years
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3George Stevens: A Filmmaker's JourneyJul-13-200503 years
2Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your VoiceJun-29-200503 years
1James Dean: Sense MemoriesMay-11-200503 years
188Julia! America's Favorite ChefAug-18-200403 years
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6Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of EmpireApr-28-200403 years
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1Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the BlacklistSep-03-200303 years
178The Education of Gore VidalJul-30-200303 years
7Robert Capa: In Love and WarMay-28-200303 years
6Muddy Waters: Can't Be SatisfiedApr-23-200303 years
5Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and MindApr-02-200303 years
4Alice Waters and Her Delicious RevolutionMar-19-200303 years
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1Willie Nelson: Still is Still MovingOct-02-200203 years
168Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a DancerMar-01-200203 years
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5Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun RecordsNov-28-200103 years
4Quincy Jones: In the PocketNov-18-200103 years
3Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest SoundsOct-21-200103 years
2F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter DreamsOct-14-200103 years
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158Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American IndiansApr-23-200103 years
7Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent EyeApr-16-200103 years
6A Conversation with Gregory PeckApr-09-200103 years
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147The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat GenerationMay-31-200003 years
6Isaac Stern: Life's VirtuosoApr-12-200003 years
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137Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan AlleyAug-18-199903 years
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5The Lives of Lillian HellmanJun-30-199903 years
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3Paul Robeson: Here I StandFeb-24-199903 years
2The Line King: Al HirschfeldJan-06-199903 years
1Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the NoteOct-28-199803 years
126Alexander CalderJun-17-199803 years
5Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 MinutesMay-01-199803 years
4Lou Reed: Rock and Roll HeartApr-29-199803 years
3Billy Wilder: The Human ComedyFeb-04-199803 years
2VaudevilleNov-26-199703 years
1The Life and Times of Allen GinsbergSep-17-199703 years
115Isamu Noguchi: Stones and PaperJun-25-199703 years
4Jack Paar: As I Was SayingMay-07-199704 years
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1Lena Horne: In Her Own VoiceNov-25-199604 years
105Nichols and May: Take TwoMay-22-199604 years
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2William Styron: The Way of the WriterJan-22-199604 years
1Rod Serling: Submitted for Your ApprovalNov-29-199504 years
94Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the SoulMar-22-199504 years
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82Martha Graham: The Dancer RevealedMay-13-199404 years
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73D.W. Griffith: Father of FilmMar-24-199305 years
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9Aaron Copland ~ About the ComposerAug-18-198601 week
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