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 7 - Ballerina Boys ( 6/4/2021 )

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358Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues AwayJul-27-202102 weeks
7Ballerina BoysJun-04-202102 weeks
6Amy Tan: Unintended MemoirMay-03-2021113 weeks
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4Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen StoryApr-02-202163 weeks
3Twyla MovesMar-26-202173 weeks
2Flannery O'ConnorMar-23-2021153 weeks
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6Walter Winchell: The Power Of GossipOct-20-202008 months
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4And She Could Be Next Part TwoJun-30-2020012 months
3Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmJun-23-2020012 months
2Mae West: Dirty BlondeJun-16-2020412 months
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7Terrence McNally: Every Act of LifeJun-14-201901 year
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2Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be MeFeb-19-201901 year
1Decoding WatsonJan-02-201901 year
3215Robert Shaw - Man of Many VoicesMay-17-201901 year
14Garry Winogrand: All Things Are PhotographableApr-19-201901 year
13Joseph Pulitzer: Voice Of The PeopleApr-12-201901 year
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6Andrew WyethSep-07-201801 year
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12[no episode title yet]May-19-201701 year
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