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 35 Episode 10 - Becoming Helen Keller ( 10/19/2021 )

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3511AileyJan-11-202202 months
10Becoming Helen KellerOct-19-2021153 days
9Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For ItOct-05-2021151 month
8Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues AwayJul-27-202163 months
7Ballerina BoysJun-04-202133 months
6Amy Tan: Unintended MemoirMay-03-202123 months
5Oliver Sacks: His Own LifeApr-09-202143 months
4Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen StoryApr-02-202153 months
3Twyla MovesMar-26-202163 months
2Flannery O'ConnorMar-23-2021113 months
1How It Feels To Be FreeJan-18-202109 months
349Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie To PageDec-29-202023 months
8Keith Haring: Street Art BoyDec-11-2020011 months
7Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now IsOct-23-202033 months
6Walter Winchell: The Power Of GossipOct-20-202023 months
5Unladylike2020Jul-10-202003 months
4And She Could Be Next Part TwoJun-30-202012 months
3Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmJun-23-202001 year
2Mae West: Dirty BlondeJun-16-202063 months
1Miles Davis: Birth of the CoolFeb-25-202003 months
3312N. Scott Momaday: Words from a BearNov-18-201902 years
11Rothko: Pictures Must Be MiraculousOct-25-201902 years
10TBASep-13-201912 years
9Worlds of Ursula K. Le GuinAug-02-201902 years
8Robert Shaw -- Man of Many VoicesJun-21-201902 years
7Terrence McNally: Every Act of LifeJun-14-201902 years
6Garry Winogrand: All Things are PhotographableApr-19-201902 years
5TBAApr-12-201902 years
4Holly Near: Singing for Our LivesMar-01-201902 years
3Charley PrideFeb-22-201902 years
2Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be MeFeb-19-201902 years
1Decoding WatsonJan-02-201902 years
3215Robert Shaw - Man of Many VoicesMay-17-201902 years
14Garry Winogrand: All Things Are PhotographableApr-19-201902 years
13Joseph Pulitzer: Voice Of The PeopleApr-12-201902 years
12Holly Near: Singing For Our LivesMar-01-201902 years
11Charley Pride: I'm Just MeFeb-22-201902 years
10Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeFeb-19-201902 years
9ItzhakOct-14-201803 years
8Basquiat: Rage To RichesSep-14-201802 years
7Elizabeth MurraySep-07-201802 years
6Andrew WyethSep-07-201802 years
5Eva HesseAug-31-201802 years
4Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever LivedJul-23-201802 years
3Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryMay-18-201802 years
2Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeJan-26-201802 years
1Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling HeartJan-19-201802 years
3111Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/feeling HeartJan-19-201802 years
10This Is Bob Hope...Dec-29-201702 years
9Inspiring Woman Web SeriesNov-08-201702 years
8Edgar Allan Poe: Buried AliveOct-30-201702 years
7Tyrus WongSep-08-201702 years
6Richard Linklater: Dream is DestinySep-01-201702 years
5Jacques Pépin: The Art of CraftMay-26-201702 years
4James Beard: America's First FoodieMay-19-201702 years
3Patsy ClineMar-04-201702 years
2Maya Angelou: And Still I RiseFeb-21-201702 years
1By Sidney LumetJan-03-201702 years
3013Jacques Pépin - The Art Of CraftMay-26-201702 years
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10Sidney LumetJan-03-201702 years
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3Carole King: Natural WomanFeb-19-201602 years
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298The Women's ListSep-25-201502 years
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6Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's JourneySep-18-201502 years
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3Jascha Heifetz: God's FiddlerApr-16-201502 years
2August Wilson: The Ground on Which I StandFeb-20-201502 years
1Ricky Jay: Deceptive PracticeJan-23-201502 years
289Bing Crosby RediscoveredDec-02-201402 years
8The Boomer ListSep-23-201402 years
7Joan Rivers: A Piece of WorkSep-23-201402 years
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276Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for LoveDec-27-201302 years
5Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin'Nov-05-201302 years
4Billie Jean KingSep-10-201302 years
3Mel Brooks: Make a NoiseMay-20-201302 years
2Philip Roth: UnmaskedMar-29-201303 years
1Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & RollFeb-22-201303 years
268Joffrey: Mavericks of American DanceDec-28-201202 years
7Inventing David GeffenNov-20-201203 years
6The Day Carl Sandburg DiedSep-24-201203 years
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259Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the PainterDec-29-201102 years
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1Jeff Bridges: The Dude AbidesJan-12-201103 years
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219Carol Burnett: A Woman of CharacterNov-05-200702 years
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209Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a LensJan-03-200702 years
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115Isamu Noguchi: Stones and PaperJun-25-199702 years
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105Nichols and May: Take TwoMay-22-199603 years
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