American Playhouse

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American Playhouse
Genre Anthology
Directed by Paul Bogart
Jack O'Brien (director)
Kirk Browning
Sharron Miller
Barbara Kopple
Vivian Matalon
Jonathan Demme
Perry Miller Adato
Philip Leacock
Peter H. Hunt
David Hugh Jones
Joanne Woodward
Robert Allan Ackerman
Bill Duke
Marshall W. Mason
Composer(s) David Amram
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
Original channel PBS
Original run January 12, 1982 (1982-01-12) – December 22, 1993 (1993-12-22)

American Playhouse was an anthology television series periodically broadcast by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States.[1][2][3]


It premiered on January 12, 1982 with The Shady Hill Kidnapping, written and narrated by John Cheever and directed by Paul Bogart. Its final broadcast, In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway, a rerun of a behind-the-scenes look at Tony Kushner's award-winning play in two parts, aired on January 1, 1994.

The series proved to be the springboard for the careers of numerous performers, including David Marshall Grant, Laura Linney, A Martinez, Conchata Ferrell, Eric Roberts, Lynne Thigpen, John Malkovich, Peter Riegert, Lupe Ontiveros, Ben Stiller, and Megan Mullally.

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