American Playhouse

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American Playhouse
Genre Anthology
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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