American Chronicles

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American Chronicles
Genre Documentary
Created by Mark Frost
Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss
Composer(s) Billy Barber
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Mark Frost
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Lynch/Frost Productions
Distributor Worldvision
Original network Fox
Picture format 4:3
Audio format
Original release September 8, 1990 – January 1, 1991

American Chronicles is a documentary television program which was broadcast by Fox Broadcasting Company as part of its 1990 fall lineup.

American Chronicles was produced by Mark Frost through Lynch/Frost Productions, the company that he founded with David Lynch. Featured many of the same quirky camera angles, unusual music, and a focus on violence and sexuality that were hallmarks of their ABC program, Twin Peaks. The half-hour weekly program was narrated by Richard Dreyfuss.

This program had a relatively brief run, being cancelled just over three months after its premiere, after ranking last out of 98 shows with an average household rating of 3.07.[citation needed]


  • 101: Farewell to the Flesh (pilot episode; writer/director: Mark Frost; airdate: 9/8/1990)
  • 102: The Eye of the Beholder (airdate: 9/15/1990)
  • 103: Manhattan After Dark (writer/producer: Robin L. Sestero; airdate: 9/22/1990)
  • 104: Auto-Obsession (airdate: 9/28/1990)
  • 105: Biker Nation (writer/producer: Ruben Norte; airdate: 10/6/1990)
  • 106: Semper Fidelis (writer/producer: Robin L. Sestero; airdate: 10/13/1990)
  • 107: This Gun's for Hire / Defenders of the Faith (writer/producer: Chappy Hardy; airdate: 10/27/1990))
  • 108: After a Fashion / An American Camelot (airdate: 11/3/1990)
  • 109: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow / Truck Stop (writer/producer: Robin L. Sestero; airdate: 10/6/1990)
  • 110: Once Upon a Time (about Hugh Hefner) (writers: Gary H. Grossman, Michael Gross, Robert Heath; directed by Robert Heath; airdate: 11/17/1990)
  • 111: The Class of '65 (airdate: 12/8/1990)
  • 112: Diamonds are Forever (Last Day at Comiskey Park) / The Future That Never Was (writer/producer: David H. Jones; airdate: 12/15/1990)
  • 113: Champions (unaired in U.S.; first aired in Europe 6/21/92)

International broadcasts[edit]

American Chronicles was aired in the United Kingdom by Channel 4 (1992), in Australia by SBS (1993), in New Zealand by TV3 (1992), in France by Planète (1992) and in Spain by TVE (1992).


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