American Experience

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American Experience
American Experience logo.svg
Genre Television documentary
Created by Peter McGhee
Narrated by David McCullough
(1988–1999)[1]
Theme music composer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 28
No. of episodes 318 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Judy Crichton
(1987–1996)
Margaret Drain
(1997–2003)
Mark Samels
(2003–present)
Producer(s) Sharon Grimberg (Senior Producer)
Running time 55 minutes
Release
Original network PBS [2]
Original release October 4, 1988 (1988-10-04) – present
External links
Official website

American Experience is a television program airing on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television stations in the United States. The program airs documentaries, many of which have won awards,[3] about important or interesting events and people in American history.

The series premiered on October 4, 1988 and was originally titled The American Experience, but the article "The" was dropped during a later brand and image update. The show has had a presence on the Internet since 1995, and more than 100 American Experience programs are accompanied by their own websites, which have more background information on the subjects covered as well as teachers' guides.[4] The show is produced primarily by WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, though occasionally in the early seasons of the show, it was co-produced by other PBS stations such as WNET in New York.

Some programs now considered part of the American Experience collection were produced prior to the creation of the series. Vietnam: A Television History was one of them, airing in 1983 after taking six years to assemble.[5] Also, in 2006, American Experience rebroadcast Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, the first half of the award-winning 1986 documentary about the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Awards[edit]

  • 2011 Peabody Award Winner, Episodes: "Triangle Fire", "Freedom Riders" and "Stonewall Uprising"[6]
  • 2010 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "My Lai"[7]
  • 2005 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Two Days in October"[8]
  • 2004 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Tupperware!"[9]
  • 2003 Peabody Award WInner, Episode: "The Murder of Emmett Till"[10]
  • 2002 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Monkey Trial" [11]
  • 1999 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Playing the China Card (Nixon's China Game)"[12]
  • 1998 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "America 1900"[13]
  • 1998 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Riding the Rails"[14]

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