American Experience (season 27)

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American Experience (season 27)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 11
Release
Original network PBS
Original release January 6 (2015-01-06) – November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24)
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List of American Experience episodes

Season twenty-seven of the television program American Experience originally aired on the PBS network in the United States on January 6, 2015 and concluded on November 24, 2015. The season contained 11 new episodes and began with the film Ripley: Believe It or Not.[1]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Categories Original air date
3001"Ripley: Believe It or Not"[3]Cathleen O'ConnellBiographies, Popular CultureJanuary 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)
A documentary about the origin of the franchise Ripley's Believe It or Not! and its founder Robert Ripley.[2]
3012"Klansville U.S.A."[5]Callie T. WiserCivil Rights, PoliticsJanuary 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)
Chronicles the reemergence of the Ku Klux Klan under the leadership of Bob Jones in North Carolina during the 1960s. The film is in part based on the book, Klansville, U.S.A., by David Cunningham.[4]
3023"Edison"[7]Michelle FerrariBiographies, TechnologyJanuary 27, 2015 (2015-01-27)
Chronicles the life and inventions of Thomas Edison.[6]
3034"The Big Burn"[9]Stephen IvesThe American WestFebruary 3, 2015 (2015-02-03)
Examines the Great Fire of 1910, the largest forest fire in United States history. The fire burned parts of the U.S. states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana over the course of two days. The film is in part based on the book, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, by Timothy Egan.[8]
3045"The Forgotten Plague"[12]Chana GazitPopular Culture, TechnologyFebruary 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)
Examines the impact of the infectious disease tuberculosis in the United States immediately prior to the discovery of an effective treatment and during the search for a cure. The film is in part based on the book, Living In The Shadow Of Death, by Sheila Rothman.[10][11]
3056"Last Days in Vietnam"[14]Rory KennedyPolitics, WarApril 28, 2015 (2015-04-28)

Chronicles the chaotic evacuation of United States military personnel, American diplomats, and panicked South Vietnamese that occurred during the Fall of Saigon in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War in April 1975.[13]


Awards and nominations: Academy Award nomination for "Best Documentary Feature" at the 87th Academy Awards and International Documentary Association (IDF) award for "Best Editing" for the "Creative Recognition Award" in 2014.
3067"Blackout"[16]Callie T. WiserPopular CultureJuly 14, 2015 (2015-07-14)
A documentary about the New York City blackout of 1977.[15]
3078"Walt Disney (Part 1)"[18]Sarah ColtBiographiesSeptember 14, 2015 (2015-09-14)
Part one of the documentary about the origin of The Walt Disney Company and its co-founder Walt Disney.[17]
3089"Walt Disney (Part 2)"Sarah ColtBiographiesSeptember 15, 2015 (2015-09-15)
Part two of the documentary about the origin of The Walt Disney Company and its co-founder Walt Disney.
30910"American Comandante"[20]Adriana BoschBiographies, Politics, WarNovember 17, 2015 (2015-11-17)
A documentary about the life of William Alexander Morgan, an American citizen that fought in the Cuban Revolution and served as a commandante alongside Fidel Castro.[19]
31011"The Pilgrims"[22]Ric BurnsBiographies, Native American HistoryNovember 24, 2015 (2015-11-24)
A documentary about William Bradford and the Pilgrims, a small group of religious separatists that established one of the earliest English colonies in North America - Plymouth Colony.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Series Overview". American Experience. WGBH Educational Foundation. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (January 5, 2015). "For a Trailblazer, Odd Was the Norm". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "American Experience | Ripley: Believe It or Not". PBS. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hale, Mike (January 12, 2015). "Amid Seeming Progress, a Vicious Backlash". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "American Experience | Klansville U.S.A." PBS. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (January 26, 2015). "Shaping His Genius to Transform Everyday Life". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "American Experience | Edison". PBS. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ Reese, April (February 2, 2015). "Historic Fire of 1910 is Revisited in New Documentary". Discover. Kalmbach Publishing Company. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "American Experience | The Big Burn". PBS. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ Anderson, John (February 6, 2015). "'The Forgotten Plague' Review: How TB Changed America". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Hale, Mike (February 9, 2015). "Review: 'Being Mortal' and 'The Forgotten Plague' Explore Death and Disease". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "American Experience | The Forgotten Plague". PBS. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ Scott, A. O. (September 4, 2014). "Witnesses to the Collapse". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "American Experience | Last Days in Vietnam". PBS. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (July 13, 2015). "Review: 'Blackout,' When New York Plunged Into Darkness, Then Chaos, in 1977". New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "American Experience | Blackout". PBS. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (September 11, 2015). "Review: PBS's 'Walt Disney' Explores a Complex Legacy". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "American Experience | Walt Disney". PBS. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  19. ^ Pearson, Mike (November 15, 2015). "Toledoan's Part in Cuban Revolution Told on PBS Special". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "American Experience | American Comandante". PBS. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (November 23, 2015). "Review: In 'The Pilgrims,' Ric Burns Looks at Mythmaking". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  22. ^ "American Experience | The Pilgrims". PBS. Retrieved November 24, 2015.