Now in its 30th year, American Masters has produced an exceptional library of more than 160 television programs, bringing unique originality and perspective to exploring the lives and illuminating the creative journeys of our most enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists and filmmakers – those who have "left an indelible impression on our cultural landscape". Balancing a broad cast of characters and artistic approaches, while preserving historical authenticity and intellectual integrity, these portraits resonate the attention, style and substance each subject deserves. American Masters sustains high audience awareness and loyalty, averaging 2-to-5 million viewers per program.
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Explore the life of the famous Jewish violinist, a transcendent performer and polio survivor.
Basquiat: Rage To Riches 32x08
Discover the anonymous New York graffiti artist turned '80s art world rock star.
Elizabeth Murray 32x07
Follow the artist's journey from impoverished childhood to maverick artist, voiced by Meryl Streep.
Andrew Wyeth 32x06
Uncover the hidden depths and complex inner life of the iconic artist you thought you knew. With his life's work as a background, examine his wide range of influences, including modern artists, war, film and the African American community.
Eva Hesse 32x05
Discover the 1960s art world icon who changed art history and women's place in the picture.
Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived 32x04
A profile of Major League Baseball hall of famer and Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams (1918-2002), including his complex relationships with his Mexican-American background, family, press and fans. Discover the many sides of the Baseball Hall of Famer with Bob Costas, Wade Boggs and Joey Votto.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story 32x03
Produced by Reframed Pictures in association with American Masters, the new documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story explores how Lamarr's true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. Her pioneering work as an inventor becomes the basis for secure Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth based on radio frequency-hopping.
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me 32x02
Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory.
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart 32x01
Explore the inner life and works of the activist, playwright and author of "A Raisin in the Sun", Lorraine Hansberry. Narrated by actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson and featuring the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Hansberry.
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/feeling Heart 31x11