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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Ursula K. Le Guin 32x18
Explore the legacy of the feminist author who transformed U.S. literature with her science fiction.
Robert Shaw - Man Of Many Voices 32x17
Follow the journey of one of the greatest choral music conductors in the world, Robert Shaw.
Terrence Mcnally: Every Act Of Life 32x16
Explore the six-decade career of four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally.
Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices 32x15
Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable 32x14
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice Of The People 32x13
Holly Near: Singing For Our Lives 32x12
Experience the power of song in the fight for equality through the feminist singer-activist's story.
Charley Pride: I'm Just Me 32x11
See how country star Charley Pride used music to triumph over prejudice and injustice.
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me 32x10
Sammy Davis, Jr. had an indisputably legendary career that was vast in scope and scale. His life was also complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. A veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions, he worked tirelessly to stay relevant, even as he frequently found himself caught between the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. In addition, Davis was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, tying his identity to that of another persecuted minority. Featuring exclusive interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, as well as never-before-seen photos from Davis' vast personal collection and rare footage from his performances in television, film and concert, American Masters – Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory paralleled the major flashpoints of American society, from the Great Depression through the 1980s.
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.