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American Experience is a PBS documentary that has a great appeal as it looks at lives of Americans, and makes for interesting documentary viewing around their lives. This series focuses on different pieces of history and the people involved in the history of the United States. The lives of these people and their stories, is what has made this a unique TV series. American Experience is a very good look at some of the most interesting Americans, and their contribution, that have every lived. Originally many of them came as immigrants and made a fantastic life with blood seat and tears.

The pains and hardships build great drama in this series about the American Experience. The American Experience TV series, is a fascinatingly entertaining series that is intellectually stimulating at the same time. As the program examines the people of America, and their events, and the technologies they had a hand in bringing to us, it makes for interesting drama that hold you to the channel. Many episodes examine how different natural resources have shaped the country, and how some have hurt the country.

The lives of Americans are so interesting because so many of us come from so many different places, and each has contributed in a different way. Each show has a different narrator that seems to fit the venue they are exploring. The tone and atmosphere give it a real sense of drama and keeps you wanting more. Inside each life event there is rich stories of humanity, that adds to the series in a very heart felt way. The series is narrated by well known personalities from famous Americans themselves, and adds to the regal effect that makes it so delightful.

American Experience uses expert historians, and history authors, to create the truest and most visual account, of what these Americans did and went through. The series has spectacular period images, and is very realistic and riveting. They use great filming to blend with rich music to make the stories seem alive today. These dramatic re-enactments have a suspense to them that creates a mood in the audience that leaves them wondering what is next. Contemporary America is brought to life, and the inside stories are carefully examined as the story of America, and Americans, is unfolded in the TV series.

It makes us all do a little soul searching for what others have went though, and helps us to be understanding to a greater degree. One of the best series on TV today and rich entertainment.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
29 Seasons, 332 Episodes
October 4, 1988
History, Documentary & Biography
8.4/10
Cast: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Oliver Platt
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American Experience Full Episode Guide

  • "The Great War" tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as "doughboys." Part 3 of 3

  • "The Great War" tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as "doughboys." Part 2 of 3

  • American neutrality is eroded by reports of German atrocities and submarine attacks, leading Wilson to proclaim that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”

  • Eyewitness accounts of the 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge include the daughter of Randy Weaver, the man arrested following a standoff with police, and the federal agents on the scene.

  • Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement that led to the bombing that killed 168 people.

  • Discover how engineers overcame daunting challenges to construct America's first subway.

  • Scientist Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring'' and other writings advance the global environmental movement.

  • A minute-by-minute account of the 1980 nuclear accident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex.

  • Revisit this pivotal Korean War battle through eyewitness accounts of bloody combat and heroism.

  • Engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla's technology revolutionizes the electrical age of the 20th century.

  • The story of nine young men from Washington who captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games.

  • In the 1950s and early '60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to the extreme forces of the space age long before NASA's acclaimed Mercury 7 would make headlines.

  • The shocking story of Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it. Their trial, with famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow and Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe, set off a national debate about morality and capital punishment.

  • President James Garfield was only four months into his presidency when he was shot by a deranged office seeker. The President was bedridden for two months while doctors probed for the assassin's bullet with unsterilized instruments. When Garfield died in September, the entire nation joined his widow, Lucretia in mourning the late President.

  • An inside look at the coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century with The Mine Wars. The struggle over the material that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

  • Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history - Bonnie & Clyde.

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American Experience Video Clips & Extras

Death of a Colonel | Two Days in October Clip (02:32) Making Napalm | Two Days in October Clip (01:38) Police Tactics at the Dow Demonstration | Two Days in October Clip (02:46) The Demonstration That Sparked | Two Days in October Clip (01:31) The Women of Avenger Field | Fly Girls Clip (01:17) American Experience Visits National History Day Clip (02:08) "Hire Everybody You Can Find" | The Big Burn Clip (01:23) Part 2, Chap.1 | Walt Disney Clip (08:30)