Pioneers of Television

More than 200 breakthrough stars bring their stories to life in season four of this Emmy-nominated documentary series. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with irresistible clips to offer a fresh take on TV’s biggest celebrities. Featured stars in this season’s four new episodes (“Standup to Sitcom,” “Doctors and Nurses,” “Breaking Barriers” and “Acting Funny”) include Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Bill Cosby, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Diahann Carroll, Howie Mandel, Bob Newhart and many more.

Coming up: Standup to Sitcom



This star-packed episode features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program reveals how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format and includes dozens of clips from “Seinfeld,” “Home Improvement,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Roseanne” and more.

Funny Ladies

Funny Ladies

Pioneers of Television

Remember the first standup comediennes to appear on television? Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs, to name a few.  Look back at television’s most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and hear interviews with today's funny ladies, Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.

1 min.

Acting Funny

Acting Funny

Pioneers of Television

Comedic actors are spotlighted in the Season 4 finale.

60 min.

Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers

Pioneers of Television

The story of people of color on U.S. television.

60 min.

Doctors and Nurses

Doctors and Nurses

Pioneers of Television

TV's fascination with doctors and nurses is explored.

60 min.

Standup to Sitcom

Standup to Sitcom

Pioneers of Television

Stand-up comics who transitioned to sitcoms are spotlighted.

60 min.

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

Pioneers of Television

The Season 2 premiere recalls sci-fi pioneers on TV.

60 min.

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