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.

A Pioneers of Television Special: "Robin Williams Remembered"

This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews for the Pioneers of Television series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him, and clips from his career.

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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