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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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