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American Masters

“American Masters” is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, “American Masters” is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity. Since its premiere in 1986, “American Masters” has been the only PBS primetime series committed to developing and producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history. The illuminating film portraits chronicle the process of discovery and evolution in the working methods and lives of our most significant and influential writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, and filmmakers.

Genre: History, Music, Romance, Documentary, Biography,

Release Date: June 23, 1986

Status: Running

Network: PBS (IMDb, Official Website)

Most recent episode: American Masters Season 37 Episode 10 - Floyd Abrams: Speaking Freely ( 9/22/2023 ) Submit Link

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381Max Roach: The Drum Also WaltzesOct-06-202301 week
3711A Song for CesarSep-29-202301 week
10Floyd Abrams: Speaking FreelySep-22-202301 week
9Jerry Brown: The DisrupterSep-15-202321 week
8Bella! This Woman's Place Is in the HouseSep-08-202301 week
7Little Richard: The King and Queen of Rock and RollJun-02-2023114 hours
6Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TVMay-16-2023114 hours
5Alejandro Jimenez: The Ground I Stand OnApr-04-202314 months
4In the MakingMar-24-202304 months
3Dr. Tony FauciMar-21-202346 months
2Lily Gladstone: Far Out ThereMar-13-202336 months
1Roberta FlackJan-24-202301 week
369Groucho & CavettDec-27-202248 months
8The Adventures of Saul BellowDec-12-202259 months
7Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It OnNov-22-202201 week
6Tony – A Year in the Life of Dr. Anthony FauciJul-27-202201 week
5Brian Wilson - Long Promised RoadJun-14-202201 week
4Joe Papp in Five ActsJun-03-202201 week
3Waterman - Duke: Ambassador of AlohaMay-10-202201 week
2Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her HandsFeb-08-202201 week
1AileyJan-11-202252 years
3511TBAJan-11-202202 years
10Becoming Helen KellerOct-19-202112 years
9Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For ItOct-05-202102 years
8Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues AwayJul-27-202102 years
7Ballerina BoysJun-04-202102 years
6Amy Tan: Unintended MemoirMay-03-202112 years
5Oliver Sacks: His Own LifeApr-09-202101 week
4Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen StoryApr-02-202101 week
3Twyla MovesMar-26-202101 week
2Flannery O'ConnorMar-23-202101 week
1How It Feels To Be FreeJan-18-202101 week
349Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to PageDec-29-202001 week
8Keith Haring: Street Art BoyDec-11-202001 week
7Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now IsOct-23-202001 week
6Walter Winchell: The Power of GossipOct-20-202001 week
5Unladylike2020: The ChangemakersJul-10-202001 week
4And She Could Be Next Part TwoJun-30-202001 week
3Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmJun-23-202001 week
2Mae West: Dirty BlondeJun-16-202001 week
1Miles Davis: Birth of the CoolFeb-25-202002 years
3312N. Scott Momaday: Words from a BearNov-18-201901 week
11Rothko: Pictures Must Be MiraculousOct-25-201901 week
10Raul Julia: The World's a StageSep-13-201904 years
9Worlds of Ursula K. Le GuinAug-02-201901 week
8Robert Shaw - Man of Many VoicesJun-21-201901 week
7Terrence McNally: Every Act of LifeJun-14-201901 week
6Garry Winogrand: All Things are PhotographableApr-19-201901 week
5Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the PeopleApr-12-201901 week
4Holly Near: Singing for Our LivesMar-01-201901 week
3Charley Pride: I'm Just MeFeb-22-201901 week
2Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeFeb-19-201901 week
1Decoding WatsonJan-02-201901 week
3215Robert Shaw - Man of Many VoicesMay-17-201903 years
14Garry Winogrand: All Things Are PhotographableApr-19-201903 years
13Joseph Pulitzer: Voice Of The PeopleApr-12-201903 years
12Holly Near: Singing For Our LivesMar-01-201903 years
11Charley Pride: I'm Just MeFeb-22-201903 years
10Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeFeb-19-201903 years
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6Andrew WyethSep-07-201801 week
5Everybody Knows... Elizabeth MurraySep-07-201801 week
4Eva HesseAug-31-201801 week
3Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever LivedJul-23-201801 week
2Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryMay-18-201801 week
1Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling HeartJan-19-201801 week
3111This Is Bob Hope...Dec-29-201701 week
10Inspiring Woman Web SeriesNov-08-201701 week
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8Tyrus WongSep-08-201701 week
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5Jacques Pépin: The Art of CraftMay-26-201701 week
4James Beard: America's First FoodieMay-19-201701 week
3Patsy ClineMar-04-201701 week
2Maya Angelou: And Still I RiseFeb-21-201701 week
1By Sidney LumetJan-03-201701 week
3013Jacques Pépin - The Art Of CraftMay-26-201703 years
12[no episode title yet]May-19-201703 years
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10Sidney LumetJan-03-201703 years
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4Fats Domino: The Birth of Rock N' RollFeb-26-201601 week
3Carole King: Natural WomanFeb-19-201601 week
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1Mike Nichols: An American MasterJan-29-201601 week
298The Women's ListSep-25-201503 years
7The Women's ListSep-25-201501 week
6Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's JourneySep-18-201501 week
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4American Ballet Theatre: A HistoryMay-15-201501 week
3Jascha Heifetz: God's FiddlerApr-16-201501 week
2August Wilson: The Ground on Which I StandFeb-20-201501 week
1Ricky Jay: Deceptive PracticeJan-23-201501 week
289Bing Crosby RediscoveredDec-02-201401 week
8The Boomer ListSep-23-201401 week
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4Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as HimselfMay-16-201401 week
3A Fierce Green FireApr-22-201401 week
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