American Experience

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American Experience
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Genre Television documentary
Created by Peter McGhee
Narrated by Will Lyman (late 80's, early to mid 90's)
David McCullough (also as host)
Theme music composer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English (US)
No. of seasons 30
No. of episodes 328 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Judy Crichton
Margaret Drain
Mark Samels
Producer(s) Sharon Grimberg (Senior Producer)
Running time 55 minutes approx. or about two hours
Original network PBS [2]
Original release October 4, 1988 (1988-10-04) – present
External links

American Experience is a television program airing on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television stations in the United States. The program airs documentaries, many of which have won awards,[3] about important or interesting events and people in American history.

The series premiered on October 4, 1988 and was originally titled The American Experience, but the article "The" was dropped during a later rebrand and image update. The show has had a presence on the Internet since 1995, and more than 100 American Experience programs are accompanied by their own internet websites, which have more background information on the subjects covered as well as teachers' guides and educational companion materials.[4] The show is produced primarily by WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, though occasionally in the early seasons of the show, it was co-produced by other PBS stations such as WNET (Channel 13) in New York City.

Some programs now considered part of the American Experience collection were produced prior to the creation of the series. Vietnam: A Television History was one of them, airing originally in 1983 after taking six years to assemble.[5] Also, in 2006, American Experience rebroadcast Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, the first half of the award-winning 1986 documentary series about the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.



  • 2011 Peabody Award Winner, Episodes: "Triangle Fire", "Freedom Riders" and "Stonewall Uprising"[6]
  • 2010 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "My Lai"[7]
  • 2005 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Two Days in October"[8]
  • 2004 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Tupperware!"[9]
  • 2003 Peabody Award WInner, Episode: "The Murder of Emmett Till"[10]
  • 2002 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Monkey Trial" [11]
  • 1999 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Playing the China Card (Nixon's China Game)"[12]
  • 1998 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "America 1900"[13]
  • 1998 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Riding the Rails"[14]


  1. ^ "David McCullough brings 'John Adams' to life". CNN. June 7, 2011. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Broadcast Schedule . American Experience . WGBH". PBS. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  3. ^ "About the Series . American Experience . WGBH". PBS. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "American Experience | Who We Are". Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "American Experience | Vietnam Online | About the TV Series". PBS. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ 71st Annual Peabody Awards, May 2012.
  7. ^ 70th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2011.
  8. ^ 65th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2006.
  9. ^ 64th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2005.
  10. ^ 63rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2004.
  11. ^ 62nd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2003.
  12. ^ 59th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2000.
  13. ^ 58th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1999.
  14. ^ 58th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1999.

External links

  • American Experience website
  • American Experience on IMDb
  • American Experience at
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