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American Experience is a PBS documentary that has a great appeal as it looks at lives of Americans, and makes for interesting documentary viewing around their lives. This series focuses on different pieces of history and the people involved in the history of the United States. The lives of these people and their stories, is what has made this a unique TV series. American Experience is a very good look at some of the most interesting Americans, and their contribution, that have every lived. Originally many of them came as immigrants and made a fantastic life with blood seat and tears.

The pains and hardships build great drama in this series about the American Experience. The American Experience TV series, is a fascinatingly entertaining series that is intellectually stimulating at the same time. As the program examines the people of America, and their events, and the technologies they had a hand in bringing to us, it makes for interesting drama that hold you to the channel. Many episodes examine how different natural resources have shaped the country, and how some have hurt the country.

The lives of Americans are so interesting because so many of us come from so many different places, and each has contributed in a different way. Each show has a different narrator that seems to fit the venue they are exploring. The tone and atmosphere give it a real sense of drama and keeps you wanting more. Inside each life event there is rich stories of humanity, that adds to the series in a very heart felt way. The series is narrated by well known personalities from famous Americans themselves, and adds to the regal effect that makes it so delightful.

American Experience uses expert historians, and history authors, to create the truest and most visual account, of what these Americans did and went through. The series has spectacular period images, and is very realistic and riveting. They use great filming to blend with rich music to make the stories seem alive today. These dramatic re-enactments have a suspense to them that creates a mood in the audience that leaves them wondering what is next. Contemporary America is brought to life, and the inside stories are carefully examined as the story of America, and Americans, is unfolded in the TV series.

It makes us all do a little soul searching for what others have went though, and helps us to be understanding to a greater degree. One of the best series on TV today and rich entertainment.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
28 Seasons, 324 Episodes - Currently Airing
October 4, 1988
History, Documentary & Biography
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American Experience Full Episode Guide

  • Revisit this pivotal Korean War battle through eyewitness accounts of bloody combat and heroism.

  • Engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla's technology revolutionizes the electrical age of the 20th century.

  • The story of nine young men from Washington who captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games.

  • In the 1950s and early '60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to the extreme forces of the space age long before NASA's acclaimed Mercury 7 would make headlines.

  • The shocking story of Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it. Their trial, with famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow and Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe, set off a national debate about morality and capital punishment.

  • President James Garfield was only four months into his presidency when he was shot by a deranged office seeker. The President was bedridden for two months while doctors probed for the assassin's bullet with unsterilized instruments. When Garfield died in September, the entire nation joined his widow, Lucretia in mourning the late President.

  • An inside look at the coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century with The Mine Wars. The struggle over the material that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

  • Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history - Bonnie & Clyde.

  • Discover the harrowing and brutal truths behind the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World and the myths of Thanksgiving. Director Ric Burns explores the history of our nation's beginnings in this epic tale of converging forces.

  • Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution.

  • Featuring the life and legacy of Walt Disney.

  • Featuring the life and legacy of Walt Disney.

  • What happened when the lights went out in New York City on July 13, 1977.

  • In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out.

  • The battle against tuberculosis had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Yet both the disease and its impact are poorly understood: in the words of one writer, tuberculosis is our "forgotten plague."

  • Exploring a wildfire that devoured more than three million acres in the Rockies in 1910.

  • By the time he died in 1931, Thomas Edison was one of the most famous men in the world. The holder of more patents than any other inventor in history, Edison had amassed a fortune and achieved glory as the genius behind such revolutionary inventions as sound recording, motion pictures, and electric light.

  • In 1963, North Carolina salesman Bob Jones organized what would become the largest Klan group in the country, which, under his leadership, grew to almost ten thousand members. In the process, the group helped give the Tarheel State a new nickname: "Klansville, U.S.A."

  • Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev tours America in 1959.

Most Popular American Experience Episodes

  • Season 28 Episode 8 The Battle of Chosin 11/01/2016
  • Season 27 Episode 12 The Pilgrims 11/24/2015

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American Experience Video Clips & Extras

Command and Control Promo Clip (00:31) The Evolution of Invention Clip (04:22) The Great War: Coming April 2017 Clip (02:12) Flight Nurse Clip (08:16) "A Monster Waiting to Go Off" from Command and Control Clip (01:05) World War III, from "The Battle of Chosin" Clip (01:12) Surrounded, from "The Battle of Chosin" Clip (02:36) The Battle of Chosin, Chap. 1 Clip (09:38)