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Iconoclasts is a very critically acclaimed interview and profile television show. It is a 30 minute program that has had six successful seasons so far with six episodes in each season. The unique aspect of Iconoclasts is that two very different personalities are profiled. In some cases the two subjects are very similar, like when Robert Redford and Paul Newman were profiled in season one. Other times, there is very little in common between the featured superstars, like when Rapper Chuck D sat alongside basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during season 6. Sometimes the selected celebrities will be promoting a joint project like when Seth MacFarlane and Norah Jones appeared to promote the film, Ted.

The variety of featured celebrities is amazing. They have featured fixtures in the world of films, music, sports, dance, cuisine, comedy, science and many other interesting life styles and occupations.

The first season not only featured Redford and Newman but also paired Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Russell, Tom Ford and Jeff Koons, Mario Batali and Michael Stipe, Brian Glazer and Sumner Redstone and Renee Zelweger and Christiane Amanpour. Season two had sit down sessions with great and legendary performers such as Eddie Vedder, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Quentin Tarantino, Isabello Rossellini, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou.

The third season included appearances from actors Sean Penn, Ruby Dee, Mike Myers and Ashley Judd. These editions were also joined by musician Alicia Keys, new age guru Deepak Chopra, politician Madeleine Albright and television producer Norman Lear.

Season four had many highlights as well. Bishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Hawk, Jon Favreau, Bill Maher, Clive Davis, Venus Williams, Wyclef Jean and Cameron Diaz all stopped by for interviews and commentary.

Season five featured the likes of Charlize Theron, Jane Goodall, Lenny Kravitz, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Ron Howard and David Blaine.

The most recent season that aired in 2012 included James Franco and Marina Abramovic, Judd Apatow and Len Dunham, and Christy Turlington Burns and Tory Burch.

Tuesday 8:00 PM et/pt on Sundance Channel
6 Seasons, 57 Episodes - Currently Airing
November 17, 2005
Documentary & Biography, Science & Technology
7.8/10
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  • Guests include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Chuck D.

  • Guests include Chef Jamie Oliver and menswear designer Paul Smith.

  • Guests include model Christy Turlington Burns & fashion designer Tory Burch.

  • Guests include animator Seth MacFarlane and singer Norah Jones.

  • Filmmakers Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham discuss their efforts on the cable comedy "Girls" and their experiences in Hollywood. Included are tours of Apatow's Los Angeles offices and Dunham's Brooklyn apartment.

  • The sixth season opens with actor James Franco and performance artist Marina Abramovic discussing acting, fame, conceptual art and the artistic process.

  • Visual artist Chuck Close and illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine demonstrate how they ignore accepted limits to create work that will defy imagination.

  • Academy Award Winning Director Ron Howard invites NBA sensation Steve Nash to the filming of his new show CHEATERS in Chicago. Later on they discuss discipline, family, and fame.

  • Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett shows eco-scientist Tim Flannery around the Sidney Theater Company and reveals her plans to green the theater. Then Tim takes Cate to the Sidney zoo and shares his plan of reintroducing the nearly extinct komodo dragon back into the wild.

  • Tony Award Winner, Hugh Jackman, and world-renowned chef, Jean Georges Vongerichten, are neighbors and friends. The discuss creativity, the importance of family, and taking risks.

  • Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz and Producer/Director Lee Daniels discuss their collaborations on Daniels' Oscar Winning movie PRECIOUS and his upcoming film SELMA.

  • Primatologist Jane Goodall works with Acadamey Award Winner Charlize Theron, in the Republic of Congo, where they take a closer look at the relationship of chimpanzees to humans.

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