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America in Color, a five-part series from Smithsonian Channel, presents many iconic moments in U.S. history as never before seen - using artistry and cutting-edge technology to transform black-and-white films and photographs from the 1920s to the 1960s. Decade by decade, the story of America, its people and its culture are given new life and shown in vibrant color for the first time.

America in Color is a Documentary & Biography, History series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (17 episodes). The series first aired on July 2, 2017. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.2.

America in Color is available for streaming on the Smithsonian CHANNEL website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch America in Color on demand at Apple TV+, CBS, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, The Roku Channel, Google Play, iTunes online.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on Smithsonian CHANNEL
3 Seasons, 17 Episodes
July 2, 2017
Documentary & Biography, History
8.2/10
Cast: Eric Meyers, Eric Meyers, Liev Schreiber, Max Beesley
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America in Color Full Episode Guide

  • At the turn of the 20th century, two-thirds of Americans live in small towns, but by the 1960s, only a third remain. Some are lured to cities by the promise of opportunity and money, while others move there to escape racism and intolerance. Through it all, the myth of these quaint, harmonious communities continues to burn powerfully in the minds of many. This is the story of small town America, from soap box derbies and Will Rogers' charm to postwar poverty and the Great Migration, presented in color.

  • Colourised film provides a vivid look at America's shocking history.

  • At the turn of the 20th century, 29 million Americans are working and 40% of them are farmers. Over the decades, factories expand like never before, two world wars speed up technological change, and by the 1950s, American workers have the highest wages and consumer power of any country in the world. This is the story of the men and women who built the American Dream, presented entirely in color through digitally remastered archival footage and home movies.

  • At the dawn of the 20th century, most Americans think of Alaska as an icy unpopulated wilderness, but one event will change everything: the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896. Through remastered and colorized news footage and home movies, witness Alaska's evolution from a frozen wasteland at the edge of the world to the 49th state to join the Union in 1959. From boomtowns to volcanic blasts to Japanese invasions, this is the story of America's last frontier as you have never seen it before.

  • The Hindenburg crash, the San Francisco earthquake, the Galveston hurricane, and the tri-state tornado are just a handful of disasters that slammed America during the first half of the 20th century. After each calamity struck, scientists and engineers raced to analyze the damage and collect data to better protect the public from future catastrophes. Witness these historic disasters in vivid color, and see how they shaped the nation and fostered better understanding of the world's geology.

  • From Einstein-mania to Sicilian pizza, see how immigrants changed America's identity, culture, and tastes.

  • The movie industry was born in West Orange, NJ in 1893 by Thomas Edison. Within thirty years, Hollywood grew into America's fourth largest, and by far the most glamorous, industry. Revisit the Golden Age of Hollywood, when actors became global celebrities, moguls became millionaires, and the entire nation became movie crazy. Using digitally remastered news footage, rare studio archives, and home movie footage, look back on the dawn and meteoric rise of Tinseltown in color.

  • American royalty: a potent combination of popularity, glamour, money, and power. In the early 20th century, the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts build empires and spend fortunes. The Roosevelts and Kennedys spawn political dynasties. And news magnate William Randolph Hearst records it all, using film to cash in on the glitzy lives of the rich and famous. Now, through rare archival footage and home movies, get a colorful inside look at these storied families working hard and playing hard.

  • It's the 1920s. America is on the rise, and so is a dark underworld run by a new kind of criminal, one that is organized, sophisticated, and ruthless. For the next 40 years, legendary gangsters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Costello build vast empires thanks to bootlegging, illegal gambling, and shady alliances with politicians. From the Black Sox Scandal to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, follow the violent rise and fall of organized crime, presented in color for the first time through remastered archival footage and never-before-broadcast home movies.

  • A rising generation of industrialists and inventors transforms the United States and impacts the global landscape.

  • The American West is both a physical place and a potent myth.

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