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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.

American Experience is a History, Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 32 seasons (356 episodes). The series first aired on October 4, 1988. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.5.

American Experience is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Experience on demand at PBS Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes, PBS online.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
32 Seasons, 356 Episodes
October 4, 1988
History, Documentary & Biography
8.5/10
Cast: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Oliver Platt
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American Experience Full Episode Guide

  • Explore the final four years of the long and arduous road to the passage of the 19th Amendment.

  • One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

  • The Super Outbreak of 1974 was the most intense tornado outbreak on record, tearing a vicious path of destruction across thirteen states, generating 148 tornadoes from Alabama to Ontario, damaging thousands of homes, and killing more than 300 people. Meteorologist Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita spent ten months studying the outbreak's aftermath in the most extensive aerial tornado study ever conducted, and through detailed mapping and leaps of scientific imagination, made a series of meteorological breakthroughs.

  • Part Two opens with the ensuing war in Iraq and continues through Bush's second term, as the president confronts the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina and the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.

  • Part One chronicles Bush's unorthodox road to the White House. The once wild son of a political dynasty, few expected Bush to ascend to the presidency. Yet 36 days after the November 2000 election, Bush emerged the victor of the most hotly contested race in the nation's history. Little in the new president's past could have prepared him for the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. Thrust into the role of war president, Bush's response to the deadly terrorist attack would come to define a new era in American foreign policy.

  • In 1966, drought and an exploding population confronted India with the imminent threat of a severe famine that many scientists and intellectuals feared was a harbinger of global catastrophes to come, as the world's population outstripped its ability to produce food. India turned to Norman Borlaug, an unassuming plant breeder from Iowa whose combination of scientific knowledge and raw determination had made him a legend among a small handful of fellow specialists.

  • By the close of the Industrial Revolution, the American food supply was tainted with frauds, fakes, and legions of new and untested chemicals, dangerously threatening the health of consumers. Based on the book by Deborah Blum, The Poison Squad tells the story of government chemist Dr. Harvey Wiley who, determined to banish these dangerous substances from dinner tables, took on the powerful food manufacturers and their allies. Wiley embarked upon a series of bold and controversial trials on 12 human subjects who would become known as the "Poison Squad." Following Wiley's unusual experiments and tireless advocacy, the film charts the path of the forgotten man who laid the groundwork for U.S. consumer protection laws, and ultimately the creation of the FDA.

  • Discover the real story behind the most famous family conflict in American history.

  • A remembrance of the Woodstock music festival of 1969, which was the defining moment of the counterculture revolution, through the voices of those who attended the three-day event.

  • Part three, which covers 1969

  • Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

  • Discover the forgotten story of the U.S. Navy's "Aquanauts," who pioneered undersea exploration.

  • Explore the story of Florida's Everglades, America's greatest wetland. A tale of greed, hubris and destruction, the film chronicles the repeated efforts to conquer what was once seen as a useless wasteland and the passionate efforts to preserve it.

American Experience Video Clips & Extras

How "The Jungle" Changed American Food | The Poison Squad | American Experience | PBS Clip (02:51) Chapter 1 | The Fight | American Experience | PBS Clip (09:53) The Beginning of Preservatives | The Poison Squad | American Experience | PBS Clip (02:05) Dangerous Dairy | The Poison Squad | American Experience | PBS Clip (03:33) The Volunteers | The Poison Squad | American Experience | PBS Clip (01:18) Chapter 1 | The Poison Squad | American Experience | PBS Clip (09:12) Dr. Harvey Wiley: Father of Pure Food | The Poison Squad | American Experience | PBS Clip (01:10) McCarthyism: Anatomy of an Investigation | American Experience | PBS Clip (05:56)