American Masters

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  • TV-14
  • 1986
  • 35 Seasons
  • 8.2  (1,026)

American Masters is a series of television programs devoted to the biographies on American actors, artists and writers. They have influenced the pop culture of the country in a way that has withstood the test of time. The producer selected each subject based on the wide ranging impact they had on American cultural history.

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Seasons
Brian Wilson - Long Promised Road
15. Brian Wilson - Long Promised Road
June 14, 2022
Brian Wilson is spotlighted.
Joe Papp in Five Acts
14. Joe Papp in Five Acts
June 3, 2022
Papp, founder of The Public Theater and Free Shakespeare in the Park, believed great art is for all.
Waterman - Duke: Ambassador of Aloha
13. Waterman - Duke: Ambassador of Aloha
May 10, 2022
Narrated by Jason Momoa, discover the inspiring story and considerable impact of five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku. He shattered swimming records and globalized surfing while overcoming racism in a lifetime of personal challenges.
Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands
12. Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands
February 8, 2022
Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
Ailey
11. Ailey
January 11, 2022
Discover the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey whose dances center on the Black experience with grace, strength and beauty.
Becoming Helen Keller
10. Becoming Helen Keller
October 19, 2021
Revisit the complex life and legacy of the author, advocate and human rights pioneer. Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, used her celebrity and wit to champion rights for women, people with disabilities and people living in poverty.
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
9. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
October 5, 2021
Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.
Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away
8. Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away
July 27, 2021
The career of blues guitarist Buddy Guy, a pioneer of Chicago's West Side sound, and his influence on rock musicians including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
Ballerina Boys
7. Ballerina Boys
June 4, 2021
The story of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, a company of men who dance on pointe as ballerinas.
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
6. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
May 3, 2021
The life and career of author Amy Tan, with archival imagery, home movies, photographs, animation and original interviews.
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
5. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
April 9, 2021
Dive into the life of the neurologist and author who helped redefine our understanding of the brain.
Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story
4. Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story
April 2, 2021
Explore the career of Doc Severinsen, bandleader to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.".
Twyla Moves
3. Twyla Moves
March 26, 2021
Explore the career of modern dance pioneer Twyla Tharp with first-hand glimpses at her process.
Flannery O'Connor
2. Flannery O'Connor
March 23, 2021
Explore the world of a literary icon whose provocative fiction was unlike anything published before.
How It Feels To Be Free
1. How It Feels To Be Free
January 18, 2021
Discover icons Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier.
Description

American Masters is a series of television programs devoted to the biographies on American actors, artists and writers. They have influenced the pop culture of the country in a way that has withstood the test of time. The producer selected each subject based on the wide ranging impact they had on American cultural history.

American Masters is a series that is currently running and has 35 seasons (276 episodes). The series first aired on June 23, 1986.

Where to Watch American Masters

American Masters is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Masters on demand at Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play and PBS.

  • Premiere Date
    June 23, 1986
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (1,026)