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American Playhouse was an anthology television series periodically broadcast by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States. It premiered on January 12, 1982 with The Shady Hill Kidnapping, written and narrated by John Cheever and directed by Paul Bogart. Its final broadcast, In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway, a rerun of a behind-the-scenes look at Tony Kushner's award-winning play in two parts, aired on January 1, 1994.

The series proved to be the springboard for the careers of numerous performers, including David Marshall Grant, Laura Linney, A Martinez, Conchata Ferrell, Eric Roberts, Lynne Thigpen, John Malkovich, Peter Riegert, Lupe Ontiveros, Ben Stiller, and Megan Mullally.

American Playhouse is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (156 episodes). The series first aired on January 12, 1982.

Where do I stream American Playhouse online? American Playhouse is available for streaming on PBS, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Playhouse on demand at Amazon Prime, Vudu online.

11 Seasons, 156 Episodes
January 12, 1982
Comedy, Drama
Cast: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson
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  • The story of a disabled beggar in Charleston,S.C. who falls in love with a prostitute, this is the first filmed version of Gershwin's opera which uses Gershwin's own orchestrations and practically all of the music, with only one major cut.