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A journey through America that introduces our list of the 100 best-loved books and explores the many ways in which these novels affect, reflect and connect us all. The Great American Read is a Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series, Reality, Talk & Interview series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on May 22, 2018. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.9.

The Great American Read is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Great American Read on demand at PBS Amazon, iTunes, PBS online.

Tuesday 8:00 PM on PBS
1 Season, 8 Episodes
May 22, 2018
Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series, Reality, Talk & Interview
Cast: Meredith Vieira
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The Great American Read Full Episode Guide

  • The finale crowns America's best-loved novel.

  • A look at literature's great alternative universes, including Middle Earth and Lilliput, and how they help readers better understand the real world.

  • Some of literature's most beautiful romances are featured. Also: the many forms of love, from family to passion to the unrequited type; and how America's best-loved novels reflect the things people do for love.

  • We explore the lessons from novels featuring America's favorite villains, monsters, and evil forces.

  • We highlight books on America's list that feature heroic characters and explore why we love them.

  • How do America's favorite novels about personal journeys help us understand our own identities?

  • Meredith Viera returns as The Great American Read hits high gear. After a summer of reading and voting for your favorite novels, see which books celebrities, authors, and other readers across the country are rooting for

  • The premiere of the series, which celebrates the power, passion and joy of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved books as chosen by the public.