The Italian Americans

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  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 8.1  (102)

The Italian Americans is a four-part documentary series produced by PBS that explores the history and culture of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to the present day. The series, which premiered in 2014, is hosted by Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, and Adriana Trigiani, who themselves are Italian Americans.

The first episode of the series, called "La Famiglia" (The Family), focuses on the early Italian American immigrants who arrived in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The episode explores their struggles to assimilate into American society while preserving their Italian heritage and traditions. It also highlights their contributions to American society, particularly in the areas of art, music, and cuisine.

The second episode, titled "Becoming American," examines the second generation of Italian Americans and their efforts to forge their own identities while still staying connected to their Italian roots. The episode also delves into the discrimination and prejudice faced by Italian Americans during World War II and how they fought back against it.

The third episode, "The American Dream," traces the story of Italian Americans after World War II, when they began to fully integrate into American society and contribute to its prosperity in a variety of ways. The episode also explores the changing dynamics of Italian American families and communities during this time.

The final episode, called "The Italian-American Experience," brings the story to the present day and explores the ongoing contributions Italian Americans make to American society in various fields such as business, politics, entertainment, and sports. The episode also looks at how Italian American culture continues to evolve and adapt to the modern world.

Throughout the series, the hosts and various historians and experts provide insight into various aspects of Italian American culture, such as family values, religion, food, and language. The series also features interviews with Italian Americans from all walks of life, including actors, musicians, chefs, and political figures.

The Italian Americans is a comprehensive and insightful exploration of one of America's largest ethnic groups, tracing their history and culture and examining their impact on American society. The hosts' personal connections to Italian American culture add a personal touch to the series, making it both informative and entertaining.

The Italian Americans is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on February 17, 2015.

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The American Dream (1945-present)
4. The American Dream (1945-present)
February 24, 2015
The American Dream (1945-present)
Loyal Americans (1930-1945); The American Dream (1945-present)
3. Loyal Americans (1930-1945); The American Dream (1945-present)
February 24, 2015
The second generation of Italian-Americans makes its mark on America. Fiorello La Guardia, for example, becomes the 99th mayor of New York City in 1934; and baseball star Joe DiMaggio becomes an American hero.
Becoming Americans (1910-1930)
2. Becoming Americans (1910-1930)
February 17, 2015
Becoming Americans (1910-1930)
La Famiglia (1890-1910); Becoming Americans (1910-1930)
1. La Famiglia (1890-1910); Becoming Americans (1910-1930)
February 17, 2015
The Italian-American experience is chronicled, beginning with why many Italians immigrated to America. By the late 19th century, "Little Italys" sprang up throughout the U.S., but Italian-Americans were often branded as outsiders.
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  • Premiere Date
    February 17, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (102)