The Sixties

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (1,604)

The Sixties is a documentary television series that originally aired on CNN in 2014. The series is hosted by John Heilemann, Tim Naftali, and Robert Dallek, who provide insightful commentary and analysis throughout the show. The program examines the major events and cultural shifts that took place in the United States during the 1960s, including the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Space Race, and the counterculture revolution.

The series is structured as a six-part miniseries, with each episode focusing on a different aspect of the decade. The first episode, titled "Television Comes of Age," examines the role that television played in shaping public opinion and influencing political discourse during the sixties. The second episode, "The World on the Brink," explores the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The third episode, "The Assassination of President Kennedy," delves into the circumstances surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The fourth episode, "The War in Vietnam," offers an in-depth look at the controversial conflict that defined American foreign policy during the decade. The fifth episode, "The British Invasion," examines the impact that British music had on American culture and the rise of bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Finally, the sixth and final episode, "Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll," focuses on the social and cultural changes that took place during the sixties, including the rise of the counterculture movement, the emergence of psychedelic music, and the growing influence of drugs like LSD.

Throughout the series, The Sixties features a wealth of archival footage, interviews with key figures from the era, and insightful commentary from Heilemann, Naftali, and Dallek. The series does an excellent job of providing historical context and exploring the broader implications of the events and cultural shifts that took place during the decade. It also offers a nuanced and multifaceted portrait of the sixties, acknowledging both the positive and negative aspects of the era.

One of the strengths of The Sixties is its focus on lesser-known events and figures from the decade. For example, the series devotes an entire episode to the British Invasion, which is often overshadowed by other events from the era. Similarly, the series explores the impact that television had on politics and culture in a way that is both informative and thought-provoking.

The series also features a diverse range of voices, including historians, journalists, musicians, and activists. This adds to the richness and complexity of the show, and helps to provide a more complete picture of the era.

Overall, The Sixties is an engaging and informative series that offers a fresh perspective on one of the most transformative decades in American history. It is well-researched, thoughtfully produced, and features excellent commentary and analysis throughout. Whether you lived through the sixties or are simply interested in learning more about this fascinating period, The Sixties is well worth watching.

The Sixties is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on May 29, 2014.

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Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll (1960 - 1969)
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll (1960 - 1969)
August 14, 2014
American culture changed fundamentally from the beginning to the end of the 1960s as the tastes, morals, and politics of the Baby Boomer generation came to define America.
The Times, They are A-Changin� (1960 � 1969)
9. The Times, They are A-Changin� (1960 � 1969)
August 7, 2014
Gloria Steinem, Robert Kennedy, Jr., former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, Cecile Richards, Marlo Thomas, Douglas Brinkley, and Gail Collins discuss how feminism, civil rights, environmentalism, conservatism, and the gay rights movements were fueled by deep yearnings for freedom by a generation unwilling to wait.
1968 (1968)
8. 1968 (1968)
July 31, 2014
1968 was one of the most dramatic years in American history. It was punctuated by a Soviet incursion into Czechoslovakia, devastating assassinations, turning points in the wars in Southeast Asia, a decisive and televised end to the Johnson Administration, violence at the Democratic National Convention, and the election of President Nixon.
The Space Race (1960 - 1969)
7. The Space Race (1960 - 1969)
July 17, 2014
Astronaut and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Mike Massimino and Dave Scott, and Walter Issacson, Douglas Brinkley, Tom Wolfe, Andy Chaikin, and Tom Hanks describe the greatest adventure story of all time.
The British Invasion (1964 - 1967)
6. The British Invasion (1964 - 1967)
July 10, 2014
Clips of performances by British bands of the 1960s, including Manfred Mann, the Animals, Peter and Gordon, Joe Cocker, Traffic, Procol Harum, the Troggs, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, the Hollies, and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Host: Casey Kasem.
A Long March to Freedom (1960 - 1968)
5. A Long March to Freedom (1960 - 1968)
June 26, 2014
Selma, Birmingham, and the March on Washington are reexamined by eyewitnesses to history. Diane Nash, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Bob Moses, Diane McWhorter, Taylor Branch, David Garrow, and Isabel Wilkerson give critical context to the lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, Freedom Summer, integration, and the Children's Crusade for the moral mission of the Civil Rights Movement.
The War in Vietnam (1961 - 1968)
4. The War in Vietnam (1961 - 1968)
June 19, 2014
From just several hundred advisors at the start of the decade, to more than 550,000 American troops by the end of it, the escalation of the war in Vietnam -and the fighting and the dying -brought social and political polarization back home.
The Assassination of President Kennedy (1963 - 1969)
3. The Assassination of President Kennedy (1963 - 1969)
June 12, 2014
On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Featuring a look at the Warren Report conclusions; and a testimony from an eyewitness. Historians Robert Caro and Robert Dallek; journalists Dan Rather and Robert MacNeil; and Alexandra Zapruder, whose grandfather captured the assassination talk about it.
The World on the Brink (1960 - 1963)
2. The World on the Brink (1960 - 1963)
June 5, 2014
The Camelot days were clouded by military and political tensions between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Richard Reeves, Marvin Kalb, Sergei Khrushchev, Robert Dallek and more talk about how close the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis brought us to World War III - and how two nuclear superpowers moved to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
Television Comes of Age (1960 - 1969) (Pilot)
1. Television Comes of Age (1960 - 1969) (Pilot)
May 29, 2014
Americans watched "the tube," to be entertained and informed by the news, The Fugitive, The Twilight Zone, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, I Dream of Jeannie, and more. Sally Field, Tom Hanks, Dick and Tom Smothers, Dick Cavett, Carol Burnett, Diahann Carroll, Vince Gilligan, Carl Reiner, Petula Clark and others talk about how the historical events and sitcoms influenced who we were.
The British Invasion
102. The British Invasion
January 30, 2014
"The lads from Liverpool" led a musical cultural exchange that impacted everything from fashion to sexual mores to politics.
Where to Watch The Sixties
The Sixties is available for streaming on the CNN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Sixties on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon and Vudu.
  • Premiere Date
    May 29, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (1,604)