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The Sixties is a CNN Original Series which consists of factual comments of every event, given by different individuals and their memories of the events. It has a new episode aired every week with a new subject. The show began airing on May 29th, and occasionally airs marathons. Each episode focuses on a different subject with different panelists giving comments on what happened.

Tom Hanks, Sally Fields, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog are a few of the commentators who discuss the different occurrences talked about in the series. In some of the subjects, the actual witnesses are discussing the events, and give their first-hand explanations to what happened and how it was to experience it. The subjects don't skip a beat, by discussing different subjects such as the increased use of televisions, wars of the decade, the presidents, civil rights movement, music, and drugs.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on CNN
1 Season, 11 Episodes
May 29, 2014
Documentary & Biography, Drama, History
8.6/10
Cast: John Heilemann, Robert Dallek, Tim Naftali, Dan Rather
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The Sixties Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 lads from Liverpool" led a musical cultural exchange that impacted everything from fashion to sexual mores to politics.

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