The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

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  • 2017
  • 1 Season

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Not edited for television.

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The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
10. The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
September 28, 2017
While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans' attention and forces President Nixon to resign, the Vietnamese continue to savage one another in a brutal civil war. When hundreds of thousands of North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon descends rapidly into chaos and collapses. For the next forty years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation.
The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
10. The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
September 28, 2017
Summary is not available.
A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
9. A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
September 27, 2017
South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own in Laos suffer a terrible defeat. Massive U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting an unprecedented North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected in a landslide, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country.
A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
9. A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
September 27, 2017
Summary is not available.
The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
8. The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
September 26, 2017
With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war. An incursion into Cambodia reignites antiwar protests with tragic consequences.
The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
8. The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
September 26, 2017
Summary is not available.
The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
7. The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
September 25, 2017
Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency, promising law and order at home and peace overseas. In Vietnam the war goes on, and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.
The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
7. The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
September 25, 2017
Summary is not available.
Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
6. Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
September 24, 2017
At the onset of the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting grave doubt on the Johnson administration's promise that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The President decides not to run again and the country is staggered by assassinations and unrest.
Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
6. Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
September 24, 2017
Summary is not available.
This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
5. This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
September 21, 2017
American casualties and enemy body counts mount as Marines face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery south of the DMZ and Army units chase an elusive enemy in the Central Highlands. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
5. This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
September 21, 2017
Summary is not available.
Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
4. Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
September 20, 2017
Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South while Saigon struggles to pacify the countryside. As an antiwar movement builds back home, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are being asked to fight in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers' war.
Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
4. Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
September 20, 2017
Summary is not available.
The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
3. The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
September 19, 2017
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South, accelerating the insurgency. Fearing Saigon's collapse, President Johnson escalates America's military commitment, authorizing sustained bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
3. The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
September 19, 2017
Summary is not available.
Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
2. Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
September 18, 2017
President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.
Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
2. Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
September 18, 2017
Summary is not available.
1. Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
1. 1. Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
September 16, 2017
Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem's untested regime in the South.
PBS Previews: Ken Burns: The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
101. PBS Previews: Ken Burns: The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
August 28, 2017
This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.
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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Not edited for television. The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on September 16, 2017.

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  • Premiere Date
    September 16, 2017