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Pioneers of Television

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Full Episodes

Acting Funny

Acting Funny

A look at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.

Doctors and Nurses

Doctors and Nurses

Review television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses.

Standup to Sitcom

Standup to Sitcom

See how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.

Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies

WETA PassportCarol Burnett and the Funny Ladies

This special episode is built around Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Betty White.

Clips

Cloris Leachman Talks Comedy

Cloris Leachman Talks Comedy

Emmy-award winner Cloris Leachman shares her acting philosophy.

Dick Van Dyke's Knack for Physical Comedy

Dick Van Dyke's Knack for Physical Comedy

Dick Van Dyke loved to perform physical comedy, even if the script didn't call for it.

Jimmie Walker on "Good Times"

Jimmie Walker on "Good Times"

Walker's "Good Times" character was such a hit, he changed the direction of the sitcom.

Jimmie Walker on "Taking the Pie"

Jimmie Walker on "Taking the Pie"

Despite "Good Times" producer Norman Lear's wishes, Jimmie Walker was there to be funny.

Previews

Breaking Barriers Preview

Breaking Barriers Preview

This episode traces the story of people of color on American television.

Acting Funny Preview

Acting Funny Preview

This episode reveals the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.