More than 200 breakthrough stars bring their stories to life in season four of the Emmy-nominated documentary series Pioneers of Television. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with irresistible clips to offer a fresh take on TVs biggest celebrities. Featured stars in season four include Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Bill Cosby, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, and many more.Visit Pioneers of Television Website
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A tribute to Williams that includes one of his last full-length interviews for the series.
A look at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.
Trace the story of people of color on American television.
Review television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses.
See how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.
This special episode is built around Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Betty White.
"Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "The Thorn Birds" mastered the art of storytelling.
They fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models to viewers of every age.
Emmy-award winner Cloris Leachman shares her acting philosophy.
Improv master Jonathan Winters paved the way for younger comedian Robin Williams.
Robin Williams developed his signature style of improvisational comedy as a young comic.
Classic comedian Jonathan Winters was at his best when he was improvising.
Despite "Good Times" producer Norman Lear's wishes, Jimmie Walker was there to be funny.
Dick Van Dyke loved to perform physical comedy, even if the script didn't call for it.
Walker's "Good Times" character was such a hit, he changed the direction of the sitcom.
In the Fall of 1984, Bill Cosby almost single handedly revived the sitcom genre.
Airs Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 9/8c.
This episode traces the story of people of color on American television.
This episode reveals the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors.
Explore television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses from ER to Dr. Kildare.
This episode reveals how America’s top comics made the transition from stage to screen.
More than 200 stars bring their stories to life in Season 4 of Pioneers of Television.
Premieres Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.
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