American Experience
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American Experience
American Experience
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GenreTelevision documentary
Created byPeter McGhee
Theme music composer
Country of originUnited States
Original English (US)
No. of seasons32
No. of episodes350
Executive Judy Crichton
Margaret Drain
Mark Samels
Susan Bellows (acting)
(2020-present) [1]
Running timeapprox. 55 minutes or about two hours
Production WGBH-TV
Original networkPBS [2]
Original releaseOctober 4, 1988 (1988-10-04) -
External links

American Experience is a television program airing on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States. The program airs documentaries, many of which have won awards,[3] about important or interesting events and people in American history.

The series premiered on October 4, 1988 and was originally titled The American Experience, but the article "The" was dropped during a later rebrand and image update. The show has had a presence on the Internet since 1995, and more than 100 American Experience programs are accompanied by their own internet websites, which have more background information on the subjects covered as well as teachers' guides and educational companion materials.[4] The show is produced primarily by WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, though occasionally in the early seasons of the show, it was co-produced by other PBS stations such as WNET (Channel 13) in New York City.

Some programs now considered part of the American Experience collection were produced prior to the creation of the series. Vietnam: A Television History was one of them, airing originally in 1983 after taking six years to assemble.[5] Also, in 2006, American Experience rebroadcast Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, the first half of the award-winning 1986 documentary series about the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.


Critical reception

American Experience has received generally positive reviews from television critics and parents of young children. Glenn McNatt of The Baltimore Sun wrote that it is "TV's finest history series ever."[6]

Home media

A DVD boxset collecting episodes about United States presidents was released on August 26, 2008.[7] The collection was updated to include the documentary on Bill Clinton's presidency on August 28, 2012.[8]

A DVD boxset for the five-part documentary We Shall Remain was released on May 12, 2009.[9]


  • 2014 Emmy Award Winner, Episode: "JFK"[10]
  • 2011 Peabody Award Winner, Episodes: "Triangle Fire", "Freedom Riders" and "Stonewall Uprising"[11]
  • 2010 Emmy Award Winner, Episode: "My Lai"[10]
  • 2010 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "My Lai"[12]
  • 2006 Emmy Award Winner, Episode: "Two Days in October"[10]
  • 2005 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Two Days in October"[13]
  • 2004 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Tupperware!"[14]
  • 2003 Peabody Award WInner, Episode: "The Murder of Emmett Till"[15]
  • 2002 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Monkey Trial" [16]
  • 1999 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Playing the China Card (Nixon's China Game)"[17]
  • 1998 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "America 1900"[18]
  • 1998 Peabody Award Winner, Episode: "Riding the Rails"[19]


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  2. ^ "Broadcast Schedule . American Experience . WGBH". PBS. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "About the Series . American Experience . WGBH". PBS. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "American Experience | Who We Are". Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "American Experience | Vietnam Online | About the TV Series". PBS. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ MCNATT, GLENN (January 13, 2008). "BEST OF THIS WEEK". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "American Experience: The Presidents Collection"., Inc. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "American Experience: The Presidents"., Inc. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes"., Inc. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ a b c American Experience - IMDb, retrieved
  11. ^ 71st Annual Peabody Awards, May 2012.
  12. ^ 70th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2011.
  13. ^ 65th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2006.
  14. ^ 64th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2005.
  15. ^ 63rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2004.
  16. ^ 62nd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2003.
  17. ^ 59th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2000.
  18. ^ 58th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1999.
  19. ^ 58th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1999.

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