American Masters

AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

Fri, Apr 9 9:00 P.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NHPBS

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Sat, Apr 10 1:00 A.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NH EXPLORE

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Sat, Apr 10 8:00 P.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NH EXPLORE

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Sun, Apr 11 1:00 A.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NH EXPLORE

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Sun, Apr 11 4:00 A.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NHPBS

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Mon, Apr 12 3:00 A.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NH EXPLORE

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Mon, Apr 12 12:00 P.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NH EXPLORE

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Fri, Apr 23 2:00 P.M. How It Feels to Be Free     NH WORLD

Explore the lives and trailblazing careers of iconic African American entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier, who changed American culture through their films, fashion, music and politics.

Mon, May 3 9:00 P.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NHPBS

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Tue, May 4 1:00 A.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NH EXPLORE

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Tue, May 4 12:00 P.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NH EXPLORE

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Wed, May 5 3:00 A.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NH EXPLORE

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Fri, May 7 8:00 P.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NH WORLD

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Sat, May 8 1:00 A.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NH WORLD

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Sat, May 8 9:00 A.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NH WORLD

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Sun, May 9 2:00 P.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NHPBS

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Sun, May 9 9:00 P.M. Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir     NH EXPLORE

Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.

Fri, May 14 8:00 P.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NH WORLD

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Sat, May 15 1:00 A.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NH WORLD

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

Sat, May 15 9:00 A.M. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life     NH WORLD

Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.


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American Masters By Episode

  • Lennon Nyc (#2306)

    Learn the story of one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century and how he found redemption not in the public adoration he craved as a youth, but in the quiet and simple pleasures of fatherhood.

  • August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand (#2705)

    From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, this program captures the legacy of the man some call America's Shakespeare.

  • Althea (#2901)

    Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s.

  • Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey (#2902)

    Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E.

  • Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel (#2503)

    Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind "Gone With the Wind.

  • Harper Lee: American Masters (#2504)

    Explore the mysterious life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is (#3401)

    Discover the Grammy-winning conductor, pianist and composer.

  • Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip (#3305)

    Meet the newspaper columnist, radio commentator and television personality who pioneered the fast-paced, gossip driven, politically charged journalism that dominates today.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page (#3210)

    Follow the journey of the award-winning author of the best-selling "Little House" series in this exploration of her life and legacy and her little-known, secret collaboration with her daughter on the books that shaped American ideas of the frontier.

  • Keith Haring: Street Art Boy (#3306)

    Explore the definitive story of international art sensation Keith Haring who blazed a trail through the art scene of '80s New York and revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art.

  • How It Feels to Be Free (#3307)

    Explore the lives and trailblazing careers of iconic African American entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier, who changed American culture through their films, fashion, music and politics.

  • Flannery (#3308)

    Explore the life of Flannery O'Connor whose provocative fiction was unlike anything published before.

  • Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (#3110)

    Dive into the life and work of the legendary neurologist and beloved author who was a fearless explorer of the brain and mind.

  • Twyla Moves (#3310)

    Explore legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp's career and famously rigorous creative process, with original interviews, first-hand glimpses of her at work and rare archival footage of select performances from her more than 160 choreographed works.

  • Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story (#3402)

    Explore the groundbreaking career of master trumpeter Doc Severinsen, from his three decades as the colorful bandleader to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" to his relentless schedule of touring and performing into his nineties.

  • Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (#3403)

    Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of "The Joy Luck Club" in this intimate portrait.



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