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Pioneers of Television: Pioneers Science Fiction

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Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction depicts the beginnings of this genre and explores the stories and influences of these groundbraking television pioneers. Storytellers Gene Roddenberry, Irwin Allen and Rod Serling created the storylines and characters behind the best-loved futuristic television of their time. But as Roddenberry's "Star Trek" competed for ratings with Allen's "Lost in Space," each show's creator aimed for a very different direction. This film explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of "The Twilight Zone") used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force ... or, perhaps, a giant radish.

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CRR9GK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Top Customer Reviews

You can buy t-h-i-s singular program, from Season Two, and the other three
programs that, combined, interview 100 living --- and dead --- TV legends.
They're:
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Pioneers of Television: Pioneers of Westerns

A better deal, yet, is to buy the four hour set on one disc:
((Which contains everything above at a tremendous bargain price.))
Pioneers of Television: Season 2
The PBS series is
stereo
closed captioned
and widescreen.
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This was a wonderful examination of the history of science fiction television from the golden era. It covers some of the most important television shows by expounding on their Genesis and exploring the impact these shows had on popular culture. Part of a larger collection, this program stands alone nicely. Even though I am a fan of golden age television I was not interested in purchasing the whole series. PBS allowed me to purchase the program I was most interested in. For the price, this is a must have for fans of sixties television and science fiction.
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A wonderful series. Even more wonderful, this episode. Something about hearing how ordinary folk rose from the ashes to become timeless Sci Fi Icons known around the world. Many of them in the beginning having ideas way ahead of their time, they persevered through everything from bad ratings, some to right out rejection(s). But to hear how they came back with a vengeance, believing very strongly in their ideas, was nothing short of inspiring.
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This is a great series and being a science fiction fan and old enough to have seen these shows when they premiered, I enjoyed learning more about them.
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