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Pioneers of Television: Pioneers Science Fiction

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CRR9GK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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They were the stars of the small screen in the early years of television, and much of the nation came to a halt whenever their shows aired. They strolled, sprinted, fought, laughed, cried and loved through worlds that took viewers to places past, present and future. As the originators of these innovative television formats, they provided an essential escape for millions of viewers who eagerly waited to watch them each week. PIONEERS OF TELEVISION offers the inside stories of these formidable visionaries who recall the fledgling medium they shaped with their creativity, foresight and wisdom. This four-part series once again transports viewers behind-the-scenes for a revealing look at the inception of four of the most popular genres in television: science fiction, crime dramas, local kids' TV and westerns. The first season of PIONEERS OF TELEVISION, which aired in 2008 on PBS, explored the early years of sitcoms, late night, variety and game shows. Utilizing new interviews with legend

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program! May 9, 2012
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:
[THIS ONE]==>Pioneers of Television: Pioneers Science Fiction
Pioneers of Television: Pioneers of Crime Dramas
Pioneers of Television: Pioneers Children's Prog
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindof weird April 18, 2014
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While the content is okay, it is weird how they tried to "re-create" the old sets of some shows, putting in new actors and making it look like it was behind-the-scenes filming from the original series. Laughable was the fat guy they put in place of Shatner. I will say they tried to re-create the original look, but it's so fake. If they just stuck with original clips and a making-of story, it would have been better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD September 13, 2011
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My husband asked me to buy this video after seeing the show on PBS. As a big Sci Fi fan, he loves it, and wanted to own it. It's a great show. Lots of history of science fiction.
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1.0 out of 5 stars biased program July 30, 2013
This was most biased program on televised science fiction in decades...they had Gene roddenberry refer to Lost IN Space as a 'kiddie program" which is was not simply because CBS liked IRwin Allen's concept of a family of space pioneers more so than Star Trek. CBS felt that Lost IN Space was simply more commercial and they were right as Star Trek was a complete failure on commercial network television. The program also inferrs that CBS was stealing Roddenberry's cost cutting ideas for use on Lost IN Space...and that was complete lie. There has never been one iota of evidence that this was true. IRwin Allen was already a very successive Emmy Awarding winner producer of documentaries of "The World Around Us" and new how to produce a good science fiction teleivsion series after he successfully brought Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea to teleivison in 1964. In order to make Roddenberry's claim that LIS was a kiddie show, they of course aired a clip of a episode of LIS from late in the third year of the series, The Great Vegatable Rebellion which by that time, LIS had degenerated into a campy sci-fi series because of competition from the Batman tv series on at the time that was produced by the same studio no less. Had they used a clip from the original 1964 pilot or first year of the series, Roddenberry's claim of LIS being a kiddie show would made an empty claim. Lost In Space was not a kiddie show, and it started out very seriously in the begining descending into high camp later on, but not from the begining. These people who produced this special for PBS would have made great propaganda ministers for the Nazi's during World War Two...
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