Pioneers of Television: Season 3
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
In this, the third 4-episode season of the PBS series - the "genres" covered are "Funny Ladies", "Prime Time Soaps", "Superheroes" and "Miniseries" Of course, as the seasons continue they need to find new "genres" to cover. It's been a while since I watched the first two seasons but it seemed to me that, this time they concentrated each episode on less shows - most often, only two or three. They did get a lot of celebrities to be interviewed (and some crossed genres, like Joan Collins in both "Primetime Soaps" ("Dynasty") and "Superheroes" (Batman).

Each episode runs 55 minutes.
Funny Ladies concentrated on Mary Tyler Moore and her appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show as well as her own series. Carol Burnett is shown on the Gary More Show and then her own Variety Show. Betty White - the one with the longest career is shown on her MANY shows. And then there are the standup comediennes Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller (in her last recorded interview).
Prime Time Soaps spends all it's time on the big three from the late 70s - Dallas, Knots Landing and Dynasty.

Superheros spend MOST of the time on Batman while also covering 4 more: Superman from the 1950s (but in COLOR!), The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman and The Greatest American Hero.
The Miniseries episode spends the first 27 minutes on Roots - the most watched TV series at that time. They seem to have interviewed nearly all the major cast members and there are lots of clips. The remain time is spent on just two other series: Rich Man, Poor Man and The Thorne Birds. (the latter has actress Rachel Ward describing how here role was so badly cast, that it ended her acting career.)

Ryan Seachrist is the narrator for all the episodes in Season 3. Each Episode ends with a few minutes of "Trivia Quiz" about the shows covered and each of the two DVDs has 4 short interview outtakes (two from each of the episodes on the disc.)

While I didn't feel they covered enough of 1950 and 1960 TV as they have in the past, the series does capture and preserve the cast members memories and - especially if you were a fan of these genres - you'll enjoy it.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
As I said, there seems to be more chatting and documentary filming here than actual performance clips. Not saying that is bad or anything, but just putting it out there. I loved all of these ladies and their comedy, so I enjoyed hearing them talk also, but really would have like to have seen more clips of performances...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have all of the seasons of the fine PBS program. Each season is well worth getting and this one is not exception. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
Excellent, many interviews with folks who were there, brings back memories of my childhood, awesome series!!! I am very glad I found this.
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on June 8, 2015
Ok but not worth the money.
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on August 17, 2014
Very information.
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on June 29, 2014
Some were settlers on what might have been discovered by the pioneers though, I do recommend these highly, but then, some weren't really "pioneers"!
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on June 21, 2014
I really enjoy this PBS series; however, this installment on prime time soap operas focused primarily on three series: "Dallas," "Dynasty," and "Knot's Landing." There are so many others worth noting that are notable in pop culture. No mention of "Soap," "Melrose Place," "Ally McBeal," etc. Not my favorite in the series. On a side note, it was somewhat disconcerting to watch these once-glamorous women who have now gone overboard with plastic surgery. So sad that they don't feel comfortable to age gracefully.
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on June 7, 2014
Although there were many shows that I did not see or care to see, most were represented on this program.
Nostalgic for sure!
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on May 29, 2014
I found Pioneers of Television to be very interesting. Some things that I had forgot about the shows came back to me and it was nice to see them again. If you watched these shows in the past you will enjoy seeing the Pioneers of Television.
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