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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CRR9HO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,178 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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My recommendation is to just buy the ENTIRE 1 disc season set:

Here's what's on the four episode SECOND SEASON 4-hour disc:
Pioneers of Television: Pioneers of Westerns
Pioneers of Television: Pioneers Science Fiction
Pioneers of Television: Pioneers of Crime Dramas
Pioneers of Television: Pioneers Children's Prog
Just ignore the mention of Wm Shatner who's mentioned on all four of
the Amazon star-notes for the above episodes.
He's j-u-s-t on the Sci Fi one.
Anyway, each, individual episode is about $15.
All four episodes on ONE disc is between $25 and $17, dependent upon
daily specials. It is currently [at THIS writing]$21.

Another terrific collection is the first season:
Pioneers of Television

I found 7 of the 8 episodes quite interesting --- Local Kids' TV was a
bore to me as there was no mention of my childhood local TV-area:
Saint Louis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on March 25, 2011
I watched this show on PBS and enjoyed every bit of it. I loved watching the westerns that dominated tv during my childhood. And this show discusses many of my all-time favorites: Gunsmoke, Wild Wild West, Big Valley, Daniel Boone,Maverick, etc. etc. Many of the great stars of these series are interviewed: Robert Conrad, James Arness, Linda Evans, Ed Ames,James Garner, etc. Many of those interviewed are sadly no longer with us including Fess Parker (in his last interview) Peter Graves and Robert Culp. Out of all the Pioneers of Televsion episodes I viewed, this was by far my favorite. I only wish that the show ran twice the length of time that it did. I discussed it with several of my friends from work who also grew up watching tv westerns during the same period that I did and they loved it as well. My only even vague criticism was that during a little trivia segment at the end of the show, it was listed that Clint Eastwood played Rowdy "Gaines" in Rawhide. Any serious tv western viewer knows that Clint played Rowdy Yates. But this is a trivial fault. If you loved tv westerns, you will greatly enjoy this show. As stated previously, I did.
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By Ctrader on September 12, 2011
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This was great for the amount of time spent. It left out alot of our favorites such as The Virginian. There was only an acknowledgement of Rawhide, touching on Wagon Train. To do justice to the classic TV westerns it needed to be longer and more in depth. It left us wanting more and feeling like we overpaid for what we got.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SJL on January 29, 2011
This is a great review of some of the best TV westerns of the 1960s era. It is most disheartening to know that the western genre, which dominated TV from 1955-75, has seen its stars quietly die-off with hardly a passing handshake. These great stars, who brought warmth, morality, adventure and imagination to millions of youth in that twenty year span, are leaving the range quickly. One can recapture their essence here, with interviews of the stars and their celebrity guest stars. The series interviews performers such as James Arness (Gunsmoke), Mitch Vogel (Bonanza), Linda Evens (Big Valley), Johnny Crawford (Riffleman), and many more. The show discusses how these programs sought justice on many levels, including race relations. This is a very well done touchstone, bringing insight into the stars lives as well (Linda Evens real mom died while she played Audrea Barkley, and a caring Stanwick became her mom thereafter; Mitch Vogel, who played the 4th Cartwright son Jamie from 1970-73, speaks of his fondness for Dan "Hoss" Blocker; and both Ed Ames & Rosie Grier reflect on the their parts as an Indian and ex-slave, respectively, on "Daniel Boone".
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