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Pioneers of Television: Pioneers Science Fiction

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This episode explores how storytellers Gene Roddenberry and Rod 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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  • Actors: .
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: PBS
  • 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: #135,920 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By E. Rodriguez on July 26, 2014
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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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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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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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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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