Pioneers of Television
The four-part series examines the people who left their imprint on sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows in the early days of the medium. The program features interviews with legendary stars, including Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Marlo Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Ed McMahon and Merv Griffin. Using never-before-seen images and showcasing timeless clips, the documentary series examines the entertainers that provided the classic scenes that still amuse us today.
Pioneers of Television Previous Broadcasts
Superheroes (Episode #303H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 25, 2017 -- 10:00 AM
"Superheroes" crosses many eras: "Superman" in the 1950s, "Batman" in the '60s, "Wonder Woman" and "The Incredible Hulk" in the '70s and "The Greatest American Hero" in the '80s. The episode features in-depth interviews with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno, William Katt and others. It also includes comments from Robert Culp, about his show "The Greatest American Hero, " recorded just days before he passed away.
Primetime Soaps (Episode #302H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 -- 10:00 AM
"Dallas" and "Dynasty" kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s and spun off the long-lasting series "Knots Landing." Sometimes forgotten is the genre's antecedent: 1964's "Peyton Place," which starred Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal. Interviewees in this episode include Larry Hagman, Joan Collins, Linda Evans, Diahann Carroll, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills.
Carol Burnett & The Funny Ladies (Episode #305H)
KQED Life: Sun, Apr 16, 2017 -- 11:00 PM
This program focuses on Carol Burnett's television comedy career and the funny ladies of television who joined her in paving the way for today's TV comediennes.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 -- 5:00 AM
Funny Ladies (Episode #301H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 11, 2017 -- 10:00 AM
This episode features the first standup comediennes to appear on television - legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It also looks at Lucille Ball's breakthrough on "I Love Lucy" and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. The episode covers television's most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 15, 2017 -- 6:00 AM