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The Fifties (1997– )

TV Mini-series | Documentary, History

An in depth documentary of all aspects of life in the 1950s.
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Updated Nov 30, 1997

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1997 (United States)

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David Halberstam
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John Chancellor
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Jack Anderson
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Bernice Burnett
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Frank Gibney
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Allen Ginsberg
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Pete Hamill
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Kensinger Jones
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Edward McCabe
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Philip Morris
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George Reedy
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Carlos Rodriguez
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Robert Serber
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John Service
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Mickey Spillane
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Jane Stern
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Edward Teller
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Fisher Stevens
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8.5 / 10 | 95 votes