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Pioneers of Television (2008– )

TV-PG
TV Series | 55 min | Documentary, History

A four-part documentary series focusing on the legends that helped launched TV and left lasting impression on sitcoms, talk shows, variety shows and game shows in television's early years.
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Updated Apr 6, 2009

Release date (First episode)
Jan 2, 2008 (United States)

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Dick Van Dyke
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Phyllis Diller
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Betty White
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Robert Culp
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Martin Landau
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Kelsey Grammer
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Ryan Seacrest
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Bill Cosby
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Adam West
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Jimmie Walker
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Jonathan Winters
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Tim Conway
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Veronica Cartwright
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John Amos
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Carol Burnett
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Mary Tyler Moore
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Vicki Lawrence
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