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The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009–2009)

TV Mini-series | 120 min | Documentary, History

The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.
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Sep 27, 2009 (United States)

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68 cast members
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Peter Coyote
Self - Narrator Self - Narrator   See fewer
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6
William Cronon
Self - Historian Self - Historian   See fewer
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6
Dayton Duncan
Self - Writer Self - Writer   See fewer
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6
Shelton Johnson
Self - Park Ranger Self - Park Ranger   See fewer
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6
Alfred Runte
Self - Historian Self - Historian   See fewer
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6
Paul Schullery
Self - Writer Self - Writer   See fewer
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5
Carl Pope
Self - Sierra Club Self - Sierra Club   See fewer
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5
Terry Tempest Williams
Self - Writer Self - Writer   See fewer
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5
Murphy Guyer
Reader Reader   See fewer
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5
Philip Bosco
Reader Reader   See fewer
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5
Kevin Conway
Reader Reader   See fewer
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5
Tom Hanks
Reader Reader   See fewer
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5
Kim Heacox
Self - Writer Self - Writer   See fewer
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4
Adam Arkin
Reader Reader   See fewer
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4
Lee Stetson
Reader / Self - Muir Historian Reader / Self - Muir Historian   See fewer
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4
Amy Madigan
Reader Reader   See fewer
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4
Lee Whittlesey
Self - Historian Self - Historian   See fewer
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3
Nevada Barr
Self - Former Ranger Self - Former Ranger   See fewer
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3
Juanita Greene
Self - Journalist Self - Journalist   See fewer
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3
Gerard Baker
Self - Park Superintendent Self - Park Superintendent   See fewer
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3
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3
Tim Clark
Reader Reader   See fewer
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3
Derek Jacobi
Reader Reader   See fewer
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3
Josh Lucas
Reader Reader   See fewer
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3
Gene Jones
Reader Reader   See fewer
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3
Eli Wallach
Reader Reader   See fewer
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3
Clay Jenkinson
Self - Historian Self - Historian   See fewer
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2
George Hartzog
Self - Former Park Service Director Self - Former Park Service Director   See fewer
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2
Gretel Ehrlich
Self - Writer Self - Writer   See fewer
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2
Marian Albright Schenck
Self - Daughter of Horace Albright Self - Daughter of Horace Albright   See fewer
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2
Bill Brown
Self - Historian Self - Historian   See fewer
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2
J.L. Crawford
Self - Former Ranger Self - Former Ranger   See fewer
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2
Stewart L. Udall
Self - Former Interior Secretary Self - Former Interior Secretary   See fewer
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2
John Cook
Self - Former Park Superintendent Self - Former Park Superintendent   See fewer
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2
Martin Murie
Himsel - Nephew of Adolph Murie / Self - Writer Himsel - Nephew of Adolph Murie / Self - Writer   See fewer
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2
Kenneth Brower
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2
Sam Waterston
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2
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2
John Lithgow
Reader Reader   See fewer
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2
Ruth Kirk
Self - Writer Self - Writer   See fewer
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1
Duane Smith
Self - Historian Self - Historian   See fewer
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1
Ginny Wood
Self - Alaskan Bush Pilot Self - Alaskan Bush Pilot   See fewer
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1
Richard Bradley
Self - Son of Harold Bradley Self - Son of Harold Bradley   See fewer
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1
Judith Goldstein
Self - Writer Self - Writer   See fewer
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1
Juan Lujan
Self - Resident of Redford, Texas Self - Resident of Redford, Texas   See fewer
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1
Tuan Luong
Self - Photographer Self - Photographer   See fewer
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Brad Washburn
Self - Explorer Self - Explorer   See fewer
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1
Burton Appleton
Self - Resident of Brooklyn, New York Self - Resident of Brooklyn, New York   See fewer
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1
Claude Tyler
Self - Resident of Blossom, Texas Self - Resident of Blossom, Texas   See fewer
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1
Barbara Washburn
Self - Explorer Self - Explorer   See fewer
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1
Tom Bodett
Reader Reader   See fewer
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John Hope Franklin
Self - Historian Self - Historian   See fewer
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1
Pamela Wright Lloyd
Self - Daughter of George Melendez Wright Self - Daughter of George Melendez Wright   See fewer
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1
Ernest Ortega
Self - Former Park Superintendent Self - Former Park Superintendent   See fewer
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1
Kimi Kodani Hill
Self - Granddaughter of Chiura Obata Self - Granddaughter of Chiura Obata   See fewer
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1
Trina Carmody
Reader Reader   See fewer
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Bev Dunham
Self - Seward Resident Self - Seward Resident   See fewer
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1
Clifford Hansen
Self - Former Governor & Senator, Wyoming Self - Former Governor & Senator, Wyoming   See fewer
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Kayci Cook Collins
Self - Park Superintendent Self - Park Superintendent   See fewer
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1
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1
Sho Wada
Reader Reader   See fewer
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Yumi Mizui
Reader Reader   See fewer
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Carl Lumbly
Reader Reader   See fewer
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Andy Garcia
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John Trudell
Reader Reader   See fewer
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1
James Kyson
Reader Reader   See fewer
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1
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George Takei
Chiura Obata Chiura Obata   See fewer
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1
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8.6 / 10 | 1,492 votes