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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
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William Cronon
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Dayton Duncan
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Shelton Johnson
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Alfred Runte
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Paul Schullery
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Carl Pope
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Terry Tempest Williams
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Murphy Guyer
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Philip Bosco
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Kevin Conway
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Tom Hanks
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Kim Heacox
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Adam Arkin
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Lee Stetson
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Amy Madigan
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Lee Whittlesey
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Nevada Barr
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Juanita Greene
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Gerard Baker
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Tim Clark
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Derek Jacobi
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Josh Lucas
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Gene Jones
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Eli Wallach
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Clay Jenkinson
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George Hartzog
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Gretel Ehrlich
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Marian Albright Schenck
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Bill Brown
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J.L. Crawford
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Stewart L. Udall
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John Cook
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Martin Murie
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Kenneth Brower
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John Lithgow
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Ruth Kirk
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Duane Smith
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Ginny Wood
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Richard Bradley
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Judith Goldstein
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Juan Lujan
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Tuan Luong
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Brad Washburn
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Burton Appleton
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Claude Tyler
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Barbara Washburn
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Tom Bodett
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John Hope Franklin
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Pamela Wright Lloyd
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Ernest Ortega
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Kimi Kodani Hill
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Trina Carmody
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Bev Dunham
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Clifford Hansen
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Kayci Cook Collins
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Sho Wada
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Yumi Mizui
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Carl Lumbly
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Andy Garcia
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James Kyson
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George Takei
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8.6 / 10 | 1,322 votes